Well, when H refused a pacifier since birth, he started going to sleep with warm milk in his bottle. For the first time I was able to put a kid in bed with a bottle and they'd go to sleep! It was a miracle. Yes, yes, I know, you aren't supposed to put them to bed with a bottle, but it was milk, not juice, and... mind your business, lol! BTW, his teeth are perfect.
So it has made breaking him of his bottle quite difficult since there's not really another way to get him to sleep. A & L were off their bottles by one, which is the recommendation. H is now 20 months, so I felt a little like a failure in that department. His pediatrician said that sometimes you have to pick your battles and his teeth and gums looked great. I've tried sippy cups with warm milk- he hates sippy cups. He only drinks water and juice out of one of those rubber straw cups.
|Nuby Super Spout Easy Style Gripper
Fast forward a week and he's completely off the bottle! He chugs his Nuby cup and falls asleep. He has been falling asleep in his infant-to-toddler bouncer with the cup, so when we lie him in bed he just rolls over and stays asleep.
I am so grateful to that friend for putting the idea out there for me. I don't know why I hadn't thought of it before, when him being my third child, but there you have it. Yes, he still likes his warm milk, but it's not a bottle. And it is a stage above sippy cup, which is above bottle, so I will take it! I think with age will come going to sleep without the warm milk, but I'm not as worried about that.
Now with Baby A, I am trying to get him interested in the pacifier so when he falls asleep it is either with the bottle, breast or pacifier, but we wills see how that goes. I was also using Nuk pacifiers, but received some MAM pacifiers to review, and he seems to like those better.
I'm not saying this is guaranteed to work with every child being weaned, but it worked for H! Hooray!!