how do i stop my daughter from having a bottle at bedtime

Carol-Ann - posted on 06/11/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




my 15 month old daughter has a bottle only at night time now when going to bed..i know she doesnt need it but it hads now become routine. How do i get her out of having a bottle before bed?


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Tisha - posted on 06/13/2010




just take it away. the longer you wait the more difficult it will be. usually takes about three days before they are over it, with the third being the worst. After that it should be smooth sailing!!!

Natasha - posted on 06/12/2010




Cold turkery worked the best for us, all over and down with by 1 week. If your not happy doing that, start giving it to her an hour earlier and if she is using it to wind down, just make sure the atmosphere in your house is quiet and dark during this time, until her bedtime. Then start decreasing the amount in her bottle, until there is barely anything to drink, then go cold turkey from then. I would say that routine should not take more than 3 weeks.

Sandra - posted on 06/11/2010




Just stop. She will scream for a while (days) but when she realises she is not going to get one she will eventually. Give up. You have to let her know you are the boss not her. It all starts here. Don't give her a sippy, its just a glorified bottle that will also have to be broken of down the road. The long a child has something to be attatched to the harder it is to break them of it whether its a bottle, soother, sippy, sleeping in their own bed etc. Good luck.

Deanie - posted on 06/11/2010




My girls took a sippy cup to bed till they were 4yrs. BUT it was water. I started out with mostly water and milk. I just had to "color" the water with milk or juice for a few weeks, then I made it only water. Letting her go to bed with just water is fine. Just takes a few weeks to get her adjusted to it. My girls are 12 and 14 now. Their teeth are very good. I've had friends that didn't do what I did, and their children still have capps on thier teeth.

Jonelle - posted on 06/11/2010




Is it formula milk or cows milk?

My son was around the same age when i started down the same track as you are thinking that he doesn't need it.

We were giving him formula milk and changed it to cows milk, the change was enough to make him change his mind about wanting a bottle.

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