L.H. asks from Auburn Hills, MI on September 24, 2007
Night Time Potty Training - Southfield,MI
need advise on night time potty training.my daughter is 3 1/2 and fully potty train in the day time but at night time is where the problem is. i wake her up several time but she still wet the bed. she currently wear pull-up and complains they hurt her bottom. any advise. thank you.
K.T. answers from Detroit on September 28, 2007
Hi, I posted in July about my 5yr old being a nighttime wetter after more than two years of being daytime dry. I relaxed a little and waited until he was ready (because I knew he was close!) to do it himself while still talking to him about this being a natural part of growing up. He went many nights without an accident, then had a few nights when he regressed just after starting Kindergarten earlier this month. Now that his routine has smoothed out, I find him either staying dry all night or getting up around 4 or 4:30 and going to the bathroom. The only problem is....he's afraid to go back in his own bed after that so he climbs in with us for a snuggle!
So, relax about it.....it sounds like she's not ready and it'll come in its own time. As for the pullups hurting, are they too small in some area where they're cutting off circulation? if wearing a different fit of pullup is not an option, you could get some waterproof pads to directly lay under her that would catch the wetness instead of changing sheets every morning.
K.V. answers from Detroit on September 25, 2007
I have heard that some kids just sleep too hard to be able to make it through the night until they are older. You can try cutting back on the fluids a couple of hours before bed. Otherwise, I will be looking forward to hearing the other comments from other parents myself. I jsut trained my 2 year old and I put a portable potty in her room for middle of the night. Sometimes she is dry and sometimes not. But I don't put her in pull ups because she uses them if they are on, but doesn't if they aren't. Maybe the pull ups are sending subconscious signals that it's okay to pee.
B.K. answers from Detroit on September 25, 2007
My mother actually had the same problem with my younger brother. The Dr. recommended trying to stretch his bladder. I know this would probably be hard since she's so young but the dr. recommended excersizes to control the flow, like making her stop mid stream then start, and stop. He also recommended NOT to wake them up in the night to go because they will get used to it and have to wake up every night to go.
Try limited liquids 2 hours before bed, and of couse potty before bed! My daughter HATED pull ups! We used the old fashioned training pants w/ the plastic covers and that worked for us! Good Luck!
L.V. answers from Detroit on September 25, 2007
My daughter just turned 7 yesterday and she still has accidents at night. We try to get her to go to the bathroom before she goes to bed. Also no liquid after 7 pm.