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Bedtime routines

Hi! I have a 15 month old girl and she has been given a bottle in her crib to help her fall asleep. I’m trying to get away from that. I’m thinking of trying a new routine like a bath then a bottle and read to her then brush her teeth and put her down but I’m curious as to what everyone else does. I really want to incorporate books because she won’t let me read to her unless she has a bottle

  • anonymous mom
    Apr 17

    Hi!! I’m kind of in the same predicament. Except my daughter is 20 months and she still requires a bottle to bed with no end in sight 🤦‍♀️. I’m terrible at forcing her off the bottle and I realize this is a mommy/daddy problem at this point. I’m now *planning* to use the soft spout sippy by tommee tippee. I’m not sure what bottle you’re using but most have some sippy version like this. I’ll attach a pic. My thought is at least if it’s technically a sippy I won’t feel like the only mom with a toddler still drinking bottles. As for bedtime routine we have just started a new routine where we do something similar to what you describe. My husband or I will hold her with the bottle while the other reads. Then I actually have the toothbrush right in her room with us and I get her to brush and drink some water and it’s bedtime. For us we were always reading books before the bottle (similar to your daughter, ours will not hold lots of interest unless the book is short or it’s one she absolutely adores), then I’d actually rock her to sleep with the bottle. The problem was the book reading time turned into her getting her second wind and it would take her up to an hour to fall asleep after I would start rocking her. I love holding her but I also realize that hour was more for me than her...she needs her sleep too, ya know!? So anyway I’m not sure if this was at all helpful but I’d say definitely give it a try. The next hurdle for us will be doing away with bottles for good....we can commiserate on that when the time comes😁

  • Jenn
    Apr 17

    My LO's routine is bath, bottle and books, brush teeth, bed. So pretty much what you said. We read while she drinks her bottle too.

  • Danielle
    Apr 17

    We do last cup (with spout) of milk, bath, pjs, book and lights out and sing twinkle twinkle little star. We used to give her milk during the book reading and then to transition from that we switched from milk to water and eventually she no longer wanted the cup since it didn’t include milk. So now we read the book, turn the lights out, I hold her for a few mins + sing twinkle twinkle little star and then plop her in her crib. So basically we switched to water and than switched out drinking a cup and cuddling to singing and cuddling. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    Apr 17

    My son is 17 mo we do milk with dinner at 6/6:30 (then that’s the end of food/drink) and bath at 7:00, brush teeth, lotion, jammies, 2-5 books, then snuggles and in bed at 7:30. I think what ever you do, just do it. When she cries for a bottle say aw you already drank your milk, it’s time for bed. But I think giving in to a crying demand is counterproductive and it is hard but at this age she doesn’t NEED milk to sleep, that’s more for new born babies, she should be able to make it through without needing that full belly. Also, with more teeth sprouting you don’t want to risk rotting teeth :(

  • Sanam
    Apr 18

    My son is 20 months and has refused any other type of sippy cup. Our routine is read two books, bath, bottle during bath, then brush his teeth and then he goes to bed. He used to get a bottle during his nap also, but we cut that one out. I prefer he gets a solid serving of milk at least once a day. My doctor said it was fine as long as we brushed after. Good luck!

  • J
    Apr 18

    we had to switch up the order of things so he wouldn’t fall asleep while feeding. it took a few days but he adapted.