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Weaning from Night-time Bottles
Wondering if anyone has any tips on getting their child off the bedtime milk bottle? I have a 2+ year old & only kept him on it this long because he needed the calories(skinny) and I'm not sure he can sooth himself to sleep any other way. Any tricks, tips that have worked for people would be appreciated!! thanks- Mary
Our two year old just started sleeping through the night six months ago. We usually give her a bottle to go to sleep. In the last month or so, she has been waking frequently (three or more times) during the night, crying out and asking for a new bottle. All the crying and whining is killing me. She seems like such a big girl during the day, she seems to enjoy talking. I try to comfort her and ask her what's wrong in the night, but the bottle seems to be the only thing that consoles her. I want to wean her from the bottle, but I need to find a new method of getting her back to sleep, making the bottle less desirable. I have been trying for a few nights to teach her to comfort her doll when she wakes up, but as of yet she hasn't bought it. We always give in and make her a new bottle because we're so exhausted and we know it works. This also means that we have to change her diaper in the middle of the night, which is a milestone we thought we had already passed. We are also trying to potty train during the day when we're at home. I don't put any pressure on her to do it, but maybe it's too much? My feeling is that her potty training progress will speed up when the bottle goes away and she stays dryer at night, thus getting used to feeling dry. How have others weaned their children from the bottle in bed? Melissa
As for the bottle, many 2yo's still need to suck. If she's not nursing and she doesn't use a pacifier, it's reasonable for her to continue to use the bottle as a comfort thing for sleep. But you should fill it with water, which won't cause tooth decay. You might also try substituting a sippy cup or sport bottle (my son likes the ones with a built-in straw). In any case, fill it and leave it within her reach on a nightstand so that you don't have to get up and get her anything.
It's not necessary to change her diaper unless she poops. If you're experiencing leaks, use an extra absorbent overnight type if she's in disposables, or double them if she's in cloth. Holly
I didn't ask Mom about my potty training during the early years, so I'm not sure how they dealt with that. I DO know though that while I was definitely completely potty trained by the time I went to school, I did not do the ''number 2'' while at school and waited until I got home. I found out that my niece does the same thing now. Maybe TMI? :-) Good luck!
My 2 year old daughter was breastfed until the age of one. She now falls asleep with a bottle of milk and frequently wakes up at night to have more. She is comforted by the sucking sensation and will then fall back to sleep in seconds. However, she very rarely just sleeps throught the night. I have recently changed to skim milk because of the heavy nighttime digestion of the whole milk (I want her digestive system to have a rest). I have heard that sleeping with the bottle is bad for teeth, so I have tried to give her just water which she doesn't like at night. Any advice about weaning her off the nighttime bottle? Or giving her something to drink that will not affect her teeth? Or any other advice? toddler mommy
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