How do l stop my 20month baby from wanting bottle at night

Vimbai - posted on 02/15/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




My daughter 20months now still wakes up 2-3 times at night for a bottle of milk. lm now afraid it will cause tooth decay. She eats her super at 6:30pm and sleeps at 8:30pm. How do l make her sleep throughout the night?


Anastasia - posted on 02/16/2011




If the bedtime bottle seems harmless to you, consider that prolonging this habit can affect your baby's ability to learn to fall asleep on his own. The longer you offer the bedtime bottle, the more attached your baby will become to it, and he won't be able to fall asleep without it.

And once your baby has teeth, bedtime bottles of milk can also lead to tooth decay. Milk tends to pool in the mouths of sleeping babies, creating ample time for the natural sugars in the milk to attack your baby's teeth.

Aim to get the bedtime bottle of milk completely out of your child's life. It can be a tough habit to break, but rest easy knowing your baby doesn't need the calories in the milk. By now your child should be getting all his nutritional needs met with his daytime meals. Try giving your baby other comfort objects at night, such as a favorite blanket or stuffed toy.
It takes only 7 days to create a habit and 21 days to break it. Endurance!!! The sooner the better for you and baby.


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EILEEN - posted on 02/16/2011




When my children were small they had there tea ,played a bit had there baths and then went to bed .So why give them supper .look what you have wrote it takes them 2 hours to get to sleep in the first place try and stop giving them this supper .sounds like you have spoilt them by giving in to them .be firm with them and say no bed time just leave them alone in there cot they will learn in time that you are not going to give them a bottle .

Joleen - posted on 02/16/2011




Cold Turkey... it takes a few sleepless nights but after your done your done. If you take it slow you are letting him know there is still hope so he will fight harder. You need both you and dad on board.

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