Getting baby to sleep without bottle

Anna - posted on 05/31/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 1 and I want to start getting her to go to sleep without a bottle. I know that laying her down with a bottle is not recommended but it's never given her any problems. I just think now is a good a time as any to start having her fall asleep without one. Any suggestions on how you get your little ones to fall asleep on their own?

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Raye - posted on 05/31/2016

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It may not give her problems now to have her sleep with a bottle, but (in addition to choking hazards) the liquids can pool in the mouth and be absorbed through the gums to eventually rot her teeth. You may not care because they are baby teeth, but baby teeth help them chew, speak, and also help make sure their adult teeth come in correctly. Leaving baby unattended with a bottle is never a good idea. Since you've allowed this habit, you need to wean her off slowly. You can feed until she's drowsy (but still awake) and then lay her down to fall the rest of the way asleep on her own. When she wakes, and doesn't have her comforting bottle with her, she may need you for reassurance, but repeat the same procedure of holding until drowsy and letting her fall asleep on her own. Eventually she'll get it. You may also try transferring the comfort object from the bottle to a bear or something that you hold with her when feeding and getting her drowsy, then having it in the crib with her to comfort her back to sleep without needing you to help her.

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Andrea - posted on 05/31/2016

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Once your baby has teeth it's best not to put her down with a bottle, because as the milk collects in her mouth it can rot her teeth over time. Not overnight. My son is turning 1 next month and I don't really recall how I snuck out that bottle at night, I just did. He's eats a big solid diet throughout the day along with his bottles, but I am slowly cutting back so by the time he is a year he will be transitionied fully. Try offering her bottle before a bath or before bed, that's what I was doing for a little while, moving the bottle even a half hour early so he wasn't falling asleep with it right at bed time. He really didn't even seem to notice what I had done either. Because your baby is approaching a year it may be time to ditch the bottle before she grows too attached. My son drinks majority of his milk out of a sippy cup, still has a morning and evening bottle. Try using a training cup, they come in all sorts of colors for girls with handles so they can easily pick it up.. good luck!

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