my daughter will be 2 in may and she still wakes up through the night for a bottle,

Shannon - posted on 02/10/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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shes up at least twice a night for a bottle, i cant just take them off her because my little sister who is younger than her still has a bottle so she would just take hers, im really strugglng to take it off her.

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Kelly - posted on 02/10/2011

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You will probably start having tooth decay problems if not already. She is well overdue by maybe a 1 1/2 years. Not sure how old the other one is. They will continue this process until you say no. In the second half of my kids first year they had 12 hour nights. This is a comfort thing only. It will be hard but you are going to have to say no and tell them it is bedtime. if they are still in a crib you can walk away but if they are in a bed you will have to put them back in. You will probably have a week of hell and screaming but don't give in. If you give in once you will make it all that much worse and now you have the health of her teeth to consider.

Louise - posted on 02/10/2011

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There is no reason that she needs a bottle now. Try giving a food snack before bedtime and see if that helps her to sleep any longer. Other than that you will just have to take the decision to not feed her during the night, you must be shattered. At 2 she is old enough to understand what you are saying to her. Just keep telling her and her sister during the day that there big girls now and mummy needs her sleep. When they wake give them a teddy and put them down again to sleep. This is going to take a few nights to break this habbit but stick with it, a full nights sleep will be your reward soon enough. Good luck!

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Kelly - posted on 02/10/2011

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Devonna...I know it is hard but especially at 8 mos. it will only take a week or less and then you never have to get up again at night! So tough it out for a week. My son was sleeping through the night and then at 8 mos. got sick and I was getting up with him. Well the cold went away but not the middle of the night disturbances! My pediatrician told me to go to his door. Tell him it's night time in the words you usually use to reassure them so they aren't scared when they cry and you don't come. Don't go in and don't touch them. "night-night" and then leave. Do this every 10 mins until they stop. Always reinforcing it is bedtime and not picking them up. It may last a half hour. It took me 5 days and he got the message. The Doc says is is improtant for them to learn to comfort themsleves and roll over and go back to sleep and both mom and child need a full nights rest. ALL kids may wake up preiodically thru the night but they needs to learn to go back to sleep. It is one of their milestones. I wouldn't advocate this on a newborn but after 6 mos. YES!!

Devonna - posted on 02/10/2011

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my son is almost 8 months old and he takes his bottle thru out the night i know it is a bad habit and i tried to stop it i just cant when im sleeping i dont want to be interupted or bothered by his cries i know that is selfish but i need to change that habit because i know it will be harder as he gets older. Age 2 is a tough time to wean off bottles if you just go cold turkey it will eventually work she will cry and cry but if u dont give in she will get useto it. Good luck

Cassy - posted on 02/10/2011

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My son who is about to be 3 does this too. I give him his sippy cup, but will only put water in it. He was mad about the first few nights, but realized if he really wants something he's stuck with water. Hope this helps!

Alison - posted on 02/10/2011

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Cut out the night feedings. Give her nothing or give her water. She does not need to eat at night any more than you do. Once that is resolved, get rid of the bottles during the day. Take her shopping for her own special big girl sippy (Maybe for her birthday). I have found making these transitions on their birthday has worked well. Tell her before hand that bottles are for babies and that 2-year-olds have big kid cups.

Good luck!

Laura - posted on 02/10/2011

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Being a parent is about making healthy choices for your child, even when it upsets them. A two-year old should be well past needing a bottle in the night. As pointed out already, tooth decay is a real concern for your daughter because of that habit. It is time to ditch the bottle, most likely for the other baby as well.

Start by offering a bedtime snack. This should be something healthy but filling like a piece of cheese, yogurt, fruit, or even a small bowl of cereal. Make sure the bedtime routine includes brushing the teeth! Your daughter is most likely using the bottle for "comfort", so your job is to find a suitable replacement that will provide that comfort. This can be a pacifier, a stuffed toy or a favorite blanket. When your daughter wakes up (and she will!), offer something else for her to use for comfort. You can also offer her a glass or tippy cup of water to sip before putting her back down to sleep. Do this routine every time! Consistent behavior on your part will help make this a fairly quick transition. As Louise mentioned, a good night's sleep will be YOUR reward! Hope this helps and good luck!

Kara - posted on 02/10/2011

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I sympathize because my lil' guy still wants his bottle, but that's because its turned into a habit. A snack before bedtime can help fill her tummy and perhaps push her through the night. Otherwise, I think you're going to have to make the disappear - out of sight out of mind (which I know is tough since you have another child still on the bottole). Just know - you're not alone in your struggle!

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