How can I break the bottle habbit??

Emily - posted on 01/01/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daghter is almost 18 months old, and she still takes the bottle to bed with her. I've tried everything, I gave her a sippy cup to take to bed, I put water in the bottle, I tried snuggling with her, but she will not snuggle for nothing, she has never co-slept with us, even as a infant shes wanted to be in her own bed. I tried the crying herself to sleep thing once, but I couldnt listen to her anymore, I just feel too bad letting her do that.I just dont know what else to do, I'm hurting her more by letting her take the bottle to bed with her.
Does anyone have any advice???

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Cleaver - posted on 01/02/2013

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bringing a bottle to bed can cause fungus to grow in the mouth because they fall asleep with it in their mouth and somehow that causes fungus to grow (i dont know how thats just what my pediatrician told me) you have to just cut it off thats the only thing to do it takes only a few nights

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Kirsten - posted on 01/13/2013

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I pulled the bottle away when going to bed at 13 months, told my girls they were now big girls and only babies drink from bottles, I proceeded to give them each a sippy of water they could set in the corner of their beds and drink from if the wanted but I threw out the bottles, only way I knew they were not going to have them anymore.

They were weaned off daytime bottles both by 11 months and completely on cups.

Kristy - posted on 01/07/2013

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I am a mom of three, six, four and 21 months. My older two went to bed with a bottle and then sippy cups up until they were about three. We never had any problems with it. When they got to the age of three we stopped them so they could learn to not wet thier beds. After a few days of whining for thier sippy they were fine with it. every so often my four year old still asks for a cup of milk at bed time, but we ever allow her to take a cup to bed. So if you are frustrated with it, don't fight it. My advise is to let your duaghter take it to bed. Just make sure its a fresh clean bottle or sippy when she gets to that age. I always liked them fresh from the diswasher and then we filled them with cold milk. When she gets older and able to understand better you can try taking it away. Still the choice is yours. Good luck.

Desiree - posted on 01/06/2013

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My son was hospitalized due to fungus enveloping the walls of his mouth (causing vomiting and dehydration), because he falls asleep drinking a bottle of milk most nights (which I didn't think was a problem until then). So now when he still wants his bottle of milk I make him drink a glass of water and/or brush his teeth after that.

Hope your daughter's habit doesn't result in the same illness as my son's. But I'm still struggling with the bottle habit myself, lol
I try to give him a bottle of milk earlier than bedtime, and distract him with bedtime rituals (bath, story time, etc) until he falls asleep, but it doesn't work every time, lol

Mary - posted on 01/05/2013

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My daughter went off the bottle in late November at 24 months. We bought her some new sippy cups. (She was already into adult cups for other drinks). At the store I told her no more bottle you're going to drink out of these. At first, like the first day, she was ok with it and proud of herself. But then it got a bit difficult. She got mad at the cups and refused them. She had crying spells in the afternoon before and after nap time for a few days. It was maybe 2 weeks before she would lay down in bed to fall asleep. She just couldn't lay down to go to sleep because she had such a bad urge to have a bottle. Her dad and I were both very patient and sympathetic because we have both quit alcohol and tobacco. We understand urges pass with time. We didn't give in to her. She literally couldn't "go to bed" without a bottle. We would calmly and lovingly give her sympathy and try to distract her with humor. We quit trying to enforce bed times and nap times. Her schedule got off track big time. She'd nap really late and then go to bed really late. It wasn't particularly fun lol. We'd watch movies, read books, play, whatever, just to pass the time. She had to run herself ragged and fall asleep on a blanket on the floor or with someone holding her for the first almost 2 weeks. We then transferred knocked out baby to bed. She was mostly cheerful during it all but did get cranky occasionally from being too tired before finally falling asleep. Then it got much much easier. Once she got the craving for a bottle behind her she started being able to get back into the bed. When she got tired I would say we're going to lay down now. She might squirrel around a little bit. But I would say it's time to close eyes and go to sleep now. She learned to be patient and wait for sleep. She learned her new routine pretty quickly after she took to the bed again. By one month later everything was totally back to normal. We still lay down with her and stay with her until she falls asleep. But we like doing that. And I understand not being able to do the cry it out thing. I've had three children and never had to resort to that. It's just not an option for me. You might want to consider not putting her down in the usual way for a bit until she gets past the bad urges. For the first week maybe let her run herself ragged. She can fall asleep on the floor on a blanket with you or on the couch with you watching a movie. Say all bets are off for a week-ish. And then start a new routine. Just a thought. Of course as her mom you know her best! Good luck. :)

Amy - posted on 01/04/2013

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My daughter took her bottle to bed with her until she was 22 months. I had the same problem she was so attached but she would drink the milk and then fall asleep and sleep through the night. She had a sippy cup all day until she either napped or at night. So I started by talking to her before bed and telling her she is a big girl and let her pick out the sippy she wanted to take bed with her. Then I don't lay her down right away like we did with her bottle. I sit with her and we read while she sips on her cup. After a couple books she will lay down and I let her pick a stuff animal and book to put in bed with her. The first night she cried for a little so I went back in and sat with her for a little and told her she is a big girl and that is a good sippy. It took patience but after three night of that routine we were good. Not that this will work but try a new routine... Good luck!

Gigi - posted on 01/02/2013

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I don't think it is such a big deal, why do you think you are hurting her by letting her have a bottle? Is it milk drinking after brushing teeth you want to stop or something else?
However, if you want to break that habit you will have to see if she is using the bottle to get food or as a comfort thing to fall asleep. If its a first one, then give her milk after dinner in a cup/sippy cup. if its a comfort thing you will need to teach her to fall asleep on her own without it. It might take a while and effort, but she will get it. Why does she take the bottle to her bed? Does she drink the milk after you leave the room or she sucks on the bottle as she would on pacifier during the night? I never let mine have the bottle in bed with her because I was afraid she would chew the top of and choke on it, since the bottles are not really designed to be used as pacifiers. You might start by waiting there until she finishes the milk and taking the bottle away after that.

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