my daughter is nearly 2years old and still wakes up 3 -4 times a night she wants her juice? is that normal? ive tried cuttin it out and just givin her water but it makes her worse???
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Angela - posted on 11/22/2008
It is normal for kids to test limits *esp at age 2* and this is what your little girl has chosen to test you with. You are rewarding her for being up at night by repeatedly giving her the juice. She knows to wake up b/c it's become a fun time, "seeing mom, AND getting juice" WOW why *wouldn't* you wake yourself up if it were fun???
I would think you would want to stop this immediately. Talk to her about it a little bit before bed and just tell her "honey, we aren't going to do juice at nighttime anymore. When you wake up, you need to go back to sleep" Of course, this alone won't solve your problem. When she gets up, go to her, lay her back down and tell her, "no juice, go night night", repeat when she gets up. If she's in a toddler bed and her room is safe for her to be in by herself while she has a tantrum, after you have laid her down, shut the door. She could protest by screaming, crying, and carrying on for I would say the better part of the night, the first night you do it. Go to her after 15 minutes of crying, say "honey, it's night night, you go to sleep" FIRMLY. Lay her back down, pat her for a minute if you want to calm her and repeat the above. Leave, let her cry 15 minutes. If she falls asleep on the floor, it's ok. Let her room be a big crib. You have trained her to react this way by giving in in the past. Be firm and hold your ground. Night after night. It could be rough for several days to weeks, but it's well worth it if you just stick to it. TRY AND DON'T GIVE IN!!! You are in control.
Fara - posted on 11/22/2008
I agree with the other parents- It is a control thing. Also she should not be on a bottle anymore- she is dependent on liquids. Docotors recommend off the bottle at oneyear. Juice is horrible to give them during the night because it coats their teeth and will rot baby teeth easily. I have been in childcare for over 20 years and have seen kids that do this have to get metal caps on their teeth. Be firm and let her cry a few nights - she will get past it and so will you- Feed her a snack with a drink a few hours after dinner- and get rid of the bottles! Good luck!
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Miriam - posted on 11/22/2008
Juice should definitely be a one time/day thing. A normal serving of juice is 4 ounces, or 120mls. Anything past that is empty calories and a lot of sugar that she doesn't need. Just by cutting out that exta sugar, she may start sleeping better. Milk and water are your next best options for drinks...she can use the extra calcium and other vitamins from the milk, not to mention the fats in the milk that are so important for small kids.
And by the way - these strong willed children grow up to be strong adults. It isn't anything to be afraid of :-) Just at this point in time - you're the boss. Children who have boundaries grow up to be well balanced adults. And respectful ones at that.
Your daughter is going to be a force to be reckoned with. And that's a good thing. Just make sure you're shaping and molding her to respect boundaries now. While you still can.
Assuming she's had regular checkups it isn't diabetes. After dinner give baby a drink at 7:00 or 7:30. Then no more till morning. Having a full bladder interrupts sleep and causes all sorts of trouble. There is no reason she needs fluids while she should be sleeping. Unless she's getting too much salt at dinner. Check the salt content. Give her a nice drink at 7 or 7:30 and firmly say no more till morning.
Ni'Kole - posted on 11/22/2008
I agree with most of the other moms. First tell her "no"... firmly. After that, she'll be mad for a while, but she will see that you're serious when she doesn't get any juice. Also, try diluting it with water. That always helps. They just wanna taste a lil flavor. lol
Dawn - posted on 11/22/2008
I have to agree with Katie.You'll have to just cut her off from the juice. I had to do that with my daughter when she was 2. She was taking sippy cups full of juice to bed with her and I ended up just stopping somewhat abruptly and she was fine. Give her a little before bed and tell her she cannot have it in bed. You'll have a rough couple of nights but she'll do just fine. She understands more than you realize so just explaining this to her will be helpful too.
Gemma - posted on 11/22/2008
she drinks loads durin the day!! and goes through 2 9oz bottles at night , she doesnt eat alot but i think that could be due to drinkin alot but maybe i need to stop the amount of juice she has throu out the day aswell as night time, she hasnt lost any weight thou
Has she recently lost a lot of weight? Does she drink a lot during the day? Does she frequently go the bathroom? I've heard that the combo of these (including the night drinking) can be signs of diabetes. I wouldn't panic, just ask about it with her doctor.
Natalie - posted on 11/22/2008
I agree with the others. My pediatrician has always told me that establishing a routine a bedtime with help ease these issues. I had similar issues with my oldest daughter and I had to learn from my mistakes of when I used to give in to her. Now that I have a two year old, I have stood my ground with both of the girls. They know the routine that comes before bedtime and it's the same thing every night. Your daughter will obviously resist your efforts because let's face it, she is 2 and everything is all about them! After a couple of nights of you toughing it out will SO pay off for you in the end. Good luck and have comfort in knowing that every mother goes through the same thing!
Gemma - posted on 11/22/2008
no she is in my room, but i have noticed she only plays up wen i go to bed , so u could be right there she needs her own room? i only have a one bed flat so i wont be able tp try that just yet , but that could be it im also a first time mum
Amy - posted on 11/22/2008
My boys were like that for awhille too, but you really just need to ignore the behavior, and whatever you do dont give in. If you do you will never get the result you want. You can also try reading a book to her before bed and or keep her very active troughout the after noon, and this should help to make her sleep through the night. Good luck, but it seemed to work for me
Ginger - posted on 11/22/2008
I would say the same ignoring her would be the best.. she will give you a hard time for the first few days but after that she will get the hint.. hold your ground dont give in when you've decided to do so.. it will only make it worse.. good luck
User - posted on 11/22/2008
as bad as it sounds or as much as you don't want to, you really should just ignore it. i've read that she needs to learn to deal with disapointment, and we all know she won't really suffer without juice or water overnight. if she's in a toddler bed you could leave a sippy cup on the night stand. but my daughter learned best by not being responded to. i used to jump to her every need and she ended up becoming a brat. now she knows she's not always going to get what she wants when she wants it and is better off for it.
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