A common problem we all face is this one recently posted by
Question: My toddler is 19 months old. How can I get her off
a night bottle and out of our bed?
Answer: There are a few things you can try. But first, let's
simplify and make things a bit easier.
You are not going to solve both problems at the same time.
My suggestion is to first get her out of your bed and only
then off her night bottle.
Although there is no hard and fast rule to tell you exactly
what will work, I'm sure the following strategy will do the
Start off by putting her to bed in her own crib or bed right
next to your bed. Push her bed right up to yours.
Put her to bed at night with a bottle - in her bed. And get
her to sleep following the same routine you normally use.
Once she becomes accustomed to this new routine, slowly move
her bed further and further from yours. Continue doing so
until she in her own room.
One of the things you can try to comfort her, is to switch
on a night light.
Once she's in her own room, only then start getting her off
the bottle. Also, this is not going to happen suddenly. It
First give her slightly less milk every time. Then
completely remove the bottle.
If she wakes at night for the bottle, rather give her a cup.
Let her take a few sips, remove the cup and get her to sleep
Make sure she falls asleep, even if you have to comfort her
Finally, babies fall into a routine very quickly. What
you're experiencing now is most likely the result of a
routine you've followed. It worked, that's why you kept on
using the same routine. There's nothing wrong with that.
The thing is, it takes time to change this routine. So,
don't despair if it doesn't work the first time.
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