Saturday, September 15, 2012

Potty Training at Night: Part 1

(She dressed herself this day and thought it was pretty funny that she was wearing her brother's tie. Also, that is the "stinky diaper face" she does in hip hop class. Hilarious!)

This little girl of mine is such a fun little kiddo. She is helpful, kind, and sensitive. And if you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that potty training her was not fun. We started way too early, pushed her into it, and she had consistent accidents for almost 2 years. Finally, a couple of months before turning 4, she decided staying dry was worth it and she started going to the bathroom all on her own all of the time. Phew!
She is now almost 4 1/2 and we've never even tried to potty train her at night. It just didn't seem like something that would be possible right now because her pull up is still wet every morning. But we have now decided to give it a chance anyway.
For 3 nights, we've had her in underwear and here's the low down.
Night 1: She went to bed at 8pm, I got her up at 11pm to go to the bathroom and when she was up at 7am, she was a little bit wet. Also, no drinks were given after dinner.
Night 2: She went to bed at 8pm, I got her up at 10pm to go to the bathroom, I got her up at 2am to go to the bathroom, and at 6:30am, she was still dry! She was so darn proud of herself!
Night 3{last night}: She went to bed at 10pm and I completely forgot about the no drink rule and she had had a lot of drinks before bed. So I woke her up at 11pm and 12pm and 1am to go to the bathroom. Seems fine and dandy, right?
Every single time I got her up, it took at least 30 minutes to get her back to bed because she was crying over scraped knees. I'm dead serious (She fell at the park earlier in the day.). I'm pretty sure the scraped knees were only part of the problem because she was so tired. I think she was just sick of waking up and was getting emotional. But I didn't really get to bed until 2am and when I tried to wake her up the next time, she started crying and wouldn't even get out of bed. And my goodness, I just wanted to go to sleep! So I did what everyone told me not to do and I put a diaper on her and fell asleep for the rest of the night.
So I don't really know what to do from here. If every night could be like "night 2", I'd keep going with this! But when I lose sleep, I'm not a very pleasant person. I think that's why God helped me out and both of my newborns slept through the night at only weeks old.
On the other hand, Petey does NOT like diapers and keeps begging me to buy her princess pull ups but I'm not really willing to spend double the money for something that holds pee just the same. This is kind of the whole reason we started nighttime potty training. I told her if she didn't want to wear a diaper, she needed to try to stay dry at night and be a big girl.
Also, I know 3 days isn't really enough time to see if she can do this. I think I'm going to give it another week and if it's just horrible and doesn't work out, she'll have to deal with diapers for a while.

But seriously, any advice is welcome and helpful. I know she may just not be ready for this but if this is just how nighttime potty training starts out and it gets easier, let me know so I can push through this hard time! I'll deal with the sleep loss if it means helping my girl stay dry at night in the long run.


Kelly Crowder said...

She seems ready - physically - so stick with it! (You know, if you want Ü) My take on the pulls ups is that 1 pull up a day is cheaper than 6 diapers so why not? Once my kids potty trained, diapers were gone and pull ups were given for night time only. (well, and for Gwenna, some naps in the start) We've been diaper free for a year in November. It's a beautiful thing. ... Potty training in the day time is a sacrifice of time and potty training at night is a sacrifice of sleep - but if you're going to night train her then you almost have to sacrifice your schedule like you did when you were originally potty training - meaning getting her to bed on time so she's not overtired. Or, if you KNOW it's going to be "one of those nights" (and we just about always know, right?) then put her in a pull up or diaper or whatever and call it good after waking her once. I guess it's just consistency, just like day training. So those are my thoughts, what I'd do if I were in your shoes. But I'm not so who knows??
But don't be discouraged, I think you're doing super awesome :) You're both strong willed and it seems like you want the same thing so I'm sure it will happen soon.

Glemser Family said...

Are you pretty sure she will have an accident if you don't wake her up? Kaylee was ALWAYS super wet in the morning, but I just cut her off cold turkey one night when I was done with pull ups. She had a few accidents, but it wasn't too bad. She would just come and get me in the night when she had to go potty and now she does it on her own. You could always put two fitted sheets on her bed with a waterproof pad inbetween. So if she does have an accident during the night, you just pull off the top sheet and worry about it in the morning. Hang in there! She will soon be a pro!