New Year, No bottle

We have been leading up to this day for a while. Princess Peach, although she thinks she can run with the big kids, loves her bottle. Her teacher Petra was amazing last year at eliminating her bottle at school. We were good too. She only had 2 bottles a day (one in the morning and one before bed). Any other milk during the day was had in one of her Princess sippy cups. We were all on board, on the same page and making amazing progress. Then Little Dude arrived. In retrospect, I should have been more vigilant about taking her bottle away prior to his arrival. But you know what they say, “should, coulda, woulda”.

The last 5.5 months, Princess Peach has been bottle obsessed. She has resorted to screaming and sometimes throwing her Princess sippy cup at us if she doesn’t get her bottle. She also became picky about the colour of the ring around her bottle. Pink or Green. She prefers the green rings and if they were dirty, we would have an unhappy toddler on our hands!

It really didn’t bother me that Princess Peach still drank from a bottle per se, but the fact that she is still in diapers, still uses a pacifier and a lovey. And at almost 2.5 I felt that it’s time. So I decided to take away the easiest thing, her bottle.

A few weeks ago I started to talk to her about the Bottle Fairy. They come at night, collect all her bottles and bring them to babies who need them. The first few times I told her the story she cried and screamed and said that she NEEDED her bottles. But I persevered. I decided on a date, told The Hubster when we would take it away. Then Princess Peach got sick. In my heart of hearts, I could not take her bottle away that weekend. So I waited.

Then the perfect opportunity arose. Princess Peach slept at my brother-in-law and sister-in-laws house on New Year’s Eve. When we went to pick her up the next day it just made sense to not let the bottles come home with us. When we got home I explained to Princess Peach that the Bottle Fairy came and took her bottles away. I thought she would freak out. But she didn’t. She seemed to understand. We talked that now only babies have bottles and that she’s a big girl who drinks from a sippy cup.

I expected there to be a big battle the next morning. But no! She even ASKED for her milk in her sippy cup! Score 1 for us :)

I’m so proud that we have taken away her bottle for good! That was a battle that I was scared of that went so smoothly. Up next is potty training. I have a feeling that won’t go as smoothly, but I’ll keep you all posted!

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  1. Ah! Funny WE JUST out of the blue took the water bottle away from the 2 year old! She bit through the nipple and made her throw it in the trash. She asked for a sippy cup though.. let’s see if she stays in bed! 10 mins and counting… we may have to use your bottle fairy story!

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