Doctor Betti
Dr. Betti Hertzberg Ressler is a Board Certified Pediatrician on staff at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Hertzberg developed the toilet training video "Let's Go Potty." She is the co-author of "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies for Children."

Weaning of the bottle

Question: My daughter is 14 months old. I would like to wean her of the bottle at night, but this is the only way she falls asleep. Any suggestions? Rebecca

Answer: Weaning off a bottle at night (or anytime) can be much easier if your daughter is not drinking from one during the day. It might be helpful if she could be encouraged to drink from a cup or sipper cup.

They are many ways to approach this sometimes frustrating subject. Do I do the "cold turkey" or the "disappearing bottle trick" or is that too harsh? Like with all parenting, you must feel comfortable with your decisions and how you go about handling them. Decide what you think is in your child's best interest. (don't let the guilt get in the way!) When you're ready, do it!

We know for a fact that the sugar in milk will lead to tooth decay. We also know that ear infections are more frequent in children who are bottle fed.

Just remember out of site. Out of mind. Good luck!

Dr. Betti

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    This information is not intended to be a substitute for visiting your pediatrician. If you or your child has specific concerns, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.