Ending nighttime bottles?

Kate - posted on 05/19/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a thirteen month old. He is a really great little boy, but I don't have many Mom friends to bounce ideas off of.

My pediatrician told us to wean him off formula, which I'm doing (he doesn't much like milk during the day, but will drink it for his bed time bottle). He drinks water all day and with meals. The only bottle he gets is before bed.

How and when am I supposed to stop the night time bottle? Is this going to reek havok with his sleep schedule?

Help!

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Sabrina - posted on 05/19/2010

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I weened my daughter off the bottle at 10 months because her dr kinda got on to me about her waking up still wanting a bottle. She wanted one when she went to bed then woke at least once for another. I started by reducing the size of the bottle from 8 oz to 4 oz. She did fuss some because she wanted more, but within less than a week, she stopped waking for one. It may take a little time, but do it at your own pace and you shouldn't have a major melt down at bedtime..lol. Good luck to ya:)

Jennifer - posted on 05/19/2010

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Until my son was 12mo, he woke up every 2-3 hrs for a bottle. When he reached 1, I started switching his night time bottles to water. It was enough to satisfy him and get him back to sleep, and it helped train him to not need food in the middle of the night. After a couple nights, he started waking every 3-4 hrs, and after about a week, he would only wake up once in the middle of the night, but he didn't need a bottle anymore. I never minded the water, because I figured that there are many times I need something in the middle of the night to drink, so my baby probably did too. Since it was just water, then I didn't have to worry about it hurting his teeth any.

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