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There are good and bad parts of parenting. Some people vary on what goes into the good and bad but I think we can all agree that potty training sucks! It’s something we all have to go through yet some kids are easier than others. My 4 year old is one of those that’s taking his time. He is a fiery, lovable force of nature and while that personality trait will help him run a company one day, it doesn’t make having him completely potty trained come any easier. While we are now keeping dry during the day, bedtime is still a work in progress. Here are some tips I’ve picked up that may help you if you have a little fireball like me:
I’m not talking about a to-the-minute timeline of potty breaks. I mean a constant reminder to go to the bathroom. Once an hour or more if needed until the point gets across. This will help them remember what a full bladder feels like. It also helps them remember that bathroom breaks before movies or car trips is important.
This is something that you do need to schedule. Whatever your child’s bedtime is, stop liquids about 2 hours before that. This gives them plenty of time to empty their bladder before bed. They may beg for one last drink but if keeping dry is a problem, you need to call a limit.
Keep the Bathroom Open
This one is tough if you only have one bathroom, but always have a toilet available. If you’re using the master throne, keep a child’s potty in the bathroom at all times just in case they decide they need to go and they run in on you.
Make Them Feel Grown Up
One thing that really helped my son was buying “big boy underwear” as incentive to continue with progress. For every day we keep our underwear dry during the day, we build up to a big prize. Like a day at the movies or a big toy.
I get that after awhile your patience starts to go and you wonder why they just don’t want to get it. But getting upset only hinders the process, they’ll just try and hide the accidents. Try and be patient and constantly encourage your child no matter how long it takes. Bedwetting is more common than you may realize, one out of six 4-12 year olds wets the bed.
If you are at the point where you are staying dry during the day but still need some nighttime protection, you can go right to GoodNites® Bedtime Pants. These are the best option I’ve seen that my son isn’t embarrassed to wear because he’s not quite ready for regular underwear at night yet. It helps that they also have Iron Man which is a favorite around here right now. He was super excited to wear these. These go on like real underwear, so no tabs to attach. He can now get himself ready for bed by himself, which makes him so proud.
I like these because they have 5 layers of protection, especially where boys need it the most. They fit better so they are easier to sleep in and they are odor absorbing. They also have cool designs for both boys and girls so there isn’t so much reluctance to wear them! I bought mine at CVS since they are easy to find and always in stock there. My son sleeps all night without any leaks and isn’t uncomfortable the next morning wearing it.
The most important thing to remember is that it’ll happen eventually! No child goes to junior high not potty trained or having accidents, keep it up and you’ll be trained before you know it.
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