Eliminating bottles in bed

I have a 15-month-old daughter who still doesn't sleep through the night and is dependent on one to two nighttime bottles. The real problem is I leave her bottle in her bed, so when she wakes up she finds it and goes back to sleep. When I check on her in the morning, her diaper is drenched through to the sheets. What is the easiest way to take the bottle away so she isn't dependent upon it anymore?

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You are wise to be making efforts to wean your daughter from nighttime bottles. Although you didn't mention the contents of the bottle, I am assuming it is milk or formula. The major concern with her having bottles in bed is the big potential for tooth decay because of milk pooling in her mouth as she falls asleep.

Be sure she has a good bedtime snack, perhaps a bottle that you give her in the rocking chair before she is put to bed. Do not let the bottle go into the bed with her. For her dental health it is important to stop nighttime bottles.

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