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Self-service water at night - what age?

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DisgruntledPelican Mon 15-Feb-21 18:49:32

DS is 12 months and if he wakes in the night I sometimes offer him water. Obviously he’s a bit young at the moment to have a sippy cup of water for him to have whenever he likes at night (he has this during the day & drinks fairly often), but when is a good age for this? He quite often throws the cup over the side of the high chair at mealtimes, so I was thinking he might be ready when he can drink from an open cup with some control?

I might be over-thinking it but DP and I are divided on this because I always keep a water bottle on the bedside table, and he only sips water with meals and doesn’t carry water with him.

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DartmoorDoughnut Mon 15-Feb-21 18:52:11

Both boys had these in their rooms once out of a cot so around 2 ish I’d guess

RoseBud2016 Mon 15-Feb-21 19:23:05

We only gave our DD access to her own water at night once she moved into her bed at 2.5 years old. But would offer her water, if she woke up in the night, prior to that.

I’m totally the same with having to have a drink by my bedside at night so think it’s important for them to have autonomy over this, when possible.

If we had, had to move DD into a bed earlier she would have had access to her water earlier but it just wasn’t necessary as she was very happy in the cot.

Now she couldn’t be without her water at night (she’s 3.5 now)

fallingsnowflakes Mon 15-Feb-21 19:32:16

We put a sippy cup in the cot at that age. It's a 360 one so it doesn't spill.

DisgruntledPelican Mon 15-Feb-21 19:51:38

Those canteens are lovely, @DartmoorDoughnut - going to have a proper browse! We only have the free-flow cups at the moment which can leak if they are completely upside down, so I’d rather not leave those in the cot.

That’s interesting @fallingsnowflakes, were your DC drinking from the sippy on a regular basis at night at that age when they had the choice?

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Caterina99 Mon 15-Feb-21 19:53:44

Both of mine got access once they moved to a bed and the cup could be put on a flat surface and they could still reach it

DartmoorDoughnut Mon 15-Feb-21 19:59:55

@DisgruntledPelican they’re fab, the boys have the bigger versions now and I have a couple of the grown up ones too!

fallingsnowflakes Mon 15-Feb-21 20:08:14

@DisgruntledPelican not that often, but sometimes he woke up thirsty and 50% of the time could get his own drink without me going in.

FizzingWhizzbee123 Mon 15-Feb-21 23:10:15

DS got a cough and was really thirsty sometime when he was 2 yrs old, so we started to leave him water at night. Since then he’s always wanted access to water overnight.

The Tommee Tippee Active Sippee cups are great. They are completely spill proof as long as you click the valve back together properly after washing.

ThisIsMeOrIsIt Mon 15-Feb-21 23:19:32

My 2-year-old son has had a 360 cup in his cot with him for probably the last year or more... No idea this wasn't the done thing! blush

ArchbishopOfBanterbury Mon 15-Feb-21 23:29:08

My 20 month old has one with a weighted straw, so it doesn't leak. He's had it since I stopped night feeds at 16 months. Uses it once or twice most nights, especially when he has a cold and wakes with a dry mouth.

ArchbishopOfBanterbury Mon 15-Feb-21 23:30:49

This is the one we use. A nuk brand with a straw.

Fispi Tue 16-Feb-21 03:36:20

360 cup from 16 months, brilliant invention!

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