What is the best way to stop Toddler to dring water at night?

Tadepalli - posted on 05/20/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 24 months , at night before going to bed he takes his milk but later he need the bottle to be filled. I add normal water in the same bottle since he is so used to the bottle that he don't want to leave it . But he wakes up in the middle of the night and wants more water... How do I stop this?

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Margarita - posted on 05/22/2012

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When you say all types of sippy cups, do you also mean the kind with a straw? How about a sports bottle types? Both require a certain amount of sucking, but have a different shape and are slightly better for teeth and a step in the right direction. Good luck!

Esther - posted on 05/21/2012

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With my first child I allowed a bottle in bed as well, just made things easier through the nights I thought. However it did cause a lot of problems trying to get rid of the bottle later, not to mention problems with her teeth as well as she got older. With my next two children I never put a drink in bed with them ever. If they were thirsty I got up and gave them a sip of something. Surprisingly they didn't get up through the night very often for a drink as a toddler.
But with our first, in order to get rid of night time drinking we tried numerous things, but it ultimately came down to telling her that she was a big girl and that she didn't need it. She then decided, after a few days, to actually throw her bottle and her soother out by herself. She did still cry at night for it later for a few nights, but we held firm and she quickly got used to not having it, and actually slept better through the night since she no longer had to pee as much through the night.
Also, not to seem harsh, but regarding the sippy cup, and your son not wanting it, you will find that kids want things their way a lot. But you have to remember who the parent is. Not allowing him a bottle isn't being mean at this age, but it might be hurtful to keep allowing him to have it. Dental issues later can occur, and that would be more hurtful to your child than not letting him have his way with keeping the bottle.

Tadepalli - posted on 05/20/2012

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First off all thankx dove for the reply. But, my son do not want to take the sippy cup , I have tired all sorts of sippy cups and they all are laying the box :( ....he do not want to drink milk in the new bottle or sippy, and my hubby just says ' as he is drinking for just once at night why are you forcing him and troubling at night when he is so hungry ?' I m thinking that some day or the other he will leave the bottle Automatically and I do not want him and everyone at home have a rough nights as everyone goes to work and does house hold chores when it's time to go to bed we want to be normal ...... I don't know what to do ?

Dove - posted on 05/20/2012

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You can't stop a child from being thirsty except by providing them with a drink. Now might be a good time to start weaning him to a sippy cup at night though. He might be waking up for the bottle or he might be waking up for genuine thirst. Quitting the bottle would be the best way to find that out.

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