Amber - posted on 11/25/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
I have a beautiful 17 month old girl who can't seem to go to sleep without her bottle. I wanted to get rid of the bottle when she turned a year old but she didn't seem to be ready to let it go, so I did some research talked to her doctor and they said not to worry about until she is 18-24 months old. Well guess what she will be 18 months in 2 weeks so now I'm back to worrying. I don't want her to have messed up teeth and the only time she DOES take a bottle is when its nap/bed time that's it through the day she eats food and drinks from a cup. The thing that concerns me is that I think she is using it as a security blanket much like and paci/blanket ect. So I'm afraid it's gonna be alittle harder then lets get rid of the bottles. I have tried everything to get her to sleep even tried putting cereal in a bottle BEFORE bed time and drink it so her tummy is full but NO she still wants her bottle. I have tried the "ferber" method (CEO) and she is so flipping stubborn that she would sit in there and cry ALL night if I would let her because she doesn't give up that easily not to mention the fact that I can't stand to hear her cry and I live with my parents and I don't want to keep them up all night. Anyway my question is how do I wean her from her bottle or atleast help her go to sleep WITHOUT the bottle and without waking they entire neighborhood. If I could get her to go to sleep without it, She would be done with the bottles because that is the only time she gets one. So if you have any advice that would be great. Thank you!