What's in the bottle? First, start watering down whatever is there until you're handing over a bottle of pure water. First and foremost- you don't want milk or juice pooling in a sleeping mouth. Concurrently, develop a new routine and offer new comfort items. I'm guessing your 2 yo has always gone off to sleep with a bottle. It's become the routine - the comfort mechanism. Start by not letting her fall asleep while taking the bottle. If she starts to drift...remove the bottle and put her down. If she fusses, don't give the bottle back. Reassure her, offer her another comfort item - stuffed toy, blanket, etc. Step back. If she fusses, repeat with reassuring her. what she can start to drift off, give up the bottle and not fuss, start taking away the bottle when she seems relaxed but not drifting. Repeat the process as before - offering comfort no bottle. Keep working your way back until the bottle is gone.
at 1:18 PM on Dec. 10, 2010