Potty Training

We’ve been talking about kids and the bottle and kids and sleep, but how about potty training. We had to train both of my kids by age 3 because their pre-school wouldn’t let them come to school in diapers. I thought that was cruel when I first heard of the policy but apparently it is common.

With my daughter, the training was no problem. She was turning 3 in October so she was almost 3 when we trained her the summer before. She took to it like a champ and had no accidents in school. For the next year, she would have the occasional accident but it was usually because she was so caught up in some fun game with a friend that she didn’t want to stop to go potty until it was too late. Live and learn.

With my son, he turned 3 last September and I was so terrified of potty training him, thinking he’d never get it, that I put it off until the month before he was to start school, the same month in which he would turn 3. Some of my friends had told me that they didn’t train their sons until they were 4, so I really was worried about my son, who was also not a good communicator so I couldn’t tell if he understood what I was trying to get him to do. But sure enough, he learned quickly and he never had a single accident in school. He was much smarter than I thought about it-he knew enough to hold it all morning at pre-school, then when we would pick him up, he would immediately wet himself on the car ride home. Eventually, he stopped doing that as well and we got alot smarter about making him use the bathroom before we left the school (duh). We still kepthim in diapers at night for next few months but at one point I had to ask myself how he would ever learn if I didn’t just remove the diapers completely. So I did. Months ago. And just when I thought we were out of the woods, he wets his bed. so now here’s what I do-I put him to bed at around 8pm. When I go to bed, around 11 or 11:30, I put him on the potty and he goes, literally in his sleep. Then he is usually good until morning, but if I didn’t do that, he’d wet the bed.

How do I get past this? My husband wants to throw the night diaper on him again but I just can’t do it. I feel like we need to tough it out as long as it takes.

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