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Should I stop son's bedtime milk bottle?

Dear Coleen, MY son, who's three-and-a-half, still has milk in a bottle to help him settle in bed at night.

Sometimes he calls us into the room two or three times for more milk before he drifts off.

One of the mothers at his nursery was horrified when I told her and said he was too old for a bottle in his bed but I feel bad taking it off him.

However, it means he wets the bed quite a lot from all the fluid he's having and the sheets are soaked in the morning.

What should I do? I don't want to cave in to pressure but at the same time I know we need to tackle it soon. I don't want my son to be upset, though.

Coleen says..

OF course you don't want to cave in to pressure from other mums - we all have our own ways of dealing with things.

However, this is becoming a problem for you because he's wetting the bed regularly.

It's just a habit - he's not having it because he's hungry or thirsty, he's using it as a comforter and it's become part of his bedtime routine. You just need to change that routine. Start by introducing a story before he gets into bed and give him a beaker of milk, then take him to the toilet.

It's heartbreaking when you have to take something away but it's usually just 48 hours of hell.

Yes, it is easier at the time to give in to the pleading but in the long term you're making a rod for your own back.

Your son is not going to miraculously announce one day that he doesn't want his bottle any more - you have to make that decision for him.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 26, 2013
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