Night Bottle

Melanie - posted on 04/27/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 and i am really battling to get her off the night bottle. Please can someone help!!

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Jennifer - posted on 05/04/2011

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Oh, here we just call that rude....not combative.
I'm sorry, but we all have our own ways of doing things. And I personally don't keep my child on the bottle after they turn 1 years old, BUT, that's ME and the sooner you get them off of it the easier the habit is to break. That being said, I don't push what I feel on other people or their children. Just saying.

OhJessie - posted on 04/30/2011

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My son didn't give up his bottle until nearly five. No one goes off to college with a bottle...usually. 3 is still very young and it's only baby teeth (they call them milk teeth for a reason.) Don't sweat the small stuff.

Starrlette - posted on 04/29/2011

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I took my daughter off the bottle when she turned 1. She never cried for one afterwards. I introduced her to the sippy cup at that time. Now at 3, she is learning to drink from a regular cup. Just take it away cold turkey and give her a sippy cup.

Louise - posted on 04/28/2011

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What do you mean she wakes for a bottle at night or she wants a bottle before she goes to bed? if she is waking then go cold turkey and don't give her one. She will of course moan because she always had one in the past but stay strict with her and it will probably take three nights for her to get the message. She does not need a bottle during the night this is just a habit she has got into.Once she realises that she is not going to win this one she will stop waking for the bottle and you will get a full nights sleep.

Try giving her some cereal before bedtime maybe a full tummy will discourage her from waking in the first place.

Theresa - posted on 04/28/2011

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Are you talking about right before bed, or middle of the night? At 3, IMO she shouldn't be on a bottle at all. It's not good for her teeth. By 3 should be drinking out of a regular cup, but start with using a tippy cup. Throw the bottles away totally. If you don't have any she can't use them. Yes she may throw a fit a couple times, but that's what 3 year old do when they don't get their way. Your job as the parent is to sick with your decision and not give into the tantrums. That way she learns that tantrums don't get her her own way. if you give it she learns that if she cries long enough or hard enough you'll give in. If you've already given in before it will take her longer to learn that you're not going to give in anymore. It may be hard to deal with the tantrums right now, but if you do it will make things much easier down the road. Good luck.

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Peggy - posted on 05/06/2011

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I'm breaking my 17 month old off of the sippy cup at bed time. It was almost like a security blanket for him. Just take it away from her and maybe put some relaxing (or music she likes) in her room for her to listen to at bed time. Maybe a light that shines on the wall/ceiling with pictures. Something to distract her. She will only cry for a few nights, week at most before she gets the hint that she isn't getting it. My daughter was hard to break and I had to completely take it away from her at any point where she fell asleep. Even in the car. You just have to stay firm and deal with the fits.

Melanie - posted on 05/04/2011

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Hi all

The reason for my daughter still being on a bottle is because she has a really bad heart condidtion and she has had 3 open heart surgeries and a bypass already. They lost her witht he bypass which created a lack of oxygen to the brain so she is a bit slower than other children. She has just recently started speaking and the bottle helps witht the forming of her words. I only need to get rid of the night bottle cause it is bad for her teeth. This is why she is still on the night bottle....

Donna - posted on 05/04/2011

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excuse me for comming off so combative but why do you still have your daughter on a bottle in the first place? give her a sippy, stand yur ground

Jennifer - posted on 05/03/2011

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My first born didn't even like sippy cups. Shortly after she turned one I tried to see if she could drink from a straw at a restaurant that had cups of water with lids and straws for children. I noticed that the water was only reaching so high and then she'd stop trying because there was no immediate gratification so she didn't know why she was doing it. I asked the waitress for a scissors and cut the straw and from that point on it was straws or children cups w/straws , etc. With my 19 1/2 month old....because of my first born I didn't really see the need for sippy cups, so, she actually was able to drink with a straw by 7 months, and most people who heard her age were shocked by this. She learned how to control the flow, etc. by age 1. I'm only mentioning this because not all children like sippy cups. They both drank through a straw before they could drink through a cup lol.

Amanda - posted on 05/03/2011

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my daughter was given a sippy 2 days after she turned one adn she never wanted or had a bottle again...she didnt cry didnt whine...id say start with the soft nippled sippys as they are slightly like bottle nipples but she shouldnt be getting up for a middle of the night feeding...its prolly a comfort/habit thing...i would go with giving her just water at night like that

Jennifer - posted on 05/03/2011

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Personally, I made both of my daughters quit cold turkey when they turned 1 (the second lucked out and got one extra day because her party was the next day and I needed to prep the van, etc.).
There is no way around the battle. The only way TO get her off the bottle for good is to throw them all away and let her quit cold turkey. She will have fits about it and scream and cry, but she will cry herself to sleep and eventually realize she's not going to get one.

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my little girl didnt stop the bottle til she was 3 n half..... my views are she wont have it when she is ten so just go with it or there is always treats:) when she was ready to give up her bottle we went and brought her a bird i made a massive deal about getting a present that she could pick out and very little to the actual bottle.... good luck remember that she wont want it forever

Laureen - posted on 04/29/2011

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Get your daugher to bin them, make a big deal about it like a celebration, and introduce sippy cup/normal cup. I binned all my sons bottles by the age of 18 months.

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