Night bottle feeding

Mapula - posted on 08/02/2016 ( 6 moms have responded )




I am so frustrated and need help
My almost 3 year old son wakes up 7 times minimum a night for his bottle . It doesn't matter what is inside the bottle juice rooibos and water . I think it's too much liquid for him in one night and he doesn't get enough sleep. Please help me stop him


~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/03/2016




Ok, first of all STOP putting juice in his bottle. You are going to rot out his teeth!! NOTHING but WATER!

Also he is 3 years old. Get him off the bottle in the first place. Replace it with a sippy cup during the day (for toddlers not infant size), and get him onto a regular cup also. Talk to him about no more bottle, no more waking for bottle, and remove all bottle from your home so YOU are not tempted to give in.

Is he taking naps during the day? How many and how long?


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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/04/2016




That is a pretty heavy fluid intake! I would agree with the recommendation to have a check for possible medical issues, just in case.

As far as the rest, what the others have said is pretty much it. The bottle, for him at night, is a comfort habit, like a blankie or stuffed toy. Tell him that big boys get cups of water at night, and don't give in. Good luck!

Jodi - posted on 08/03/2016




I agree with Dove, waking 7 times at night to take in fluids is concerning. Does he drink a lot and seem thirsty during the day too?

Like the others said, get rid of the bottles. Yes, you are going to have to put up with some tantrums initially, but that's all part of parenting. If you continue to take the road of least resistance, you will end up with a child that has absolutely no self-discipline and a spoiled brat. So time for some tough love - no bottles.

Dove - posted on 08/03/2016




Throw the bottles away and put a sippy cup w/ water by his bed for any night wakings. Tell him he can get a drink and go back to sleep on his own. If he is really drinking 7 bottles of water throughout the night you might want to take him to the doctor to rule out any issues. Does he drink a lot during the day too? If he is constantly thirsty that is a sign of diabetes or a few other medical issues. If it's just a night habit... let him know that once that sippy cup is empty then he won't be getting any more water til morning (but make sure you have not limited his water intake prior to bedtime).

Sarah - posted on 08/03/2016




Throw the bottles out. Can't give bottle if not in the house. It is not a need it is a habit. To break the habit you have to stop giving the bottle. Will it be pretty maybe and maybe not. It is a habit that has gone on for some time. You may have to deal with the consequences to that.

Mapula - posted on 08/03/2016




Hi. Thanx for your advice, he takes an hour nap during the day and not always its like 3 times in a week. He does not feed at all during the day and he drink with a normal cup or glass when he he eats . He will actually mention that he is not a baby when he see the bottle during the day however at night it's a different story. Regards Mapula

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