how to stop using pullups at night

Kari - posted on 06/25/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi, I am Kari, a SAHM. I have twins-who will be 5 in July(Nicole and Christian) and my oldest son who will be 7 in Aug.(Matthew)

My question is about Christian, he has been fully potty trained during the day for quite a while. Night is a different story. Every time I think he is ready and just have the underwear on him-I have to change the bed. I have went back to the pullup after trying for over a week. I just cant keep washing the sheets everyday! so help- does anyone have any suggestions, ideas.

Thanks
Kari

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Brittney - posted on 06/28/2012

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Use a mattress protector, I no longer use the 2 I bought, but the saved me from having to do laundry every day. Also, I started by waking my daughter 2x a night (allowing her to hold it as long as she could, which was 4 hours when she was 18 months). Then slowly over a period of months, I changed the times and even slept through a few of my alarms. She sometimes wakes herself and tells me, and a few times she got up all by herself and went. Does he wake when he wets the bed? Ruby didn't at first, but I didn't go in her room every hour or anything to check on her and sometimes she was sleeping in pee, so I'd wake her up and change the sheets, then let her go back to bed. After a few times of that, she started waking up and telling me she wet the bed. Now (20 months) she wakes up one time a night (3am) 5-6 hours after going to bed. I also limit her fluids before bedtime. Since your son is going to 7, I suggest talking to his doctor. My niece was lazy and didn't want to get out of bed to go potty and her doctor put her on a medicine she had to take 2x a day (in the morning and right before bed) and she couldn't have anything to drink a few hours before bedtime. After a few years and lots of sleeping in pee, she finally got up to use the bathroom. (She was 14 when she finally stopped)

Ruth - posted on 06/28/2012

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It can take significantly longer for children to potty train at night than during the day. They may not have the involuntary muscle control, or the bladder size, necessary to do it. Limiting liquids before bed can help, but not necessarily fix the problem. Sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and wait for the child to grow old enough.

Michelle - posted on 06/28/2012

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I am having the same problem with my 3 1/2 year old. She has been completely potty trained since 23 months but the last couple of moths I have had a MAJOR problem with bed wetting. In order to not wash sheets every day, I have been taking her to the bathroom during the night. I swear she doesn't even wake up. I carry her, sit her on the potty, she pees, I wipe, flush, and lay her back down. She never wakes up.

Now, I feel like I have created a monster. I can't break this habit! I am stuck and don't know what else to do. I really don't want to put her back into pull-ups but will absolutely have to if needed.

The night time bathroom breaks does help, but it is only a band aid not a fix.

Denikka - posted on 06/25/2012

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Try waking him up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. He doesn't even need to wake up completely, just pick him up out of bed and place him on the potty for a few minutes and encourage him to go. You can also limit drinks a few hours before bedtime, and cut out drinks entirely an hour before bed.

Some kids just can't hold it all night. And especially for boys, it's not uncommon for them to wet the bed, even up to 10, 11, 12 years old. Some children just lack bladder maturity. It's not abnormal in any way.

Make sure that you aren't shaming him about it :) He needs to understand that while he does need to be trying, it isn't *bad* when he wets the bed. Maybe get him to help you when it comes to clean-up. I would also suggest getting a plastic sheet. It'll definitely help with clean up and will save the bed in the long run.

Good luck with your boy :)

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