18 month old still waking up at night for bottles

Tamara - posted on 05/19/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is 18 months old and still isn't sleeping through the night. He still gets up 2-3 times for a bottle. I've tried giving him a snack before he goes to bed so he doesn't wake up so hungry but it didn't work.Any suggestions that would help him sleep better?

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Brittany - posted on 05/24/2010

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My 19 month old daughter is still on a bottle, drinking Milk, because she doesn't like to use and wont drink it out of the sippy cups yet. I don't think that its bad that your son is still on a bottle. My daughter is doing the same though waking up through the night a couple times. I've tried just letting her cry it out but it hasn't worked. She works herself up into a sweat and starts to hyproventalate. I've brought the issue up to my doctor and he says that children don't actually start to have a normal sleep pattern until they are about 3. My daughter is also on the smaller side, which my doctor says contributes a bit.
The one thing I did try that has made a bit of improvement was waking her up just enough that she is coherant about 3 hours into her sleep, talking to her for a couple minutes and then giving her another bottle to go back to sleep. She'd only wake up once or not at all after that, my doctor says this might help being as I'm disturbing her sleeping pattern. I hope this helps!

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your 18 month old should not still be on a bottle, try feeding him food during the day, he will be not as hungry.

Brianna - posted on 05/19/2010

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I had the same problem with my son! I started doing the same as the other moms suggested and it worked! I am 35 weeks pregnant with my second son and I had to put a stop to him waking up in the middle of the night for the sake of everyone! I also read that if you cut down on the amount in each bottle by 2 oz per night that that could help too but that one didnt work for me. Letting him cry it out is very very hard but its been the best for everyone now that he is sleeping! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 05/19/2010

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I agree completely with the previous reply. My 4-year old stepson still wakes at night for a bottle and I've been having a very hard time convincing his mom that she should not indulge him. It makes life very difficult when he stays at our house. If you keep giving it to him though, he'll just learn that it's always there for him.

Lisa - posted on 05/19/2010

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By 11 months old my daughter had me so exhausted from waking through the night I let her cry she cried for 5-10 mins and went back to sleep within a week she was sleeping through the night. Your son is waking from habbit not because he's hungry so just let him cry himself back to sleep. In no time he'll relize you are not going to run to him everytime he wakes. And then once he's sleeping through the night if he does wake just go and hug him tell him he's ok and lay him back down. Thats what I do with my daughter (shes 19 months now). We just moved and started her sleeping in a toddler bed so she is waking through the night but goes right back to sleep when she knows we are there. Good luck and I hope this helps

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