Childhood Diseases

Posted by: tired mom | 2012/05/28


sleeping patterns

My daughter is 2years and 8 months old.
She still wakes up about 4 to 5 times a night to drink. She drinks juice out of a sippy cup, meaning I have to get up to refill it every time. I am so tired of this. I have tried giving her just water or even taking it away, but she would scream and cry for hours thus waking up the entire household. What would be the easiest way to wean her off of this habit? I would really love to take away the nappy at night aswell as she is fully potty trained during the day and only wears a nappy at night.

Expert's Reply



One thing at a time would be the way to go here. If you want to stop your daughter waking for her milk very night using the "controlled crying" method is probably the method to use. It is hard on the nerves but will work if you persist with it. Look this up on Google.

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Posted by: Lu | 2012/05/29

Hi tired Mom,

Doc is correct in saying the Controlled Crying Method is the way to go, BUT..... some parents just do not have the nerves or the patience to go throught this, so I thought I should tell you what I did.

My daughter was exactly the same, she had 2-3 bottles of milk at night untill she turned 2y 7months. She was potty trained at 2y 1month and at 2y 5months I just explained to her that she can have milk when she goes to sleep but not during the night. I kept a small amount of water nearby for when she woke at night, if she asked for her milk I just offered the little bit of water and I tried to comfort her untill she falls asleep (whether she wanted the water or not). And so it carried on for a little while untill she realised that she will not be getting milk during the night at all. I also gradually made the milk at sleeptime less little by little and by the time she was 2y 7months I had her in a routine where she would drink a full bottle of milk at about 7, at 8 I would take her for a " wee"  (and most of the time I had to take her 2-3times before she fell asleep) and if she wanted something to drink I would offer her a tiny sip of water.

It take some time but not my 4year old sleeps right through the night since she turned 3 and I''m busy with my 2year old son now. If all goes well I will have only 1 year of sleepless nights to go......... lol!

Good Luck!

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