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dummy weaning- replaced with a bottle of milk in bed

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skipper444 Wed 16-Dec-15 19:59:54

My son is 7 and a half months old. I have decided enoughs enough no more dummy. He has always been a good sleeper and has slept 12 hours at night for months... the last two nights i have ditched the dummy completely day and night, i'm finding he is drinking more milk, hes drinking himself to sleep and still sleeping through. He is a fantastic eater, and his appetite is as good as ever.

So my concern is leaving him to sleep with the bottle, i am concerned he may get colic etc as im unable to burp him without waking him and am i just replacing one vice with another??

Tonight he was clearly tired, i let him have his last bottle down stairs, burped him and took him to bed, i batted him, rocked and sang to him, no result. I left him to cry it out, took 3 mins and he was soundo asleep....after an hour he awoke crying, i then gave him a bottle for 10mins, now i have just removed it and he is asleep....

So he has proved he can self soothe tonight but then woke up??? maybe i should let him cry it out if he wakes up?

ANY ADVICE WOULD BE APPRECIATED!

DingbatsFur Wed 16-Dec-15 20:05:05

Does he have any teeth?

swashbucklecheer Wed 16-Dec-15 20:08:55

I would not replace with a bottle. You're setting yourself up for a whole heap of bother in the future when you try to get that off him. Personally i would leave the dummy until a bit older. Have you a specific reason for wanting rid of it?

UmbongoUnchained Wed 16-Dec-15 20:19:03

My 15 month old still wakes for milk in the night because she's used to milk getting her to sleep. It's a nightmare. Stick with the dummy, he's still so little.

Emus Wed 16-Dec-15 20:35:49

Surely he's using the bottle as a dummy because they have similar teats?! I would remove the milk too, especially if he has teeth and go completely cold turkey.

Well done for tackling this now. My DS is 2.5 and still likes his dummy at night. It's going to be a bloody nightmare to wean him off.

Pyjamaramadrama Wed 16-Dec-15 20:44:15

I'd either give him his dummy back or go cold turkey. A bottle seems a worse habit.

What about a comfort blanket?

Pyjamaramadrama Wed 16-Dec-15 20:47:10

If he's only crying for 3 minutes I don't think cio would be too traumatic if you're determined to ditch the dummy.

My ds1 ended up thumb sucking though.

skipper444 Thu 17-Dec-15 17:06:11

he has two teeth that have not long cut

dementedpixie Thu 17-Dec-15 17:08:25

I wouldn't replace with a bottle especially if you are not brushing his teeth afterwards.

skipper444 Thu 17-Dec-15 17:10:57

i want to get rid of it because, i feel its the right time, he doesnt need it at all during the day, he falls asleep easily with movement (i.e car or in the pram) i just struggle to get him off at night without the dummy, sometimes he falls asleep in my arms with the bottle, i burp him and carry him up and thats it....

thanks for advice about bottle in the night. I think ill let him cry it out for a few mins and see if he can continue to self soothe... here comes night 4 with no dummy ;)

Hufflepuffin Thu 17-Dec-15 17:47:12

You could try a bottle of water?

Pyjamaramadrama Thu 17-Dec-15 17:50:14

If you're on the fourth night with no dummy id say you've cracked it. Just slowly remove the bottle now.

Would you like to swap babies for a week and see if you can get mine to stay asleep let alone lose the dummy?

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