bk, although they apparently won't be dry until a hormone kicks in, a HV did say to me once that it can be worth giving it a go without night time nappies for a few nights and see what happens (and obv be prepared for wet sheets!). I have similarly aged ds's and ds1 has only been dry at night for a few months (and can still have the odd accident if he is very tired and is sleeping deeply). I am tempted to go cold turkey with ds2 but haven't got around to it yet!
We never actually 'potty trained' my now 4.5yr DS. The potty was there and if he wanted to use it, he did. Eventually he decided it made him a bigger boy to use the toilet and started doing so at about 2.10yrs. Within 2/3 weeks we had no accidents at all during the day.
After he was dry during the day at night he used to have pullups. Again, at about 3.2 he decided he didn't want to wear a 'babies nappy' (very nervous mummy for a few nights) - he's had one accident at night since then - and he was out of bed at the time but didn't get to the toilet in time - said it was too dark to find his door !
I have a friend whose 12 year old still wets the bed most nights !! I don't think you can train kids - it's more biological than that !
hello. thanks for these messages. am reluctant to lift - though obv fine if it works for others . so the consensus seems to be either (1) go cold turkey and see how we get on or (2) just carry on waiting until they are ready. are there any other options?
I do a 10pm trip to the loo too. I was told by HV to put her back into pull ups at night because at 4 or above the urine is too strong and if they do wee themselves and lie in it they can get burns!! so i now put her in pull ups so (if) she rememebrs to go the toilet she can, dd is 4 almost 5
I always assumed you couldn't train them at night so I just kept using night time pullups until they were dry at night. DS2 was dry at night almost as soon as he was potty trained, DS1 had pullups at night until he was about 4.5. DS1 had had a few problems just recently (he's in year 2), which I put down to starting a new class - he seems fine now after a couple of weeks of wetting. Do they wet their pullups every night or just once in a while? If it only happens now and then, I think I'd try going cold turkey, and just watch their fluid intake in the last hour or so before bed time.
I had heard that it was more biological, but I am not sure how you know when the hormone has kicked in. I always worry that they get used to wearing the nappy and therefore don't need to think about it.
Washing loads of sheets at this time of the year is a nightmare. Is it worth waiting at least until next summer to give it a go?