When and How Should I Give Up the Bedtime Bottle

Rachell - posted on 04/01/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 16 month old who I give a bottle of either toddler formula or milk to before she goes down for her nap and bedtime. She uses a cup all day long when should I start to take away the bottle? I have tried and she just throws a fit. I really enjoy this quiet time with her but I am going to have baby number 2 in october and I can't be feeding both of them. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Rachell

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Abbie - posted on 04/02/2009

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i am in the same exact situation, my son (16.5 months old) Gets a bottle at nap and bed time of water..i stopped giving him milk while he sleeps for the fear of bottle rot. But im finding it hard to take away the bottle from his sleeping situations. I keep saying this is the week im gonna do it, and it just goes by with nothing changing. Hang in there, as i am as well !

Katie - posted on 04/02/2009

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I stopped my son almost cold turkey at 1 year.He used a cup during the day and at night he would get a bottle and then one day I decided no more bottle and took it away and he had no problems since.I just had another baby in January and I was worried he might want a bottle because his sister was on one but he had no interest in it besides to play with it.

Jenny - posted on 04/01/2009

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I've been thinking about this a lot lately too. My daughter is not on a bottle, I took her off it at a year. I would just take one bottle away a week. So in a month she was completely on a cup. My dd would sometimes not drink from the cup, but I was just persistant and knew she wouldn't dehydrate herself.



Four times a day, every time she wakes up she has a cup of milk and we get to snuggle. I've been debating whether I should just give her cold milk or continue to warm it for her. Since she is not a snuggler I thing I will just keep warming it and enjoying our little time together.

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