almost 5 with wet diapers

Megan - posted on 01/03/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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my son will b 5 in feb he has been potty trained since 2 1/2 he wears a diaper to bed every nite some times its dry but mostly wet i have tried everything he even went a week with dry diaper if any one has any advice i have taken away snacks, games, i have even tried giving a dollar for every dry day no luck.

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Juleen - posted on 01/14/2011

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When I was toilet training my son he went to bed at 7pm and i used to go in and wake him when i went to bed around half 10 or so and bring him to the toilet. I did this for about a week and he hasn't wet the bed since. He gets up during the night and goes toilet. We also leave the bathroom light on during the night so if he has to go he can see where to go!! Hope this helps a bit :)

Frances - posted on 01/04/2011

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Yes I've also heard its normal for boys to wet till age 8 or so overnight. It takes time for some to learn bladder muscle control for night use. Maybe try limit drinks a few hours before bed and ensure regular toileting rutine before bed. Maybe a potty placed beside the bed for night use easy access? - I suppose it may take some time, hang in there :)

Kim - posted on 01/27/2011

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I would quit the pull ups and diapers all-together. I had to do that with my daughter. By keeping him in diapers you're not giving him the chance to rely on the toilet, you're giving him an option to use the potty or the diaper and he's chosen the easier way. Most kids do. He's potty trained during the day so I know he's ready you just gotta take that step and perservere :)

Natasha - posted on 01/25/2011

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My little girl is 4 now but at 3 she was still wetting the bed so i had her in pull up for night time . anyways i took them away and made her go pee before bed and i woke her up be for i would go to be at night and she has not wet the bed in a year .. but i think that they know the pull up is there then they will wet it .. i would try to get a potty training sheet to put on his bed and try that i hope it help ...

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Sue - posted on 02/09/2011

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my advice is dont rush him, its ok to have accidents, George also has wet nights, 3/7 nights are wet, its only because they are in such a deep sleep they are still learning how to control themselves. Annabelle however is 3 and she is dry all the time. I think each child will go through as they get the hang of their feelings. I also wake my two just before I go to bed. I get them to walk to the toilet to re-enforce them to wake up and feel what their bodies are doing.

Another thing I have done for both my children, I have taken away nappies as I found George would use them if they were there, I use a disposable bed mat ontop of his sheet so Im not continually cleaning his bed

Carisa - posted on 02/08/2011

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He may not be able to help himself...he may just be sleeping so deeply that he doesn't wake up. I have girls and have not had that problem, but I don't think punishing him is the way to go. There are boys in my daughters preschool class that are still wearing pull ups to bed and their moms don't seem that worried about it. I believe he will grow out of it, but talk to his doctor and see what they recommend.

H.J - posted on 02/06/2011

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Take the diaper off and make him change the sheets and clothes himself. If he has to do it himself he will be less likely to continue. He needs to feel the wetness otherwise he won't be able to recognise the bodily urges. I personally don't see the point in toilet training a child at day and putting them in a nappy at night it defeats the purpose of getting your child to independently go to the toilet. I agree with putting the potty by the bed especially if your child is a deep sleeper. We did timed toileting in the middle of the night (our little man is a deep sleeper too) it took a while but he hasn't had an accident since Christmas and the accident before that was 6mths before that

KAYLIE - posted on 02/04/2011

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TAKE THE DIAPER OFF....YES HIS BED WILL GET WET BUT IT WORKS. HE DOESNT THINK HE HAS TO GET UP BC HE HAS A DIAPER ON

Nikki - posted on 02/01/2011

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my son was like that ...i give the last drink 2-3 hours before bed and make him pee right after he brushes his teeth to go to bed......it worked for my kid at least

Katherine - posted on 01/29/2011

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Patience all kids are different and go at their own pace. He will get there eventually. Poor thing. He must be having a hard time as well knowing he wets the bed even with his efforts to prevent it. I had the same problem with my stepson. Dont get mad like his mom did. Wash the sheets and start all over again. My 2 daughters didnt have that problem bt I know my 4 brothers did. its a boy thing. Praise him for trying. positive. that is what worked for me and Devon. He is 10 now and has not had an accident in a long time.

Megan - posted on 01/28/2011

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i have done the no diaper he still peed in the bed got tired of changing sheets

Megan - posted on 01/20/2011

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he is a deep sleeper if i wake him at nite he will prolly fall in the toilet lol but he did get up last nite ang go but diaper was still wet dr told me not to worry till he was 5 but hesbeen potty trained so long and he was having good weeks then he just kinda quit trying i think idk his daddy was a late potty trainer at nite too guess that might have something to do with it idk..

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Hi Megan :) It's frustrating, I know. They say that too much focus on the problem may prolong it. Did you try Juleen's suggestion? (The waking up to go in the middle of the night.) Also, have you had him checked by the Dr. to ensure it's not a physical problem (like a urinary tract infection)? Keep plugging away and remember there's tons of other Moms out there in the same boat!

Megan - posted on 01/17/2011

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thanks for the tips i have done the chart and he went a week dry ! he would have dry days but the past 2 months its been wet every day idk guess i will just let him get a lil older thanks

Holly - posted on 01/14/2011

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try next time he wets he will go to bed an extra half hour earlyer than his bedtime. mayb put his diaper on backwards that may make it a little tighter and if he wets he will feel it and get up and you can tell him to change himself, or each day he is wet put a frown face on a chart and the days he is dry a happy face and the more happy faces he get a day out with mommy or whatever and more frown faces he will get no tv for two nights or whatever you use that fazes him.

Hayley - posted on 01/04/2011

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Apparently it is quite normal for children to wet the bed up until the age of 12. As as child I was a "bed wetter" until the age of around 7 and my mum said that the dr wouldn't even see me until I was around 12yrs old. I am not sure if there is actually anything that can be done about it.

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