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Old Apr 21st, 2010, 13:32 PM   1
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Getting Rid of Night Time Bottle?


I'm planning of getting rid of Seren's night time bottle when she's 18months, so about a month away. It's the only bottle she has now, and I initially kept it because it really winds her down and settles her, and it's the only time where's she'll drink a decent amount of cows milk.
I'm wondering how old was your LO's when you stopped the night time bottle? Also, did you find that they settled just as easily with a sippy cup of milk?



 
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Old Apr 21st, 2010, 14:10 PM   2
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think annabelle is the only baby i ever know that drank more out of a sippy cup than a bottle lol, Annabelle was lactose intolerant and really didnt drink much milk and at about 9-10 months old i had HV come out and she said if she doesnt like it stop giving it her so i stopped the bottles and just offered her a tommee tippee sippy cup with cows milk warmed up in it! she didnt really drink it but more than she had done in a bottle, i watched that programme last week spoilt rotten and i have now taken the milk out of the sippy cup and she just has a drink of water but i now give her a cup to have milk at breakfast but i know most kids do like alot more milk than her!
it did take a few days to adjust to sippy cup she use to spit it out but soon got used to drinking out of it!
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Old Apr 21st, 2010, 14:33 PM   3
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I cut out my son's night time feedings (I was BF, but same idea) at 14 months. By that point he was able to sleep long periods of time without waking and was no longer needing a night time feed.
I personally think that it would be better to cut out the bottle and replace it with a sippy of water rather than milk. It is really unhealthy for their teeth to have anything but water at night. It's best to start good habits early, and at this point, since babe is probably eating solid foods throughout the day, a night time feed of milk is probably not necessary.
When I stopped feeding my son at night I started putting a sippy of water to bed with him at night and he did just fine. Even now he knows that we only drink water at bedtime and he still requests water to be left on his night stand every night (no surprise since Mommy and Daddy both take a glass to bed too).



 
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Old Apr 21st, 2010, 14:40 PM   4
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Just wondering this myself as 16month old has been refusing his milk out of bottle last thing at night for a week now. I'm a bit worried as this is his only milk feed a day and wondering if i need to offer him milk in a beaker in morning. He has milk in food but not equivalent to a pint and i'm not sure if this is good enough



 
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Old Apr 21st, 2010, 15:47 PM   5
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She has it downstairs and then I wait for about half an hour, brush her teeth then she goes to bed at the moment, she doesn't have it in the cot or anything. Is that bad? I'm unsure as to what to do now. She doesn't drink much milk at all in the day, only at night so I didn't think it would be bad for her to have a cup before bedtime? Thought it was just going to bed with the bottle and not having their teeth brushed wasn't good for their teeth?
Eek. I'm all confused!



 
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Old Apr 21st, 2010, 20:41 PM   6
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She has it downstairs and then I wait for about half an hour, brush her teeth then she goes to bed at the moment, she doesn't have it in the cot or anything. Is that bad? I'm unsure as to what to do now. She doesn't drink much milk at all in the day, only at night so I didn't think it would be bad for her to have a cup before bedtime? Thought it was just going to bed with the bottle and not having their teeth brushed wasn't good for their teeth?
Eek. I'm all confused!
I think some thought you meant stopping her waking during the night for feeds - it sounds like what you are doing - giving her a bottle just before doing teeth and going to bed is fine. I don't have any advice of how to stop that last bottle before bed as we do the exactly the same thing!



 
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Old Apr 21st, 2010, 20:51 PM   7
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I completely rely on that bottle of milk to help Simon chill out and sleep.
I haven't even thought about cutting it out.
Now I'm thinking maybe I should be looking at it more critically as sleep crutches aren't really the best thing, are they?
Oh god. I don't have the energy to fight the bottle battle.
Can I wait until this next baby is sleeping through the night?



 
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Old Apr 21st, 2010, 22:01 PM   8
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lol Sarah... I keep telling myself only 4 months until I will have 2 babies to rock/feed to sleep! I really have to get cracking on the night bottles... but I love holding and rocking Jasmine while she chills out etc. She doesn't always go to sleep now though.



 
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Old Apr 22nd, 2010, 14:39 PM   9
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I stopped Olivias night bottle a few weeks ago, she was already really good with her sippy cup, but she changed no problem, but shes never been much of a milk drinker, I stuggle to get her to take it she prefers water. I read somewhere maybe babycentre that they dont actually need milk after 9 months at night its not a necessity more a habit!



 
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Old Apr 22nd, 2010, 14:55 PM   10
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I completely rely on that bottle of milk to help Simon chill out and sleep.
I haven't even thought about cutting it out.
Now I'm thinking maybe I should be looking at it more critically as sleep crutches aren't really the best thing, are they?
Oh god. I don't have the energy to fight the bottle battle.
Can I wait until this next baby is sleeping through the night?
Same here - have no idea how to change this as every time I have tried him with milk in a cup, he thinks he can have a sip, toddle off and play and then come back to it and since formula is supposed to be made and drunk within an hour - won't work for us. (plus he can't tolerate any other type of milk so its very expensive).

I'm thinking of trying to get him to have his bottle earlier and see if he will go down without it (eg have bottle then bath and bed, rather than bath, bottle, teeth, bed)...but he goes all sleepy and cuddly with the bottle. ARGH



 
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