Bedtime bottle

Sarah - posted on 11/13/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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At what age do you stop giving your baby a bottle before bedtime. The doctor told us that "technically" babies at 1 year should be able to last throough the night with out it , but I have my doubts...

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Jessica - posted on 12/10/2009

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Our daughter was alot easier to wean off the bottle than our son has been. At 1 year old, my husband and I stopped giving her a bottle all together but we weaned her down to only 2 bottles a day before that. All she was allowed to have at bedtime was a binky. After 2 weeks, she was over bottles. The next step was taking the binky away. After another 2 weeks, she was done. Now with my son who is now 14 months, he still has a bottle at nap time and bed time. I want the bottle gone but he won't give it up. I've tried to give a sippy cup but he WILL not go to sleep without his bottle! I've been told that girs develop differently than boys and some ways, girls do things before boys and boys do some things before girls. Every kid is different and going to do things their own way. =-)

Jessica - posted on 12/03/2009

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Emelyn stopped getting a bedtime bottle around 9 months. She would get one after dinner - about 1-2 hours before bedtime - but weaned herself from that one around her birthday. I offer water in a sippy cup in the evening, but she usually doesn't want it. As of 2 weeks ago, she only gets a morning bottle and then 3 sippy cups of milk during the day (morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack), with water offered whenever she wants it. Our pediatrician told us no bedtime bottles after 9 months because it was bad for her teeth so we went cold turkey. It was tough for a couple days, but she adjusted quickly. Our routine is bath, book, bedtime starting around 6:15-6:30 with her in bed by 7pm.

Shannon - posted on 12/03/2009

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I haven't given Owen a bedtime bottle in a couple of months. Once we switched to sippy cups during the day, we cut out the bedtime bottle. And, we do dinner around 5:30 or 6:00pm for him and he typically drinks quite a bit of whole milk with his dinner. Bathtime is around 7pm, and bedtime b/w 7:30pm and 8pm, and he's just not that interested in drinking anything at that point. We've made a routine of doing a bath, putting on PJs, grabbing his blanket and paci, and reading a book snuggled on the couch to calm him before bed. Then he goes right down. A friend told me that the earlier you can cut out the bedtime bottle, the easier the potty training/bed-wetting situation will be because they're not used to having a drink before bed. Just food for thought.

Deanna - posted on 12/02/2009

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If she doesn't show an interest in giving it up, what's the fuss in stopping it? She's only 13 months...it's not like she's 2! So I hear ya, I'd allow her take some milk in before bed. There's no harm in it. I let my Daughter have a bottle of milk before bed and when she's done, we brush her teeth and she goes to bed.

Samantha - posted on 11/30/2009

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My daughter stopped taking a bedtime bottle on her own around her first birthday.

Jessica - posted on 11/28/2009

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My daughter gets a sippy no later than 1 hr before bed...This helps with her waking up drier if no completely dry in the morning which I am hoping will help when wanting to potty train when she is able to say potty or something to let me know she has to go!



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Paula - posted on 11/22/2009

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If it makes him happy then why not!!! Doctors....bah....do what is right for you and your child.

Lena - posted on 11/21/2009

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We've always used a bottle as part of our bedtime routine w/ our twins. We have transitioned to sippys and still use a bottle befor nap and bedtime. It lets them know it is time to sleep. I don't see a problem with it. One baby sleeps the night, the other wakes for another bottle. We will try to stop that soon but for now this is what works for us.

Veronica - posted on 11/21/2009

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my son doesnt get a bedtime bottle - he'll want a bottle maybe an hr or two before going to bed but not to put him down to sleep

Julia - posted on 11/20/2009

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My 13 month old has been off the bedtime bottle since 11 months old. We started weaning her off the bottle around the same time, now she has a sippy cup of milk at breakfast and one before bathtime (an hour before bedtime)!! We use a different cup for different drinks, i.e. regular sippy cup for juice and a similar cup for water and a straw cup for milk.

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We've been totally off the bottle since our son turned one, but he was never very attached to them and it was a relatively easy transition. He never needed one to go to sleep, and I stopped giving him a bedtime bottle a few months before his birthday - I made sure to offer more throughout the day. Now, it's no more milk after supper. He eats, we play and read, take a bath, brush his teeth, and read some more. If he's thirsty after his teeth have been brushed, I offer water in his sippy. Good luck!

Alexis - posted on 11/19/2009

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I am still giving my daughter a bedtime bottle although, I feel like that should change. She is walking and talking now and the bedtime bottle makes me think baby. She's a toddler now =) I really think that it's up to you momma. Some moms get their kids off bottles all together by 1 year old while others wait 'til 3 years old. You can always try the new routines out and change them as you go. Your daughter will let you know if she's happy! =) Good luck! To all the mommies out there! =)

Natalie - posted on 11/18/2009

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I agree with giving your child the last bottle an hour or two before bed. Then a nightly bathing routine that involves cleaning teeth. If the bottle is still given right before bed, then at least clean the teeth with a damp cloth before placing the child in the crib. Good dental health is so important and needs to be practiced from a very early age. Also, it is good to get children in the habit of not consuming food right before bed. The body naturally goes into a state of rest night and is not built to metabolize food at night. Consider water as an alternative to formula or milk right before bed.

Kristy - posted on 11/17/2009

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my son still has a bottle before bed. he decides how much he wants and stops when his had enough. he let me know when he wanted to cut out the other bottles he used to have so i figure hell do the same with his bedtime bottle.

Kelly - posted on 11/16/2009

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My 13 month old still gets a bottle before bed (we're working on sippies). I plan to continue offering it until he decides no more. I still like a drink before bed so I figure whats it hurt. I do try to give it to him at least an hour before bed so we can get a diaper change in!

Ashlee - posted on 11/15/2009

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my son has his last bottle around 7pm before bathtime bedtime, that way he associates it with night time routine but not need it to go to sleep, he goes all night until breakfast when he has juice or water from a cup. He only gets a bottle before nap time and bathtime.

Kathryn - posted on 11/13/2009

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I'm still giving my 13 month old a bedtime drink, he doesn't have a bottle though I got him off that at 10 months so its out of a cup. I think that its a good part of the bedtime routine so I'd continue as long as you want to.

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