My 2.5 year old is waking up multiple times for milk...need advice!

Christina - posted on 02/13/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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So, he had been sleeping pretty good, but lately we are having crazy nights. He wakes up and asks for milk and I know that we should've weaned him a long time ago but he is my first and well I caved. This is my fault I know. What I need now is any tips from moms who had the same problem. He wakes up and asks for milk, we tell him no to go to sleep, and then he gets hysterical and we try and wait it out and usually he wins because we both have to get up early the next day. Ive tried everything from water to his favorite toy, even watered down juice for flavor and he ain't having it lol. Whatever, so we give in, he goes to sleep. Now, 2-3 hours later we go through the same things again. Any advice on how to try and reduce this. I know its learned hunger and he has to wake up now because he is used to it, but should I water down the milk, and just give less and less.... please any advice will be useful... I need sleep lol

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Jodi - posted on 02/13/2016

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It's going to take some time now to get him out of the habit. By giving in constantly, you have shown him if he throws a tantrum over it, he will get what he wants. It's not going to be easy now to stop the tantrums.

You need to stick to your guns and for a while, that may mean sleepless nights for all of you. There is no quick fix. The solution is, give him water, ride out the tantrums, and keep doing this until he understands that he's not getting the milk at night. Ever.

Dove - posted on 02/13/2016

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He's not going to just give in and go to sleep. He will likely freak out majorly... perhaps even all night... because you have taught him if he freaks out you will give in... so he is going to test that theory. If you do give in... it will just get worse.

You have to prepare yourself to hold firm and only offer water and cuddles at night no matter how much he freaks out. If you are going to cave in eventually... it's better to give him what he wants before he even cries about it... but then you may be stuck waking multiple times every night for years until he is ready to give up the milk... and by that time it almost definitely WILL have hurt his teeth.

If you can hold firm and he learns that there is no option at night other than water... he WILL eventually stop, but it could take quite a while.

Christina - posted on 02/13/2016

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Tried water its a big fail. Granted he doesnt drink the juice when we give it to him so hes safe there, the milk i know is bad for his teeth. I brush his teeth frequently and have talked to his dentist his teeth are great shape right now, but that is why i;m worried about the milk at night. If i give him cuddles hell flip out more. I've just let it go to far and now I'm trying for a solution. I know a friend of mine suggested watering the milk way down where he doesnt want it anymore. Really I'll try anything at this point haha. So I will def try water and cuddles.

Dove - posted on 02/13/2016

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Just give him water and cuddles and let him deal w/ it. He'll get over it. Milk and juice in the middle of the night are horrible for his teeth. Things will probably get worse before they get better, but you already aren't sleeping so you have nothing to lose.

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