My name is Lori, and I am a pull-up addict. No. Not really. ButI am very hesitant to night potty train my four-year-old girl and have basically stuck my head in the sand while singing “lalalalalala” anytime the subject is broached.
My dear little girl was REALLY hard to potty train as it is, and I just cringe to think how hard night-time training will be. I think I know what I should do to make it happen, but then again, I don’t. Here’s my current plan. I would really like to hear from anyone that’s been down this road already…especially if you have a child that has been tough to potty train:
- Use a gate to ensure she has access only to her room and the restroom (brother’s room is right next door to hers, and I fully expect that she would delightedly go in and wake him up as well as come into our room to wake us up under the pretense of going potty.)
- Use multiple waterproof mattress pads and fitted sheets to make layers of bedding so that middle-of-the-night sheet changes are somewhat simple.
- Put her to bed in panties/remove the option of wearing a pull-up.
- Make sure she doesn’t drink anything after 7ish. Right now, we eat dinner starting at 7 because that time works best with our daily schedule, but I am thinking it might be too late of a meal/drink time in relation to her bedtime, which is 8 or 8:30.
- Make sure there’s one more potty run right before lights out (we already do this).
- After a couple weeks, start using a reward chart for dry nights.
A MAJOR factor in my hesitancy to start night-time potty training with my daughter is that anytime we’ve talked about night-time potty training with her, she has told us over and over that she wants to wear pull-ups to sleep and not panties. Also, she has woken up dry only a couple times since we started putting her in pull-ups a couple years ago. According to this article, it’s likely she is not physiologically ready. Maybe I am jumping the gun?
Much of the trouble with day-time potty training her (at the age of 3) came from her insistence that she wanted to wear diapers (this was after having successfully worn panties and kept them dry for a few weeks). It turned into a big, emotional, life-impacting battle that lasted several months and, due to withholding issues, resulted in some pretty extreme medical situations and treatments. My daughter turned four in January. I do not know how much time I should give her to get/be ready to night-time potty train before I insist on it. Right now, our plan is to start trying this summer.
I would really love to hear from folks who have already night-time potty trained a child or are about to begin.