My daughter is 2 years old and still wakes up for her bottle during the night. When wil it end?

Bronwyn - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I am exhausted. My daughter wakes up 2-3 times a night for her bottle. How do i get her off the bottle PERIOD!!!.

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Liz - posted on 05/19/2009

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It might take a few nights of hell but just stop giving it to her. When she realizes she isn't getting what she wants at night, when she does wake up, she will work on just going back to sleep. I've done this with my boy and told a few other moms and it always works. Just be prepared for some fits.

Lizzy - posted on 05/20/2009

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I know the feeling ,,my youngest of 5 is 2 at the end of june and still wakes up 2 - 3 times a night.. when she wakes up i give her the bottle with2 ounces of water in it . she still in my room in the cot . unlike the others, they were in their own bed in their own room by the time they were14 months. My only son was in his own bed when he was 10 months .Think i will have to go cold turkey with her .but not sure if i will be able for the tantrums she will wake the whole house.

Nikki - posted on 05/20/2009

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make sure she has had something to eat b4 bed so shes not waking up hungry then only offer water during the night,,will soon realise it's not worth waking up for...........good luck

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Chintya - posted on 05/20/2009

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ussually stops when she started to get used to not drink from a bottle during the day,asked her to try drink from a glass because she looks for bottle to make her comfort feeding,she isn't hungry at all,thread her to use glass cause i did to my son and he forget his bottle.

Tshepo - posted on 05/20/2009

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Hi Bronwyn, I also had a hard time getting my boy off the bottle. I started him on a weekend, when he woke up and asked for the bottle I just asked him "the bottle for babies?" He would laugh and say no and fall back to sleep. It took weeks, some days he was fine others he cried, even today he can still ask for it mostly during the day. Good Luck! It's called tough love.

Roberta - posted on 05/20/2009

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I wouldn't give her the bottle in the night , because it is very harmful to her teeth, it can cause tooth decay. Milk has natural sugars and proteins, which can break down tooth enamel (my friends child, had this happen, and needed caps on her front teeth ;( It was recommended to me, to give milk/juice, then brush before bed. I believe, the bottle is something she is waking for, because she knows she'll get it. Maybe, you and her can go to the store, a special Mommie/Daughter day, to buy some special- her very own "big girl cups", only if she throws away her bottles in the garbage first. Good luck!!

Kimberly - posted on 05/19/2009

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Don't give it to her. Put only water in a cup . She won't want it enough to keep waking up for it. You will have a night or two where she is really upset but then she won't even think about it. Tell her she is all grown up now and bottles are only for babies.Have her help you through the bottles away so she knows they are gone. Good Luck

LaWanda - posted on 05/19/2009

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It is going to take a lot of patience on your part but it can be done. First you have to introduce her to the sippy cup. No child no matter what will be able to continue with that at night. Introduce in the day time and let her know that there is no eating after bedtime. Give her the bottle every night that she asks for it and add 1 ounce less of what you usually give her every other day for two weeks. She will then get the concept that she is not going to get anything more than that. Eventually she wont want the bottle. If this does not work and you still want to get sleep, try cold turkey for a couple of nights. She will cry but it is not because she wants a bottle it is because shes mad. CONTRARY to what they say, it DOES NOT hurt them to cry if they are not sick. If she wakes up crying wait five minutes (takes more work and patience on your part than hers) and go in an check on her. Leave lighting to a minimum, not much talking(just shhh its alright will do), be brief and quick, leave. If she wakes up again, go in after ten minutes and do everything you would do when checking on her after five minutes. Continue this routine and you will get some sleep after about 2-3 weeks. I have done this to my own and my mom did it to her when i went into the hospital to have my youngest. After 3 wks you should be good to go if you stay firm.

Lindsey - posted on 05/19/2009

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What I did with my son (he was a little over a year at the time) to get him off the bottle at night, was when he would wake up for a bottle, I started just going in a rocking him and told him he could a have a little drink of water. It didn't take very long for him to just stop waking up. MAYBE a week. Just be consistent and she'll stop waking for it :) It'll be hard at first, but stick with it and you'll have your sleep back!!!!!

Bronwyn - posted on 05/19/2009

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Well, honestly, my other 2 kids were fine, never gave me any hassles. Trista again has been very sickly from baby so i guess there is alot more pampering and spoiling. I will have a good long chat to her and explain the bottle is going away- take it from there. Thank you for your advice and i will keep you posted

Susan - posted on 05/19/2009

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The bottle must go. I have had two bad sleepers out of four. The best thing I did was get rid of the bottle. We started by offering the sippy cup with milk in it at night when he woke. At first he'd throw it at me, major tantrum. Then he fussed less and less, but be prepared for no sleep for 3 days. After three days he began sleeping through the night, sippy cups don't offer the same sucking soothing sensation so they learn to give it up. You'll recognize that it isn't a scream that says I'm in pain, but that its the why aren't I getting my way. That helps a little in getting through it but its hard. You'll love it when its over and you are sleeping through the night! :)

Mel - posted on 05/19/2009

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dont give her a bottle at night! this should be stopped before they reach 12 months. she doesnt need it just got into a habit of waking for it. try and comfort her in other ways or let her CIO. 2-3 times a night really is ridiculous for a 2 year old, nothing against you of course you have done an excellent job getting up at night all this time! but shes got to learn some time. try and settle without the bottle first and put her back to sleep

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