How do I stop my child drinking from a baby's bottle?

Posted Monday 18th November 2013   By Ericka Waller

Behold my nemesis. The baby bottle. Not just any baby bottle either. This one. This exact one. This is the bottle, the only bottle that my three-and-almost-a-half year old will drink from.

Her rat-like teeth have chewed holes in it, for faster drinking purposes. I have told her if she drank from a bloody cup she would get her drink even faster, but no. She wants all drinks in this bottle. It whistles when she uses it. It smells of spaghetti and dishwasher tablets. The teat is stained.

I don’t know if it is because her younger sister is still drinking from baby bottles.

I don’t know if it’s because she is the middle child and feels insecure – torn between being a big girl and a little girl.

Maybe it’s because I got pregnant when she was six months old and my milk changed, halting our breastfeeding journey.

I don’t know if it’s just that I am a weak-willed pushover.

We are a family of tea drinkers. In the morning none of us have anything pleasant to say to until we have had knocked back a brew (decaff for the kids).

Each morning I resolve to not let her drink hers from the nemesis-bottle, but she hounds, she persists, she screams – and all the while my own morning cuppa sits untouched, turning colder by the second.

If I give in and let her have the bottle I can drink my own tea while it is hot. If I carry on cajoling/begging it will get cold and I will then have to reheat it in the microwave and it will taste of frankfurters.

I am selfish. I don’t want my morning tea to have a milk-skin top and taste of frankfurters. I want it to taste of tea.

I mean, she is going to stop wanting it at some point right? She starts school next year. She is surely not going to want it in her lunchbox right? My kid is normal, right?