My son will not lay down with out his bottle.

Katie - posted on 05/16/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 18 months old and he will not go to sleep with out his bottle. He insists on going to sleep with it. He does not fall asleep eating, but he will eat it and then go to sleep. He was never a binky baby like my 1st son, so I can't replace the bottle with the binky. I need to get him off of it his brother was off the bottle by the time he turned 1. Any ideas for breaking the habit??

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Dianna - posted on 05/17/2009

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I took my daughter off the bottle when she was 1 year exactly cold turkey lol and OMG that was very hard for me to hear her cry for it but im not going to lie after 4 days she was fast asleep with out it, cold turkey is the way to go. if its too hard for you try giving him a sippy cup with WATER in in at bed that way hes not sucking on a nipple.but try CT first then see where it goes from there even try no more bottle during the day... hes a BIG boy now ;)

Amie - posted on 05/17/2009

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Have you tried sippy cups instead? My toddler (she'll be 2 on thursday) gets one at night with water. She started off drinking it before going to sleep because she was just used to doing that from having a bottle before the cup. Now she takes it and puts it beside her pillow and takes a sip here and there throughout the night. It definitely was a fight with her though, she tossed that thing at us for about a week before she took it. It was the only thing we offered her though so she eventually took it when she figured out no amount of whining would get her bubba back. =) We did this with her around her 1st birthday.

Katie - posted on 05/16/2009

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thank you for your reply, he already has a blanket that he sleeps with at night, I think we may just have to go the cold turkey route.

Melissa - posted on 05/16/2009

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I feel that he may be using his bottle as a safety "blanket" or item. If you can try to replace it with something else, maybe something that has your smell on it he might fall asleep easier with out the bottle for you. Lay him down with a blanket or stuffed animal and let him learn to feel safe with it... He will cry for a while, but it is kind of like when you decide to put your newborn down to let them fall asleep on their own. They wont cry for long and eventually the will get into a new routine. It is harder for the parent than for the child. Good Luck, and you may want to try a few different things! I wish you the best!

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