Any idea's on how to get my daughter to give up the sippy cup in the night??

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My daughter will go all day without her sippy cup but at bed time she will cry for hours if we dont give it to her...the doctor says take it away and let her cry but, Ive explained to him that its not that easy....the other night my husband and I took it away and she cryed for 4 1/2 hours....she was soo tired and soo were we so we gave it to her.....HELP!!!!

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Crystal - posted on 02/26/2010

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Response to Jessica Dillon,

Letting your child have a small amount of liquid at bed time will not prevent potty training. In fact most doctors I have talked to state that if your child is still peeing at night (with or without a sippy/bottle) at night they do not have complete control of there bladder and to not force the issue of night training. There (in my mind) is no reason to make your little one go thirsty for 12+ hours for potty training. There is also no reason why you should take a Childs sippy away at all Change the type of cup yes. (My suggestion for a cup http://www.playtexbaby.com/Products/Prod... )

Also make sure it is just water at night so that their teeth do not rot. There has been nothing to prove that a cuppy/sippy is bad as long as you follow those guidelines and that they do not walk around with it 24/7.

Some kids get attached to a cuppy/sippy some don’t so for some people it is not an issue. But for others it is and there is no reason at all to cause your little one stress or to take away a comfort item when it is not necessary just follow a few basic rules and it will all turn out ok. I think we as a society are way too hard on our toddlers and kids these days and hold them to way too many standards. LET THEM BE KIDS and enjoy life and have fun and if they need a cuppy/blankey/or stuffy (stuffed toy) let them have it as long as it is not causing them harm which in "most" situations none of them do.

(The binkey/paci is the only comfort item I know of that there are no real rules you can follow that will prevent problems, inevitably the binki will change the growth pattern of teeth and cause rotting and will need to be taken away before too long sorry :( )

1.) Switch to a cup with a hard spout, straw, or no spout
2.) Only use 1/3 or less full and use ONLY WATER for nap and night time
3.) Use commons sense, don't let them carry a cuppy around 24/7

I have now said my peace :) good luck and no matter what you choose things will turn out :) our children are hardier than they look

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Amandawhitmore - posted on 07/25/2013

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My daughter is the same way she will scream like it breaks her heart but also she was fully potty trained all but at night and that is over too :( I feel like a failing mom and one on the way really would like to see my daughter off the sippie and the pullups before this baby gets here :(

Jen - posted on 03/02/2010

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Replacing with water is a good suggestion...then there is less to worry about.

If you are wanting to break the habit of needing to be sucking/drinking something to fall asleep, i would take sippy cups away altogether and replace with regular cups. Start during the day and continue on at night. Leave the cup in her room so if she's thirsty she can have a drink. Also change her bedtime routine to focus on something else instead of her sippy cup...maybe reading stories or singing songs, a back rub helped when we took our son's soother away.

It won't happen overnight. Unfortunately it only takes one time to start a habit and 100 times to change it.

JOY - posted on 02/28/2010

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My girls (2 and 4) both sleep with a sippy cup of water next to their beds. I think that as long as it's just water your daughter should be able to use it indefinitely - especially because it won't spill!

Shannon - posted on 02/25/2010

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try a normal drink bottle of water we got rid of the bottle and bub cups whe we were 15 months every night both my daughters put a drink bottle ext to there bed with water in it in case they get thirsty i live at the top end of qld so our nights are hot never had a tear

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2010

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How do you expect to potty train your kid, if you are giving them sippy cup at night to go to bed? My son is 2.5, I have never given him a sippy cup to sleep at night. I stop giving him liquids after 7pm. He doesn't scream, cry, throw a fit..nothing. Its all about being consistant. No matter if you dulite the milk, add something to the water or give the child a water bottle (instead of a sippy cup) the child is still use to having liquids at night and is going to accept the new liquid just to drink it.

Tammi - posted on 02/24/2010

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My 5 yr old goes to bed with a water bottle ( not the store bought plastic kind) so when we were ready to get rid of the sippy we gave her a water bottle with her name on it and gave that to her at night. it has the same confront of having the sippy but has to get up to open it to drink it will after a while she will stop waking up as much. we only fill it will water with 2 drops of juice so it has a juicy taste without having any real jucie in it and she doesnt even know lol

Kate - posted on 02/03/2010

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why does she have to give up the cup. is it doing her some harm? i'm from the uk and maybe we do things differently but i cant quite understand your doctor saying this.

Crystal - posted on 02/02/2010

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it will only decay there teeth if you let them drink sugary drinks from them or milk at night and dont brush there teeth. As long as it is mainly water you give them from the sippy then it will not decay there teeth. And as long as they do not tote it around 24-7 there is no diff between a sippy cup and the watter bottles we all like to buy with the sippy top

Jenean - posted on 02/02/2010

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Just don't let them drink out of the sippy too long because it will decay the teeth. thats why they say to take it away from them.. it will get easier.

Crystal - posted on 01/29/2010

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yeah that does make it tuff , try reducing how much you put in the cup each time she asks for it and make sure it is just water. And if she fusses about the diapers try undies with the plastic outer under wear you can get them from walmart for $4

Crystal - posted on 01/29/2010

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I see no problem with a sippy at night. Just make sure it only has water in it and it is not completely full especially if you are potty training. My daughter is still using a sippy but at night with water and only 1/3rd full. I think taking away the sippy is over rated.. limitting its use and where it is used yes, but i dont think that taking a childs comfort item away before they are ready is right. But that is just my opinion which is not alway what works for everyone :)

Taryn - posted on 01/25/2010

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You don't say why it's a problem..... But try putting something in it that she doesn't like - if she's drinking milk, dilute it more and more with water until it's just water. If it's WARM milk, start giving it to her cold.... If it's juice, add lemon juice to make it bitter (even if you're only adding the lemon once she's fallen asleep). At the moment falling asleep with the cup and waking up for it is a habit, you need to get her to think that it's not worth waking up for!

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