how can i stop my daughter bringing a bottle to bed at night

Edel - posted on 04/24/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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i know i broke the golden rule... i started putting my baby girl to bed with a bottle of milk at night when she was a year old. now she is 2 and insists on bringing it with her. i have reduced the amt she drinks to 100mls but i would like to stop it altogether. she goes down like a dream but i worry about the effects on her teeth. it is showing signs of damage already.... any suggestions. i think it will also add to problems when i start potty training too.

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Riya - posted on 10/13/2011

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Hey, my daughter doesn't want to stop the bottle! I tried the sippy cup, but she doesn't want to drink the milk anymore. She also goes to bed with the milk bottle. Any suggestions. I don't know what else to do...

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Tomi - posted on 04/26/2010

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You can try diluting the night milk. Get it closer and closer to water gradually.

Liz - posted on 04/26/2010

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How about trying to relax her and tell her we are drinking your milk on the couch and watching a cartoon and than we will put it in the sink to be wash when all done and off to bed with ummm teddy bear or dolly something to take the place of the drink. Does she listen to music add some fun to her bed time, more you add the more she might forget the drink. The trick is the early taken away the quicker they forget. Ohh and pray, there might be some crying but it will pass!

Rana - posted on 04/26/2010

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Congrats I didn't know that you're having a baby before my first comment. Regardless, you still have to remind her that she is a big sister and she has to take care of the baby. You know what else, she might feel more attached to the bottle when she sees the baby using one. So, you should do it immediately and give her time to forget about it. After that, you can start putting her to a daycare and let the caregivers handle potty training. Best of luck! I know it's very hard.

Rana - posted on 04/26/2010

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Take is step by step. You shouldn't have problems with potty training and weaning, because you should start weaning her off and wait for a while until you start potty. You honestly should wean her off. Explain to her that she is a 2 year old toddler and not an infant. Show her pictures of herself as a newborn and tell her that she is no longer tiny. Make her through the bottles in the garbage in a time when she isn't looking for it. Start from here.. Never give her bottles after that and always remind her that she is a big girl. She might give you hard time because she will feel mad and cry more. Try not to do any changes at that time and give her more attention and love like hugs and kisses. Change her routine from bedtime bottle to bedtime stories that she would choose. Or even a bedtime song that she would help you sing. Encourage her to get busy in other activities like playgroups and even simple shores like organizing. All of these things would get your toddler's focus on other things rather from a pacifier or a bottle. Be consistent and please never offer her another bottle.

Edel - posted on 04/25/2010

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ya will do katie and thanks. it mite be the best thing to just get rid altogether. and especially before i start potty training. i have a problem with my older 7 yr old son he still bed wets at nite and sometimes i think it was the friggin bottle with him. even though the docs say it doesnt i cant know how a child wudnt be wet if they are drinking going to bed... i will let u know how things are going....

Kaitie - posted on 04/25/2010

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honestly the best way to do it is just to take it away and never give it back. We did that with both of our girls (they are the same age) and it was literally here today gone tomorrow. It may be hard the first couple nights but i sware you are more nervous than she is. We also did that with our son! does she have a favorite blanket or animal? try switching her to something esle. i know this sounds funny but my son for some reason who is 15 mos sleeps so much better when the humidifier is on. we are getting ready to pull the binkies. start giving her a sippy cup with milk in it or just switch the milk to water for a couple nights and when she learns she is not going to get what she wants she will toss it and forget it.Try this and let me know how it goes!

Edel - posted on 04/25/2010

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thanks for the comments guys. unfortunately there is no way she would drink water. she never would unless there is juice added. if it is plain water she will tantrum. im having my third baby next week and i think her nose will be out of joint already without changing her routine too much.. or even saying gudbye to her bottle. maybe i will just continue with reducing the amt and brushing her teeth. i took her changing station out of her room to have it ready and cleaned in my room for the new baby and she went mad so i dont want to make too many other changes in case she takes it out on the baby!! will keep ye posted with the progress and gud luck christina with lilly.

Sarah - posted on 04/24/2010

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I would try water instead of milk. Sometimes it does not matter what is in the bottle more that they have the bottle. Then I would either try to keep decreasing the amount until you are down to nothing, or I would start by slowly changing the night time routine. One way could be allowing her to have the bottle, but if you lay her down instead have her sit with you and rock or read a book while she drinks it. Then brush teeth after she finishes the bottle. I know some do a good by party for the bottles and make a big deal about giving them to another baby or throwing them out. With any change of routine or transition sometimes you may have to deal with some crying. I would rock my son to sleep. When he was about 18 months old I had spent two nights sleeping in the rocking chair in his room. He had woke up in the middle of the night and since rocking was the only way he knew how to fall back to sleep I went in and rocked him to sleep. The only thing was that he was getting big, so every time I would go to lay him down he would wake up so I would need to start all over. After two nights of this I realized that this routine needed to change. We changed our routine to reading a book and rocking, but when the book was done the rocking was also done. At first he cried (this was hard to listen to, but yet I also knew something we would both live through). After about 1 week we were all good. We would do the new routine, I would lay him down and he would fall alseep right away (no crying). He is now 12 yrs old and sleeps wonderfully. I don't even think he remembers that time.

Christina - posted on 04/24/2010

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Omg I am going through the same thing..only its in a cup not a bottle, but I still broke the rule. Lilly is 2 now and always wants her milk @ nite, she hasn't had any effects on her teeth, we brush every nite and morning and go to the dentist every 6 months but it is affecting her potty training @ nite because she always wets...I don't know how to break her of it either without a huge fight!! I hate the tantrums she throws when I try not to give it to her and I don't know what to do either...sorry, but @ least we are in the same boat!! lol maybe someone has suggestions for both of us!!

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