hi, my two year old daughter still drinks milk in the middle of the night, just like a 2-3 months old infant .. how do i stop her? i feed her dinner at night but still she req milk at night.

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Gina - posted on 05/20/2010

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give her a bottle of milk before bedtime and if she wakes in the night offer only a bottle of water, repeat a few times and your toddler will soon learn the new rules :)

Andrea - posted on 05/19/2010

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You shouldn't put anything but water in their cups or bottles at night. The milk or juice pools around their teeth and can cause serious problems. You don't want your beautiful babies to have rotten teeth. I've seen it. Big black cavities and broken teeth because a mom wouldn't stop with the sugary drinks at night. (Yes, milk is loaded with natural sugar, lactose) Water can also rinse their teeth and get some of the before bed sugar off. That's a bonus if you have a head strong little one like mine who thinks she can brush her own teeth and won't let me help at all.

Yun - posted on 03/12/2010

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Well, she doesn't necessarily 'require' it at night. At this age, they are able to go through the night without liquids and solids. She's doing it out of habit and because it comforts her. The only one that can break the habit for her is you. She's too young and enjoys the comfort of it at night. You're going to have to be strong and consistent if you want her to really break the habit. Fill her cup up with water and only water and offer her that at night instead. She'll probably scream and protest for awhile, but remember, you're the parent, not her!

Milk at night can be really bad for the teeth as well.

Griselda - posted on 09/11/2013

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I have done this giving her water but she trows the bottle away and she keeps asking for milk and she just doesn't go back

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Susan - posted on 11/30/2012

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Thanx amanda,i try it last nite that make him so scream everytime he felt hungry

Susan - posted on 11/29/2012

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yeah your right yun cheng coz my son have a teeth breaking now because of to much milk at nite..is he ok if i will give him water instead of milk at night time?

Susan - posted on 11/29/2012

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we have same problem,,my son 2 years old son still drinking to much milk at midnight..hope anyone can give as advice here.

Evangeline - posted on 05/19/2010

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I only give my son a fresh milk in the cup before he sleeps at night, and it satisfy him co`z even if he woke up in the middle of the night, he will not ask me to give him a milk but instead he will ask me to hug him and he will go to sleep again.

DeAsia - posted on 05/18/2010

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It not good to give liquids to your kids late night or in the middle of the night. More because of them to have healthy teeth and gums. If anything, just teach your child to drink their milk before they go to bed. At least she still drinks milk, which is a good thing!

Shyla - posted on 05/12/2010

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that is a good idea. For my 3 year old. She wakes me up EVERY night for a drink, and frankly I get tired of changing diapers 3 times a night. My 2 year old doesnt have this problem. But I'm going to try this. Seeing how I'm trying to get her out of diapers for night time so we are done with it. Brilliant!

Gina - posted on 04/18/2010

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only offer her a bottle of water in the night and give her milk before bedtime - when she realises that shes not getting the milk she will stop waking for it

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hey lovely, try giving her a hot chocolate drink just before bed a full bottle full if nesscessary, worked for my little boy.......

Leah - posted on 04/02/2010

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My daughter, who turned 2 on jan 11th, had to have her sippy at night too and also woke up for it, i am trying to potty train her so i knew i was gonna have to break her from that so she won't tee tee at night, haven't got the potty training down yet but I broke her from the cup.. i give her about a half of a cup of milk about 2O min before bedtime and no more, she has been broke now for about a month, but she did cry for her cup for a few nights, then she was fine.. So u just have to be strong and not give in, it will only take her a few days.. hope this helps :)

Dara - posted on 03/31/2010

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Well, I was also in the same boat. I read many things about what to do, before I had been lucky enough to find this site. One of the things I read said it was ok to use a binky to wean them. I first started by switching her to water only for a week, then half a cup of water until there was no more sippy cup. She did get pretty upset and cry herself to sleep for a little while but it worked. Like Sara said, you are in control of the situation, as hard as it may be sometimes we have to say no for their best interest. If you don't want to use the binky try going and getting her a special blanky, or if she's scared of something go get a new night light for her room that she can pick out. There are many better ways to do it.

Also, I let the binky go too far. I think if I had only let her have it for a few weeks it would have been much easier for it to just disappear and her not care.

Jamie - posted on 03/31/2010

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My DD also goes to bed with her "cuppy" at night. She is at that stage where she's scared at night & says there are elephants & kitties in her room, so if a cup of milk settles her back to sleep I do it! I also have a 5 month old DS so I do a lot of "whatever it takes" to get sleep :)

Sara - posted on 03/30/2010

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I think the cup of water is a good suggestion. Juice or milk in the crib for the middle of the night can be very bad for your baby's teeth. My son was in this nightly milk habit for awhile too, and I started bringing in a sippy cup of water and rocked him for a minute or two, telling him he could have milk with breakfast in the morning. It took a couple of days, but he has slept through the night ever since. Yes, babies do cry sometimes when they don't get what they want, but if you don't stop the bad habits, your kids will control you.

Amanda - posted on 03/29/2010

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My 2 year old daughter picked up that habit lately also. What has worked is to let her have milk right before bedtime (before brushing teeth.) Then I do let her have a sippy cup of water during the night. I also explained it to her so she would know what to expect and then enforce the rule. Good luck!

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I think it should not be an issue, my two years old daughter also asks for milk or juice in her bottle in the middle of night. I keep her bottle full of juice(the one she doesn't really like to drink) in her crib with her. She drinks it when she wants to and I don't have to get up in the middle of the night. I noticed that she sometimes doesn't drink her juice, means she is stoping getting up for juice by herself now. So I don't think we should let her sream in the middle of the night but give her something that is not her favourate and she will stop asking for her. I hope it will help.

Melissa - posted on 03/22/2010

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I still give my 2 year old a bottle of milk when he goes to bed. I dont see it to be an issue.

Maria - posted on 03/12/2010

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Hi, My daughter still wakes up at night to nurse, yes she is still breastfed at 2, I am in the same boat. Am I supposed to just let her scream until she goes back to sleep??

Jen - posted on 03/11/2010

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I would just give her a drink before bed, then explain it's bedtime and she can have a drink when she gets up in the morning. It'll take a couple nights but she'll get it.

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