my son is two years old and still want to wake up in the middle of the night for milk.

Jessica - posted on 09/30/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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i try to stop, but he will cry until he gets it. what should i do?

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Cindy - posted on 10/06/2009

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hi tracey..wow 5 bottles at night, thats so much, my 17 month old still drinks 3-4 bottles a day so we are all in the same boat. are u sure he is eating at school, i use to work in a preschool and 90% of the kids there would not eat their packed lunch because they just couldnt wait to play again, so u might think he is getting plenty at school and in fact he might not eat at all, and thats why he is so hungry at night, talk to his teachers to keep a diary of what he eats during the day and then u will know if he is really hungry or just wants the bottle for comfort. good luck

Tracey - posted on 10/02/2009

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I will try this, as my son drinks sometimes upto 5 bottles at night. I can't get him to eat of a night as they get a plate of food at school for lunch, and they get cooked breakfast with 3 snacks a day, so i don't know if he is hungry or what to do. PLEASE HELP!

Shannon - posted on 10/01/2009

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my kids did the same thing, and I found it was usually because they were hungry. The milk filled their bellies, unlike the water I tried to replace it with. Sometimes there is a bit of a stretch between dinner and breakfast. I started giving my kids a snack about thirty minutes before bedtime. it stopped all three of them from waking up at night, except on rare occasions when they were just thirsty, and they would take the water.

Kayla - posted on 10/01/2009

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My daughter used to do the exact same thing, but I finally just picked a day, which was the weekend, and didn't give in. I gave her water, but no milk. The first night was rough, but each day got better. By day 5 she finally gave up, and didn't ask.

Alison - posted on 10/01/2009

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it is more then likely a habiet. you could try giving him less and less milk each time and then water. it might be hard and he might protest but can't think of another way. Also ther eare more filling night milks you can buy that might help.

Carmen - posted on 09/30/2009

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My pediatrician suggested to me if I just couldn't bare not giving my daughters something then to give them only a couple of ounces of Crystal Lite. So they weren't consuming empty calories & they have just enough to wet their pallet & put them back to sleep. Made them & myself happy.

Kasheca - posted on 09/30/2009

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I have the same problem too. I start giving her water and less milk. She was wake up two till three time now it make be one time a night.

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I totally understand how stressfull it is as i have the same problem, I find my son eats less during the day and wakes up for milk (to fill himself up at nite) i have stopped giving him milk during the day.

Sonya - posted on 09/30/2009

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My son is 15 months old and i had the same problem, i started to give him water instead of milk and slowly giving him less and less :) now he does not wake until 6am most nights:)

Stephanie - posted on 09/30/2009

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He is now old enough to stop. It may be difficult and result in a few sleepless nights, but keep on trying. What you should do it give him a sippy cup of water when he wakes up and comfort him to sleep. If he doesn't want the water then comfort him back to sleep by either rubbing his back or singing a lullaby. After a day or two he shouldn't be waking up for milk and you can alway leave the sippy cup of water beside his bed (just in case he is thirsty), but chances are he won't wake up because water is not as yummy as milk :)

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