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Old 04-21-2011, 09:37 AM   #1
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I'm a bad parent...but last night was wonderful.

My son has never slept through the night. He's 14 months. We used the Pantley method to get him down to once a night and I can't do CIO. Once a night has been ok. I can deal with getting up once and he goes back to sleep. Fast forward to last night. I was really tired (newly pregnant and busy at work), I put him down at 9 p.m. and he woke up at 8 a.m. I woke up because I was sure something bad had happened in the middle of the night. Nope I went in and he was hanging out in his crib. I was super excited and then I spied it. Some how, some way one of his water bottles had made its way to his crib. He packs them around all day and I am guessing it was thrown in there when he was putting one of his animals to sleep. Isn't that like the cardinal rule of parenting no bottles in the crib.

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Old 04-21-2011, 09:41 AM   #2
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Re: I'm a bad parent...but last night was wonderful.

Its better no, I'm not sure about water and I wouldn't start the habit (nor do we let our son roam all day with them) but one night isn't going to hurt anything. Its more an issue I think with milk and juice being in them all night.

A video camera if you don't have one really helps. We just got one and I wish we did it earlier. I don't want to miss my son climbing out of his crib.

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no milk or juice bottles in bed as the sugar in them will rot the teeth but water is sugar free. my DS has a cup of water on bed because he was wakening up lots now he sleeps from 8:30 - 7:00 when he gets older i will stop giving it to him but for now i need all the sleep i can get DD eats twice during the night i was getting to tired getting up with 2 babies so for now he has water
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:45 AM   #4
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I really don't think that a water bottle will hurt anything.... I doubt that he fell asleep w/ it in his mouth anyway, right? If he is just waking up at his normal "nighttime wakeup time" and drinking from his bottle instead of waking you up to nurse, etc., then I don't see any harm in it! Enjoy your sleep, mama!
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If a sippy cup of water kept my LO sleeping like that, I would be all for it. Others are right, it is the milk or juice that is the problem.
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I meant to add too, my dh was a kid who always had a cup of water with him when going to bed, and he still does. I never had anything to drink at night and don't bring anything into the room.
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Re: I'm a bad parent...but last night was wonderful.

My kids (4 and 2) have always had a sippy of water to bed with them. They've always woken up at night thirsty, and I got tired of getting up to get them water. Rarely do they drink the entire sippy at night, but we get more sleep now because of it. Sometimes I wake up thirsty, and I have a cup of water beside my bed. Why can't they?! He'll be fine mama!
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Re: I'm a bad parent...but last night was wonderful.

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I really don't think that a water bottle will hurt anything.... I doubt that he fell asleep w/ it in his mouth anyway, right? If he is just waking up at his normal "nighttime wakeup time" and drinking from his bottle instead of waking you up to nurse, etc., then I don't see any harm in it! Enjoy your sleep, mama!
No, he kind of tosses it aside when he gets sleep. Thank-you people for making me feel better about it! I started thinking about it and my husband and I always have water bottles with us all day and we each take a glass of water to bed with us at night, so what's the difference. I do not let him carry around milk, but he is like us and loves water so I always let him have a water bottle throughout the day.
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Re: I'm a bad parent...but last night was wonderful.

I don't see an issue with it at all.

My husband and I both sleep with a glass of water next to the bed because we wake up thirsty all the time. My two year old has a cup by his bed and the baby has a bottle of water. He takes a sip when he's thirsty and puts it down when he's done.

I could see it being an issue if it's juice or milk since it exposes the teeth to sugars all night long, but hey - it's just water!

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My dr said water at night is fine anything else is a nono. Us using water is what actually weaned my dd from night feedings cuz she was smart and figured out water wasnt the same as milk LOL
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