My boy turned two in September - and he still gets a milky before sleep, and two small milkies during the day - he loves it, its good for him and he drinks tea, juice and water from sippy cups, normal cups, sports bottles or even from plastic wine glasses - he still walks around with his 'doekie' (towel nappy) and when he has a fall or needs comfort he holds on to it - he stopped sucking on a dummy (pacifier) as soon as he started crawling (at about 8 months). I plan on reducing the daytime milkies in the near future to just one small bottle - but he eats very well and drinks a lot of water, so I cannot see any reason to stop giving him milk (I give him formula for toddlers) I think he will stop wanting it when he does not need it anymore - in the meantime he is a happy boy who loves a bottle at bedtime and naptime - it relaxes him.
My 2 year old still uses a bottle - Page 2
Just thought I would update: after I stopped pumping at two I directed our nanny to switch to sippies only, with a special cup she tolerated more than others. But then I figured out our nanny hadn't really understood or chosen to understood and that she was still having bottles. Really the bottles were the only way she would nap AND only if she was bounced on a excercise ball with an ergo
At that point it was around 2y6m and I really didn't care if she was drinking milk but I didn't think there was any reason why a two year old needed to have a bottle and bounce on a ball to sleep. And I was okay if she gave up her nap. So, all bottles were removed from the house and she had the option to have a sippy if she liked and a nap in her bed if she liked and if she wouldn't then that was okay. And that was pretty much the last nap she took and the last time she willingly drank milk. And it has been fine.
Just to share my two cents.
My DS also could drink from sippy cups, straws and even a regular cup - which he used for water, juice and fruit smoothies. Milk he would only take from a bottle, mostly at night before bed. I wanted him off the bottle at 24mon. We went on a 4 day trip a month before his 2nd birthday. I took bottles with us, but hid them. He nevered asked for a bottle when I gave him milk in a cup. He did great. I loved it!
However when we got home, he went straight to the cabinet we kept his bottles in, to look for them. I had moved them. It was a little heart-breaking to watch him look for the bottles, when I knew what he wanted. However he never cried or threw a tantrum. After a few days he stopped looking.
So, if you can do something to get out of your normal element - it might give you a good opportunity to wean him off the bottle. It worked out great for us, I dreaded trying to wean him off the bottle. Good luck, if you decide to give it a try.
Well...my 2 1/2 year old son still wants a bottle. I am starting to feel really guilty. He drinks from cups at daycare, but when he sees me or his dad, he asks for a baba. I let it go on for too long because he was a preemie and also I was busy with his older sister who is 13 months older. She is way off the bottle, but she could talk early so I explained it to her and she saw what the other kids were doing. Son doesn't talk too much yet, and I keep trying other delivery devices but he won't drink milk out of anything but a bottle! Nice to read about other parents going through the same thing!