Getting rid of pull-ups

Monica - posted on 11/16/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 months shy of turning 4 and still wears pull-ups to bed! Also, he falls asleep in our bed, so I also have to tackle that probelm-there's no way that boy is sleeping in our bed without being potty traned and without a pull-up. Any suggestions on how to make him a big boy?

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Christa - posted on 11/16/2010

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Have you tried having him sleep without it? Put a pad on the bed. Give him some sort of reward for not going potty in the bed

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Michelle - posted on 11/18/2010

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My husband is a urologist and I'm pretty sure that children may take up to age 5 to gain enough bladder control to make it through the night. I would keep the pull-up and just wait until your son stays dry consistently before changing to a waterproof pad. For my son (3 and 1/2 years old), if we forget to put a pull-up on, or he soaks through, he doesn't wake up. He just wakes up sometime later wet, cold and miserable, so I plan to wait.

Carmine - posted on 11/17/2010

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I tried pullups on my 22 month old, and they are nothing more than an expensive, less absorbent diaper. So we switched back to plain jane diapers. When she turns 2 we want to her to have less accidents and less diapers. When my daughter would sneak out of bed into the hallway for the simple reason she didn't want to go to sleep, we pulled her door shut so she couldn't open it, she never did it again, didn't even crawl out of bed! Your best bed is to get him used to sleeping in a bed by himself, then start doing "underwear days." We keep the potty handy by her play area so if she needs to go, its available to her. She has ALOT less accidents now, unless something is out of sorts (teething, sick, overtired, or like our sitter just moved into a new house). Otherwise she tends to go potty really good, except in the afternoon for some reason and even throws her own diaper away!

Christina - posted on 11/16/2010

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What Christa said is exactly what we do. My daughter is 2 1/2 and we have her sleep in underwear on a pad the first few nights she went potty on it and hated the feeling of being wet and having to get up in the night to change. She rarely has accidents at night. We have never used a pull up. Also I know that they don't gain full bladder control until their about 5 so he may be about ready to lose it all together. Just try one night with a waterproof pad on the mattress if he has an accident he has one and there isn't much you can do until he does gain control. Good luck!

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