DS is now 2.5 and we have been wanting to potty train for awhile. I have prepped by reading a lot of the HB archives and board topics and we have been talking to him about it too. We started this weekend and we are letting him run around naked and encouraging him to drink lots of water/juice. So far this morning he has had 4 successes and 0 accidents, which is extremely encouraging and he is running to the potty by himself each time he has to go. I'm hoping he will also poop in the potty while we are training this weekend.
My question, and I didn't see much in the archives, is what do you do about nap/night time? I'm in no hurry to get him out of diapers for either, but how does it work? Does your child just naturally start holding it in their sleep? Do they need to have a few accidents in bed to figure it out? Do they wear pull ups or diapers until they are much older? DS usually naps 2-3 hours in the afternoon and has no problems STTN 11-12 hours. Any input or general tips would be great. Thanks!
honeydew / 7917 posts
I recently potty trained my 27 month old earlier this month. I decided to go ahead and nap/bed time train at the same time. I was very much prepared to change the sheets a few times a day. I have no real advice but to try it. LO hasn't had any accidents in bed since day one of potty training. He can also hold it over night or will wake up in his own and ask to go to the potty. I just took the chance to see if he could do it, and he could.
grapefruit / 4120 posts
We use pull-ups for nighttime and most naps. He stays dry for most naps but I don't really want to change his bed so it's worth it to me. He sometimes stays dry all night but not always. I have read that developmentally it's normal for them to pee themselves at night until even 4-5 years old, which obviously we hope is not our case.
pomegranate / 3275 posts
We started with pull-ups at nap and night time. She very quickly didn't need it for nap time. We are still using them at night time, but I don't think she needs them because she has been waking up (correction, waking US up) to use the bathroom and the pull-ups are dry. When we run out of this package we will stop her pull-ups. We didn't do anything in specific to "train" her. She's almost three and a half.
pomelo / 5866 posts
Make sure you go immediately upon wake up. I think that is what helped train body.
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts
We potty trained right before DD turned 2.
For naps, I had her go potty before and I had her go right after she woke up.
For bedtime I had her go potty before getting into bed and put a diaper/pull up on her. I was surprised when I saw that she held her pee all night. The first week she woke up an hour before usual wake time and cried/whined when she peed (my guess is it hurt her a little having held her pee all night). After 2-3 weeks of consistently dry diapers we went diaperless at night. I think in 5 months she's had an accident 2-3 times. Not bad.
A lot of people keep the overnight diaper for a while, which is totally fine!
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts
Oh! every once in a while she'll wake in the middle of the night and have to pee. I get up, take her, put her back in bed and she sleeps til morning.
pomegranate / 3503 posts
My first wasn't wetting is diaper overnight and for naps for a while before we potty trained. He was almost 3 by then so we knew we could completely remove the diapers. Our younger one is now potty trained for when she is awake. We still put her in pull-ups for naps/bedtime. We'll slowly be transitioning her out of them. She still wets at night.
grapefruit / 4800 posts
LO was still nursing at night when we potty trained so I didn't expect her to hold it until morning. She doesn't nurse anymore at night but she still wakes up to drink water a couple times a week. So we still put a diaper on her because when she wakes up it's only 50/50 chance she's dry. She's just over 2 so I don't want to push the issue, we just praise her when she is dry in the mornings. So she was ready for day time awhile before night time.
pineapple / 12566 posts
Thanks ladies for all of the advice!
@yin: wow, that's amazing! DS definitely had a wet diaper when he woke up from his nap today, but I also suspect that peeing was why he woke up since his nap was significantly shorter today than usual.
@sloaneandpuffy: I'm preparing myself for another year or so of night time diapers. So far, I have no desire to push for dry nights, and I really don't want to be changing sheets in the middle of the night.
@808love: good idea.
@chopsuey119: is she in a crib or bed? DS will probably be in a crib until baby 2 comes this winter and we kick him out if it, so until we transition, that will definitely present a nighttime challenge.