Breaking my 2 1/2 yr old from Sippy Cup

Ashley - posted on 01/01/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I am wondering if anyone has a suggestion on how to break my 2 1/2 year from having a sippy cup at night. My husband and I would like to start potty training her but find if we don't break her of that we will unsucessful. I have heard about giving her less and less at night till there is nothing left which we have tried but then she gets up and wants more through the night.

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Angela - posted on 01/01/2009

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My daughter loves her sippy cups...and up until she was 3 I had a hard time breaking her of her night time cup. I found that having her help me get a drink ready to leave in the fridge for the morning helped. Before she went to bed, we would pick a sippy cup and put what she wanted in it. I'd let her know that as soon as she wakes up it would be waiting for her.

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Dalila - posted on 01/02/2009

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you can still potty train (underwear all day) and nighttime pullup in the meantime... but I found that having her choose cups w/ straws helped and only water at night...

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We let our son help pick new non-sippy cups and straws--made a big deal out of it. He wanted to the new stuff so much, plus we praised him for being more like adults, it worked. Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 01/01/2009

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I just took it away. It took watching his older cousin using a real cup to get the hang of it. Now he is not allowed to drink anywhere but the kitchen. He's 2 1/2, he never cried and he doesn't wake up at night. If he wants something to drink, he waits until morning.

Teresa - posted on 01/01/2009

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I started giving only water in a kids non-spillable sports bottle when my daughter turned 1 to take her off the bottle. She keep that at night until she began nighttime training at 3 1/2. Then, I took it away and limited drinks to before 7pm. Of course, there were tantrums about drinks, but I was steadfast and she forgot all about her drink in a week or so. Hope this helps.

Tashia - posted on 01/01/2009

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We had this problem also with our daughter, she was 3. It was tough, but finally we just had to say "No More Sippy Cup at Bedtime:)" She cried and it took a few days for her to realize that we were not giving in and then she was fine! If she has a blankie or some other comfort item, that helps. Good luck!

Carolee - posted on 01/01/2009

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hello, well my son is 2 yaers and 8 months, he has his nights where he wants and then nights that he doesn't, i guess they will grow out of it, he is my 3rd but seems to be the longest for it. I wish i could tell you how to get her off it. I hope everything works out for you, i guess just be patient and things will work out on there on just like nature. ciao for now, all the best in 2009.

Shannon - posted on 01/01/2009

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I agree with the last two posts I see here... just do not give it to her. It may make the first few nights difficult, but eventually she will learn that it is not an option and forget about it. My daughter is now almost 6, she takes a cup of water to bed now... but we did not allow them until this year in fear that she would wet the bed. She never has, but wanted to keep it that way. However, do realize that each child is different and some no matter what wills till have bed wetting issues even if you do not give them fluids before bed. Good luck on the potty training!!

Tanya - posted on 01/01/2009

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Just tell her, "no." Or...you can put her in a pull up only at night time. Eventually she will not like to be wet. My daughter wore underwear all day with no accidents, but at night she wore a pull up. This went on for a few months. Eventually she stayed dry and we transitioned her to only underwear at night by the time she was three. Your daughter may just want the attention in the middle of the night and that may be an excuse. We shaped that behavior by putting a digital clock in her room. We covered the last two numbers with a flashcard with the number "6" on it. She was NOT ALLOWED out of bed before "6". If she needed to use the potty, she had to call us (I have a baby monitor). Once she realized that we weren't giving her attention at night....all "getting up at night" stopped. Also, she MUST go to the bathroom before bed or no stories. She does at times need to use the potty at night. (So do we!) Try a reward system...the more visual and tactile for her, the better!!! Good Luck!

Shawna - posted on 01/01/2009

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The easiest (shortest duration) thing to do is just refuse to give it to her period - just like weaning from a bottle or a pacifier. If it isn't an option, they will quickly learn to do without. The hard part is not giving in as a parent. It will probably take 3 or 4 nights, but if you hold strong, she'll soon be fine without it. The key is that you have to be consistent. Just make sure she has had plenty of fluids throughout the day, and she will be fine through the night.

Barbara - posted on 01/01/2009

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I am having the same problem with my 2 1/2 year old! She will go to be for my mom without a sippy but wake up by 3am and wants juice...so I have started putting more and more water in with her juice. She is waking up with almost a full cup now because she's not impressed with the watered down stuff but I'm hoping we can eliminate the cup at bed time totally within the next 6 months.

Dee Marie - posted on 01/01/2009

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I used to give a freezy pop filled with water and only a very small hole in it. they would only hold on to it for a couple of minutes as it was cold but it was something in their hands

Jennifer - posted on 01/01/2009

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I had this problem with my son... He is much older than my daughter. With her, I decided
to just put water in at night starting at about 2.

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