Bedtime bottle or sippy cup

Charity - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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At what age did you stop giving a bedtime bottle or sippy cup? What about just water in the cup, does anyone do that?

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Jen - posted on 02/18/2010

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We stopped the bottle before bed about 2 weeks after my daughter's first birthday. If she's thirsty before bed or happens to get up in the middle of the night, I will give her a sippy of water. She usually only takes a sip or two and goes straight to sleep.

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Jamie - posted on 02/19/2010

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Ya water in a cup would be good.... You should take the bottle away at night because you dnt want the teeth to get messed up. And if you put other things in the bottle it can cause tooth decay. I have seen many babys with real bad decayed teeth and still on the bottle do it early enough why u can. I will tell you from experience we has parents are harder to break then the child is.

Sarah - posted on 02/19/2010

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At age 1 the bedtime bottles should stop. You can still do a night time snack or drink, but I would get into a routine of having the snack or drink and then brushing teeth after they are done. At 1 yrs they are starting to get more and more teeth and you will want to get all the food and liquid off their teeth before bed. You can do water after you brush teeth, but I would not do too much (you may have a pretty full diaper in the AM). I personally did not do much of a night snack. At 1 yr. they were pretty much following our eating schedule with 3 meals and 2 snacks a day, that would fill them up enough that we did not need more.

Jackie - posted on 02/19/2010

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We stopped giving bottles to my daughter at 1 year and replaced them all with sippy cups. I think she got an extra week or so of the nitetime bottle before that turned into a sippy cup too. The bedtime cup is still full of milk at this point, its healthy for her and she still drinks a full cup so I know she needs it. As soon as she starts to only have a little of it I will consider switching it to water, or just making it earlier in the bedtime routine. But she doesn't get either one actually in bed, she sits with me for the milk then goes to bed a few minutes later.

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