Bottles at night

Maike - posted on 06/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My little girl still having milk bottles at night!
Any ideas how I can get rid of them?
Maike

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Christie - posted on 07/26/2009

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My mom and sister both work for dentists so in our family the bottle went bye bye at 1 yrs old. It is so bad for thier teeth. I just took the bottle away period said he is too big for a babybottle. Make them all disappear.. If you have younger kids that may be harder but if she is the youngest/only child then take them all away give her a sippy cup (i used the ones with soft bottle like tops for the transition) Tell her no more milk but if she would like a drink of water she has to use the cup.. I know it is hard but you are really at risk of causing major dental issues granted they are baby teeth but still she needs to learn good habits right off the bat. Hope the advise is somewhat helpful.. I tend to use "old school" techniques with my son so I am a little more harsh then some.. Good luck!

Briony - posted on 07/26/2009

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Hi Maike, I totally agree with what Kristen has mentioned. Do try to get into a routine of settleing your little girl by some quiet time before bed, reading a book is always a great way of spending some time with her at the end of the day. It workes for my three girls, they love to choose one book each. As for the bottle, normally a child should have been weaned form the bottle by the age of 2 years of age. They don't always tell you this at health centres which thy should try to enforce. I am a dental nurse and so many times I have seem many children with terrible decay on their baby teeth because of nursing caries. It means that a child has had a bottle later at night and their mouth has milk residue on their teeth, this in turn causes rotting of their baby teeth. Hopefully your daughter hasn't got decay, but if she does, you could always contact your local public dental clinic and they could treat your little girl. It's free if your on a pension or health care card or it's only $27 if you don't have one. Kids don't have to wait like adults do and they should give you the next available appointment. Worth while doing as your child will have to keep most of her back teeth until she is 10 - 12 years of age. All the best with giving up the bottle.

Maike - posted on 07/09/2009

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Sorry I didn't answer earlier, but I am in the middle of moving house. Thanks for your answers, it just makes me more sure that we will loose the bottles.
I might try to do it when we move into the new house and tell her the bottles are in some boxes and I can't find them. O I pack them as long as we are in the old house and tell her there are packed already.
Not looking forward to the nights but I guess teething time is gone long time ago and it is time for some sleepless nights.
Thanks again for your tips
Maike

User - posted on 06/29/2009

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My 3 year old has been off her bottle for 1 week tomorrow, after she had her pre-school jabs I told her that she is a big girl now and is not allowed a bottle, the first 2 nights she cried but nothing else since

Dagmara - posted on 06/25/2009

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Tell her that there's no milk at home and that all the shops are closed. Propose some water. It helped with my son

Kristen - posted on 06/24/2009

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tell her she is a big girl now and that big girls don't need bottles at night.....



She is obviously not needing the milk for sustainance, it's just a habit. My pediatrician always reminds me it takes 10 days to form a new habit, so just be strong and take it away. I know it sounds harsh, but you are giving in to her. It will take some time, but as long as you don't give in, she will adjust. Remind her that she is a big girl when she asks for it.



Try establishing a new bedtime routine that doesn't involve bottles. Give her a cup of milk before bedtime and tell her that this is that last milk she gets until the morning. Read her a favorite book and turn on some quiet music to relax her.



Forming new habits can be frusterating for both parent and child so remember that she is frusterated when she cries for the bottle and just be patient. Hug her and tell her how much you love her. Tell her how proud you are of her that she is becoming such a big girl. Try to put the bottles away where she can't see them and don't talk about them when she's around. For a few days, try to keep her away from babies on bottles so it won't remind her of it.

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