I just thought I'd share my experience with all the mums battling to rid the bottle fom their much-too-big toddlers. My son was fully breastfed until 11 months when I developed repeated, severe mastitis, requiring strong antibiotics and having my duct unblocked. So, as my son was not willing to go straight to a cup after being denied the breast so quickly, I gave him abottle. This was fine for a while, then we started to wean him off it at about 20 months of age. He was using a cup regularly by then and the bottle was nearly gone. Then he was diagnosed with oseomyelitis in his thighbone. We had to have extensive tests and hospital stays (they originally thought it was a tumour), so the surgeon said to bring his bottle to hospital as acomfort and distraction. As it happens, this saved us a lot of pain and distress. He had two operations and three general anaesthetics, and many bone scans, x-rays and MRI's.He took medications in his bottle and used it for comfort. This, though, put us back to square one with the weaning! Now he is 2 and 4 months and has taken the lid off his bottle and poured it thru his bed... It's time to go. So for the last three days he has had no bottle (he was only having one a day), and I put it in the bin. I told my son that it was going in the rubbish truck - which he loves to watch every week. So, I've taken the bottle out of the kitchen bin and hidden it until today. We have just run outside when the truck came and tossed it in the wheelie bin and watched it get tipped into the truck! My son is so excited and has no problems saying goodbye whatsoever. We have waved the bot-bot bye -bye!
Domestic Goddess Mum of Four!