Sippy Cup in the Crib

Melinda - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son, Zach, who is 16 months old, was sick for a few days and was waking up after a few hours of sleep wanting water, so we gave him water. Well, he is now feeling better but is still waking up after a few hours of sleep wanting water. Should my husband and I just ignore him now and let him cry like we always did when he woke up even though we know he wants water, or should we leave a sippy with some water in the crib so if does wake up, he will have water to drink? I am worried that if he has water in the middle of the night in his crib, he will start waking up more often wanting it. I spent enough time when he was a newborn teaching him to sleep through the night and I don't want to go back there...thoughts???

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Jamie - posted on 10/12/2009

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Im a firm believer in self soothing, however, living in the desert I always worried about them getting dehydrated. So I would allow a sippy with water but thats it. It can actually be helpful because at night our salvia isnt flowing and flushing the bacteria and plaque away from our teeth. A sip of water can help with that. But thats my opinion.

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