hi iv got a 16 month who wakes 6-7 times a night for his cup and he will only drink juice.

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Jamie - posted on 09/18/2009

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I talked to my sons doctor about drinking a lot at night. She said to ween him off of it. Water or pedialyte though, juice is really bad for them at night I agree with that. Every 3 days go down a little bit say from a full cup to 3/4 to 1/2 to 1/4 and then to none at all. It is difficult at first because they may cry and call for you, but it is less abrasive then not giving them anything at all, and less detrimental then giving in all the time. It took me 2 weeks with my son but now he doesn't ask for anything during the night. If he wakes up he just comes to get me to cover him back up.

Priscilla - posted on 09/15/2009

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give him a cup before he goes to bed.. dont let him take it to bed.. an jus say no.. its jus a habit ann if u keep givin in he will keep doin it

Antoinette - posted on 09/13/2009

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lynn hv u tried giving him chocolate or strawberry milk. my stepdaughter will only drink strawberry milk. or u cn try flavored water.

Sara - posted on 08/29/2009

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I agree you really need to be sure that nothing else is going on, ie Type I diabetes and then you can play tough love and offer him water only, and when you give it too him don't talk too him, soon he will decide it is not worth it.

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I know you've read this a lot, but, seriously, you've got to stop the juice - My cousin's daughter was the same - would not go to bed without a bottle and it had to be juice or chocolate milk...big mistake....several thousands of dollars later and a lot of painful dental work, she's got beautiful teeth, but all that money and pain...needless. I'd say start out by giving him some juice that's 1/2 water and slowly dilute it more each night until he's just drinking water - he may throw a fit, but it's really the best thing for him -- Hope this helps.

Blanaid - posted on 08/24/2009

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I agree with everyone on this - NOTHING but water at night. It's going to be tough but whose the boss? WE are!!! My son kept waking up for 1/2 hr - 2 1/2 hrs every night but we discovered that he has ADHD (very mild luckily) and he's also dyslexic - either might have been a cause of his waking. But I did the "tough love" thing, it broke my heart but I won and he was happier. Good luck. You're not alone...

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Oh no mame! I suggest you break this cycle or it will get worse. No juice cups after bed time. You child will have a fit the first few days but is will get better. You are the parent and the child needs to know that. Your child is looking for comfort in the cup. Try a blankey or a stuffed anilmal. Once you break this cycle your child will sleep all night.

Gorett - posted on 08/23/2009

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I would suggest that you not give your child anything but water at night. The bacteria in their mouth feeds off of the sugar and causes an acidic environment which will result in cavities.

Valerie - posted on 08/22/2009

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Get rid of the juice. The sweet drinks stop 3 hrs before bed. NO soda, not even sprite.

I'm not a sugar nazzi, I just dont like the fact that if given the chance the child will drink nothing but juice and garbage like that. My mom gives my daughter cookies and icecream and candy.. Shes an absolute terror after that. she hits, she yells, sugar makes her a monster. Go organic. Its the best thing we have ever done.

Just a few suggestions.

Rachael - posted on 08/17/2009

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I would say get some vitamin enhanced flavored water or something like pedialyte becuase he is missing out on all of the nutrition the milk or water would give him. If he will not drink pedialyte, water the juice down or give him some milk with sugar-free chocolate syrup! He should love that!
A suggestion to why he may be waking up so much during the night: He may have a stomache ache from all of the juice.

Lyndsay - posted on 08/17/2009

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Well first of all, I doubt that he will drink ONLY juice. If this is what you are giving him, then obviously he's going to take it. But if you take the juice away and give him only water, either he will drink it or he will decide he's not really thirsty after all and be done with it. It will take a couple of days and lots of tears, but you really should break him from that habit.

Mikila - posted on 08/16/2009

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dilute the juice with water...or give the baby flavored water, that should work 2...

Vaunda - posted on 08/08/2009

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First, talk with his pediatrician to make certain there are no health issues going on. When that has been eliiminated as a source of concern, switch to water. He will complain loudly at first. Stand your ground with this one. As parents we have to pick and choose our battles. This is one to take a stand on with him. He can have the cup in bed with him but only with water. Every time he wakes and screams for his juice you stand firm and give him the cup with water. Make sure you do this when you are not attempting to go to work the next day. It is definetly a weekend deal. Having a cup in bed with him that has water won't hurt him. He seems to be looking for a "security-type" attachment. That is very common at this age. Stuffed animals, small blankets, small pillow, soft toys, books, are all o.k. items for him to choose as well. I have 14 2-year olds in my class. At naptime the children may have one book on their mat, a small stuffed animal, and a blanket. Some even bring a small pillow. During their course of sleep they will stir and reach out for that item. When they can't find it, that is when they begin to wake. I simply put it within their reach. Talk to him about it during the course of the day. Let him know he has choices. You may even try letting him choose a "special" cup that he uses only at bed time. He can then process that this is the cup that will have only water and only in bed. It is like a puzzle really. You simply need to keep trying different options that you are o.k. with until you find one that works well for both of you.

Vicki - posted on 08/07/2009

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Stop giving him juice immediately. Only water during the night. Don't let him sleep with the cup either. You say he "won't" take anything else; who is in control??

Audrey - posted on 08/07/2009

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If you continue to give him juice like that, he could wind up with bottle mouth. My ex husband would only give our son juice and pop (yes soda) and he wound up having to have oral surgery to repair the damage. I would talk to your child's doctor. They might be able to give you some advice on what to do. Something I started doing because of my ex husband was slowly water down his juice until there was just a slight flavor of it. It was better for his teeth and the waters is good for them.

Lynn - posted on 08/07/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

Milk would probably make him sleep longer because it would fill him up but I would definitely cut out the juice. It could lead to childhood diabetes, cavaties, etc.


thanks for replying back but he does not drink milk all he will drink is juice and iv tried all sorts.

Jennifer - posted on 08/07/2009

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Milk would probably make him sleep longer because it would fill him up but I would definitely cut out the juice. It could lead to childhood diabetes, cavaties, etc.

Dina - posted on 08/07/2009

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Your child shouldn't be waking up that often. Have you had her ears checked for excess fluid? My son wouldn't sleep through the night, and the doctor discovered some fluid that wouldn't drain. He got ear tubes, and immediately started sleeping through the night. If that's not the case, you just have to tough it out. Only give water flavored with a little juice, it will be tough at first, but eventually he'll accept it. I've been there!

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