2 year old still won't sleep through the night

Reshma - posted on 05/12/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )




My 2 year old still won't sleep through the night. He's a big boy and he still wakes up once for a bottle. We have tried water and not giving him a bottle and he usually cries until he throws up. Any suggestions?


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Chaney - posted on 10/19/2012




My 2yr old son is doing the same but we have had him off a bottle for a year now. Your son should be able to drink out of a regular cup by now. Every night i have to get up and get him a sippe of water. I have been leaving a sippe in the corner of his bed hoping he will start finding it and remember its there so i dont have to keep getting up. But it hasnt happened yet but im not giving up. But i would just fill it with water and show him where it is when you get up. Maybe next time hel only cry for a minute till he remembers its there.

Reshma - posted on 05/13/2009




Thanks for all the help ladies. I will start with trying these ideas one by one and let you know the outcome! :)

Alisha - posted on 05/12/2009




My son is almost 3 1/2 and still wakes at night and sometimes crys but usually just wants a drink of water.my kids never used bottles so I don't have any advice on that but I know that with both my kids they would wake up and want to nurse at night. I really had to quit cold turkey with that finally at night time. My son was 14 months when I stopped nursing at night and my daughter was 18 months. They were pretty mad but you just have to realize that they do not need those calories at night and I must say once we stopped night time feedings the waking times were less and much shorter! What we did was my husband was in charge when they woke up and he would rock them through the crying or just walk around with them. They cried a lot sometimes an hour before going back to sleep sometimes more! It only took them about 3 nights to figure it out though =) It's ok if they throw up a little just try and sooth them through it. Also you might want to slowly switch to a plastic sippy cup and it might not be as comforting to him so he might decide he doesn't want that at night. Good luck these little things can be harder then they sound! =)

Liz - posted on 05/12/2009




I agree with just trying to push through the crying and vomiting. I know its hard, but when you give in and give the bottle then he knows that no matter what he is eventually going to get it.I also personally believe that bottles (especially with milk) in the bed are terrible for their little teeth (bottle rot and it changes the bite of the teeth). I weaned my daughter from a bottle completely right after she turned 1.

Cailin - posted on 05/12/2009




I am going through the same problem with my almost 2 year old (2 in August). My husband and i got him a toddler bed thinking that would help...he could sleep in his "big boy bed" but he still wakes up every night at least once and comes into bed with us between 2 and 4am. It's so annoying and drives me nuts.

My son did the same thing....he would cry until he threw up. For one week my husband and i just stopped giving into him and didn't give him the bottle. It was a long week, and a lot of sleepless nights....but now he doesn't take the bottle at night.

I hope this helps you a little bit...if nothing else, you're not the only one going through this.

Sarah - posted on 05/12/2009




my son is still a baby, so i haven't tried this yet. my mom said i stubbornly kept waking up for a bottle so she slowly diluted it with water over a week or two. a little more water, a little less milk. finally it was only water. that was my last night waking up, apparently. good luck!

Peggy - posted on 05/12/2009




does he take a long nap during the day? maybe shortening that plus warm bath before bed, reading to him while putting him to bed. couldn't hurt

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