PT question-nightime

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PT question-nightime

First off I want to apologize if this is a question/topic that's already been discussed. Since I've been so MIA and that we're later on PT than everyone else, I missed all the PT threads, and frankly I'm too lazy to try to go back.

We've had a huge turn on his PT. We'd been working on it for about a couple months with pull-ups and not a lot of potty use. The past 2 days have been amazing. Yesterday he had 2 accidents with 4 times using the potty. Today he's only had 1 accidents (poop) and all pee in the potty. Yahoo

The difficulty we're facing right now is he wants to wear undies to bed. He's not nighttime trained and isn't happy wearing a pull-up to bed. What we've been doing is letting him fall asleep in his undies and just changing him when he's asleep. Last night, he took off his pull-up sometime in the middle of the night and changed into undies.

What have you guys done as far as nighttime training? We're making sure that he's sitting on the potty before he goes to bed, but I'm not sure what else to do....

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We just started out with pullups at night, no option on wearing undies until he woke up enough dry, or woke up to pee at night. I stop all fluids by 6pm at the latest, he goes to bed at 8pm. He drinks a TON during the day, so I don't worry in the least about him being dehydrated or anything from stopping fluids early. He always has to pee right before getting in bed. Once he consistently woke up dry, it was probably 2 weeks, we switched to undies at night. There have been about 3 accidents in 3 months, but those were my fault from not watching the clock and letting him down big cups of water really close to bedtime.

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You could also keep a potty chair in his room, so if he wakes and desperately has to go he doesn't have to run to the bathroom. Violet likes that option, lol.

If he's really gung ho on no dipes, I'd encourage that if you can. I wish Violet were more interested in night training.

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We haven't done a darn thing to night train. Jax has never, no not once, woke up dry. I feel like it's a lost cause. DH refuses to limit fluids in the evening and Jax doesn't wake up when he needs pee. Sleeps right through it, even when I have forgotten to put a dipe on him, he soaked his bed and himself and slept right through it. Even laying in a wet bed didn't wake him up.

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I also wanted to add...night training is a very different part of the brain. And some kids are much older when it finally clicks. I loathe to admit I was one of them. I wont say how old I was when I didn't wear dipes to bed, but I do remember putting them on myself by that time. Then there was a moment in time when it did click in my brain and my body chemistry lined up and I was night dry since.

So, that's why I don't stress the night training. I never will. I would like it, since it would save on night dipes, but I'll never push it. Just wanted to add that for anyone who might be pressing the idea without success.

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I think I was "lucky" with Cadence. As soon as she started using the potty during the day, she was also staying dry at night within a week (without me even mentioning it to her!). Then, like Tyler, she didn't want to wear the pull-up anymore. I made her wear it for probably a month or so, but she was always dry.

That said, she peed in the bed last night. I would say it may have been her 3rd accident in 6mths and the other two times she was sick.

:goodluck:

And totally think Jordan is right...it will just click.

Oh yeah, and I think Ella will be like Jax. She is a nighttime soaker, for sure.

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When Mikayla was in diapers she always woke up soaked. Within a week of pting she started waking up dry majority of the time. It was about 3 weeks before she stopped wearing pull ups to bed. She wanted to stop sooner but I made her wear them until I was fairly confident she could do it. We also keep a potty chair in her room for night time pees although she rarely uses it.

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If it makes you feel better, I don't think nighttime training has really been discussed that much. Smile

"luangwa" wrote:

We haven't done a darn thing to night train. Jax has never, no not once, woke up dry. I feel like it's a lost cause. DH refuses to limit fluids in the evening and Jax doesn't wake up when he needs pee. Sleeps right through it, even when I have forgotten to put a dipe on him, he soaked his bed and himself and slept right through it. Even laying in a wet bed didn't wake him up.

Noelle is similar - and we were both surprised last week to find a little poop in her diaper in the morning - I really wonder if she pooped in her sleep. :eek:

"JorgieGirl" wrote:

I also wanted to add...night training is a very different part of the brain. And some kids are much older when it finally clicks. I loathe to admit I was one of them. I wont say how old I was when I didn't wear dipes to bed, but I do remember putting them on myself by that time. Then there was a moment in time when it did click in my brain and my body chemistry lined up and I was night dry since.

So, that's why I don't stress the night training. I never will. I would like it, since it would save on night dipes, but I'll never push it. Just wanted to add that for anyone who might be pressing the idea without success.

I was going to say something similar... there's some kind of hormone that your brain releases that helps you hold your bladder all night, and until that happens, people just *can't* hold it.

If he wants to wear undies, I wouldn't stop him!!! N has never shown an interest in wearing panties to sleep - I think she knows she's not ready...

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Thanks guys! I don't have time to respond now, but I will try my hardest later tonight. I appreciate all the responses!

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i got super lucky with the girls and simple night time training.........i did panties with rubber pants.....within days i was able to get rid of the rubber pants.......they just got it, it clicked....no accidents.................

then there was max..........he daytime trained super easy..........but night time dryness didn't happen until 3rd grade.........when it finally clicked........he was in pullups until he was almost 9.......:(
we did everything.....tried everything, waking, limiting (which we still do for all the kids.....i don't allow allnight long snacking and drinking even for the older kids), it was just a battle i finally let go of when he turned 5..........for years i thought i wasn't doing something wrong (and of course, everyone has an opinion.....family is the worst).......sarah nighttime trained in like 3 days........what was wrong with max.........???? the doctor suggested getting a sensor to attach to his underwear and a buzzer would go off and wake him.......or putting him on a medication for bed wetting.......i just couldn't bring myself to do it........a pullup was easy and had no side effects........
sorry......just wanted to let people know it can take a long time.......and for me......i had to let max do it on his own.......and it did finally happen......it took an overnight field trip to get him to "click"........max, himself was mortified that he still had accidents.........and he went to the extreme of hiding his pullups in his overnight bag.....cuz he didn't want his buddies to see them..........max never did sleepovers,either.........he was too embarrassed...... Sad but he came home from that field trip so proud of himself because he didn't wet in his pullup.......so he didn't even use one the 2nd night.......and he has never wet the bed a day since that fieldtrip!!!!
end of story......sorry it was so long......LOL.....

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I say if he is all gung ho on undies at night, go with it! I would just recommend limiting his evening drinking.

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As Colleen says, it depends on your kid. My 5-year-old still wears a diaper at night and wakes up soaked. Whereas my 3-year-old wakes up dry 9 times out of 10. I am not eager to lose the night time diaper either way - it is me washing the sheets! - and so far they seem OK with the idea that diapers are for night. My 6-year-old is not in diapers at night, but he still occasionally wets the bed. Good luck!

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Nicholas informed me about 3 weeks before he turned 3 that 3 year olds wear underwear to bed and when he was 3 he was going to wear underwear to bed too. I figured we'd go with it and see what happened. He turned 3 and insisted no more pull ups so what I do is I put him on the potty right before I go to bed at night and tell him to pee and he does then I put him back to bed. He wakes up about half way and goes right back to sleep and stays dry until morning. He has only had 2 accidents since he decided that he was done with the pull up back on April 1, so I guess he was ready since he had decided. I'm not sure when I am going to stop waking him to go, but it is working for right now without a problem, so I don't see any reason to stop in the near future. I would go with it if he wants to wear underwear let him and just try putting him on the potty before you go to bed.

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Last night I got home late, so I didn't have time to tell DH to limit his liquids. We didn't give him milk for nighttime. He asked for apple juice, so we gave him about 1/2 what he normally gets (to try to wean him). He sat on the potty fairly shortly before he fell asleep on the couch. I put the potty by his bed and he slept in his bed with undies all night. He finally woke up around 9:15 (thank you for sleeping in on my day off!) and he was DRY!!! WOW! :eek: I'm not sure if this was a fluke or that I just have an amazing kid! Wink We're going to work on cutting out the drinks at night. Oh, and he went on the potty when he woke up, so NO ACCIDENT!

Now if only I could get him to like to wear his undies facing forward all the time (about 1/2 the time he wears them backwards). :rolleyes:

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that's great Lia. I wish Aidan would wake up dry, he soaks out of a pull up every night, even if he doesn't drink before bed.

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that is awesome lia!!!!!!!!! wtg tyler!!!!!!!!!!! i hope he keeps up the good work!!!!!!!!!!

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Cheyenne only goes about once every two or three weeks. So we put her in a pull up every night and just when I think she has it mastered, she pees in the pull up in the middle of the night...she did last night.

So keeping on with the pull ups for one more package....LOL...I keep thinking when this pack is done, I wont need them anymore. she maybe pees two or three times a month.