My son wont stop waking up at night for his cuppy?

Megan - posted on 11/06/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son just turned three on october 18 and still wakes up at night asking for his cuppy, how do i break him of this?

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Amanda - posted on 11/09/2008

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I would say start by only letting him have water, give him no options!!!! Next put it on a little table right next to his bed and have a little night light on so he can see. Tell him when you put him to bed that his drink is there and that he doesn't need to call out for you he can just get it and drink it himself and go back to sleep. When he wakes for the first night, if he calls out, go into him but make him get his drink himself and drink some and put it back himself. Then tell him that if he needs a drink he is to get it himself and that you won't be coming into him again. He is old enough to understand, maybe do it on a weekend so that you boyfriend and mum are ok with disturbed sleep. Then next time he calls out just leave him to get it himself, if he continues to chuck the trantrum, maybe go in and repeat the process of getting him to get his own drink. I think he will learn but definately don't let him have anything but water and only put a little in his cup so he doesn't wet through. I get thirsty in the night so I don't think it is a problem for him to have a drink, just as long as he doesn't wake you up to do it. Maybe you could even threaten that the cup will be taken away if he continues to wake you up. hope this helps....:)

Jill - posted on 11/06/2008

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He will throw a fit for awhile but then he will get over it. The longer that you wait the harder it will be.

Megan - posted on 11/06/2008

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It depends sometimes he cries for milk or juice but i water it down to the max. But if i tell him he can not have is cuppy when he wakes up he has a temper tantrum in the middle of the night not only that if i give him his cup when he wakes up his diaper needs to be changed 2 maybe three times a night so he does not wet his bed! I have a 4 month old, my boyfriend and my mother who all work the next and he wakes them up, I cant have him throwing a fits all night cause we tried the whole no cup for almost a week and it only got worse! I im going to keep trying it and also try the shoe box trick. thanks

Anna - posted on 11/06/2008

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He's old enough that you can tell him before bed that he won't get the cuppy during the night. Then when he asks, explain that he can't have it at night. It will likely be tough going for a few nights, but stay strong.

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What is in his cuppy? Do you leave it on his nightstand where he can easily grab for it? Does he still pee in his pull-up. If it is just water and he can grab it himself then what is the harm? We all wake up sometimes thirsty. If it is milk that he wants then change it to water. But if you want him off of the cuppy then I will give you the best advice ever. Have both your son and you decorate a shoebox. Tell him that each night he wakes up without begging for a cuppy he gets to pick out a toy/candy. Let him keep the box in his room...up high of course... as a helpful reminder. I used this technique to get my now 3 year old to go to bed by himself and of course for potty training. It works like a charm. Hint: do not put boring candy and cheap toys in it though. If you really want it to work wrap up a batman, superman, a new truck, wonder pets dvd, etc. Good luck!

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