Posted by: christa | 2005/07/25


toddler not sleeping, wake up for bottle

my toddler of 2 half years does not sleep through the night she wakes up about 2 to 3 times for a bottle. Bad nights more.
We tried every method you can think of. Bought books on sleeping problems, take away the bottle but it does not help, we did that for 3 weeks and it was hell. She wants her bottle. She eats more than enough. She is very healthy. Plse give me advice, we cant go on like this forever. Me and my husband are always tired.

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See that she is eating enough during the day and drinking enough too. Dont create tension around her because you are tired, give her a bottle as she demands and eventually she will stop this habit. Make sure that you have a night light in her room.

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Posted by: Debbie | 2005/07/27

My 18 month daughter also woke up a couple times a night for a bottle. She would not drink tea, water or juice, I bought Infacare Soya formula and i would feed her at 6.30pm bath her straight afterwards and put her straight into bed with the bottle. I guess with dinner and a warm bath and a heavy milk bottle that did the trick. I also moved her into her own big bed out the cot and she seemed to like that. My fighting stop.

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Posted by: SLC | 2005/07/26

Try diluting her milk a little more every night until it's eventually water - she'll stop waking for water. Sure - you're going to get a few tantrums but the trick is to be CONSISTENT & NOT give in to her demands. After a few nights, she'll realise she's not going to win & will give up the fight.

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Posted by: Mommy | 2005/07/26

What does she drink in the night - milk? My toddler also used to wake up 2 to 3 times a night for milk and I decided to change the milk to rooibos tea. She refused the bottle and used to threw the bottle away in disgust, but I just persisted. I just said, sorry that is the only 'tietie' you are going to get. If you want 'tietie' this is 'tietie'. My husband also helped and imitated as if he was sucking at the bottle and as if it tasted great to him! She saw that we were not going to give in and by the third night she drank the tea and never asked for milk tietie again. She now only sometimes wake up for tietie and only drinks a little bit (probably because she is really thirsty). I am still trying to get her off the tietie completely, but this is another battle to fight!

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