potty training and bed time sippie cup

Rachelle - posted on 12/22/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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my daughter won't go to bed with out her sippy cup and she will bang her head against the door until she gets it... she only gets water in it but it doesnt seem to matter to her she still has to have it, which also makes potty training difficult because she is drinking at night so she fills her diapers or pull ups by morning...
Also with the potty training she likes to sit on the potty but she rarely actually uses it and the main problem is I can't sit there with her because I have a younger daughter that I have to watch as well... does anyone have any suggestions how to get my 2 year old daughter potty trained as well as off the sippy cup at night?

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Sarah - posted on 12/22/2009

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For the potty training try by putting the potty chair in the room where you guys are at. This way it allows you to keep watch of your other one while giving the time and attention the 2 yr old needs. I would not worry about trying to night time train until the day time training is down REALLY well. I always she I am an adult and it is hard for me to make it to the bathroom sometimes when I have to go in the middle of the night, so I did not expect my toddlers to do that until they were doing very well during the day time.

For the sippy cup maybe try to gradually reduce the amount of water that is in the sippy.

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Nicole - posted on 01/02/2010

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my two sons were those weird boys that were trained at 3. One of mine was diagnosed with asperger's [autism] at 3, and while in therapy the therapist suggested that I put him in a bathtub and hand him a scrubbie and some soap and make him wash himself whenever he pooped. It worked like a charm. He was completely potty trained--no messes in bed or anything. My other son was the same way. So I think a lot of it has to do with their constitution and personalities. But it also has a lot to do with how much effort we put into it. Our parents didn't have sippee cups, training pants, or training baby dolls and yet we were all potty trained at a certain age. My sons were very easy to train probably because I wasn't tired of potty training yet. Now I kinda am, and my daughter isn't trained yet LOL!

Amy - posted on 01/01/2010

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As for potty training, when she is ready she will do it. I have 5 boys and the first 2 didn't train until 4 1/2 years old and the 3rd and 4th when they were 2 1/2 - 3. I am still waiting for the 5th to fully train. As for the cup at night, try just about an ounce or 2 in it. Then start giving it to her empty. Maybe she will realize she doesn't need it.

Rachelle - posted on 01/01/2010

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ya I am giving up on the sippie cup for now (it is only water) and I am just going to focus on the potty training.. it is quite the process but it is going, she will let me know (most of the time) if she has to poo but we are still working on the pee.. she used to only pee on the potty (in the beginning and only once in a while) and once she pooped for the first time in the potty she wont pee in it so I dont know what to do about that but I guess I will just have to be persistant and hope one day she will do both on the potty... I thaught about the potty sticker chart but I dont know if she will really understand that I think she just might want to play with it and keep putting stickers on in and not understand what it is really for.. but it might be worth a try (she is just over 2 years old)

Kayla - posted on 01/01/2010

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We can only use the Pampers Easy Ups because our son is allergic to Huggies products. We dont want him breaking out in a massive rash just to get him potty trained.

Kimberly - posted on 01/01/2010

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Huggies Pull-Ups have velcro sides, so I would imagine they could be made smaller where it would fit your son's waist. Are you using pull-ups that are not adjustable? I occasionally use Pampers pull ups but I don't like them because they are made like the swim diapers & not adjustable. Good luck in solving this problem.

Kimberly - posted on 01/01/2010

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I have had my potties for my daughter for a while even before officially starting to potty training. I wanted her to get used to just sitting on it. Gee, now I wonder if having the potty too early and not getting it when we were really going to start training has caused her postponing her training fully for day and then towards night. I guess I will never know.

Kimberly - posted on 01/01/2010

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My daughter takes a sippy cup to bed also. I have tried to only fill it a little bit. I know this doesn't help us in our potty training efforts. Unfortunately, my daughter eats while in bed before going to sleep. I am trying to eliminate this too. Our kids can really be difficult can't they???

Jessi - posted on 12/31/2009

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Quoting Jen:

I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter and a two year old sona nd both go to bed with cups. If my son doesnt have his in his bed he will wake up at night and come into my room asking for something to drink. i had to make it special fo rmy daughter when she used a potty she got to put a stickeron her chart and than when she got so many stickers she got something special a toy or something like that because sheloved stickers.



Oh yes, definitely a potty chart!!!  And special prizes when a goal is obtained.  But be sure to make the goal not too overwhelming for the child. 

Jessi - posted on 12/31/2009

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She'll be potty trained when she's ready. My daughter kept on having accidents. Then the teacher in the room she was moving to at daycare talked to her and from then on she stayed dry. I know it sounds weird, but don't stress about it, keep trying but don't stress and don't stress her.

About the night sippy. My daughter still has a glass of water every night at bedtime. But it's not a full glass. It's just a little bit of water, maybe a 1/3 of a cup. Enough for maybe 2 drinks. She stays dry all night, with the exception of an accident once in a while (once every couple months). Hope this helps.

Kori - posted on 12/31/2009

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thats a hard one cause I am still having trouble with my 4 yr old and my 2 yr old with the juice cup thing at night, and the potty training thin we just put our potty in dining room and let each of them go no diaper, and just ask them every so often to use it, let them explore the potty so they not scared

Julia - posted on 12/31/2009

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The key phrase to me was ...until she gets it. Motherhood sometimes is about who's more stubborn. You have the advantage in knowing you are truly working towards what's best for her, and knowing she won't really give herself a concussion. I'd suggest wordlessly, without smiling, placing her back in her bed, either endlessly till somebody falls asleep, or with lengthening periods of time, like 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes... Keep the image in your mind of being a tank, unplacable, immovable, strong. You CAN do it!

Sarah - posted on 12/31/2009

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i would say try to potty train her if you are ready, i started potty trainin my lil boy 22 months and hes now 2 years and 3 weeks old and fully dry through day, i started letting him run round the house just with a t-shirt on and takin him to the toilet/potty every 30 mins and if he did sum thing in the potty i was praise him and show him i was very happy with him but put a nappy on when i went out of the house i did this for 3 week, then once he was dry in the house i started taking him out with no nappy on and just putting him on a toilet everytime i was near one, then after abart 3 week he started telling me when he needs to go, i think if you do this and ask her if she needs a wee or poo everytime you take her to the toilet/potty she will learn to tel you when she needs to go

Kayla - posted on 12/30/2009

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Any tips on finding smaller pull ups or boys underpants? My 2 year old son loves the potty and tells us when he has to go. Our problem is the smallest size pull ups and the smallest size underpants are too big in his waist and they fall off. Which defeats the purpose. We know he wants to potty train and be in his big boy undies but they just don't fit.

Geni - posted on 12/30/2009

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If my boys want a drink before bed I only let them have 3 sips then I take it away! So maybe try slowly cutting down the amount she drink slowly

Janine - posted on 12/30/2009

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I tried to potty train my daughter when she was two and a half and it was 6 months of hell and pestering her, others in my mothers group waited until they were around 3 and it took 2 weeks. I waited with my son and I am currently doing it now and its much easier, it has taken about 2 weeks (day time training only). Good luck. I would also pick the battles with the sippy cup she will give it up in her own time. Its only a cup with water!! she wont go to school with it!!!! I agree with others just reduce the water in it and maybe offer her more during the day.

Amber - posted on 12/30/2009

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SHE MAY NOT BE READY TO BE POTTY TRAINED I TRIED TO POTTY TRAIN MY DAUGHTER AT TWO BUT SHE WOULD NOT GO TO THE POTTY SO I WAITED TILL SHE WAS 2 1/2 AND NOW SHE GOES TO THE POTTY AND SHE IS NOT SO SCARED TO GO. ABOUT THE SIPPY CUP THING MY DAUGHTER DID THE SAME THING I WOULD LET HER HAVE A CUP A HOUR BEFORE SHE WENT TO BED LET HER GO TO THE POTTY THEN GIVE HER BUNNY THAT SHE SLEEPS WITH EVERY NIGHT IN TELL HER THAT SHE CANT HAVE A SIPPY BECAUSE HER TEETH WOULD GET BAD. HOPE THAT THIS WILL HELP YOU GOOD LUCK TO YOU.

Julie - posted on 12/30/2009

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I too have this problem! Only my daughter wont drink water! She has milk, I am going to try the blanket or maybe a baby idea! My daughter is doing really well during the day, I bought her dora panties and I waited for her to be ready. She tells me she needs to pee and I help her. We also bought elmos potty time and she has a bath time baby doll that you have to squeeze the water out of it so we tell her that her baby is peeing! She loves it! I hope this helps you! Its good to know im not the only one with the cup problem, I thought I was all alone! I should add that I bought her potty when she was 13 months old. We have been off and on for that long. I was waiting for her to be ready,

Jen - posted on 12/29/2009

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I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter and a two year old sona nd both go to bed with cups. If my son doesnt have his in his bed he will wake up at night and come into my room asking for something to drink. i had to make it special fo rmy daughter when she used a potty she got to put a stickeron her chart and than when she got so many stickers she got something special a toy or something like that because sheloved stickers.

Rachelle - posted on 12/28/2009

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ya she already has a blanket that she has to sleep with (otherwise that would be a good idea)... ya I am not too worried about night time yet I just want to get her trained during the day but we tried bringing it to the room we were in so I could watch my one year old but that didnt work... both of the girls just ended up playing with it like it was a toy

Nicole - posted on 12/27/2009

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Maybe try just giving her the cup without drawing too much attention to it, but at the same time start making comments about a cute blanket or how soft her blanket is. worked with my daughter but took some time... pretty soon she forgot about the cup and wanted the blanket. It just distracted her enough to change the habit. But the holding it through the night thing: I always hear about parents saying that their kids are trained by 2... that doesn't mean nighttime though... in my experience they are usually trained only for the daytime! Reducing the water at night should solve that problem though... I have to wake up in the night to pee too! LOL!

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