A.D. asks from Perrysburg, OH on August 06, 2008
3 Y/o Waking up Wet
My son has been potty trained for roughly 6 months. He has typically done great. Right after he started going on the potty I would get him to potty before he took his nap and he would wake up dry. Same thing for bed time. So for naps I started keeping him in his underwear. Within the last month, (around the time he consistantly started "standing" to pee) he has been waiting up wet, both during his nap and in the am. We have monitored his fluids and making him go right before he goes to sleep but it seems like he gets out the "immediate" surge and stops. It seems like he isn't emptying his bladder. We have him sit instead of stand but it doesn't matter, we have him sit there longer and he refuses to go any more because he says he is all done. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it a boy thing? The most biazzare thing is that when he stays at my parents, he is dry all the time???? That really has me through a loop. Just curious to know if it just his age, or gender or other helpful suggestions/ideas.
B.B. answers from South Bend on August 07, 2008
M.R. answers from Wheeling on August 06, 2008
I've had this exact same problem with my son. He finally got old enough to tell me what happens: He dreams that he got up and went potty. lol.
Home is a familiar environment. So familiar, that he can picture walking around in his sleep.
At my mother-in-law's house, he stays dry because he never knows if the path is clear (in his dream) to walk to the bathroom and back.
R.D. answers from Indianapolis on August 08, 2008
I had the exact same thing happen with my son. He was dry at night for about 6 mos, and now wetting about 1/2 the time. He started wetting while on vacation, so I thought that was the problem, but it didn't clear up when we returned home. I am not a believer in using pull-ups for potty-training, but night time wetting is a different problem. We use pull-ups, and sometimes he does gets up in the night to pee, doesn't rely on the pull-up if he wakes up. Pull-ups save on the clean-up! Night time wetting is usually a maturity problem, their bodies not waking up to tell them to go potty, or they are sleeping too soundly. I notice my son is more likely to wet if he is very tired. Good luck.
S.R. answers from Toledo on August 06, 2008
Hello there. Since your little guy hasn't been potty trained for very long, I think what he is going through is natural. I agree with what the other mom told you. I went through this with my daughter. For my little one, I 'let her' sleep in a sleeping bag on the floor or in her bed, that way the clean up was half as much in the morning. Easier to throw the sleeping bag in the washer rather than strip the bed and clean the mattress. I didn't want to put her in pull ups at night for fear that she wouldn't use the potty in the morning or revert back to not using the toilet at all. Hope that is helpful.
L.W. answers from Cincinnati on August 07, 2008
My kids go to the potty less and wake up dry more when they are at grandparents' houses, too. I am convinced it is because they don't drink as much there. They are playing and not drinking. I know that when I was little my mom gave us significantly less to drink than I give my kids.
I have also heard that kids are more likely to wet the bed when they are at home because they sleep more soundly than they do at someone else's house or on vacation. They don't wake up to potty or they get into a deep sleep at home and don't hold it well.
You mentioned that you have moved a lot in the last three years. Has there been a big change like that recently? Maybe that has also contributed to it.