waking for cup in middle of night!!!

Jennifer - posted on 04/28/2014 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter turned one on the 14th of March and five days before her birthday I switched her to sippy cups. She did really great with the switch after I found the type of cup she liked. I figured she would stop the waking up in the middle of the night with great ease too but man was I wrong. I didn't think it would take this long but however after many many nights of trying to stop her from waking up wanting milk it still isn't working... She wakes up every night at about 3 am. Its like she is still drinking bottles and six months old again. I must say being a stay at home mom and a full time nanny to my three nephews this is getting a bit ridiculous. I want her to stop this before it becomes a bad habit since I am already use to getting up for her. I have tried everything I could think of and even all my moms ideas didn't work and she had seven kids!!! I tried letting her cry it out and ended up giving in after an hour. I tried switching the milk to water (moms idea) and she hated me for two whole non stop crying hours. I need some fresh ideas and advice....

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Tonya - posted on 05/04/2014

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My 28 month old son still wakes for his sippy of "moot" (milk) during the night too. I'm not a fan of crying it out either so I let him have it. I figure, there are no 10 year old kids walking around with sippy cups so he'll be fine and stop waking for it eventually. Yes, its frustrating but at the end of the day and when he's grown, is it really going to matter?? I've learned to choose my battles and stop beating myself up :)

Sarah - posted on 04/29/2014

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Did she just start this after you started the sippy switch? If she did then it might just be a transition thing. I would try putting less milk in her cup each night she wakes.

If she has been doing this long before the switch then it is habit. To break the habit it might be you having to be strong and stick it out. Kind of a battle of the wills and you have to be the one that wins. Habits can be hard to break and may take some fight to break it, but once they are broken the light on the other side is so much brighter. :) You could try the decreasing of the amount of milk each night, but it might just be that you may have to put the headphones on for a few nights as she learns that this is no longer the habit. You will make it through and you will gain lots of knowledge on how to stay strong when she is 16 yrs old and trying to convince you that she should go or do something she should not do.

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Jennifer - posted on 05/04/2014

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You know Tonya I think you may be right. My mom gave me a big deal about me trying to stop her from wanting her cup this morning. She told me that she may not be ready to stop her cuppy at night and I think she may be right too... I figured since she is going pee pee in the potty in the morning already that she would be ready to give up the cup up at night... I still have been having fights with her and end up getting her cup for her at night. After my moms talk and from what your saying I feel like the bad guy trying to steal my baby's cuppy. Lol. Maybe I started this a little too early for her... :/

Jennifer - posted on 05/03/2014

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Thanks for the comment Kitty. I am still giving her the cup at night however. I am slowly switching the milk to water and it seems to be helping. Now she is up at 4 am instead of 3. I have tried to cuddle her but she is picky about how warm she gets at night and next to me ends up getting too hot. I am not a fan of the screaming it out method either since there are three other kids in the same house with us... I am still trying different ways but I am a little confused about a "dummy". What does this mean??

Kitty - posted on 05/03/2014

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I both agree and disagree with Sarah. I agree that you will probably just have to buckle down and not give the cup, but its also not usually good to leave a child crying/screaming for something when they are too young to understand. Maybe its time for bad cop with the cup and good cop by trying to settle her when she wakes. If you can manage to settle her down with some cuddling it may even encourage her not to want it as she will instead come to know that you are there even if she's not getting what she wants. My only other suggestion is a dummy. Not sure if you are or aren't using one but perhaps it would help? Hopefully this helps in some way :)

Jennifer - posted on 04/30/2014

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Thanks so much for the comment/advice and uplift. She has been doing this since 6 months but stopped at 9 months and then when I switched her it started up again. I bought some headphones and hope to block her out long enough for her to get the point. She is very strong willed so I think I have a long night ahead of me. When I water down the milk she don't want it or when I put less in it she finishes it and wants more.... this has been a battle for going on a month every night... I think I need to get over it and buckle down. :/

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