toddler's and sippy cups or bottles in bed

Canada
September 6, 2007 12:32pm CST
did you or do you send your kids to bed with a drink. i never did this and i never really realized how many people did. to me it was never necessary and my daughter never got up asking for something to drink. i always heard it was bad for their teeth if it was anything other than water to send. did you do this was it because you didn't want to get up if your child wanted a drink. i just don't see the reasoning.
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@violeta_va (4842)
• Australia
7 Sep 07
I stoped giving him my son anything but water ever since he was 9-10 months as the milk made him sick at night and he would throw up. He now has a sippy cup with water for bed as he has a medical condition. His throut gets dry because he has inlarged tonsils and cant breathe with his nose at night so he has to have a sip of water few times during the night if he doesnt have any he wakes up and takes him ages to go back to sleep. He prefers water during the day anyway so if you offer a juice or something 9 out of 10 times he would say no.
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@Malyck (3430)
• Australia
7 Sep 07
When I was a child, my parents never sent me to bed with a bottle or sippycup (never had one of them =P), I would have a drink before bed, and if I woke up thirsty, I would get my own. From about 12 or so onwards, mum encouraged me to have a bottle of water next to my bed just incase I woke up thirsty, and I continue to do that, I like having a drink available, as my mouth is often dry when I wake up, and the place I live is generally hot.
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@itkasp (266)
• Australia
7 Sep 07
I never send my daughter with her bottles. Yes, I agree with you it could be bad for the child's teeth. Maybe it could be dangerous too-the child might chocked. I always feed my daughter before bed time, and if she needs her feed at night, I will get up and give her milk. I also don't want to create a habit for my daughter to sleep only with her bottle.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
7 Sep 07
My niece had major problems when she was little because she used to go to bed with applejuice. This was a LONG time ago. But anyway, by the time I had my own children, I already knew that sending a baby to bed with a bottle was a bad idea.
@Calais (10905)
• Australia
7 Sep 07
I actually never thought about sending my children to bed with a drink until you mentioned it..I would be too scared that they would choke or something..
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@brijlesh (273)
• India
6 Sep 07
ya sometimes maybe, but not regularly. I think this is not a bad habbit because if you take some drink before sleeping then you must sleep very well.
@artemis432 (7396)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Not only are sippy cups bad for kids teeth - in bed and otherwise but they can choke on it while sleeping. Thanks for the discussion 1
@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
6 Sep 07
I never gave my daughter a bottle of anything to go to sleep. I would be right there is she fell asleep while she was using her bottle. I took it away at the point she did fall asleep. My daughter never woke wanting it at any time. My grandmother always told me to make sure that my babies mouth was clear when she went to sleep. She said that milk or water or food laying on the gums could cause my child problems later with her teeth or gums. I always figured grams knew more than me so I did not let her go to sleep with bottles. My daughters teeth are pretty good and her bite is good too. When my daugher got older and was potty training she did not get anything to drink a half hour before bed and she was fine with it. She also never wet the bed either.
@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
6 Sep 07
My son gets a drink of water from his sippy cup before we brush his teeth, and then again after, if he wants one. Then he gets in bed and we read stories and he goes to sleep. I stopped nursing him when he was 6 months old, and from then on, he never had anything but water if he woke up during the night. Now he wakes up during the night, but he just plays and doesn't cry or ask for anything. He stays in his room until I get him up in the morning.
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• United States
6 Sep 07
I never sent my kids to bed with a bottle or a sippy cup. My son never woke up for a drink, my youngest til she was about 2 would wake up and need a bottle. I would give her the bottle in the bed and wait til she drank it, then i went in and got it out of the bed and went back to bed.
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• Canada
6 Sep 07
I've never put my daughter to bed with a sippy cup or a bottle. I've never seen the point, and always thought it was kind of lazy. I always fed her her bedtime bottle while we cuddled, and always tried to put her down in her crib awake so that she can learn how to fall asleep on her own. In the middle of the night if she needs a bottle or a drink, I get up with her, give it to, and then put her back to bed.
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Nope, never did. My son used a pacifier. My Mom and MIL would want to give him a bottle to help hom sleep,but I fought it. It would just be one more bad habit to break. The pacifier was bad enough.
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@BlueAngelRS (2900)
• Canada
6 Sep 07
When my son was younger he is now 14 I used to send him with a bottle to bed and no it wasn't because I didn't want to get up with him for him it soothed him enough to fall asleep he decided at 9 months old he didn't want his soother anymore so he threw it away....I would take his bottle away when he was done drinking when checking on him...But with my 15 month old I give her a bottle before putting her to bed as I remember how hard it was to take away nap and betime bottles with her brother although my son was more of a bottle drinker then my daughter we have alimated most of her bottles a day she has her morning milk now in a sippy cup the only thing she still has for nap time is her soother...But she still has a bottle at night.
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@lightningMD (5937)
• United States
6 Sep 07
I never put my kids to bed with a bottle or a sippy cup. My step-daughter was used to taking a cup to bed with her when she was 6. I said not in my house. If your thirsty in the night get up and get a drink. She is 9 now and hardly ever gets up in the night. I think it is a bad habit to start,because you have to break it eventually.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
8 Sep 07
My son gets thirsty a lot and sometimes he uses it as an excuse to stay up a little longer LOL sometimes I give him a glass of milk, or water or apple juice. Most of the time he usually goes to be without.