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My ds is used to having his bottle of water next to him in bed while he is sleeping, not sure when and how it started, I guess when he had a cold one time and was thirsty. Anyway he still needs to have his bottle of water next to him while he is sleeping and if he wakes up searching for it, he will start crying if he does not find it. He sometimes drinks a whole bottle of water before midnight, sometimes he barely touches it all night long (although rarely), so I am wondering if it is normal that he drinks so much during his sleep time?<br><br>
Another issue I have is that I want to start potty training him soon and if he keeps drinking like this he will not be able to sleep at all as he will either be drinking or spending all night long on the potty. What do I do, how can I try to "wean" him off the water bottle? More importantly why does he need to drink at night at all, is he just used to it and should I just take it away from him "cold turkey"?<br><br>
My ped suggested that it might be too warm in his room, but his arms are already cool during the night and if I make it any colder he will get sick (tried it and been there), his room temperature is between 68 and 70 degrees. Is that too warm?<br>
Really need some advice on this one please! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:<br><br>
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No advice here but my DS does the same thing. He goes to bed with a sippy of water and will scream if he wakes up and can't find it. Some nights he drinks the whole cup and other nights he doesn't touch it. I plan to start cutting back how much water I put in the cup because we are at the beginning of PL but plan to keep him in diapers at night for a while (he still fills an overnight diaper everynight).<br><br>
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Dd (who also still nurses fairly often at night) does this too--often wants a sippy before bed, and then will occasionally drink from it in the night. IME it usually goes along with teething or a cold...but I've wondered the same thing.
 

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I guess leaving him in diapers during the night in the beginning is a good idea and at the same time to cut back on the amount of water in the cup. I always kept filling it up before going to bed as I was worried he is actually thirsty and do not want him to be thirsty at night. A lot of the times I figure he just might be used to it being there in bed with him, so when he turns around and on it, it will wake him up just enough that he automatically starts grabbing for it and drinks.<br>
I will give your idea a try and see how it goes.<br>
Thanks!
 

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This is a tuff one. We still drink milk at bedtime and usually once during the night. It's a habit that needs to be broken but i'm saving up my energy to finally deal with it once and for all. We tried once and he cried and didn't sleep for hours. (he's almost 3) We finally gave in because we were exhausted. He was in bed with us but even him curling up in my arms didn't work.<br><br>
What I have noticed is he is getting ready to potty train in the diaper changes are fewer at night. He will hold it longer so you can tell when the muscles are getting stronger and ready for potty training.<br><br>
My husband and I drink a lot of water at night so I can't really say it's bad for my son to do it. He drinks during the day as well. So do I. I do think when we transition him to his own bed we will do it all at once. One cup of water by the bed and that's it and he has to stay in his own bed. We've never really been able to make the transition up until now because our lives have been a bit unstable with moves etc.. but what I have noticed is when I did leave him in his own bed for a night the sippy cup was never touched. It was all part of the habit being in bed with us.
 

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I definitely wouldn't take it away. He's probably thirsty.<br><br>
My DS started drinking from a water bottle at night when he got sick when he was about 15 months old. He slowly nightweaned after that, but kept the water bottle. Then when he hit about 2 he just totally quit drinking out of it at night. I'd offer it when he woke but he didn't want it.<br><br>
He's now potty learned during the day but I expect nights are a ways off.<br><br>
I drink a lot of water at night -- always have. I don't think it's something you need to wean him off of. Our house is at 64 at night... I personally get too hot if it's above 65 at night, but that's totally a personal thing.
 

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Here I was thinking I could cut down the water intake of ds and he just woke up and demanded more water after emptying his bottle!<br>
I guess he knew I was thinking about cutting back on his water intake during the night.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
Oh well, I guess we will have to live with it a bit longer.... at least he can/ will keep his diapers on for longer during the night.
 

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Ds goes to bed with a sippy of water every night. Gets mad if he wakes and does not have it. I know I wake at night and am really thirsty, so I am sure he is too. The bad part is that is soaks his diaper almost every night!!
 

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He's going to wet the bed for quite a while.<br><br>
Heck, I think I was 10 or 11 before I finally stopped wetting the bed entirely.<br><br>
My suggestion would be to put on big-boy diapers or pull ups while he sleeps, and let him have his sippy cup. I think everybody gets thirsty during the night, but not everybody wakes up because of it. But a lot do, and I think it's pretty normal.
 

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Our son got too used to a bottle being available. It had become a habit. The bed (and thus me since we co-sleep) were getting wet when the diapers could not handle it anymore. Not to mention he woke up a lot. We finally said no more. We gave him his bottle at bedtime and refused to fill it during the night. We found that every night he woke up less and less. We had a similar situation in the car and so we cut him back there too at the same time. Over a month we found he sleeps better at night, often falls asleep without the bottle both in bed or in the car, and the diapers are more manageable. He did get mad at first. I literally had a bottle flung at my head a couple of times. But usually all he did was wake up enough to get upset it was empty, cry a bit, and rolled over and fell asleep again. These days (a month later) if he wakes up and the bottle is empty he drops it on my head, rolls over and goes back to sleep. I now wake up in a dry bed and he wakes up 1x or less per night.
 
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