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Potty Training is an exciting milestone for your kids, but it can also be challenging when it does follow the perfectly laid out plan in our minds. There are many scenarios I could relay that I have experienced with my kids (like taking my 3 year old potty, letting her go, then ten minutes later while we are walking around the park she pees her pants because she didn’t completely empty her bladder). Other things, like my 8 year old who is struggling with night time potty training, can almost be more of a challenge because she is in school and around friends and even has sleepovers. We needed something that would allow her to still have night time protection but be discrete, and that is when we discovered the GoodNites TruFit Starter Pack.
We got a pack at CVS for my daughter to try and she fell in love with them. The things she loves most are the fact that it is a soft underwear with a disposable insert, so you can hardly tell unless you know what to look for and they look and feel like real underwearc. This gives her the confidence she needs and gives me the peace of mind I need knowing I won’t have to wash sheets again. I also love that the GoodNites TRU-FIT Underwear are machine washable. Excited to try these out yet? You can get a great money-saving coupon for GoodNites here.
Do you have a child that is struggling with nighttime training? Here are some things I have learned over the last 10 years:
- First and foremost it is important to remember that everything should be encouraging and loving. Harsh words and negativity will not resolve the problem, and will only result in your child having a low self-esteem which you do not want. We have always made it a point to make sure our kids know that while we need to fix the issue we still love them and are there to help them. This will also lay the groundwork for the future. If they have a problem they will come to you if they know you will be loving and supporting. Build their confidence now, and it will change how they act for the rest of their lives.
- Be sure to limit or completely stop any drinks at least 2 hours before bedtime. This will give them a chance to empty their bladders before going to sleep and should allow them to stay dry through the night.
- Encourage them to go straight to the potty as soon as they wake up, as this will also build good habits and give them a greater chance of staying dry.
- If you are still having night time wetting, you can wake your child up halfway through their sleep cycle or right before you go to bed (around 1-2 am) and have them go potty. This will help their body and mind become aware of the need and help them wake up easier. Having done this before I can tell you it is tough, especially if you kid sleeps like a rock and is on the top of the bunk beds 🙂
- Have a potty training chart for them to keep track of the nights they stay dry and create a rewards system for them so they have a goal to work towards. This is really helpful and my kids all love it.
Overall just remember to stay positive and helpful. If you feel like something out of the ordinary is wrong, you can always take them in for a well-child checkup and talk to their pediatrician about any issues. Be sure to get a good night time protection for them like the GoodNites TruFit (that come in blue or purple) that will keep them from leaking and give them the appearance of wearing real underwear still. This gives them confidence to be themselves and have a great time.
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I have shared a few tips about night time potty training, but would love to hear yours. Leave a comment sharing your ideas with us.