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how can i get my 3yr old off the bottle at night she wakes up all through the night


Asked by easygoing144 at 11:38 PM on Jan. 28, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • If she is taking the bottle to bed with her and falling asleep with it then that is why she wakes at night. When she wakes up during the night, which many of us do, she is unable to put herself back to sleep because she has never learned how to go to sleep without the aide of the bottle. Once you get rid of the bottle and she goes to sleep on her own, then when she wakes she will be able to put herself to sleep. To get rid of the bottle, wean her from it by giving it to her only at nap. Then go cold turkey! Make sure that all bottles are gone from the house so you can't give in. Tell her you gave them to someone for their babies or whatever you want to tell her. Be there for her at bedtime to sooth her, play music, read a story, etc. The first couple of nights might be hard, but hang tough because she really needs to be off the bottle for many reasons!

    Answer by LovetoTeach247 at 5:57 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • So I understand, your 3 year old still takes a bottle to bed with her? If that is what you are saying, then you need to break her of that immediately. A bottle can cause her many dental problems. If she insists on having something at night, give her a spill proof sippy cup with water in it, and that is it. I know this because when my son was 3 he still had his pacifier and his dentist told us the same thing. Good luck :-)

    Answer by AprilDJC at 11:43 PM on Jan. 28, 2009

  • ya gottaq talk to her and explain how sh eis now a big girl and big girls dont take bottles, only babies do, do this in daytime when its not nap time either and explain that if sh ewill help you throw bottles away she can have abig girl gift to replace the bottles and besides either havign a gift that she normally couldnt have or letting her go to store to p/u something special, you can also explain that big girls get to help mommy in the kitchen more like wash off the table with the dish rag, dry some plastic cups, lids, dish time, she can stir up cake mixes for mommy, help fill cupcake pan with batter, ice cupcakes,......let her start having her own damp cloth for a dusting rag to help mom dust/clean, buy her chapstick for lip gloss , treat her like a big kid and she will respond as one, maybe, lay down at nap time to start off with and read a new book to her.

    Answer by kingkongsmom at 11:55 PM on Jan. 28, 2009

  • If you have a 3 year old on a bottle and a 5 year old on a passie you need to well have them grow up You are babbing them too much..
    IF they are crying maybe they have sensory issues.. is the 5 year old in school. Or have you had them tested at all? IF the 3 year old is waking tell your dr about this...
    a bottle and a passies at the ages they are you will have major Dental bill's later down the road.
    You reallly need to just try to get some books from library about BY BYE passies bye bye bottle and read them each night... Be sure to have time for each child and just well Stop it cold turkey!!!
    Good luck!!

    Answer by thespookyone at 12:31 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • Take it away from her. She's a three year old preschooler...she's not a baby any longer and she should know this. Her having a bottle all night long isn't going to help with potty training at well as potential dental and oral motor problems.


    Answer by TiccledBlue at 6:01 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • stop giving it to her. If she wants a drink offer her water in a cup before bed and that it doesn't go to bed with her.

    Answer by pagirl71 at 8:03 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • My daughter actually does take her sippy of water to bed with her but that's because she gets dehydrated easily and she wakes up thirsty at night. She gets a drink and goes right back to sleep without using it to put herself to sleep. She keeps it on the floor by her bed so she can reach it, which helps her too.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 3:50 AM on Jan. 30, 2009