overnight potty training

Anne - posted on 06/24/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 4 1/2 yr old son has been potty trained for almost 2 years, but not overnight. now he WANTS to be out of pull-ups at night. Trouble is, he sleeps so hard, he doesn't wake up when he needs to go potty, OR when he wets the bed. He doesn't drink much at dinner, nothing in the evening, goes potty before bed. Don't know what else to try. Any suggestions? He wants to be a "big boy".

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Tiffanie - posted on 06/30/2009

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just use a regular alarm clock. maybe get one with a character that he likes?

Anne - posted on 06/30/2009

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Thanks so much for all the input!! Right now we're trying waking him up to go potty before we go to bed, then again once in the middle of the night, about 2 or 3. Works most of the time. I've had a lot of people say that it trains hi to start waking up on his own. Just wondering how long it takes????? But he's so proud of himself when he wakes up dry! And he refuses to go back to the pull-ups. And thanks for the alarm idea... I've thought of that, but when he's accidentally turned one on in his room at night, it scared him so bad, I'm afraid that it'll do more harm than good. That's why I"m hesitant to use the bed-wetting alarm that was suggested to me, unless we get horribly desperate! But I so appreciate all the input and will keep checking for any other ideas!!

Tiffanie - posted on 06/29/2009

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You can try setting an alarm for in the middle of the night for him to get up. Maybe the alarm will actually wake him up, put it somewhere where he actually has to get out of bed to shut it off. And maybe put a note or something near the alarm clock saying It's time to go to the bathroom or something along the lines of that. Good Luck

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AWWW so cute. my daughter had this problem. I just explained that she was a big girl but that sometimes our bladders don't grow as fast as the rest of us. So maybe just to help her bladder she should wear a pull-up.

Ashley - posted on 06/24/2009

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My mom used to wake us up before she went to bed everynight to take us to the bathroom. After awhile we got up before she would get us and go ourselves... it takes persistance, But she raised 4 kids boys and girls and swears this works :)

Amy - posted on 06/24/2009

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Oh, I also read that withholding liquids - even at night - can cause a bedwetting problem to get worse. There are a bunch of exercises you can try that are supposed to help (such as triple-elimination before bed) that I found on the Dr. Sears website.

Amy - posted on 06/24/2009

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The thing that made a HUGE difference for my stepson with wetting the bed was having him wear his undies underneath the pull-up. That way, he really felt it when he wet the bed. After 2 nights of that, he refused to wear the pull-ups anymore.



The other thing that really helped is that if/when he does wet the bed, he has to take the wet bedclothes to the laundry room himself. I also make him clean himself up before putting on clean clothes. Since I started doing that, he only wets the bed maybe once a month or so, if that often.



Good luck!

Karen - posted on 06/24/2009

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Wow, do I hear you but, my 4.5 year old son could care less that he pees the bed every night. Every so often, I take the pull-ups away for a month or so to see if he will start to train himself but, he really is not bothered that he wakes wet, has to have his sleeping bag changed each night (I refuse to keep washing his bedding every day) or gets spoken to about it each morning. Even his twin calls out to him from the bottom bunk, "get up and pee in the potty" but he don't care. He would rather lay and pee in the bed. I have no idea what to do. They have been daytime trained since they were 2.5 and I am getting extremely frustrated with it.

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