I was absolutely elated when my 3 year had finally been potty trained. No more bribes to use the bathroom, no more close calls on the floor, and best of all no more Pull-Ups! Yes! I was finally done! It seemed as if there was no end in sight. The constant worry of accidents happening. The incessant calculation of how many Pull-Ups would be needed if we were away from the house for more than a couple hours. The extra case of Pull-Ups needed for daycare…All of that was over!
But oh yeah, I almost forgot. There is now the job of night time potty training. Crap! How could I forget about such a daunting task? I thought it was all over. I could take the easy route by foregoing the regular underwear at night and get nighttime training pants, but that’s another expense that I don’t want to incur. And anyway, I’d rather get it over with. So now, I have to make sure my son stops drinking liquids before 7pm, he has to go to the potty at bed time, and I have to get up at least 2 times in the middle of the night to take him to the potty.
Taking him to the potty in the middle night is a bit hard to do. For one, I have to get up- twice. Two, I have to walk all the upstairs and get him out of bed. Getting him out of bed means that I have to pick him up and walk to the bathroom. I stand him up on the floor, mind you, he’s still sleep and totally oblivious to what’s going on. I have to stand behind up to prop his body on my legs so he doesn’t collapse on the floor. And then I have to keep saying, “It’s time to pee. It’s time to pee”, over and over until he actually pees. Side note- my children are the deepest sleepers on the planet Earth. I’ve learned to get into their subconscious in order to make things happen.
I started doing this every night at midnight and then again at 4am. I will gradually eliminate this process over time so that his body will be trained to hold it until he wakes up. I am currently in month 2 and have recently done away with the 4am potty session as long as he gets up by 7am, I’m good. Accident free!
Hopefully, this is the final stage. I don’t recall there being any other steps to this much-too-long process. I hope my boys remember this when they’re older!
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