New to this forum, Please help.

Cindy - posted on 08/23/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




I have a 19 months old who would NOT give up her bottle at night. She can use a straw cup just fine during the day, but she HAS to have her bottle to fall asleep (which i know is bad). I'm trying to get her off from using her bottle at night since i want to potty train her soon. And all the books i've been reading say to stop giving night time bottles. It's so hard since my 19th month old is a night owl like me and doesnt sleep till at least 2-3 am.. so when she's ready to sleep i just give her the bottle.

What to do??


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Amanda - posted on 08/25/2010




our Dr recommended to dilute the milk with a little bit of water (which sounds gross) every day. Eventually she will grow old with the taste. I personally did not try this...My daughter just didn't want to drink milk at night if it wasn't from her bottle...we now give her water...

Candice - posted on 08/25/2010




first: that night bottle could ruin her teeth. At 19 months, you might want to consider a new bedtime routine that involves brushing teeth after the last bottle. Then you get in the habit of not having the bottle in bed...then you can switch it to a cup. If she has to have a bottle in bed...try water, but i agree it might be time to switch up the bedtime routine.

Kathy - posted on 08/24/2010




reading your post, i'm not as concerned with the night bottle than i am about her bedtime. 2-3am is an extremely late bedtime.

First her night bottle: i wouldn't worry about that. the night bottle is the hardest to get rid of because it's part of her routine. you need to do it slowly. Read my article here:

about her bedtime: i strongly recommend you make her bedtime much earlier. most adults i know don't even go to bed that late, let alone a little child. your baby is not sleeping until that time because she is overtired. PM me if you want to know more about baby sleep or read this article here that I recently posted... perhaps it'll give you some insight as to why children need an age-appropriate schedule and bedtime

message me if you want to get her sleeping better but in order to do so, you'll have to adjust her schedule and yours.

good luck

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