Sleeping and Bottle at night

Gwen - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My daughter goes to bed like a dream! We rock w/ her blankie while she drinks her bottle (her only bottle of the day). Then I put her in bed, give her a kiss and leave the room. She usually plays for a few minutes before falling asleep. She also has her pacifier in bed with her (that is the only time she has it).
At night, when she wakes up, the only thing that makes her happy is her bottle. It takes me 5-10 minutes to give her 2 oz. and put her back in bed, where she falls right back to sleep. How do I get rid of this bottle habit? I know she can sleep through the night, because she does it sometimes. It's just not consistent. Nights when I've tried to give her a cup or paci instead, she screamed for at least 45 minutes. There has to be a more gentle approach. I'm not a cry-it-out mom.

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Amy - posted on 07/23/2009

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My daughter used to do the same thing. My pediatrician told me that she was waking up out of habit because she KNEW she would get something in return. What are you giving her in the bottle? Are you doing milk or formula? If so, try water. My pediatrician recommended this to me and it worked. Once I started giving Caila water in the bottle she didn't really want it and realized that she wasn't going to get the formula/milk.

She wasn't really hungry anyways, but used to just wake up because it was habit. If you give her something she doesn't really want, she will realize that the bottle isn't the best choice anymore. It may take a week or so, but habits can take a little time to break.

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Cheryl - posted on 07/25/2009

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I think offering her water is the best alternative, but make sure ate enough dinner to fill her up. Juice is full of sugar and bad for her teeth, don't give her that especially when she will be sleeping with it on her teeth the rest of the night. Hopefully the water will eventually stop her from waking up and wanting milk. If it doesn't you need to lose the bottles entirely and just rock her when she wakes, do it for a week or so and she should adjust and quit waking up. The bottle really should end completely at 12 months.

Ashton - posted on 07/25/2009

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i just broke my daughter of her bottle the other day, and she hasnt had a passy in a very long time. i started the night before only giving her water in the bottle and letting her stay up until she was soo tired she wouldnt put up a fight, then the next day we went on as normal, it took me until 1:00 pm to get her down for a nap with no bottle but she wasnt fussy and then that night i did the same, i let her stay up as late as possible until she was falling asleep sitting there, i put her in bed and i havent had a problem since, maybe in her case, when she wakes up at night, get her up and let her play for a few, change the game on her. maybe that will help, but there is no easy way to get rid of it then to just DO IT! its hard but it can be down. good luck!!

Michelle - posted on 07/25/2009

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We kicked the middle of the night bottle habit with a set of twins at 12 months by giving them water instead of formula. Once they realized it wasn't the same, in a few days they didn't want it anymore and the habit stopped. Worth a shot!

Amanda - posted on 07/25/2009

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my daughter slept with a bottle every night and then woke up for one in the middle of the night!!! i got rid of the bottle completly!!! threw them all away! and gave her a sippy cup with water in it to fall asleep with! Then...if she wakes up in the middle of the night...she has something there! It has worked for me! (just dont put juice or milk in the sippy cup! only water!) As soon as i started it...it wasnt a couple days later she was sleeping through the night!

Stephanie - posted on 07/25/2009

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my daughter is the same way but we water down the milk to the point that it is just a flavor and she'll usually grab the water bottle instead and drink it until she falls back asleep and the bottle just rolls out of her mouth and she is only 13 months

Rachel - posted on 07/24/2009

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my son just turn 2 and was just the same i got him a new sipper bottle and told him this is sooo special. He now doesnt like it and has stopped having the bottle but wakes at nite still and i offer him the sipper cup but he doesnt want it then goes back to sleep i am hoping he is eventually going to stop waking that once but it has only been a week.

Nicky - posted on 07/23/2009

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if my 17mths old daughter wakes up in the night i normally give her some juice rather then milk.ever thought she just might be thirsty not hungry for milk?

Stacey - posted on 07/23/2009

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How old is her daughter? Can she hold the bottle by herself? My son is 17 months old and still has to have a sippy cu to bed. A bad habbit I started when he was young that I know I'll have to deal with later. You're only supossed to give them water at bedtime if you let them do it themselves. If they fall asleep with it in their mouth the bottle will drip and the sugar from the drink (yes there is sugar in formula but i'm sure you already knew that haha...weird to think there is sugar in that stuff) it stays around their teeth and can cause what's called "Baby Bottle Rot". It'll eventually rot their teeth. So water is best. And if they choke the just cough...they wont drowned in it. I dont really think letting them sleep with a bottle is too bad of a habbit. Hey when I'm thirsty at night i bring a glass of water to bed too. It makes potty training harder tho. Good luck to you.



If she isnt old enough you can even prop up her bottle with a pillow. Once they get too mcuh or start to choke they turn their head and are fine. Alot of mothers will disagree with me and say it's bad to prop up their bottles but my son did fine.

Gwen - posted on 07/23/2009

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she's almost 17mos. like i said, i only give her 2 oz. barely anything, but it settles her down and she happily goes back to bed. i don't know if she's actually hungry, or just wants comforted. i wonder too if it's worth a fight.. a few weeks ago she slept all night for 5-6 nights in a row, so i know she is capable of doing it.

Lynlee - posted on 07/23/2009

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How old is she? Our son used to wake in the night until about 15 months old and I would feed him. It wasn't worth fighting about to stop the feedings during the night. I would suggest trying to feed her up as much as you can inthe evening so it is more likely she won't be hungry during the night - other than that I don't know if anything else works...

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