Drinks to bed?

Holly - posted on 07/27/2011 ( 37 moms have responded )

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So i know they say don't give your child milk or juice to go to bed with, but what about water? My 2 year old daughter for the past few nights has had to go to bed with a cup of water. Is this ok or should i stop this? She is currently not potty training but she does wake up dry in the morning so im not worried about that. I'd like to hear your thoughts and opinions.

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Denise - posted on 07/31/2011

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Hi! My son (today he is 8 years old) still does drink before go to bed. I think is not a big problem. Take care, Denise.

Joanne - posted on 07/30/2011

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My son was 3 March past. He goes to bed every night with water. I brush his teeth before bed and his teeth are fine according to his dentist. sometimes he drinks it all and sometimes it seems not touched. I am not really sure if you are concerned about potty training but what I did was easy...I just made him go potty before bed, usually at 7...then before i went to bed at 10:30 I would go in and bring him out and sit him on the potty and he would always pee again...the first few nights he woke up but after that he didn't even wake up at all. Then if i happened to go to the washroom through the night i would go in and bring him to the potty again. I still carry him out to pee before I go to bed but not through the night. It's always a dry morning :) He only had a few accidents. He has been fully potty trained since October of last year.

Chiara - posted on 07/29/2011

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have the nights been hot? maybe shes just dehydrated and needs more water during the hot nights.

Sherri - posted on 07/29/2011

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Kusum - unless you actually starved your daughter then just because you didn't give her milk at night, have ZERO positively nothing to do with her height. That is simple genes.

Beth - posted on 07/28/2011

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Well, my kids take water to bed also. Even the oldest who is almost 13......I think that there is nothing wrong with it.

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Cheryl - posted on 07/31/2011

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yep, sure let her have water. I remember when I was little I used to get very thirsty at night and woke up my parents due to this. It will be good for her as long as its only water.

Halie - posted on 07/30/2011

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i give my daugther some water before she goes to bed. the sugar from the milk and juice stayson the teeth al night and starts to rotting the teeth and you don't want the.

Rachel - posted on 07/30/2011

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Wow, I can't believe how some people think they know so much! Common sense is...do what works for your child! Water will never harm your kids, unless they are older and still bed wetting, that is more of an embarrassment issue for them. My girls were potty trained at 24 and 20 months and they have always taken water to bed with them. Never had ear infections, never wet the bed, now they are 8 & 7, sometimes they take water with them, sometimes they don't. I let them decide, gives them some independence to decide what they need. As for juice and milk, beyond the teeth issue, it's just gross. I wouldn't want milk if it's been sitting out for that long!

Juliette - posted on 07/30/2011

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my older 2 girls always have water (and only water) available all night in non-spill cups, they were both dry day and night by 3 and it never causes a problem, we've never had a problem with them playing with it i've always trusted them with it, and they know if they messed with it it would be gone!
@Kusum you should NOT give milk to take to bed it WILL cause cavities by all-means give a final milk feed then brush teeth but do not send children to bed with anything but water, i don't believe one milk feed would really make that much difference anyway!

Kirsty - posted on 07/30/2011

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If a child is thirsty during the night a small drink of water does not harm them. Other drinks contain sugar which lies on their teeth or gums all night and can cause problems but water does no harm. If an adult needs a drink during the night they will get one so why should a child suffer from thirst surely it is neglect to keep a child thirsty, they need to replace the fluids they lose from sweating among other things and I have 3 children who I allowed water and had the all potty trained and dry through the night by 14mths. this shows to me that they do not have to suffer whilst potty training.

Jenni - posted on 07/29/2011

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They say not to let your child to go to bed with milk or juice because they will rot the teeth. As long as you don't add cordial or anything to the water there is no harm. Water doesn't rot the teeth. When our child wakes up we do give her a fresh glass of water

Jeanne - posted on 07/29/2011

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My kids are 4 and 6 and go to bed with water. I've never had a problem with them and the potty. And, I am a hygienist.

Dee - posted on 07/29/2011

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I personally think it is ok as long as it is water maybe sit her on the potty in the morning if she wakes up dry she is showing signs of beging ready. I hope this helps Dee

Lynn - posted on 07/29/2011

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I actually just read an article that said if you need to send your child to bed with something to drink then water is the way to go. it will not do damage to their teeth. and as far as when you do begin potty training it will all depend on your child if she will have any bed wetting problems but from my experience with my 2 boys each child is different. plus with my one son he had a few bed wetting when we began potty training him but that was actually before he started wanting water to go to bed and we just put it in a cup and let him keep it next to his bed or a bottle of water. hope that you get some help from all these comments

Janessa - posted on 07/29/2011

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I did water with my kids until they started sleeping in the bed with underwear, and then I stopped so they wouldn't have to get up at night to go, or wouldn't wet the bed. That's the only problem you should have with that, so it is up to you.

Alexandra - posted on 07/29/2011

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no, don't do it. it leads to hear infections and it does not matter what the drink is. it is not good for them and we don't want to do something that's not good for them, right? it will take a couple of days for her to stop fussing about it, or weeks, but the fussiness doesn't hurt anybody.

Rachel - posted on 07/29/2011

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Hi we send our 4 year old daughter to bed with a bottle of water at night and have done since she was 18 months old. I work as a dental nurse and would never give her anything else after brushing her teeth at night. I am finding she now often asks for water during the day as she is used to it. Bed wetting is an occasional problem still but if she is thirsty during the night she will ask for a drink if there isn't one there anyhow. Hope that helps

Susan - posted on 07/29/2011

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We've never given our boys milk or juice at night because it rots their teeth, but they both have always had a cup of water when they go to bed. Sometimes they don't drink it, other times it's empty. It hasn't caused any accidents for my oldest (my youngest is 2 and is just starting potty training in the day). My oldest is 6 and I can't remember the last time he had an accident at night, although I'm sure it could be a problem for some.

DeAnne - posted on 07/29/2011

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Water is cool... If it helps to soothe her back to sleep... It's all good. They will learn not to need it.

SYLVIA - posted on 07/29/2011

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From my own experience it was just another ploy to start a new game [control on her side] I took them away as more accidents happened. It also encouraged her to start waking up more... kind of weird. once your potty training does start this will bring on bedwetting accidents.

Kesang - posted on 07/29/2011

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Give your child as much WATER as he/she wants or is willing to drink. Irrespective of when or where, the more water they drink the better. I keep a bottle of water and a glass by my bedside every night and encourage my son (5yrs) to drink as much as he can. We had a very short lived bed wetting period before he turned 3 but now its fine.

Christine - posted on 07/29/2011

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my kids are nearly 3 and 5 and both have a cup of water in bed with them. My 5 year old has never had a bed wetting issue because of it. But it might depend on your kid and if it's a problem. I wouldn't worry about it as long as it's water and not causing any problems. If it begins to cause bed wetting problems you can always take it away. It's worked great for us and I'm glad both of my kids will drink water!

Brandee - posted on 07/29/2011

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I have never sent my son, 3yo, to bed with a bottle or sippy cup of anything. I give him a sip of water before he gets in bed if he requests it, but that's it. I think he would have become too attached to having a cup to go to sleep that it would have been another habit we had to break as he got older.

Kusum - posted on 07/29/2011

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You must give milk to your daughter at night. This helps in her growth. I had stopped my daughter's milk at night so as to put her to bed early. Now she is 21 years old with the height of only 5 feet. The docter was very upset to know i had stopped her last feed of milk, which stopped her growth. So please in order to grow her body, dont stop the last feed of milk.

Kelsey - posted on 07/28/2011

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My daughter just turned 19 months old and I have never given her any type of drink when she goes to bed... And lately she has been the same way! But my doctor said (because she's at that point where it's "my way or the high way!") that water is fine for bedtime. It's the sugar of the milk and juice that is not good for bedtime, because the sugar and stuff sits on their teeth all night and that is the biggest form of tooth decay. -So water is okay! :)

Inga - posted on 07/28/2011

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Water is OK. My 3 year old takes her water bottle to bed too. Just don't add any sugar to it.

Samantha - posted on 07/28/2011

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i had a hard time getting her off milk at night in her sippy cup but we're finally on water. she's fully potty trained so thats not an issue :) deffinitly wont make the same mistake with my son, it will be water or nothing!

Tara - posted on 07/28/2011

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Water is the best! ALWAYS encourage your daughter to drink water anytime, day night or bedtime. We are so much healtier when we stick to water when we are thirsty, instead of all of the other options.

Water at night time is actuallt good for teeth, not harmful. Dry mouth causes more damage than water.

Holly - posted on 07/28/2011

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Thank you everyone for your input. I figured it was ok i just wanted to see what others thought. I know water was the better option then milk or juice. I dont think she drinks much of it i think just enough to help her fall asleep. Thank you everyone again :)

Sylvia - posted on 07/28/2011

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My DD always takes a bottle of water with her when she goes to bed. (By "bottle" I mean like a water bottle, not a baby bottle -- she's almost 9.) Better she should have the drink in there than come through the living-room 20 times to get a drink from the kitchen while we're trying to watch Torchwood or something ;)

Seriously, though, no reason kids shouldn't drink water at night unless there's a bladder issue. And if she's 2 and already waking up dry in the morning, I wouldn't think that would be a problem.

Karen - posted on 07/28/2011

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If you are going to give her anything at night, water is the only thing I would suggest. Milk and juice makes cavities.

Kathryn - posted on 07/28/2011

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I think water is fine. Just not juice or anything else cause it will cause dental issues. My five year old daughte always has water by her bed cause se's like me and gets very thirsty at night.

Jodi - posted on 07/28/2011

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My kids keep a drink bottle of water on their bedside tables at night, especially in the summer. There is absolutely no harm having water at night if you are not concerned about bed wetting :)

Tamara - posted on 07/27/2011

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our house is so dry so i have always let my kids take a cup of water to bed.

Amber - posted on 07/27/2011

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They say no milk or juice because it's bad for their teeth if they have it sitting on them all night.

I personally don't give my son water at night. We haven't had many bed wetting problems, but I know when my son drinks too much before bed he will have accidents.



I don't see a big problem with her having a cup of water. I'd just make sure it has a lid with a straw or sipper spout on it; then it can't get spilled easily and she can't drink too fast and choke on it.

Also, you might want to think about her getting a little bit older and attempting to "draw" with it. Kids can get into mischief in ways that you never see coming! lol

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