Bottles at night for a 16 month old...bad idea??

Kaila - posted on 08/09/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 16 month old little boy LOVES his bedtime bottle. It's like a comfort thing for him. He also wakes up once or twice a night for a bottle. I REALLY need to wean him off the bottle. Any ideas?

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Kaila - posted on 08/09/2009

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Thank you for all your comments. If he wakes up tonight I will not give him a bottle. I'll try rocking him or something.

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Rachel - posted on 08/12/2009

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It can cause very bad tooth decay. Start by weaning him off slowly. You make it 1/4 water and after a few days make it 1/2 water, etc. just keep adding more water and less juice/milk (whatever it is in the bottle) eventually you will have it all water and later you will notice he doesn't want it anymore.

Eryn - posted on 08/09/2009

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To wean my kids off the bottle I would let them have a sippy cup to play with and eventually put water in it. They eventually figured out what to do with it and soon didn't want anything to do with the bottle.

Good Luck!

Laura - posted on 08/09/2009

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At 16 months old, the child has teeth that can easily rot with sleep bottles. If he absolutely insists on them, make sure they have nothing but water. But if your will is stronger than his, then yes you, yes YOU, can wean that child from the bottle. Have something else comforting replace the bottle. Wether that be you rocking him for a few minutes before bed singing him a lullaby, or a special night time routine of some form. Give him something else for comfort. As for the middle of the night bottle, often times the child won't even wake up. He'll literally cry in his sleep and reach for it without fully waking up. You have a couple options then. You can try to ignore him till he settles back down. This can take either just a few minutes if he falls right back to sleep or it can take all night long when he fully wakes up and realizes the bottle isn't there. If it's the latter, you can either ignore the screaming and after a few nights this too shall pass or you can go in, lay the child back down quietly but firmly, comfort him for a bit, perhaps pat his back till he falls back asleep. You got plenty of options but whatever you pick, you HAVE to stay with it through to the end. Good luck.

Rheannon - posted on 08/09/2009

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It's not good for his teeth to have bottles at night, especially if he falls asleep with them in his mouth. My mom got me off the bottle by putting water in it at night. My son got attached to a sippy real quick, my daughter was a little harder, but I started giving her juice or water, and she just got tired of it.

Mandy - posted on 08/09/2009

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Try only giving water in the bottle then it wont be as appealing and he wont even want it. If he puts up a fight about the water dilute the milk like you would juice increasing the water as time goes on until its only water. Hopefully then he wont even want it and you wont have to take it away!

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