sleeping? and temperment? help!

Richelle - posted on 07/06/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old, Rylie still goes to bed with a sippy cup and I really would like to stop this habit but I dont know where to start, she has always gone down with a bottle or sippy cup and now I dont know how to get her to sleep without one. Any advice??

Oh and does anyone else feel like your kid picks on you? Sometimes I think Rylie is meaner to me and more of a hassle for me than for her grand parents or baby sitters at daycare. I mean I know when I was a kid I tried to be better behaved when with other families or people but at her age? And I'm very interactive with her so its not an attention getting strategy or communication problem. She gets mad at me for whatever reason (usually when I tell her no) and she hits me, trys to bite me, scratches me even pinches me sometimes, and as far as I know she doesnt do that with other people. Her daycare said she has tried to bite a couple times but she does it to me several times a day! Is it something I'm doing or what? anybody?

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Richelle - posted on 07/07/2009

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Ok I will try that thanks!

I do punish her when she acts like that to me, she gets timeout, or a swat or something taken and put away for a while. I am also a firm believer in explanation, I always try to explain to her why she is in touble or why should listen to me. I was just wondering if maybe it was something I was doing or wasnt doing, so thanks it eases my mind! thank you!

Ashley - posted on 07/06/2009

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When it comes to the sippy cup at bed time...I would take it away a bit at a time. If she's always had it, you could start with a time limit for about a week. I would discuss with her....the best you can with her age...that at the end of the week, she will have to go to bed by herself, with no cup. It will probably take a couple of days but she'll get the hang of it. With regard to her hitting you and biting...I think our kids just try to test our limits. Not really sure how you do punishment but no child is too young for it so if she acts up, put her in timeout and I'm a firm believer of explanation. Explain to her that when she does those things that she will get in trouble and why. Keep the communication open at the same time as teaching a lesson.

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