Night time potty training.

Reply Sun 25 Jan, 2009 08:55 am
To clarify, my advice is sequential, not all at once. Something like:

First, transition to non-comfortable diapers. Shewolf is doing that already (I didn't know that when I suggested it) and it seems like Bean is often able to hold the pee until morning (because it's not cold/ uncomfortable when she wakes up).

THEN, start an award system for dry diapers in the morning. Seems like she might be close to being ready to do that.

Once the diapers have been dry in the morning for a while, go ahead and transition to cotton panties and a waterproof sheet liner.

Throughout, go by her cues (for example, she's indicated she has an interest in finishing up with diapers, that's important), and give her opportunities to take the next step and award her for successfully taking a step, without punishing if it doesn't work out this time. These things pretty much never happen the first time you try.
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Reply Mon 26 Jan, 2009 11:52 pm
Oh gosh no re traumatizing. I hope you don't think I was suggesting that you are doing that. That's why that same post included my opinion that you were looking for the very best way to deal with a situation that is as you put it 'no biggie' but nevertheless one that you and you little one would rather not have. Since the problem usually resolves sooner with little girls than with little boys, I'm guessing that she will correct the situation herself when she is able and that time is not too far in the future.

You seem to be doing fine mom.
Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2009 07:12 am
No. I did not take your words to mean that you thought I was doing that.

I simply pulled your words out of your post to make my point.

I always fear that I am being too harsh, or moving too fast as any parent does. And when you said that..... I worried. Laughing again.. like usual
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Bella Dea
Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2009 08:02 am
If she's talking to you about it, it's time for you to step up to helping her with this.

I'm with beth on this one. I am not there yet in terms of potty training, and I haven't been a parent for that long but I am a firm believer in knowing that the child will wean him or herself when ready. Binky, bottle, blankie, diapers, whatever. Bean has expressed to you that she's ready but she just doesn't know how to go about doing it.

I think that limiting her fluid before bed, getting some of those "cold feeling" pull ups (they get cold when kid pees) and simply telling her that if she feels herself start to pee at night to stop and get to the bathroom. I know you're a good mom so telling her accidents are normal goes without saying.

I think she's ready. Yeah bean!
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Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2009 11:53 am
I don’t know if it would matter " that you wake her up in the middle of the night/don’t give her water before bedtime/or any other thought. I have and am going through this. One daughter was impossible to toilet train (forget about nighttime stuff) " she didn’t have an interest. But one day she said she didn’t want diapers any more and wanted to wear underwear including at night and voila from that day forward we never had a problem.

My other daughter at 6 is still in a pull up. She is just such a heavy sleeper. The doctor isn’t concerned " says this happens and they will eventually grow out of it. And when you start talking about it you realize that there are other children in the same boat. I don’t like waking her up because I want her to get her sleep and I don’t want to forgo water as it gets very dry in the winter time. I just keep giving encouragement and make a big deal on those mornings when she is dry. I think waking up a kid at night is just going to cause more problems.

The only other thing is if she wants to not wear pull ups is to let her pee " I would imagine it would feel uncomfortable where it would wake her and she would “train” herself to get up at night " only problem is you will need to do laundry every day (and make sure you have a mattress protector). The uncomfortable thing " cheap diapers/pull ups (all I’ve tried) and without doesn’t work with my daughter " she sleeps through that as well.
Bella Dea
Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2009 01:57 pm
see even linkat says not to worry. Smile
Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2009 02:20 pm
@Bella Dea,
And we all know I worry about everything
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Reply Sun 1 Feb, 2009 07:32 am
Our discussions have gone on a little bit about being a big kid .

These discussions are brought up by HER..not me Smile Because she is excited about her 5 year old ceremony. ( March 5) I tell her it is less then two hands of time away. 5 1/2 weeks.

She wants to know how to make her bladder into a big kid too. Among other things. She isnt fixating on just the bladder / diaper thing.. it is just a piece of conversation that.. honestly..I can help her with.

She also wants to know how to make her body taller. ha

so, I have a tiny alarm set for 6 pm. her bed time is 7:30, lights go out around 8:00 pm.
No more to drink after the alarm.
I tell her that, with out adding more water to her body , it can begin to feel like she may have a bigger bladder because she wont need to pee as much at night.
Reply Sun 1 Feb, 2009 09:58 am
That sounds quite good.
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