Nighttime potty training

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DS2 is turned 4 in July. He's been potty trained during the day since he was 2 but was wearing pull-ups at night. Around the beginning of the summer, he was staying dry at night over half of the time, so we started putting him in undies to go to bed. He caught on pretty quickly and had an occasional accident while he was sleeping, but I considered him trained.

In August, both boys stayed at their grandma's house for a week and a half while DH and I were out of town. After that trip, DS2 has not been staying dry at night. He does stay dry sometimes, even for 2 or 3 nights in a row, but overall he's peeing at night probably 60% of the time. I don't want to go backwards on potty training after I thought he'd mastered it, but clearly something is not working anymore and I'm tired of washing his sheets all the time. Any suggestions?
Some kids have a harder time at night. D2 is 5, she's been potty trained since she was, 2. Still wears a pull up at night and still wakes up wet. I've tried going w/o but if she wets the bed she doesn't even wake up. She sleeps right through being soaked. She's clearly not ready, so I'll wait.


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My older DD was daytime trained at 2 1/2 but wore pull ups at night until she was 4. Then all was going well with underwear but somewhere between 4 and 5 she totally regressed and was wetting the bed every night - sometimes even a few times night. We went back to pull ups after a week or so of that.

After a while it got under control and I really wanted to get rid of the pull ups so we bought this pad that you put on the bed that absorbs the pee and doesn't let it soak through to the sheets. That worked great because if she wet the bed I just changed her underpants and took the pad off and back to bed she went.

I ordered it online, but I have no idea from where. I'll see if I can find it though. I've seen disposable ones on tv too, but I'd rather just have the one I can wash and use over and over.

She's now 6 and just the other night wet her bed, but it was the first time in a long time since she's done that. I think some kid's bodies just mature faster than others and I don't know if there is really anything you can do about it.
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My son is 3.5 and night trained now accident free for about 8mos now. I had to cut off liquids an hour before bed, and he has to try to go before lights out (after story/prayers/normal bedtime routine.) for the first month or so I would wake him up once or twice (12am and 4am) when I went to go check in on him. Just to ask if he needed to go. It was smooth sailing once he got used to waking up to go.
I would put him back in pull-ups at night if he's wetting that much. Sometimes that's enough to kick them into gear again to stay dry...they don't like wearing baby pull-ups.

I used to have a max of about 2 sets of sheets that I was willing to wash per week. Over that and it was back to night-time diapers.
My 4 year old is similar. I hate to put him back on a pull up though-he wets 100% of the time when he has a diaper on but only about 2 nights a week without one. I try to bring him to the bathroom before I go to bed but he often cried and does not go.
I would be interested in a mattress pad like Jenny described.
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My 4 year old is similar. I hate to put him back on a pull up though-he wets 100% of the time when he has a diaper on but only about 2 nights a week without one. I try to bring him to the bathroom before I go to bed but he often cried and does not go.
I would be interested in a mattress pad like Jenny described.
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Originally Posted by cosmicfly

Same here. I'll bring her a couple of times before I go to bed, but she must go in the early am. Again, she doesn't wake up when she goes, however, so I'll wait and try again.


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For my kids.... I used pull ups because I hated dealing with the mess. If it continued, I would put underwear on first then a pullup over the top... so he would feel wet. Then in the morning, I had him change his own clothes.
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Thanks for the input. I think I'm going to go back to putting him in pull-ups for now. I've been limiting his water and beverages in the evening and making sure he goes to the bathroom right before bed, but he's still wetting.

I think we'll offer a prize or some incentive for staying dry for when he's ready, but I don't want to create anxiety. This morning he said in a discouraged voice, "I will never stay dry!" Poor little guy! I'm still baffled by why he seemed to have it mastered and then didn't anymore, but we'll just deal with this, and he'll do it when he's ready.
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I don't think a prize is a good idea. He really can't consciously control night wetting, so knowing there is a prize he can't attain will just make him feel bad. He wants to stay dry...but he can't right now. No shame in it.

One of my older sons used to night wet occasionally until he was about 9. It's not uncommon for kids...especially boys...to do it up til puberty. Most stop by puberty. In the grand scheme of life, it's not a huge deal.
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My 6 yr old still has this issue. My 5 yr old is fully potty trained. He started at 2 just like his brother. We learned it was better to train day & night all the way through. My 6yr old is an extremely deep with a small bladder. I cut of drinks at 7pm & he goes to the bathroom before bed at 8pm. I have him wake up before I go to bed & again at 3am. Then he goes as soon as he wakes up at 7:30am. I started every 2 hrs then spread out the intervals. I recently had a long stretch of about 6 Weeks without any accidents & I thought we were home free. But we still have the occasional accident when late drinking is involved or I go to bed too late. I think 7 is the age for some children to control their bladder fully through the night.
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I believe I heard or read somewhere that night wetting is tied to some chemical or hormone development. Some kids develop it at different ages. If they don't have that trigger to tell them to wake up and go, they just aren't able to no matter what.

(That may all be some b.s)

I don't think any potty training should be forced. When they're ready, they're ready.


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Good points. After thinking about that, I believe RCW is right about it not be beneficial to offer a reward. We haven't mentioned that to DS, so I'll nix the idea.
There is antidiuretic hormone (ADH)), I think. It helps slow down the process of urine filling the bladder at night. Some people produce too much & some produce too little. I think the balance of water & salt in the body play a role as well.

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It can also have something to do with their sleep patterns. My BIL had bed wetting problems for years. He had a sleep study done when he was about 9 and they found that he had problems going from stage 3 sleep to stage 2 sleep so his brain wasn't getting the signal to wake up in time. They set an alarm to wake him up at certain times a night. He was around 10 by then and was still wearing Goodnites. The alarm definitely helped him.
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Are his underwear too small or pj's? Sometimes waistbands that are a little small will push down on the stomach at night...make one pee...

My son has this issue or he wakes in the morning telling me his stomach hurts.

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