Bedtime bottle

Colby - posted on 07/31/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son is now 17 months old and will not go to sleep without a bottle of milk. That is the only time he gets a bottle. I know the milk will harm his teeth but he will not go to sleep unless it is there. Any suggestions on how to break this habit?

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Julie - posted on 03/24/2013

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I put the milk in a sippy cup, and a gave it to him that way. I forget the brand, but it has a narrow longer sip than average, and it's anti spill.
He still gets the soothing sucking motion, but you have forever said bye-bye to the bottle. Once he adapts to that, switch the milk to water. Once he is on water with sippy, your good until potty training. If he pitches a fit during the transition, you have to let him "cry it out" set a timer for 20 minutes, if hes still freaking out go in (check for wet diaper, if clean) lay him down and say "good night" set the timer for another 20 minutes, go back and do the same but say nothing, simply ly him back down. Typically, they fall asleep with in the first 20 minutes, but it's the LONGEST 20 minutes of your life.
Once he is taking water at bedtime, unless he fights ear infections, you should be good until potty training. Stay strong and remember, no toddler has ever died from crying.

Allison - posted on 08/05/2009

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I had the same problem until recently with my youngest child (now 21 months). Make a decision to get rid of the bottle and be firm. Allow him to have milk from a sippy cup before bed, then brush his teeth, and put him to bed. Tell him what you're going to do. A little crying may occur before he realizes you're serious, but you should only end up with one or two difficult nights before he realizes it is beyond his control.

Nicole - posted on 08/05/2009

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I took my daughter off the bottle at 6 mos and switched to NUK brand silicon nipple sippy cup, she took right to it. Like your child she stills takes a sippy at bedtime, so worried about her teeth I too did what the other ladies said to do, kept putting more and more water in it. She started throwing it out of the crib, so I just cut the sippy out totally. I made sure to have her play outside/hard about 2 hours before bed and made a new routine of bath, brushing teeth and a story. (no sippy) It took a couple times of going back to tell it was time to sleep, but I never picked her up! She got the hang of itand now she loves her new routine with mommy!

Colby - posted on 08/05/2009

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I can't throw away the bottles as I have a 2 month old who uses them, and he WILL NOT drink water from a bottle. He uses a sippy cup all day but seems to need the bottle at bedtime. I will be putting him to bed without it after we get back from vacation. I have decided that I just have to suck it up and be the mom and let him cry a little.

Kayla - posted on 08/04/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter who is now 22 months old. But I had to change when we took her to the dentist and she had little white spots on her teeth (loseing Floride). When we got home the same day I threw all the bottles out and she had no choice to drink from a cup, which she had been doing since she was 6 months anyway, but always had that night time bottle. It really harms their teeth. if he MUST have a bottle give him water in it. He will eventually fall asleep, he may cry the whole time but he will fall asleep. lol Anything other than water to fall asleep with is horible for their little teeth,. I really hope this helps. Good Luck

Stacy - posted on 08/04/2009

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My son is 15 months old, he only stopped getting a bedtime bottle two weeks ago. We did not stop the bottle cold turkey. At times he refused a sippy. We started to alternate a sippy and bottle at bedtime until we used the sippy more than the bottle. Once it didn't seem like he needed the bottle anymore we went only to a sippy cup.

Wendy - posted on 08/04/2009

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Try giving him the milk in a sippy cup. Don't offer the bottle at all and see how he reacts. There are sippy cups on the market with soft spouts, somewhat like a bottle nipple. This type of cup may make the transition easier for him. Good luck! (By the way, I'm a pediatric nurse, so I offer advice that I have had success with from other moms and myself!)

Kristi - posted on 08/03/2009

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Try just water or flavor water. Hopefully it will at least help with the milk. However, I dont give my daughter anything to drink 20 to half hour, shell forget she had a drink in the first place

Tiffany - posted on 08/03/2009

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My two boys were the same way when I was trying to get them off the bottle. About a half hr. before bedtime I would give them something to drink in their sippy cup and when it was time to go to bed. I would tell them it was cuddle time and let them sit in the recliner or rocking chair with me and i'd read them a short book to get their minds off "the bottle". After our story i'd let them sit with me while I watch tv and just hold them close for awhile. I still do that with my baby and it doesn't take long before they drift off to sleep. I had both my boys off their bottles at 10 to 10 1/2 months by doing this. I hope I was able to help.

Rachele - posted on 08/03/2009

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Milk is good for them, but if left in their mouth it can harm the teeth. Start giving them milk in a sippy cup and then brush their teeth then put them to bed. The longer you wait to end it, the harder it will be on you. Kids are fast learners, after about a week, if you stick with it, they will get use to not going to bed with a bottle. You need to teach them that after they turn one, they are a big kid, and big kids are treated like big kids. Its hard to look at them as a big kid, but they are, and the longer you keep treating them like a little baby the harder it will be for them to grow up. Don't give into them, you are the parent, not them.

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Milk has sugar in it that bacteria in your mouth feed on. And anytime you let anything, other then water, sit in your mouth it harms your teeth! You don't want to have anything sit on your teeth for hours, that's why we're supposed to brush after we eat...

Gemma - posted on 08/02/2009

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iv never heard of milk harming teeth and i dont belive it milk is good for kids and i dont no why every1 wants to stop kids having it my little girl is 21months and still has a bottle for bed and when she wake in the morning and she loves it and i dont plan on stopping it so i would say if he is happy with it leave him but do what you think is best.

Jennifer - posted on 08/01/2009

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We got our twins off thier bottles 2 weeks before thier 1st birthday. It wasn't an easy thing to do but it didn't take them long to realize they weren't gettig anymore bottles. During the day we would only give them milk in sippy cups but at bedtime they expected the bottle so instead we would each sit and hold them and let them drink milk from thier sippy cups then hug them kiss them and put them to bed. The first couple of nights were hard because they would just cry and cry and, well you get the picture. I think it was one of the hardest things I had to do (listening to them cry) but we stood our ground and after only 3 nights ( each night was shorter for crying time) they were bottle free and going to bed normal again. There were a few eposodes in that first 3-4 weeks that they would wake up throughout the night and cry for a bottle, but I would just go in with water in a sippy cup and offer it to them (they usually didn't even drink anything) They finally realized that water just wasn't worth waking up for so they stopped waking during the night. I hope you figure something out that works for you. Just stay strong and persistant and things should work out.

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slowly dilute it w/water, once there's only water he wont want it no more, and heck if he does the water wont hurt his teeth :)

Rachele - posted on 08/01/2009

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Give him milk about 5 min before bed time, that way you can brush his teeth before he goes to sleep and see if he will still be able to go to bed.

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