Help! Need to get my 18 Month Old to give up night-time water.

Melaina - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have an 18 month old boy, and lately he and I are both miserable and tired and not sleeping well, all because of a mistake I made in July or August. It was really hot, and he asked to take his cup of water with him to bed. Not thinking of the consequences, I let him. I know other mothers who do let their kids have drinks at night, but it has become a HUGE problem for us. Now, that one cup of water has turned into an absolute refusal to sleep without more, and no more sleeping through the night. Instead he wakes up at least once or twice soaking wet and needing to be changed. And, of course, he won't go back to sleep without more water. This morning at 5:30, after changing a soaking wet boy again, I'd had enough of the water cup and refused to give it to him. So we've been awake since then. He simply refused to go back to sleep without it. We tried a while ago to cut it out by reducing it slowly, but that didn't work at all, so I'm going to have to just cut it out cold turkey, and hope that it doesn't take too long for him to start sleeping again. I simply don't know what else to do. Any suggestions would be so helpful! I'm also expecting #2, so I'm tired already, and won't be able to function with two kids not sleeping at night. I'll never get any rest!! I also don't get a whole lot of support from Hubby in this area because he figures that since he goes to work and I "don't" that he should be able to just sleep. Thanks for any suggestions or support!

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Melaina - posted on 11/11/2009

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We did cut it out cold turkey and after only a couple of days, he's doing great without it! He even slept right through the night last night :) And it's only taking 15-20 minutes to get him to stay in bed and go to sleep, so we're happy! I'll worry about potty training when we get there!

Jane - posted on 11/11/2009

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My oldest son was also like this & now he is 13 & still has a water bottle in his bedroom @ night. I let him have it when he was a baby, I didn't see anything wrong w/ it except for the fact that he was also soaking thru his diaper so I switched to a bigger nitetime diaper to try to control that (maybe rubber pants would also work). I actually used this water issue to my advantage when it came to potty training him, sounds weird but I knew he had to go pee @ nite because he had access to water thru out the nite & knew what it felt like to have to go pee in the middle of the nite. It took me 1 week to potty train him when he was a little over 2 yrs old. Some parents take the water away at nite so their kids don't have to get up & pee but how are they supposed to know what it feels like to get up & go in the nite? If you really want to take it away I would try going cold turkey, it may take a few times of non stop crying but he'll get over it. Good luck!!!

Melaina - posted on 11/09/2009

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No, he guzzles the water (its a sippy cup). So then he pees so much that he's soaked through by the wee early hours of the morning. I didn't give it to him at nap today and it took him an hour to go to sleep. I did give him his teddy instead, but I think it just going to take a few days of crying :(

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Does he want the water or the cup? Does he drink from it at night or just spill it on himself? Maybe he's just become attached to the cup. Can you take it after he goes to sleep? Or at least dump it out after he goes to sleep? If he's just become attached to the cup maybe you can let him take an empty cup to bed or try to find a soft toy or blankie to replace it.

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