Our three-year-old son is not a sound sleeper. For the past few days he's been waking up four, five, six times a night. He'll cry, ask for a drink of water or a snuggle, and fall back to sleep.
Ben and I leave a sippy cup of water beside our son's bed. We have told him to not cry out in the night, but to drink from his cup. (This strategy is not working as well as we had planned.)
This evening at bedtime I tucked our son under his covers. "Goodnight Buddy. Have a good sleep," I said. I paused for a moment and then gently inquired, "What should you do if you're thirsty in the night?"
My son glanced down at his sippy cup and replied, "I should chase away the scary carrots!"