Night time potty training

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Registered: 01-22-2007
Night time potty training
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Mon, 10-03-2011 - 6:17pm

My daughter who just turned 4 in June has been completely potty trained during the day since she was 2.5yrs old but night time is a different story... She is such a hard sleeper and I could never bare to wake her up. Well at her last 'Well visit' the ped said to start ASAP waking her up to go so we did...

OK.. So it's been 3 weeks since we stopped putting a diaper on her at night. And it's not going as well as planned.. Every night we've been waking her up at 11 then 3 then again around 6:30 to go and she does go a lot!

The first waking at 11 she's not really awake but can walk by herself and get the job done. We just kind stand by in the shadows and make sure she doesn't fall which she has dosed off on the toilet seat a few times.

Last night I forgot to wake her up before I went to bed and when my dear hubby went in there around 2:30 she was SOUND asleep in a soaking wet bed!!!

I personally just want to

Community Leader
Registered: 08-23-1999
Tue, 10-04-2011 - 1:07pm

Hello Lisa,welcome to our board.

The main thing here is,there is no method of night time training.

As she is such a heavy sleeper,she does not get the signs of a full bladder,there could be a number of reasons for this besides the sleeping.

Have her doctor check her bladder size,she may have a small bladder due to it having grown at a slower pace than her body.There is a hormone that the body creates at night to slow the build-up of urine that she may not be getting right now,this will normally heal itself over time.

Go back to having her were the diaper,but use cloth so she will get the feeling of being wet,this may help her wake up better.( disposable diapers are far to dry and cumfy for her to bother getting up for.)

Please tell hubby,that in reality,there is no conditioning for this problem,time is the only thing that will work.

Most doctors do not even worry about night time bedwetting until a child reaches 8 years of age.

Please remember,this is not her fault,she has no control over this,use a plastic sheet over the mattress to help save it and cloth diapers at night time to help contain the pee and hopefully this will help her wake up.

I will be here if you need answers to anything.

Many Blessings.

cl mac

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Registered: 06-25-2005
Thu, 10-06-2011 - 11:18am

I just wanted to reinforce what Mac already said.

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Registered: 01-22-2007
Sat, 10-08-2011 - 8:49pm

thank you girls so very much! It makes me feel so much better to hear from other mama's that this is not that unusual. all my mama friends that I know personally have not ever had THIS issue and there kids just started waking up dry which my little June bug has never done yet! .. sigh.

I'm going to go look that book (Waking Up Dry) up RIGHT now on Amazon!

Community Leader
Registered: 08-23-1999
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 1:02pm

I'm happy to hear we could at least give you some peace of mind a bit.

Hope the book helps as well.

Please keep us up-dated on how she does.

Many Blessings.

cl-mac

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Registered: 01-22-2007
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 9:30pm

will do I ordered that book last night so should get it in a few days.

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Registered: 07-24-2003
Thu, 01-12-2012 - 10:30am

PUT HER IN A CLOTH DIAPER AND A PAIR OF PLASTIC PANTIES.WHEN OUR 8 Y. OLD GRANDDAUGHTER VISITS US WE PUT HER IN A CLOTH DIAPER AND PLASTIC PANTS AND SHE WAKES UP IN