Bottle demanding through the night.

Bree - posted on 04/18/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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He has always slept right through untill a few months ago we went through some teething pain.
My partners way of getting him back to sleep quickly and quietly was to give him panadol and a bottle of formula.
Now he is in the habbit of waking every night demanding bottles for comfort. If I dont give it to him and tell him to go back to sleep, he screams the house down and will not give up, he can go on for hours.
Giving him the dummy that he gave up a year ago has made no difference and stuffing him full of food all day has not made any difference either.
He often does not even finish the bottles, he seems to have developed a need for a comforter in the form of milk.
Am considering using a controlled crying method which I never had to do with him to get him sleeping through the night before but my parntner refuses to let me do it as he thinks its cruel.
Any Ideas

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Emma - posted on 04/28/2010

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My opinion is don't give it to him. Instead of the mil, wait about 5 mins to see if he calms down, if he doesn't go to him, is him and give him a cuddle then leave him and leave it an extra 5 mins before yu return. This way it's less stressful and he will get used to going back to sleep on his own. This worked for us. Each night he wakes up leave the first time you go to him longer too. Also, leave him some water where he nows it will be and if he's that thirsty he will drink that instead. I always make sure my eldest girl (2yrs) knows she has a drink in her room so if she wakes up thirsty she can have that rather than screaming the house down, she only wakes up know if she has a nightmare which is very rare. Good luck!

Suvannah - posted on 04/27/2010

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maybe fill a sippy cup of water and put it in your sons room where he can get to it if he gets thirsty at night.
Give him a hug and kiss and put him back to bed if hes crying.. hopefully in time he will learn that your not going to bring him a bottle. Really its not very good for his teeth to have bottles at night.
I dont agree with CIO same as your hubby..

Ashley - posted on 04/20/2010

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Honestly, I would try to not give in to him and give him his bottle...cause otherwise he wins! He doesn't need a bottle in the middle of the night. It might take 2 or 3 VERY long nights but eventually he will understand that he is not going to be getting the bottle and he will just go to sleep. Like I said, it will be a long 2-3 nights but very much worth it in the end! Best of luck to you!

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