My daughter is 6 1/2 months old, is it too soon to stop the before bedtime bottle?

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Quoting Summer:

She has been sleeping through the night for about a month now. I only recently stopped the bottle at bedtime just to see how it would go. So far it has been working. Maybe I should give her more in her bottle during the day so I know she is getting enough.


I think this is your best bet - try to get her formula intake up during the day to make up for what she'd be missing at bedtime. But I agree with the other posters that I wouldn't wake a 6 month old up for a feeding. You should monitor her diaper output and weight gain to make sure she's getting enough to eat.

Jessica - posted on 07/07/2009

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Read this article: "How to tell how much formula your baby needs" on babycenter.com. If you little one is getting enough then let her sleep. Getting her out of the routine of a bottle before bed is good anyway. Then you won't have to battle over it later. Her falling asleep on her own also is an indication she is self soothing! Way to go.

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Quoting Summer:

She has been sleeping through the night for about a month now. I only recently stopped the bottle at bedtime just to see how it would go. So far it has been working. Maybe I should give her more in her bottle during the day so I know she is getting enough.


You can always try 1 ounce apple juice with 3 ounces of water in a sippy or bottle (whatever you prefer) and give that to her over the course of the day. She be getting extra water which is especially good if it is hot where you live. Most babies love apple juice!

Sarah - posted on 07/07/2009

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You can always give her baby yogurts to supplement the bottle she is losing.
So long as she's gaining weight and sleeping well, i wouldn't worry too much. :)

Valerie - posted on 07/07/2009

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I have stopped putting my 6 month old to sleep with the bottle. I give her her bath, then feed her baby food, then give her the rest of her bottle, then brush her gums and put her down while she's still awake. It works good! I personally think it's better that you put them down w/o a bottle!

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Yes, it is too soon to stop ANY bottle. She should be on formula or breast milk until she is 12 months and this should still be her main source of nutrition. No matter how much food she is eating, the formula is still very important until 12 months.

Brandie - posted on 07/08/2009

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I would wait for a few more months. the bedtime bottle should be the last to go. She needs that warm bottle before she goes to sleep to help her sleep better. If you are trying to ween her off the bottle you should start taking one bottle away every week. So weeek 1 if she takes 6 bootle only give her 5. Bedtime bottle will help her sleep better at night. I think at least by age 1 year they should be off the bottle. I gave my son a soft tip sippy cup, he loved it!!!!!

Candy - posted on 07/07/2009

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These babies are totally different now these days! I see they be hungrier now so I think you should feed that baby!LOL

User - posted on 07/07/2009

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if your worried about weening off the bottle you could always try a soft spout sippy cup durring the day and just use a bottle at sleepy times My son never took a bottle he hated them he would breast feed at sleepy times and take a sippy cup the rest of the day from the time he was 3 months old

Kimberly - posted on 07/07/2009

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I've always been told that the before-bed bottle is the most comforting and should be the last to go when you start weaning to a sippy cup. Most doctors expect the bottle to cup switch around the year mark, so don't rush if you don't want to. The other benefit is that the fuller her tummy is before going to bed, the longer she can sleep.

Kim, from justamomha.com

Elizabeth - posted on 07/07/2009

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Babies should really be fed on demand. If she is hungry, then let her have the bottle. Especially if she is sleeping through the night, then the bottle before bed is getting her nice and full. Babies have small tummies. I always gave my son a bottle before bed. He slept through the night starting at 2.5 months. He was completely off the bottle by 11 months, but I still let him have something to drink before bed. Now that he's a toddler, he can have water before bedtime, but once he is potty trained I will have to limit his liquids before bed until he gets the nighttime training down.

Summer - posted on 07/07/2009

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She has been sleeping through the night for about a month now. I only recently stopped the bottle at bedtime just to see how it would go. So far it has been working. Maybe I should give her more in her bottle during the day so I know she is getting enough.

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Quoting Summer:



Quoting Valerie:

I have stopped putting my 6 month old to sleep with the bottle. I give her her bath, then feed her baby food, then give her the rest of her bottle, then brush her gums and put her down while she's still awake. It works good! I personally think it's better that you put them down w/o a bottle!






Well that's what I was thinking. The sooner I get her off the bottle the better, right? I do worry though that she isn't getting enough hydration through out the day. Thanks for your input :~)





If your worried about hydration than I wouldn't stop the before bedtime bottle. I would just make sure YOU feed her the bottle and don't put her to sleep with it. Going to bed with a bottle in their mouths can cause tons of problems. 



My girl is almost 8 months old...she gets solids and a small bottle around 6pm and then a warm bath. I will then have quiet time with her, feed her another bottle at 9pm and off to bed she goes. She will sleep until 8am now (for maybe 2 months now). 



 

Nada - posted on 07/07/2009

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Well.... my 23 month son takes 2 bottles a day, one at bedtime and the other at naptime. He knows its time for sleeping when he sees the bottle =)

Go with your instinct.. I think that's best, each child is different, and mom knows best ;-)

Vicky - posted on 07/07/2009

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Too soon for sure. It's reassuring to her plus she'll manage a longer night if you put her to bed full rather than on an empty stomach... You could start giving her a little less gradually though but until about 1 year, it's not a good idea to completly stop.

Amanda - posted on 07/07/2009

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If you think she doesn't need it or want it then stop. Your kids know what they need. If she is sleeping well through the night without it then you are doing GREAT!! My daughter never seemed to have the "right" amount of formula a day- I always worried she didn't get enough. But, she is four now and is healthy and smart!

Summer - posted on 07/07/2009

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Quoting Kara:

I "broke" the bottle at 15 months. Everything I read said it's best between 13-15 months, but he still gets milk at night, just not in a bottle. I think even toddlers can have milk before bed.



I was told by the peditrician that I should start weening her off 1 of her 4 bottles a day. I figured the 1 at bedtime would be the easiest to do.

Summer - posted on 07/07/2009

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Quoting Valerie:

I have stopped putting my 6 month old to sleep with the bottle. I give her her bath, then feed her baby food, then give her the rest of her bottle, then brush her gums and put her down while she's still awake. It works good! I personally think it's better that you put them down w/o a bottle!



Well that's what I was thinking. The sooner I get her off the bottle the better, right? I do worry though that she isn't getting enough hydration through out the day. Thanks for your input :~)

Kara - posted on 07/07/2009

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I "broke" the bottle at 15 months. Everything I read said it's best between 13-15 months, but he still gets milk at night, just not in a bottle. I think even toddlers can have milk before bed.

Gail - posted on 07/07/2009

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if she goes right back to sleep i would say let that one go but if she is awake and wants one let het have it my son is 27 months and he still has one but if he is to tired then we skip it but that is all up to you.

Michelle - posted on 07/07/2009

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My girl is 7 months and still gets a bottle but thats because its a great way of getting some of the key nutriants she needs every day. I wouldnt stop yet but if you feel she doesnt need it then stop it.

Donna - posted on 07/07/2009

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that's up to u...but with my son i found that it helped him sleep a little better

Summer - posted on 07/07/2009

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I thought babies of a certain age need so many oz. of formula a day. If I stop the bottle she does not get enough through out the day that I think she should.

Nichole - posted on 07/07/2009

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If she isn't taking it and still sleeps through the night, then go ahead and stop it. It's your child and you know what's best. Not every baby has the same schedule of feedings.

Sarah - posted on 07/07/2009

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Quoting Summer:

Even if she doesn't really want it? I mean I have to wake her up and out of her swing and she goes right back to sleep.


Sorry, i don't understand. If you have to wake her for it then it's not the bottle before bed time is it?



I wouldn't wake her for a bottle if she'd already asleep, but a bottle before bed is always a good cue that's it's sleep time.



Sorry if i'm getting confused!! :)

Jade - posted on 07/07/2009

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i think you should keep ur daughter on the bed time bottle of milk as it gives her that comfort before bedtime however there is nothing wrong with stopping the bedtime bottle of milk.

Gemma - posted on 07/07/2009

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oh you mean stopping the bed time bottle well my little girl is 20months and she still has a bottle at bedtime its how she no's its time for bed but its up to what you want and how you fill x

Summer - posted on 07/07/2009

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Even if she doesn't really want it? I mean I have to wake her up and out of her swing and she goes right back to sleep.

Summer - posted on 07/07/2009

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I used to give her a bottle before putting her to bed. I now have stopped and was wondering if it is a good idea, or if I should continue.

Sarah - posted on 07/07/2009

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It's completely up to you really.

Both my girls still have milk before bed, they are 5yrs and 1yr.

My girls love their milk and enjoy it before bedtime, it makes them sleepy. If your daughter isn't really interested then i guess you could drop it.

As i said, it's completely up to you! :)

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