Willow loves having a bottle of milk. She doesn't have a special blankie, a dummy or a must have toy but to go to sleep she has a bottle (or two) of milk. It's a less then ideal habit given that if she wakes during the night, to help her get back to sleep she needs/wants milk. It used to be that she would wake at 5 or 6am & giving her a bottle of milk would ensure that she would go back to sleep rather than start her day, but now we seam to be up half the night playing butler to our little princess. It's exhausting,* so finally, something had to give.
So this is the plan. Willow & I go shopping for a special new toy (the bird), followed by a discussion about how said toy is replacing the bottle, she's a big girl etc, etc. I figure we have a tough weekend ahead of us, but hopefully some unbroken sleep in our future.** And if you are worried about replacing one crutch (bottle o' milk) with another (the bird), then don't. If her big brother is anything to go by (yes, we have been here before) the toy will help get over this hurdle & then will be relegated to the soft toy graveyard in the basement. After all that's how we got the banana's in pajamas!
* Our fault I know...
**I may be deluding myself about the sleep, but I've got to think positive right now!