Oh, do I need some patience sent my way. I started this post a year ago about our journey with my Son’s potty training at night & nap time, hoping I wouldn’t have to write about this and we’d have it under control, but alas we don’t. My son is 3 weeks away from turning 5 years old. He still wears Pull-Ups and wets them completely. Though, I am proud to say he’s done very well during nap time at school for many months… until last week when he had 2 accidents. He also was completely dry for an entire week at night, a couple weeks ago.
So what’s different from last year? I’ve pretty much given up on potty training him at night. We were changing the sheets more than we liked & working with him for a good 6 months, but it just got to smelling like a dog kennel in his room and it was so much work. I mean I haven’t given up, but I’ve come to terms that it really is hereditary, like the doctors say. We also can’t just give up liquids 2 hours before bedtime, because we eat 1-2 hours before bed, sometimes within 30 minutes of bed time. I know that is a factor in potty training at night, so I need to get creative.
I’ve talked to him, that when he turns 5, he needs to be a big boy and stop wearing Pull-ups and he seems up to it, but I don’t want to go back to his room smelling like a dog kennel, if he calls my bluff. And this kid is stubborn However, when we move in the next couple weeks, I hope it will change up our routine to allow for us to limit his liquids before bed time.
I’ve thought of other options too….a cool baby potty, toddler potty, snap-on potty, stickers, a chart, jellybeans, etc. Then I was recently reminded of my travels in high school. My Dad is retired military and for most of my high school years, we lived in Italy. In Europe, not only do they have pretty funky toilets, but they usually have a friend too…a bidet. At first we just used it as a planter (seriously) and then we got used to it.
We became more open about the bidet and used for it’s intended use and for shaving our legs, since we didn’t have a bath tub. I really enjoyed the extra cleansing method. Where-as I know my kids would enjoy using it for themselves, either to play in (cringe) or hopefully to clean themselves, especially since they don’t like to wipe themselves properly.
Well, recently while shopping for bidet options, I found a bidet toilet seat and it’ll fit right on the toilet. I think the kids would get a kick out of it and would help them keep clean. Who knows, maybe it’ll be a great incentive for my son to finally be fully potty trained.