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how to slow the fluids

my 2yr drinks out of a sippy cup in bed still. which is fine. but he gets more every time he gets up at night. he likes choc. milk or juice.. which i water down a lot. He is fully potty trained now. but at night he still wears pull ups sense he drinks so much.. do i just deal with the yelling at whine at night and let him understand he isn't getting more of it.. ??

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Asked by Mrs.Ro at 11:05 AM on Dec. 14, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Put a half cup of WATER by his bed. Tell him if he wakes,this is all he gets.

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 11:07 AM on Dec. 14, 2010

  • No more liquids at night. Deal with the whining, it will abate after a while. My children had all liquids cut off after 7pm when they were toddlers.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 11:08 AM on Dec. 14, 2010

  • Definitely it should be water. My kids are also night time drinkers. It's hard to say no when they wake up thirsty. I agree with above. Put one cup out for the night.. Don't refill it. Good luck!

    Answer by mompam at 11:10 AM on Dec. 14, 2010

  • If your child is waking up hungry --and lots of them do, they grow in their sleep, not just lie there like corpses-- water will not help. If he's hungry, he needs to eat. Food. While chocolate milk certainly qualifies as 'dessert', it would be more satisfying, and more appropriate, to eat something that delivered more nutrition for the calorie count. That goes double for watered down juice.

    Yes, I agree, he should have water if he's thirsty... but if he's hungry, he needs to be fed. You can set up his room so he has dry, non-perishable hard-to-choke-on foods at hand (like the sippy cup is) so he can deal with it independently. Just send him to bed with a snack for later. Some sliced apple, some cubed cheese, a muffin with peanut butter, a few pieces of pita with hummus spread on... halved grapes or olives...

    Answer by LindaClement at 11:17 AM on Dec. 14, 2010

  • Also, 2 is very young to be trained at night. His wetting most likely has nothing to do with what he is drinking. His body just isn't ready yet.

    Answer by mompam at 11:22 AM on Dec. 14, 2010

  • Water. Juice and milk are bad for teeth.

    Answer by navyjen at 12:36 PM on Dec. 14, 2010

  • Only water. You will have a child with rotten teeth with milk and juice, no matter how watered down it is.
    If you feel like he gets thirsty, leave him a cup, and tell him it is all he is getting. And thats it. He might be using the liquid to soothe himself to sleep, like a bottle, and he should be able to fall back asleep himself. DD has a cup of warm milk, brushes her teeth, and she knows we will not give her anymore. We let her CIO at night, and maybe she wakes up once, whines for a few minutes, and falls back asleep. She knows if it is dark out, she needs to stay in bed, and go back to sleep.

    Answer by Mme.Langley at 4:04 PM on Dec. 14, 2010

  • We only do water at night. If he's thirsty it's water. It was hard at first but it's best for his teeth and for him in general. Good luck - keep trying and stick to your guns!

    Answer by jillrebecca3 at 2:14 AM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • i always kept a sippy cup full of water in the corner of her bed for when my daughter woke up in the middle of the night, just in case she wakes up thirsty. also give a snack right before bedtime if dinner isn't right before bedtime. he might be waking up hungry, not thirsty.

    Answer by MamaSince2005 at 5:15 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

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