I swear im never going to get my 1 year old off the bottle. its the only way he will go to sleep or take a nap. i know everyone is gonna say its bad for them to go to sleep with a bottle but when he was about 8 months old he started waking up every 20 mins and wouldnt go back to sleep unless he had a bottle and thats when i started giving him a bottle in bed. how did other moms get their kids of the bottle? my first was so easy he gave the bottle up right after his first birthday my little one is gonna be alot harder. he still wakes up at least twice a night for a bottle and he will scream until he gets one. i do not want him crying himself to sleep and my kids share a room so that wouldnt be fair to my 2 year old. just seeing if anyone else had this problem and how they got them off the bottle?
Best way is to just throw all the bottles away. He will cry and throw a fit but it's the easiest way imo. Maybe let your two year old sleep with you until the LO gets used to no longer having a bottle.
My DD never took a bottle, so I'm not good for much advice here. I know you said you don't want him to cry, but every mom that I know that had trouble with bottles did just that. They got rid of all bottles so that they didn't even have the temptation to give in. Good luck!
I took the bottle away at 9 months. I switched her over to the rubber top sippys. I never gave her one to go to sleep with. Just get rid of all the bottles in your house. If theres no bottles then you can't give in and give him one. He will get over it
Cold turkey. Just do it. The only reason he started "needing" a bottle to fall back asleep is because you gave him a bottle to put him back to sleep. I'm not trying to be mean, it's just the reality of the situation. You have to fix the problem now and yes, it's extremely harmful to his oral health to fall asleep with a bottle, so just get rid of them, deal with the hell and screaming for a few nights, and in a couple week's time, everything will be fine again.
What we found was easiest for us was to just find a sippy cup they really liked. With DD it was a nightmare going between sippy cups but with DS it was super easy because we just used this to transition:
It starts off with more of a bottle nipple then goes to a sippy nipple and from there you can go to a regular sippy cup.
Our first was easy...it was like one day we just gave her a sippy and she took to it, no problem :)
Our second, not so much. She loves her "kiki" (blanky) and bottle, and had to have them both. We've tried a sippy and she would throw it and would cry. Our mistake was giving in and giving her her bottle....we are now just cutting cold turkey. There are times when she will throw it and cry, but we have to be consistent in order for her to learn.
I literally just took it away one night, a few weeks before his first birthday. I told him that the other babies needed bottles because they didn't have sippy cups like him and we packed them in a box and sent them to the babies.
Apparently the babies live in the closet though because that's where they really are :P He cried the first few nights but he got over it.
What everyone else said throw it away. If you wont do that make sure its just water in the bottle. Milk can rot their teeth and from experience (my husband) bottle rot is no fun.