A.H. asks from Garland, TX on October 23, 2009
Bedtime Routine - Garland,TX
My son is about to be a year old in 2 weeks! yay. His bedtime routine is he gets a bath and then I make him a bottle and I rock him to sleep while giving him his bottle. What do I do when he turns a year old and can't have formula anymore? I really enjoy rocking him to sleep its so sweet and I think the bottle is like a comfort thing because I don't think he's hungry since he eats like real food now so should I give him a bottle of juice or i dunno how do you make that transition? I can't drink milk it makes me sick so I dont want to start giving him that at night and it upset his stomach or something. anyways any advice would be very helpful! thank you!
S.B. answers from Dallas on October 25, 2009
I would start weining (SP?) him from the bottle. Start by reducing the amount in each bottle every few days until you just stop the bottle. You don't have to stop giving him the bottle exactly on his b-day. You can still rock him, but read him a short book instead. Just make a new routine, and be patient.
T.D. answers from Dallas on October 24, 2009
I think the rocking, book reading and cuddling idea is best. I don't think I would go to juice at night for a couple of reasons...one tooth decay, and secondly you'll want to potty train and the baby hollering for juice at night when you know it will make it harder for him to make it through the night is a scenario I wouldn't want you to set yourself up for...I haven't heard of yogurt in a bottle but that sounds good to me. I know the cuddle time is the most important thing so I would try maybe just that, possibly a little toddler massage, fingers through the hair, a few lullabyes. Incidentally, I totally feel ya' on this one , it is one of my greatest pleasures to give my 3 month old a bath, then a quick warm lotion rubdown, dress her, then stroke her hair while I give her her bedtime bottle.
V.B. answers from Dallas on October 24, 2009
No juice, too much sugar at bedtime, even if you dillute it. You might try adding a little water to formula nd increasing the ratio every few nights until it is just water and then maybe a sip in a cup befor estory time. But you are also facing the delimma of rocking to sleep. He has never learned to comfort himself and go to sleep on his own. Cavaties form so early in toddlers and milk stays on their teeth all night, so I hope you can transition soon to no bottle before bed. Good Luck!
C.T. answers from Dallas on October 24, 2009
My son is 2 and he still gets a bottle at night and we still rock him to sleep. We did the same with my first who is 5. Both my children are good sleepers. We replaced the bottle with a sippy of milk at 2 1/2 with my oldest, but will probably wait a little longer with my second because we don't think he'll be ready to make the transition. Do what you feel is best for your child. Having a bottle before bed and having mom or dad rock him to sleep isn't going to hurt him in any way. They are only little for a short time. Enjoy the time you have with him!
L.P. answers from Dallas on October 24, 2009
When we cut my dd'a bottle back the bedtime one was the last to go. Your child will have to have some kind of dairy product. If your child can't have milk, the doc may want to continue formula. My dd stopped drinking her bottle because when she cut back her naps, she was so tired at bedtime that she never would stay awake to take the bottle during rocking. A couple nights of that and we just didn't make a bottle anymore. We still rocked and did everything else the same. Good Luck. Rocking babies is one of the joys in life.
J.D. answers from Dallas on October 23, 2009
I tried to stop fluids so close to bedtime around that time. I gave her cereal before bed to fill her up and then brushed her teeth with a finger toothbrush. We would then read a few books, say our prayers and lay down to bed awake. I would leave the room and she would sing herself to sleep with her music within 5 minutes. My daughter has constantly slept with music in her bedroom.
The teeth brushing is important at this age to start a good habit and to make sure they don't develop bacteria in their mouth that can cause tooth decay going forward.
M.F. answers from Dallas on October 26, 2009
Just because he turns a year old does not mean you have to stop the formula cold turkey. When our son turned 1 back in July, we slowly weaned him from his nighttime and morning bottle. Since our son was pretty much drinking from a sippy cup by then we gave him a sippy during the day and gave him his bottle at night or in the morning. Eventually, we put his morning and evening formula into a sippy cup and he did great.
Maybe try giving your son a little bit of milk during the day and see how he does. Best thing to do is to find what works for your son and stick with it. If it means keeping his nighttime bottle for the next month or so, then by all means do what works for you too.
K.S. answers from Dallas on October 24, 2009
Slowly wean him off of the bottles and save the night time one for last. But don't ever put juice in a bottle (or give juice before bed)... you'll be getting cavities filled soon if you do.
When you decide to do away with the night time bottle, continue your rocking routine but add snuggling with a new or favorite stuffed animal and quietly reading a book.
Just have patience and it will work out whatever you choose to do!
E.C. answers from Dallas on October 24, 2009
i just started mixing the formula and whole milk together until I ran out of the formula that I had. both my kids transitioned fine doing that.