Sleeping through the night and getting off bottles, help?

Brandi - posted on 05/23/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




Ok, so my daughter is 19 months old now and she still is not sleepig through the night. She sleeps in her own bed but wakes up at least 3 to 4 times a night...wanting a bottle. Which leads me to my second question, any tips on easing her off the bottle? If tried straight taking it from her and letting her cry but she is relentless and does not just fall asleep or give in and take her cup, she throws her cup and literally cried ALL night until she was making herself sick, I did this for about 2 nights, I dont know what else to do. So I guess to be blunt how do I get my daughter off the bottle and to sleep through the night?


Jennifer - posted on 05/23/2011




My son actually stopped drinking from a bottle on his own but I do know a thing or two about getting kids to sleep through the night. I put my son down asleep and when he would wake up I would go in and check to make sure he was ok. I would tell him goodnight and leave the room. I would let him cry for about twenty minutes then go back in comfort him and leave again. I know it is hard to let the cry but for my son that was all that worked. Eventually after about a week he go the hang of it. Try stretching it out. Go in and check on him for the first few nights or the first week when he cries but don't go in immediately. Wait fifteen or twenty minutes. Then progress it to where you put her down but don't go in at all. Eventually they learn that you aren't coming and fall asleep on their own. Hope this helps.

Linda - posted on 05/23/2011




I hope you're not giving her anything but water in that bottle, or it may rot her teeth. I would try this: tell her that she is a big girl now and doesn't need a bottle anymore--she needs to give her bottle to someone else who needs it--a baby. Then you could have her put it into a box for another baby, and give her a prize for being so unselfish. From then on, only give her a cup. When she asks for a bottle, remind her that she gave it away. If she wakes up in the night, offer her a drink of water once--but no child needs more than that. If she cries, go into her and tell her to go back to sleep. Wait 10 minutes and go back in again. Then wait 15 minutes and go back. Do not get her up--just rub her back and tell her to go back to sleep. Then wait 20 minutes. Keep increasing the time before you go back in. If you're going to try this, don't give up after an hour---then she'll just learn that's how long she needs to cry before you come in. Be strong. As long as you are checking her regularly and know that she is fine, crying will not hurt her. Eventually, you will BOTH get a more restful night! (But this could take a few weeks.)


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Katherine - posted on 05/23/2011




I too have heard of giving a sippy cup instead of the bottle. And I've heard that it works. I'm having a hard time with my 26mo getting off of the bottle at night. She only takes water, thats what we gave her to get her off of it but she still wanted it. I know the mean way to do it but it breaks my heart to hear her cry.
My daughter also woke up 3-4 times a night wanting a bottle at that age, that's another reason we switched to water. Not to mention I'm sure she wakes up soaked. Mine did.
Now mine takes ONE bottle at night. I just refused anymore and she was ok with that after a while. But for sleeps sake I gave it to her until she kept waking up soaked all the time!!!!

Amy - posted on 05/23/2011




we started off ---well boobie - around a year and what i had to do was tell son boobie empty, but the liquid was in a sippy cup. He took the cup. Was end of boobie. Maybe it'll work for bottle. ???

But yeah at around 2 the best thing to do is make as little deal of wakes as possible. Go in. "sh, time for sleeping." or goodnight, or whatever you'd like to say in less than 6 words!! :) then tuck in and leave. no conversations beyond that and act very sleepy yourself.

is she dealing with teething too? only time my son threw angry fits at night was when teeth were bugging him. does your daughter know "yucky" or "gross" really well? Could tell her bottles are all yucky, will wash in the morning and give her some drink then. ?? Sometimes you can talk them into things like that.

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