The secret to nighttime potty training a boy babycenter blog ortega y gasset obras completas


This is a deep, dark confession because a few years ago I boasted in a blog post about potty-training him at age 2 using the infamous three-day method. We had miraculous results and at the end of a long weekend he was cheerfully pooping in a pot during the day.

About once a year–at age 3, then 4, and 5–my husband and I would gear up to tackle the nighttime tinkles. We’d take away the water cup next to his bed and set the alarm clock to wake ourselves at night so we could carry him to the potty. We’d do this for about a week, and he’d still wet his diaper every night.

I finally concluded that he must have a really small bladder. This might sound like a lame excuse but over the holidays I took my brother out for beers on his birthday. As we were walking home from the bar, he said, “I gotta run home. I have the world’s smallest bladder.” Maybe it runs in the family.

Anyway, last October after my son turned 6, my husband and I decided to put forth a concerted effort yet again. About three weeks went by with us waking him in the middle of the night. And then one night we didn’t wake him and he didn’t wet the bed. He hasn’t worn a diaper since.

Last night, I might have stumbled upon the answer. I was snuggling with my son before bedtime and I handed him his stuffed animal and asked if he wanted to cuddle him. I had noticed that he hadn’t been quite as attached to his stuffed dog Cutie the past couple months.

Here’s my thought. Some kids just aren’t able to hold it at night. Your son’s body was probably just finally ready. I wouldn’t blame yourself and say it was laziness or anything on your part. No matter what whether we limited liquids, had him sleep in underwear or woke him up at various times and took him to the bathroom, my son would wet the bed. At 6 we got him a potty alarm and after a few months, he was dry at night. I recommend using this if you have a motivated kid (and motivated parents because it does involve being woken up by a very loud alarm). I also recommend investing in special mattress pads that go over the sheets if you have an older child who is having issues at night. I think it worked best because it helped train his body to wake up when he had to go.

We didn’t even have to night train our 2nd–she trained herself at 2–while her brother was still having issues. When we daytime trained her, she just started not peeing in her pull up at night. So the experience was totally different with each of them.

For older, long-time potty trained kids, nighttime wetting is more of a sleep pattern difference than a “potty training” issue. Some kids take longer for their bodies to learn to wake from a deep sleep to go. Many children can’t go for 10-12 hours without peeing (and this mommy sure can’t!) but not all of them have the sleep pattern that allows them to wake up to go. Our pediatricians have said that different kids develop that pattern at different ages, and there are ways to help (an alarm, the waking by the parents, etc.), but most kids respond best to those starting at age 7. If there’s a reason why a Goodnite or whatever isn’t a good choice, there’s a pill that can be taken regularly or on special occasions like sleepovers or vacations that slows the production of urine enough to last until morning. Any parent who is concerned should definitely discuss all the options with a pediatrician. Staying dry at night is really very separate from learning during the day, and sometimes waiting it out is all it takes.

here’s what i’m doing- charting when i can as to a F(fluid)V(void) schedule. I don’t limit fluids at night time but I do ask my 6 year old to take a “void” before he asks for a drink so i know he’s completely empty and he gets in that routine. I started on this program i’ve tailord just for him about 1 week and just by writing down what happens we have limited his peeing sessions from 4 times per night down to 1 or 2 and he’s been having some nights where he actually wakes up dry. So I suggest you tackle it as a team approach. do not reward for dry nights but for good willingness during the day when doing charting or bladder control exersizes. We have a trip to a special place after 1 week of trying something like charting or trying to wake them up from deep sleep. This week we are going to have a secret password game and i will write a number on a paper and have him open his eyes when i wake him up to go pee and then say the number that he sees and then when he wakes up in the morning we are going to see if we can remember it. I’ll see what i have to do from there. Anyhoo- i wash alot of sheets but we have had great success just in the last week of starting this program for him. Yah!

having any child boy or girl in diapers pass the age of 2 is ridiculous. parents had us potty trained at 2 if not before I think the new generation of mommy are lazy kids will not do things unless we teach tham if you keep using diapers or pull up they will still pee in their pants they need to feel the pee run down there leg so that’s that they know they are peeing just like learning to walk they will fall down you just pick them up give him a kiss and tell them they are OK I think it is ridiculous that Americans are the only ones it seems to have kids not going potty it seems we want our kids to grow up so fast and to be so independent but yet we can get him to use the the potty my son is 20 mo old has been potty train for 4 and a half months now other countries can potty trainer kids when they are 6 to 7 months yes I said month spending money on diapers should not go on for more than 2 years yes you will have accidents yes you will have to clean up some poo poo and pee pee you have be by being there but since birth get over it! You can start by taking your kid to the bathroom every 20 minutes and whether he she goes potty praise him for just going in and setting not candy stickers or any of that .good luck and get R done