I'm quite sure that it isn't normal and I'm not sure if it's okay.
asked 05 Apr '10, 22:11
Just tell the kid 'no' and refuse to give one. 8 years old is way past time to be weaned, in my opinion.
answered 05 Apr '10, 23:59
Oops, huh? I'm betting that this was one of those "She'll give it up when she's ready", things that's gotten wayyy out of hand, (shrug) happens. Don't be too hard on yourselves, with school-age kids, every time you turn around somethings gone haywire.
Well, it's not "normal", but really, what is? Basically, it's harmless if it's not affecting her dental health, but if it's upsetting to you or your wife, it should probably stop.
I have a 9 year old step-daughter, and one thing I know is that she's smart as a whip and infinately open to negotiation (read "bribery").
I'd probably open with a sleep-over with her best friend and escalate to a slumber party, with movies and makeovers and sleeping on the living room floor in sleeping bags, with 2 or 3 of her best friends if she trades the baby bottle for a more socially acceptable water bottle, or cup of water by her bed (if the water-bottle is too close to the baby bottle for your comfort, but it is socially acceptable and a pretty good transition).
And then get her to help pitch all of the baby bottles so everybody knows there's no going back.
(Oh, and I always said "I Would Never Bribe My Kids" before I had kids. Sheesh, I was a nitwit. It's a useful tool, but one you have to be carefull with, because it dulls quickly with overuse.)
answered 06 Apr '10, 03:49
If you're concerned about the drinking the contents of the bottle (breastmilk or formula) perhaps try explaining that these are just for babies and that older kids get lots of other stuff that babies can't have (whether it be juice, chocolate milk, pop etc.) Just play up that being older has its benefits.
If you're concerned about drinking from a bottle, I would remove all access to bottles. You could try using a straw or something like this as a transition.
Edit: If she's demanding it, then don't give in. Offer her some milk in a cup, but that's it.
I guess my reaction is: What's the problem, exactly?
If my (five-year-old) son refused to drink except from a baby bottle ever, anywhere, then that would be one thing, because it's not really socially acceptable.
But if it's just once a day, before bed, I'd figure that if it helps him/her get to sleep at night, who cares? Later on, as the kid gets older, going to slumber parties or other overnight things, I'd guess that the behavior will go away on its own.
answered 20 Apr '10, 03:44
My concern is 3 to 4 full size avent bottles per day with strawberry syrup or chocolate syrup crowding in approx 2 oz to make the 20 + oz bottle taste good. Why too much milk according to food groups and not enough solid healthy foods to add daily is a problem. Mamma I think is the 1 pro vs a lot of cons reguarding the demanding moody kids (twins 7 1/2 yrs old) for a bottle. They have good teeth but one has premature signs of crowding teeth and speech issues that if kids his age were to know about the baby bottle, I am afraid of his anxiety disorder that a pediatric dr has proven over and over since he was 2 yrs. And my daughter is 54 inches tall with a creeping 110 lbs. So she is being picked on for "fat" and my son is isolated for his hard to understand speech. I feel alone and to approach my wife in a fashion to stop this has already and will seperate us, division them against me.
answered 16 Oct '13, 12:27