How do you get your baby to sleep WITHOUT putting them to bed with a bottle?

Melissa - posted on 09/15/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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The only way thus far that I am able to get my baby to sleep during the night is if I put him to bed with a bottle. I am aware that this may be bad for his gums and also I don't like leaving a bottle in bed with him. Please help!

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Jodie - posted on 09/15/2009

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my son is now off the bottle but i always put him to bed with it as well and now he goes to bed with the cup i dont think theres any easy was to stop it u just have to suck it up and try i always had water in his bottle never anything else my sister in law is a dentist and she told me the reason they dont like babies put to bed with bottles is because it could rot thier teeth with the formula or juice sittin in thier mouth my son would never take a bink so i just gave him water because he was up every hour i couldnt take it i had to do something so i let the bottle in his crib but only with water in it so far his teeth are healthy as could be

Amy - posted on 09/15/2009

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We use pacifiers and it worked with our first son who is now off the pacifier. Our second son likes his too, but really likes a blanket bear or at least that is what I call it. It is a little blanket with a bear head in the center, you can find them almost any where and there are lots of different kinds. That way they have something to hold onto also.

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I never put my daughter to bed with a bottle, I read up on it and seen the consequences. I instead chose to feed her before bed and then we had cuddle time or I'd rock her a little bit and then put her to bed. Sometimes she'd fuss a bit but now she just goes straight to bed

Jawanika - posted on 09/15/2009

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Well I usually feed Kingston when I see that he's getting tired. Then I burp him and let him fall asleep in my arms then I put him in his crib. Sometimes though if I know he's tired I go ahead and put him in his crib and he goes himself.

Amber - posted on 09/15/2009

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I slowly started watering down her milk. When it was finally straight water I just pulled it all together. I put on some soft music for her like a nighty night CD and just let it play all the way through and usually when its over she it asleep.

Katie - posted on 09/15/2009

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all of my babies were breastfed, so taking me to bed with them was not an option because we also to not believe in a family bed (we have too many kids), but as soon as they started sleeping in their cribs in their own rooms we just put them in bed, said "i love you" and walked away. it is really hard to get into that routine is just starting, but hold strong! we used the 10 minute rule, meaning if they were still crying after 10 min, go in, comfort, and start all over again. even babies as little as 3 months they would eventually give up (after a couple of rough nights) and just make sure you stick with it. my kids are 7, 5, 3, and 2 now and we still have the same routine and no nightitme issues!! so important to start early! hope this helps! katie_konieczny@yahoo.com

Lauren - posted on 09/15/2009

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try a pacifier that's shaped like the bottle nipple is. If you try that for a little bit till you get him off the bottle then slowly get him off the pacifier too. it's a gradual process and you have to be persistent.

April - posted on 09/15/2009

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I either fed my daughter before I put her in bed or put her in with some water. Normally she just went straight to sleep or cried for a little and then drifted off.

Krystle - posted on 09/15/2009

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i put the bottle with my daughter and it really was the worst thing to do. ive read up on it and they say to go in rub there back and soothingly say its nightnight (give the binky if you normally do it)leave the room if the baby cries wait 3 minutes before going back inn do the same thing come out wait 5 minutes do the same thing. You might have a couple more tired nights but it says it works

Shannon - posted on 09/15/2009

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for both of my boys it was really hard. i gave in on occasion when it was really late and just filled their bottle with water.

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