Any tips on getting your child to sleep without a sippy cup??

Samantha - posted on 01/16/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Morgan will not go to bed without a sippy cup of warm milk...

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Karen - posted on 01/16/2009

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I wish I knew. My son goes to sleep with a sippy cup and then wakes uop in the middle of the night asking for it. I hope somebody has some ideas.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/17/2009

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Have you tried to water the milk down? start out with all milk- then the next night 1oz water and the rest milk, the following night- 2oz water and the rest milk.  I do leave a sippy cup full of water in my daughter crib at night. And I notice that she must sip on it throughout the night.

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2009

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This is how we broke my daughter. I give her a sippy cup of milk 1/ 2 hour to 45 minutes before bed time. We then do the same routine every night. We take her up to her room change her diaper, put on pjs, turn on her cd player of childrens songs, place her in her crib, kiss her good night and give her the 10 minute rule. If she starts crying and continues for 10 minutes we will then go up to check on her make sure everything is all set, and then leave for another 10 minutes. We keep checking on her until she goes to sleep. The first couple of nights was really rough, but once she got used to the routine, she goes down now with out a fuss most nights! Hope this helps.

Jen - posted on 07/01/2013

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My son loves to go to bed with his sippy cup and will ask for more a few times a night. I would really like him to just fall asleep on his own. Tonight I decided to take the sippy cup from him and it's been a long night. He's been crying from time to time. I wish there was an easier method for this!

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Try some water, because water wont effect their teeth.  Im sure that they will not want that, but thats better than nothing.  Eventually they will throw their cup out of the bed like mine did and forget about the whole sippy cup at night and just go to sleep!:)  good luck!

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Kudzi - posted on 01/17/2009

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I just take it away cold turkey. Get your child into a different routine e.g. give him drink of warm milk just before bed then take the cup away. It will only take about 3 nights before he forgets about having the cup at night. You will have to be really strong though because his crying will braek your heart but think of your goal just for a few nights.  

Michele - posted on 01/16/2009

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I would try giving her her warm milk around 4-5:00.  Let it be her down time after bath, and she can watch one of her little shows.   This way she wets it all out before bed and her tummy is nice a full. (How much milk can she drink, she will not want more.) The milk is just a comfort, so you have to find out what else will comfort her. My son loves to comfort himself with a  Barefoot Dreams blanket, this may work for her as well. (The one with the raw edge, it's very cuddly.)  Don't let her get too sleepy.  Put her down between 7-7:30 every night. Children love routines! My son likes to push his ball up the stairs on the way to bed, make it fun!  He also like me to read him a book before bed. She may need to cry a little  (no longer than 15 mins) for the first couple nights but, you have let her self-soothe. Good luck! The sooner you get her started on a new routine the happier she will be! 

Connie - posted on 01/16/2009

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my kids did that too.. i took the piece inside the sippy cup lid out so that the milk leaked out onto them when they went to drink it.. i replaced the milk with water (which neither of my kids liked) and when they would turn the cup up to get a drink, it would leak on them and they didnt like it. after a few times they didnt ask for it through the night anymore.

Lynn - posted on 01/16/2009

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Cold turkey is probably you're best bet.  It needs to happen immediately, though, before her teeth rot out. 

Kimberly - posted on 01/16/2009

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I had this problem with both my girls with the bottle. I am sure this can work with a sippy cup too...   Each night I would I gradually dilute the milk with water. With in a couple of weeks they were drinking water instead of milk... I tried going cold turkey and well, that didnt go very well... But, diluting it a little bit more every couple of nights worked like a charm! Hope you can try it out!  

Kimberly - posted on 01/16/2009

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I had this problem with both my girls with the bottle. I am sure this can work with a sippy cup too...   Each night I would I gradually dilute the milk with water. With in a couple of weeks they were drinking water instead of milk... I tried going cold turkey and well, that didnt go very well... But, diluting it a little bit more every couple of nights worked like a charm! Hope you can try it out!  

Gabrielle - posted on 01/16/2009

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We never let our daughter take a bottle or cup into bed with her. She has a sippy of milk sitting with me on the couch, then we kiss daddy good night and she goes to bed. She's 2.5 now and it just doesn't occur to her to have milk in bed.

Autumn - posted on 01/16/2009

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I work in the dental field and I know that babies who fall asleep with Milk are more likely going to develope "baby bottle rot" which is their baby teeth rottting away before they are even fully errupt...so, I did the water thing too, eventually he weened himself from that too...they are really only using it to "pacify" themselves. Eventually they grow out of it. Cold Turkey is a good idea too though. You'll be surprised at how quickly it works!



good luck :)

Sarah - posted on 01/16/2009

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my girls go to bed asking for a drink.....i put them to bed and say i will bring drink up i then leave it til they are asleep and then take drink up to them and put it by side of bed incase they wake up...so they don't fall asleep with the drink itself....this way worked for both of them really easily first few nights i took drink staright up then gradually lengthened the time i took to return to them....they now wake up in the morning to drink their drinks....

User - posted on 01/16/2009

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Cuddle the baby before bed with the sippy cup they will fall asleep then carry the child to bed.

Erin - posted on 01/16/2009

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I had this problem for awhile. We ended up wasteing so much milk! He would just drink about half or less and go to sleep. So I started giving him a sippy of milk about 30 minutes before bed. But he usually goes to bed with a sippy, just with water or very watered down juice.

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We switched to water.  We were matter-of-fact about it and talked about it a lot beforehand.  I believe we also got new sippy cups.  I honestly can't believe it worked as well as it did.  My older two are only 11 months apart, so we did it at the same time and I think that helped.  The first couple of nights they asked, but we again were just matter-of-fact.  Like I said, I'm not sure why the transition was easy for us, but lots of preparation was key for us.



I have read elsewhere to switch to cold milk, then a juice/water mix, and then slowly dilute the juice with more and more water until it's only water.  Haven't tried it but have read it in several places. 



Good luck!

Amy - posted on 01/16/2009

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Sorry to say ladies that it'll probably take a few nights of crying.  I say stop cold turkey and then stick to your guns!  It'll be tempting to give in, especially if they wake in the middle of the night wanting it, but after a few days they'll adjust and it'll be a new issue to deal with.

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