She has always fallen asleep while having a bottle before a sleep but until recently it hadn't caused any sleep problems so I didn't stop it (she would usually fall asleep while I gave her a bottle then I would take it from her, lie her down in her cot and even though she would stir and wake up a bit she didn't protest going into the cot & would just drift back off & sleep well). Well... Lately she does not want a bar of it and will wake up when I try to put down. Once she is asleep for the night she is generally fine and will sleep throughout the night but it's such a muck around getting her to go down which is the problem, and during the day is worse she does the same thing but will only stay asleep for 10mins after all the effort to get her to go down (where before she had an hrs sleep in the morning & 2ish hrs round lunchtime)!
I realise that this is because she has a sleep association with her beloved bottle smile and that is the exact reason why it is recommended not to encourage/allow it in the first place, but until now hasn't caused issues so as they say if it ain't broke don't fix it... But now it is becoming a problem and I want to fix it haha!
I need to teach her to self settle in her cot but seems the only way to do this is with some form of controlled crying which I don't like and wish I didn't have to sad but thinking maybe I will have to!!! Any tips on how to do this without traumatising my poor child or maybe just I need to toughen up & do it? Just after some advice from someone objective.