You’ll no doubt be dreading when the time comes to separate your toddler from their much-loved night-time bottle. We’ve all heard the stories of tears, tantrums and sleepless nights. It’s no wonder so many parents are tempted to simply hope that the bottle issue fixes itself and your little one grows bored of it eventually. But weaning off the bottle is a key part of toddler development that needs to be dealt with.
While some children will naturally grow out of the bottle, others will continue to rely on it. But some experts recommend that this habit be nipped in the bud as early as possible.
Paediatrician Michael Dickinson is one such expert. He told Today’s Parent that, “Kids who have bottles before bed as part of their routine tend to be more prone to night waking, too, and will often ask for another bottle before they can drift off again.” As the time to come off the bottle often goes hand in hand with night-time potty training, this is a key reason why you should tackle the problem early.
Now that you know a few key reasons why your toddler needs to give up the bottle, let’s take a look at how you do it. Well, you have a few options.
You can go cold turkey.
You can gradually decrease the level of milk in the bottle and top it up with water. Kids are used to the milky sensation and taste, and this familiar aspect provides comfort, so this may well succeed in putting them off.
You can take inspiration from Baby Center and have a “bye bye bottle” party complete with cake, balloons and a big send-off where the bottles get packed up and “sent away.”
Of course, kids are all different so it’s important to learn when it is the right time for your child to give up the bottle. Just like with any other milestone, he or she needs to be old enough to be ready for the change. If the bottle settles your tot at this time, then it’s up to you to work out whether the cons would outweigh the pros and whether the separation may negatively impact their development.
Judge for yourself with your partner or close family that spend a lot of time with your toddler. If you feel that they are getting lots of comfort without any harm done at this stage of their development, leave things be and reassess the issue a few months down the line.
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