My son is nearly 23 months old and ever since he decided to stop breastfeeding (around 11 months) he's had a bottle to go to bed. He now only has water in it and only has it when he's going to bed. He doesn't actually need it to fall asleep but he asks for it when he's tired and likes to have it during storytime and will take it into the cot with him. It makes putting him to bed super easy. I asked a child health nurse about it awhile ago and she said it's not bad for him, he just likes the comfort and getting extra water into him in summer is a good thing.
The thing is though that I really can't be bothered cleaning the teats anymore! And I know he's capable of going to sleep without it, it's just a habit. Should I bother trying to get rid of it???? I'm assuming the only way to break the habit is to just let him cry himself to sleep a few times until he's forgotten about it (not working very well yet!) Anyone have any better ideas?
Should I just give it to him to make bedtimes easy or try and teach him to go to bed without it? Thought and ideas appreciated.