Loretta - posted on 03/01/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )
My son Seth has been on the small side of the weight scale since he was 3 months old. He's been in the bottom 5% since he was 1 year old. For this reason, my husband & I have not felt the need to force Seth off the bottle. In the middle of the night, he has always woken up with a growling stomach and screamed until he was given a bottle (or a breast, when he was breast-fed). Now that he talks a bit, he asks for it by name. It is usually very obvious that he is ACTUALLY hungry, not that he just wants a bottle to help him get back to sleep.
Seth drinks out of a sippy cup during the day, but we still allow him a bottle at nap-time and bed-time. I'd like to stop this, but the strategy I'd like to try (telling him there are no more bottles) wouldn't make any sense if we still give him a bottle at night. We don't have insurance right now, so I can't discuss this with his doctor. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I'd like to add that even though Seth only takes one bottle at night, he frequently wakes up several times crying. He can usually put himself back to sleep if he wakes, but sometimes we are up several times with him. My husband & I are really looking forward to a time when we can both sleep through the night.