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I need some advise on how to break the habit of a sippie cup at night....UPDATE in pink##

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My one year old drinks basically a cup (in his sippie cup) of milk at night, i need some tips on how to completely get rid of it. I dont want it anymore. He knows how to drink out of a  straw. Im breaking him from the sippie cup first (day and night) And then i will start sleep training him to sleep on his own, i know he can, he just doesnt want to. There is another baby on the way so a lot of things are about to change. Sooo one other question, how in the world do i deal with the nighttime crying for his sippie cup? I know he can fall asleep without it theres just the problem of him staying asleep without it....what do i do? Advise plz!!!

well i have been brushing his teeeth morning and night and only been giving him water in his sippie cup, and sice i know he can sleep by himself during the day i let him cio till he falls asleep, may seem harsh but thats the only thing that works and not to mention he is almost two, its time to learn to sleep on his own!! He has been throwing a lot of tempers about water :p but i dont give in bc i know it is better for his teeth! :) thanks for all the advise!

by on Dec. 31, 2012 at 2:16 PM
Replies (21-30):
marisab
by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:06 AM

This!!!

Quoting Malley:

Have you tried putting water instead of milk in his sippie cup?


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frndlyfn
by Platinum Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:09 AM

Wait is he one or is he two?   I am confused.

pse07
by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:14 AM
Cold turkey it's the only thing that worked for my kids. It took about a month but the first week is the hardest. Now my youngest falls asleep and stays asleep all night with out needing a drink.
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meliscool72
by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 5:45 AM
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The way I got rid of the sippie cups is by completely taking it away, NO more at all ...what so ever. As soon as I decided it was time (even with the bottles) I threw them all out, even with the pacifiers also. I did not buy any more. My children had to learn how to cope without it. If they got mad, I would not give in. I would tell them they are big boys now and that they are growing up and need a change in their life to be big boys. They didn't like it at first, but then a few days later, they didn't care any more. They were off the "habit" 

yperez0209
by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:14 AM
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Sorry Linda, I have to disagree with this one. There is nothing that an almost two yr old can safely eat in the middle of the night without a parent. He can easily startchewing on something and doze off while the food is still in there mouths, big choking hazard. And going back to the cavity issue, your just begging to make the dentist rich and the child toothless. 

Children should be able to get ( unless there is a physical element ) all there nutrition and fluids during the 14 hours they are awake.

OP: even water isn't a great idea, eventually you'll want to potty train and this sippy cup with water will interfere with his ability to stay dry during the night. And then you will have to start over trying to figure out how to phase him out yet again.

 

uoting LindaClement:

Why bother?

He's growing in his sleep, using almost as much energy as when he's awake. You can either supply him with a bedside snack that he can safely eat alone in the night, or get up and find him some other food when he wakes up hungry.


annie2244
by Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:37 AM

I not a proponent of let him cry himself to sleep. Switching the sippy cup to water is a good move, and yes, he wil complain, but I wouldn't let him 'c/o until he falls asleep'. That to me is cruel.

whoodathunk
by Bronze Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

What???  Maybe a typo, but your comment makes no sense.  With a bedtime snack, most 2 yr children don't need a bedside snack.  Who has food in a kids bedroom anyway?  That's a surefire way to get bugs and rodents, yuck!  Not to mention brushing the teeth, do you leave that to the 2yr old to climb out of the crib and brush on his own?  That would simply never have worked in my house!  

Quoting LindaClement:

A full-grown adult 2yo or the kind that are still growing while they sleep?

Quoting whoodathunk:

Really, for a two year old?
Quoting LindaClement:

Why bother?

He's growing in his sleep, using almost as much energy as when he's awake. You can either supply him with a bedside snack that he can safely eat alone in the night, or get up and find him some other food when he wakes up hungry.




LindaClement
by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

You can disagree all you like: if the child needs to eat, he needs to eat. The clock and the position of the earth relative to the sun (including how many times it's revolved around it since some specific date) are completely irrelevant. Children don't thrive when they're required to wait for unrelated conditions to arise before they can take in nourishment: they stop growing when they should be growing. That is not healthy.

There are a lot of foods that do not risk dental caries, starting with the ones without carbs. Whether or not a child 'starts chewing and then falls asleep' isn't, actually, a 'big choking hazard'. It's chewing while talking and chewing while moving around that offer that. Add esophagus-shaped foods, and the problem is compounded. There is a massive difference in the risks of inhaling food and obstructing breathing. 

Children learn to 'stay dry overnight' when their kidneys begin to concentrate urine in their sleep, so their bladders never become completely full and reflexively expel their contents. You can no more 'train' someone else's kidneys than you can 'train' their spleens, and the idea that it's somehow related to the timing of their intake is ludicrous.

Humans need to stay well hydrated for their systems to function properly ... also no matter what time of the day it is.

Quoting yperez0209:

Sorry Linda, I have to disagree with this one. There is nothing that an almost two yr old can safely eat in the middle of the night without a parent. He can easily startchewing on something and doze off while the food is still in there mouths, big choking hazard. And going back to the cavity issue, your just begging to make the dentist rich and the child toothless. 

Children should be able to get ( unless there is a physical element ) all there nutrition and fluids during the 14 hours they are awake.

OP: even water isn't a great idea, eventually you'll want to potty train and this sippy cup with water will interfere with his ability to stay dry during the night. And then you will have to start over trying to figure out how to phase him out yet again.

 

uoting LindaClement:

Why bother?

He's growing in his sleep, using almost as much energy as when he's awake. You can either supply him with a bedside snack that he can safely eat alone in the night, or get up and find him some other food when he wakes up hungry.



LindaClement
by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM

What 'most' children need has nothing at all to do with any specific child. 

When kids are hungry, they need to eat, period. When they're not hungry anymore, they need to stop eating, period.

There aren't more bugs and rodents in a home with food in two rooms instead of only one --the issue there is cleanliness. It is actually possible to eat without blowing food all over the room.

No one should ever brush their teeth immediately after eating, as the acid levels in the oral cavity are at the highest levels, enabling the brushing to remove a great deal of enamel very quickly. Eating should be followed by water.

P.S. I never had a 2yo in a crib in the first place...

Quoting whoodathunk:

What???  Maybe a typo, but your comment makes no sense.  With a bedtime snack, most 2 yr children don't need a bedside snack.  Who has food in a kids bedroom anyway?  That's a surefire way to get bugs and rodents, yuck!  Not to mention brushing the teeth, do you leave that to the 2yr old to climb out of the crib and brush on his own?  That would simply never have worked in my house!  

Quoting LindaClement:

A full-grown adult 2yo or the kind that are still growing while they sleep?

Quoting whoodathunk:

Really, for a two year old?
Quoting LindaClement:

Why bother?

He's growing in his sleep, using almost as much energy as when he's awake. You can either supply him with a bedside snack that he can safely eat alone in the night, or get up and find him some other food when he wakes up hungry.





yperez0209
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Wow, it's amazing to me that you are trying to defend yourself.

But anyway, healthy children that are not neglected and fed properly have no need to be fed during the night.  And you can say what you want, leaving food for a 1 and a half yr old to eat during the night while they are half asleep is dangerous. If they start chewing on a piece of food and fall asleep while there still is some in there mouths they can breath it in and choke on it. It's not brain surgery. And beds are not for eating. We eat like humans at a table for three meals and snacks, not in our beds. We shower in bathtubs not kitchen tables. We brush our teeth in the sink not on the coach. There is a proper place for everything, we are not raising animals. Well, even animals know where to eat and sleep.

Newsflash : there is no " safe foods" that are exempt from what I am saying. Not for the choking or the tooth decay. Other than water, for the teeth thing. Your saying not to give cards.... so lets give our babies some prime rib at 3 am while they are half asleep because it is "safe" and won't cause cavities.

If you give a two yr old who is trying to potty train water during the night it is counter productive. I don't have to get a medical degree to understand that it will make it harder for there bodies to hold that much urine. I know from experience after potty training four kids.

I have never criticised any one's opinion on here but what you are suggesting is down right dangerous to a child. And it's amazing what someone will say to defend even the most ridiculous ideas. If you think you are right, more power to you, but your not.

Quoting LindaClement:

You can disagree all you like: if the child needs to eat, he needs to eat. The clock and the position of the earth relative to the sun (including how many times it's revolved around it since some specific date) are completely irrelevant. Children don't thrive when they're required to wait for unrelated conditions to arise before they can take in nourishment: they stop growing when they should be growing. That is not healthy.

There are a lot of foods that do not risk dental caries, starting with the ones without carbs. Whether or not a child 'starts chewing and then falls asleep' isn't, actually, a 'big choking hazard'. It's chewing while talking and chewing while moving around that offer that. Add esophagus-shaped foods, and the problem is compounded. There is a massive difference in the risks of inhaling food and obstructing breathing. 

Children learn to 'stay dry overnight' when their kidneys begin to concentrate urine in their sleep, so their bladders never become completely full and reflexively expel their contents. You can no more 'train' someone else's kidneys than you can 'train' their spleens, and the idea that it's somehow related to the timing of their intake is ludicrous.

Humans need to stay well hydrated for their systems to function properly ... also no matter what time of the day it is.

Quoting yperez0209:

Sorry Linda, I have to disagree with this one. There is nothing that an almost two yr old can safely eat in the middle of the night without a parent. He can easily startchewing on something and doze off while the food is still in there mouths, big choking hazard. And going back to the cavity issue, your just begging to make the dentist rich and the child toothless. 

Children should be able to get ( unless there is a physical element ) all there nutrition and fluids during the 14 hours they are awake.

OP: even water isn't a great idea, eventually you'll want to potty train and this sippy cup with water will interfere with his ability to stay dry during the night. And then you will have to start over trying to figure out how to phase him out yet again.

 

uoting LindaClement:

Why bother?

He's growing in his sleep, using almost as much energy as when he's awake. You can either supply him with a bedside snack that he can safely eat alone in the night, or get up and find him some other food when he wakes up hungry.

 



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