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Too old to have a bottle?

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mrsout Mon 28-Jul-08 22:19:44

Sorry to boher you all, just a quick question. My DD is 2.5 and still demands bottle hot milk at bedtime. wont have it in a cup or beaker. Just "bot bot mummy". wont go to bed without it. Is she damaging her teeth or mouth? Only has bottle at bedtime. should I cary on with easy life or battle on? Any ideas?

wrinklytum Mon 28-Jul-08 22:22:09

My 2.5 year old still has a bottle of milk at bedtime.Shes happy,I'm happy.See no reason to change things.

liath Mon 28-Jul-08 22:22:36

She should have her teeth brushed afterwards but I don't see much wrong otherwise if she finds it comforting. Dd had a night-time bottle until she was nearly 3.

cheesesarnie Mon 28-Jul-08 22:23:13

i think its ok.my ds2 was so addicted to his bottle he had 8 or so a day and we couldnt cut down so we got rid of the bottles but he does have milk in beaker before bed.

Tommy Mon 28-Jul-08 22:24:00

DS1 was like this until he was older than 2. Make sure you clean her teeth after her bottle and it shouldn't be a problem.

I was worried about it with him but then realised than were bigger battles

She won't have a bottle if she goes to a sleepover with a school friend or brownie camp - it won't last for ever

bythepowerofgreyskul Mon 28-Jul-08 22:25:28

DS1 was about this age when we suggested a new bed time routine of downstairs milk and story before bath time rather than afterwards as we did before.

I only did it because we were pregnant with DS2 and was interested in DS1 feeling he was a big boy before the baby arrived.

snickersnack Mon 28-Jul-08 22:25:48

Can you persuade her to clean her teeth afterwards? And does she go to sleep sucking it? I think if you can clean her teeth, or she downs it fairly quickly then you give her some water, it's probably not worth worrying about. It's when the milk sticks around in the mouth it's a problem for the teeth.

My dd gave up her bedtime bottle about 2 months after her 2nd birthday. We went out to choose a new cup together - that really helped. Plus we did the star chart thing, though she didn't really need it. Could you try and find a mug with her name on (Woolworths do them) or something she'd really like?

Roboshua Mon 28-Jul-08 23:05:53

My v guilty secret is that my DS1 was nearly 4 before he stopped having a bedtime bottle. He wasn't babyish in any other way but I think he found it very comforting. He is not a v big eater and I was just pleased that I was getting some goodness inside him. He had no lasting problem (teeth or otherwise) and he's now 8. He just choose to stop one day (ie he didn't ask and I didn't offer and that was that)

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