How do I break my son from taking a sippy cup to bed with him at night?

Noel - posted on 04/15/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is 19 months old and still has to take a sippy cup with him to bed. I have tried taking it out of his bed when he falls asleep but when he wakes up in the middle of the night looking for it he cries. I know I have to be strong and let him cry it out but after 45 mins of crying I end up putting it back in bed with him. Anyone with suggestions please advise me on what to do. Thank you

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Shannon - posted on 04/15/2010

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I'm gonna guess that he is taking the cup to bed with him with milk in it? My son took a sippy to bed with him every night but he didn't use it through the night nor did he care if I took it out after he was asleep. Even though he drank it all before he actually went to sleep I still worried about his teeth because he wasn't brushing again after the cup. I started gradually adding water in with his milk until finally he was just getting water in his before bed sippy. I see no problem in them taking a sippy of water to bed, it is the sugar from juice and milk that is the problem not the cup or having a drink. I suggest maybe letting him have his sippy but just with water in it because it sounds kind of like his sippy is his comfort at night. If its more the drink itself than the sippy then I suggest adding water until the other liquid is phased out. Good luck! :-)

Marissa - posted on 04/15/2010

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If it's water, who cares! I still like to have water there in the middle of the night in case I get thirsty! If it's milk just start gradually watering down the milk until it's all water and he should be fine! Good luck!

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Lisa - posted on 02/25/2014

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my five year old sleeps with a sippy cup of strawberry milk every night please help me

Melissa - posted on 04/15/2010

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If you 'have' to give him a sippy, just give him water. That shouldn't be too much of a problem. But don't give him juice, milk or anything else. Personally I would just stop giving it to him, he will get over it eventually.

Charlene - posted on 04/15/2010

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My 2 1/2 yr old brings a water cup to bed and does wake up in the night for a drink, personnally I don't see anything wrong with it, if it was juice or milk or anything other then water its not good for their teeth. I know sometimes I wake up thirsty in the night and if my children do then they should be able to quinch their thirst. We just have to make sure not to give him too much liquids in the evening before bed or he would wake up with an overflowing diaper.

Jodi - posted on 04/15/2010

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What's IN the sippy cup?



Because in all honesty, my kids STILL take a drink bottle of water to bed with them (OK, admittedly, it sits beside the bed, but it is there whenever they want it), and they are 12,11 and 5. The 17 year old, I have no idea whether she does or not :) So basically, if it has water in it, just let it go.

Sharon - posted on 04/15/2010

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Honestly I don't know. I hope someone has a good idea. But anything other than water is bad for his teeth.



I told my husband to NOT give the baby a bottle or sippy cup when they were sleeping. When ever I was gone - he did it anyway. Five THOUSAND dollars later for dental work for a toddler and he listened to me. sort of - shit head.

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