please help.. we need sleep

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Registered: 10-13-2004
please help.. we need sleep
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Wed, 12-09-2009 - 2:29pm
Hello everyone, I am sorry if I am posting this in the wrong place. I am a lurker here and I need some advice. I have a 2 year old and we are having trouble with her, we are trying to take her off the bottle (and formula) I know, she has been on formula way too long but it is the only thing she would drink at night and until recently she hardly had any teeth so the formula was giving her the nurishment she wasn't getting from food. she has since sprouted a bunch of teeth and we have had 6 nights of her waking at 2am and staying up until about 5 screaming for her bottle and refusing to sleep or take anything else. do any of you have any suggestions or advice.. We desperately need a good nights sleep
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Registered: 11-08-2007
Wed, 12-09-2009 - 2:46pm
If it were my DD I'd explain to her that she no longer gets a bottle-at night or any other time. I'm sure you'll have a couple more sleepless nights, but it's time to give it up IMHO. Cold turkey and letting DD cry it out always worked wonders in our household.
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Registered: 10-13-2004
Wed, 12-09-2009 - 2:59pm
Thank you for the advice. I will just stay tough and let her cry it out. Hopefully it wont be too much longer. have a great week
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Registered: 11-08-2007
Wed, 12-09-2009 - 3:51pm
Just be consistant and calm-keep reminding her she's a big girl and I bet she'll come around fast. :) When we took Mara's pacifier away (she had just turned 2) we were so surprised at how well
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Registered: 10-30-2007
Fri, 12-11-2009 - 1:27pm

well, when we took Logan off the bottle, our doctor recommended giving him a good, substantial snack before bed... something to fill him up rather than giving him a bottle. It did take about a week for him to get into that routine.. but then it worked out pretty well. I do remember him waking, and honestly there were many nights that Logan would be sitting there in the dark with me munching on a cereal bar so he'd go back to sleep.. LOL then after awhile of that we told him that he couldn't have them anymore either.. and transitioned with rubbing his back and reminding him that it was still night time and he had to go back to bed...

If was a long transition.. but it worked pretty well :)
Good luck! Keep us updated :)

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Registered: 12-28-2009
Mon, 12-28-2009 - 1:01am
We gave our daughter a pediasure before bed in a big girl cup and when she woke up demanding a bottle, we let her cry herself to sleep. Took two nights but all was better. Pediasure has more calories than milk or formula so it will help them sleep longer. Can't guarantee it will work for you, but it was great for us during the transition.