I have four kids, and none of them really took a bottle until my fourth child popped out. And wow, as much as I breastfed her (almost a year, thank you very much), she loves her bottle. And hey, that's fine with me because I was able to leave her a bit more.
Now she's almost 3 and still takes a bottle at naptime and bedtime and guess what? I really don't care what anybody thinks.
Here's the thing: With that bottle at naptime and bedtime, my toddler goes to sleep with no issues at all. And if you've had a baby, like me, who fought you tooth and nail about sleeping, then you know any sort of break when it comes to bedtime is welcome, even if it means continuing a bottle past what people deem is "appropriate."
Also, who are these people anyway? When did they decide that there was a certain age where all bottles must be discontinued?
We're not parenting robots, by the way. They're our kids, and what might work for some kids might not work for others.
Plus, I've got four kids, and to have one less person to fight over bedtime and sleep, well, I'll take it. As much flack as some people want to give me about it, I'm happy for them to come over to my house at around 8 p.m. on a Wednesday night and see for themselves.
I figure she won't be going to sleep with a bottle in her mouth when she's in college, and if it makes my life easier and doesn't hurt her, then why not continue doing it.
Before I had kids, I had all these pre-conceived notions about what parents should and shouldn't do, and let me tell you, the toddler with the bottle was one of them.
Now, after having kids, I realize that sometimes you have to do what you need to do to survive your days (and nights). So have a bottle, kid, maybe two. If it gives both of us more sleep, I'm happy to oblige.
How old was your baby when they stopped taking a bottle?
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