My daughter will not sleep without a bottle and is 17 mos old? Is this hurting her? Any tips?

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User - posted on 01/21/2009

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My daughter slept with her bottle until she was 3 1/2 years old. I switched to 2% milk for the night time round, so it gave her the feeling but less damage for the teeth. I tried all the suggestions from friends and family but decided that if that's what kept her a sleep during the night, then that was what she was going to get. I never gave her juice, she wouldn't drink it and water just annoyed her and she would scream for her ba ba ... very demanding little girl ... laughing. Lucky for me it didn't damage her teeth, but I have seen other kids, with damaged teeth from doing it too long. Good luck.

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My daughter was like this as well. She was much past the "normal" age for giving up her bottle. We had to do it slowly. If she is already drinking from a cup or sippy cup that is a good start. If not get her used to the cup during the day first. Then we gradually switched our daughter over to only water in her bottle and other drinks, milk or juice, in her cup. She still took the bottle with water in it for quite a while to go to sleep but then eventually she gave it up in favor of a cup of water before laying down. The worst thing is having the milk from the bottle in her mouth for extended periods of time, while she is sleeping, is bad for her teeth. That is why we served only water in her bottle when we were trying to break her from it. Hope this helps.

Suzanne - posted on 01/21/2009

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I think my daughter was almost 3 before she would sleep without a bedtime bottle and a pacifer. She wouldn't have a bottle during the day anymore, but she still like to sleep with a bottle & pacifer. I took the bottle her when it was starting to be full the next morning. It was something that seemed to settle her. I think they like the suckling feeling and i preferred them over her thumb. As long as they teat on both the bottle and passy are orthodontic one then it won't affect their teeth or mouth development.

Abbie - posted on 01/21/2009

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my daughter is also 17months and will NOT sleep without a bottle. The doctor says it can damage her teeth but when she falls asleep i take it from her. Also i give her 6 ounces of water with 3 ounces of juice instead or i just give her flavored water that way her teeth aren't being as damaged. I brush her teeth as soon as she wakes in the morning. The downfall is more water more wet diapers. She may wear off of wanting a bottle. My daughter ue to want about 4 a night i started downsizing and only taking two bottles to bed and now she will fall to sleep with one water w/ juice and sleep all night.

User - posted on 01/21/2009

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tryand get her to sleep with water in a bottle and then switch to a sippy cup with water..My kids are 3 and 5 and both go to bed with a water bottle everynight! But they are old enough to open and close the water bottle. But I slowly made the transition from bottle to sippy cup to a water bottle. As long as you dont mind her going to bed with a cup and as long as it's water it won't damage her teeth!

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