She won’t give it up. I get a firing from her pediatrician every time I meet him – he’s convinced that each time she gets a stomach bug, it’s because of the bottle. I don’t necessarily agree, knowing how anal I am about her sterilizing. He, however, remains unmoved (and unamused!)
But, try as I might, my daughter won’t relent.
I told my husband, who is subscribes to the let-her-do-what-she-wants school of thought, that the next time I have to take her to the doc, he’s coming with me! But see, my husband does not have the time (something I don’t grudge him, no honestly, I am not shy about telling him when I do!) he’s got to keep the home fires burning and he’s at work, so it’s not something he can help. What he can help, however, is not being so soft on some issues..the bottle being one of them. I find it hard enough, as it is, because she wails and wails and I feel bad too, because I can she that she’s really upset, as opposed to times when she’s generally throwing a tantrum and trying to look more hurt that she really is.
So, I find it hard, and so far I’ve not been able to give her the glass – she hates the sight of it. But when I do try and be strict, my husband gives in and tells her that he’d give it to her!! She’s only just about two, but she knows who to plead to in this case.
Anyhow, I’ve decided to defer it a little, I’ll try again when she’s two and a half. And if in the meantime I have to go to the doc again (touch wood), my husband’s coming with me!!
One response to “Getting her off the bottle”
I think every mom has one thing that her pediatrician says, “You really need to have your child give this up,” and we don’t. But you know why they are like that? Because the longer you wait, the harder it gets. Think of it like birthing pains; they suck and it’s super hard while you’re in the middle of it, but it’s over eventually and you feel SOO much better afterwards.
Ours was the pacifier. It was about a week of fighting at bedtime, crying, throwing toys (OK OK, I’m exaggerating a little), but my son was eventually able to go to bed pacifier-free.