my daughter is completely off the bottle except 2 go 2 bed i know she is 2 old 17 months

Ashley - posted on 09/24/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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how should i take it away she uses it to go to sleep? should i just not let her have it? or what??? Im worried that it may start to mess up her teeth

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Christina - posted on 09/24/2009

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have you tried the nuby sippy cups? that's how i got both my girls off the bottle

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Vicky - posted on 09/26/2009

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im sorry but i dont agree i have 4 kids and they all had dummies but none of them have had problems with their teeth infact my youngest whos 9 yrs now has to have his baby teeth out cause there so strong they dont want to come out and his second ones are coming through behind them causing him problems. Most people would say dummies are worse they suck them most the nite where as with a bottle once its empty they arent bothered. My friends little one is 20mths old and still has a bottle before bed.Milk still important to children at this age.Christmas is coming with mine when it was this time of year i made a game of daddy christmas would be taking dummy and leaving pressies as they were getting big boy/girl. On christmas eve they went to bed and in the morning no dummy but pressies and i never looked back. They asked for it i just reminded them father christmas had it and they were fine but because i prepared them for it for a couple of months it wasnt a shock for them and stress free for them and me. Good luck

Priscilla - posted on 09/24/2009

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give her part water part milk, or jus water in a sippy cup. she might cry for a bottle but tough love girl. i had my bottle 4ever an wen i was two years old i had to get my 4 front teeth out.. i didnt have my 4 FRONT teeth til i was seven. i looked so funny in pics.. i wish my parents would've taken my bottle away. your baby wont remember if you let her cry wen she get older so its really no harm at all.. unless u keepp givin her tha bottle its for her own good

Mandi - posted on 09/24/2009

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my son just got off at 17 months we moved to a sippy with the soft part that u still suck out of but he doesnt drink it like a bottle and that worked really fast he was off 2 days later completly! with him it was a compfort thing definatly not because he was hungry which is probably the same for your little girl good luck!

Debbie - posted on 09/24/2009

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I would suggest that you make her choose - are you crazy! Nope, give her a little snack as part of her bedtime routine so you know she's not hungry. Then gradually replace milk with part water each night until you have it down to just water. You should find that she will soon suss this out and get bored with it very quickly - good luck! I was advised to do this with my son from a very early age to regulate feeds to every 4 hours replacing milk with water and within 4 weeks he went from 2 hourly feeds to four hourly feeds to sleeping through the night because it works! Also in terms of toilet training children really need to stop drinking at least one hour before bed but that's a whole other ball game lol!

Angelique - posted on 09/24/2009

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I am a dental assistant and have seen the effects baby bottle decay takes on a child. Rotting of the teeth and not getting new ones for years can really effect a childs health in so many ways. They are not able to chew the foods that they will need to. Not to mention that the baby teeth reserve the space for adult teeth and without something there teeth can come in all over. Than they end up with "double row" and having to have teeth pulled or in braces. That is a lengthy and expensive procedure. I would recommend that you give her the last milk bottle before bed, and wiping her gums with gum cleaner for babies. Only supplying her with water in the middle of the night. Like anything else it's hard to ween, but they do adjust. I would also try weening her of the bottle of this time to save yourself some grief of having to do it at a later date. Giving her a sippy cut. My mom always said "if a child is thirsty or hungry enough they will drink and eat what you give them" You use the same sucking motion for the bottle as the sippy cup, so she should catch on quick.

Jenniffer - posted on 09/24/2009

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My son sucks his thumb and it has messed his teeth up bad he is now 6 and I have so many issues. It will take her time to get use to not having it but she will be fine with out. When I took my daughters passy away it was 2 weeks of hard times. With my son I can not take his thumb away good luck

Merab - posted on 09/24/2009

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hi dear I have a 13 month old daughter ...at this age crying is what they know how to do best, the best solution I have found is provide an alternative...if after feeding her and you put her in bed she still wants a bottle, give her something else to comfort her...speak to her smoothly and hand her a cuddly toy or even a favourite blanket, and you have to show her how her new alternative is better so thats she forgets the bottle. I know it will not be easy....but you will get there

User - posted on 09/24/2009

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my sister is a pediatric dentist and she said it will rot her teeth even with water and cause her to have a misshapen mouth even a sippy cup they should not have a drink at all when they go to bed to prevent braces and tooth decay at night the only sure fire way i know to go about it is to simply take it away and let her cry her self to sleep with out it for a week or two and just explain to her it is bad for her and she needs to stop however even a sippy cup at night is better then a bottle

Johannah - posted on 09/24/2009

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Give her a bottle of warm water right before bed, let her calm down with dim lights and then put her to bed. This way her teeth are clean, her tummy is full and there is nothing left in her mouth to soak. But you should also try weening from the bottle completely. Not only is the milk at night going to hurt the teeth but the sucking on the nipple can cause dental problems as well. The sooner she is off the bottle the better. She may fuss a little, but praise her and tell her she is a big girl when she uses the sippy cup. Using the sippy cup during the day will also help her to ween from bottle at night.

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