Bottle-holic or solids ready?
These moms have questions and our experts have the answers.
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Dear Parent24

My 20 month old little boy drinks about 4-6 bottles a night (rooibos tea and milk). Is there anything else I can give him to fill him up, so he won't drink so much? I've tried the porridge bottle as well, but no go, he just gulps it down.
I am just so tired of having to get up during the night, becuase trying to ignore him, does not work either. He just nags until someone gives in (which is usually mommy)!

Please help, I need some sleep!

Learning and development expert, Dr Melodie de Jager, answers:

Hi Shereen,

There is NOTHING more dangerous that night after night of sleep deprivation.

I know many people advice against sleeping with a child, but from your mail it seems like the need is not so much food (porridge, bottle didn’t make a difference) as comfort. It may be better for you to sleep together so you do not have to get up, because your comforting presence will be there.

If this continues rather visit your doctor.

Good luck!

Ricci wonders why her little one keeps waking up in the middle of the night.

Baby expert, Megan Faure, seems to have the answer:

Hunger seems to be the cause, she is ready for solids. Introduce yellow vegetables and rice cereal first.
Once she is over 6 months old, accelerate the introduction of solids and introduce protein too

Hope this helps!

What is your advice for our moms? Have you had an experience in a bottle loving toddler?

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