Mary - posted on 03/11/2012 ( 99 moms have responded )
In the recent potty-training thread, as well as in various conversations both on COM and in real life, I've heard many a mom talk about not allowing their children anything to drink within a specific time frame before bed. This is done in an attempt to avoid bed-wetting accidents, and promote overnight dryness.
I have to admit, this sort of bewilders me. If your child is thirsty, and asking for some water after 7pm, do you really say no just because bedtime is at 8pm and you want the sheets to stay dry? I've never limited my 3 y/o's fluid intake. In fact, she always has about 4-6 oz of milk right at bedtime, while we are reading her bedtime stories. Admittedly, she was dry overnight within 6 months of being potty trained, and bed-wetting has not been an issue for us.
Even if she did have issues with overnight dryness, I still don't think I would be okay with restricting fluid intake just for the sake of the sheets. I often drink just before going to sleep, and keep a glass of water at the bedside, so I just couldn't justify limiting her.
Do you limit your kid's fluids before bed?