Someone needs to come up with a 12 step program for toddlers who are addicted to their bottles.
Avery is 18 months now and she is super attached to her bottle.
Have I mentioned this before? Because I feel like I'm constantly complaining about this little problem. I know it's technically not the end of the world for her to still have a bottle at 18 months but what worries me most is that she is so desperately in love with it.
She goes to bed with a bottle
(I know, I know, I'm going to hell for that one, just ask the pediatricians... and dentists)
She gets her feelings hurt? "Baba"
She falls down? "Baba"
She gets mad? "Baba"
Bored in the car? "Baba"
I mean really, the kid will snuggle her empty bottle all night if we let her.
It's happened before.
So I had a bit of a heart to heart with one of Avery's dietitians today and hung up the phone determined to get this kid off the bottle. After all, it's not going to get any easier as time goes on.
My first step? I'm not putting her to bed with a bottle.
The result? She cried, screamed and kicked the wall for 75 MINUTES. Over an hour. I'm telling you, I feel like I'm having deja vu of about a year ago when we first let her cry it out for sleep training. A miserable, however necessary, experience to be sure.
Tip for moms who have yet to sleep train: Don't sleep train your baby by letting him/her go to bed with their bottle. In the end, you will have to sleep train all over again and life sucks hardcore twice in your life instead of just once.