Weaning 16 month old of the bottle.

Rebecca - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 16 month old still has a bottle going to bed and maybe one in an afternoon if he is tired (although he never sleeps in the afternoon anymore!!!) He sleeps through, but occasionally does wake up and the only way to get him back to sleep is by giving him a bottle. He is on +1 formula, as he won't have cows milk in a bottle, only in a cup.



I keep hearing different views. Some friends say he really shouldn't be having any bottles and some say don't worry about it, it'll happen by itself. Help!



Thanks,



Becca.

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Eve - posted on 09/03/2013

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Continued....
I always worked midnights and was hm with her and if i still was i wouldnt change a thing. However I started back to school and she started daycare last wk. shes there 3 days a wk and they dont have babas there and are legally not allowed to lay them down with any liquids. This is making daycare a very hard transitiin. it breaks my heart. she is so exhausted when i pick her up because she wont nap for them. i sent a pacifier to try to help at naptime even though she was never a binki baby i thought its better than nothing. and shes crying alot there and never ever cries at hm its just too much new change at once and she hates it.
Any ideas on how to kick the baba to soothe to sleep habit?

Eve - posted on 09/03/2013

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My 16 mo. old is the same way. even though they say no baba at bed, shes always slept so well w it so its worked for us. She drinks a sippy all day but at bedtime and nap time get gets a baba oe two. its not a problem for us she has always slept 10-11 hrs at night and a faithfull 2 hr nap every afternoon. while shes sleeping I keep a fresh baba stocked within her reach for when she wakes up. she has about 3 from the time she falls asleep till morning and 2 at nap. 1 falling asleep and 1 if she wakes halfway thru. she sleeps wonderfully always has and so do we but i know its not good she
s dependant on it to soothe her to
sleep.she drinks both whole milk and plus nestke nido we always fig. shed stop on her own when she got older and learned how to fall asleep on her own. ive been home with her up till now because i worked 1 nido.h

Jacqui - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi Rebecca, my daughter is 16 months old and she has a bottle threw the day to get her to sleep (not that she does either any more) and also her bottle at night time to get her to sleep.  She has a cup and straw that she drinks from threw the day (water, cordial, milk)  and I also give her a bottle of warm milo threw the day aswell.  I think that when she's had enough of the bottle she will just turn away from it.  Do what u think is best for your child.  Have a nice day



 



Jacqui

Kelly - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son is 16 months, we weaned him from the bottle before he turned 1 year old. My doctor really pushed it because he sadi at this age, they start becoming really attached to things, and it will get all the more difficult to wean later.



We only give him cow's whole milk, and he has a sippy cup in the morning (shortly after breakfast) and another sippy cup before bed. Each 8-10 ounces. My son was fine on a cup during the day for about a month. Then when we tried to add the cup at night, it was hard for about 3 days. Then I just didn't give in, and he cried for about 30 minutes. Next thing, I went in, sippy cup was drained and he was fast asleep. When he wakes in the middle of the night, which isn't often, we just let him cry it out.



Good luck! With the posts I've seen, I have to admit we had an easy transition, easier than most. But I think if your baby is already fine with a sippy cup, it's just taking away the option of the bottle.

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