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Potty chair/potty in bedroom for night time wees ?

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Falulah Tue 25-Sep-18 21:53:46

My DD is 4 and just started school - has been intermittently dry in the mornings - waking up first thing or in the night saying 'i need a wee!" she was having loads of really bad night terrors and I think maybe this was her body waking her up when she was weeing in her pullups at night.
She now wakes up properly and says she needs a wee, or if she's really tired she will have night terrors and wake up with wet nappy.

My only problem is that I would rather teach her to pull down and up her pullups and have a wee herself these times when she wakes up pretty coherent and alert...rather than take her into bathroom myself. Our stairs are really steep and we have a tiny landing , steep stairs are right by bathroom. So I think this is too dangerous for her to be wobbling around out of her room in middle of the night on her own into the bathroom.

Can I put a potty in her bedroom for night time wees? I know they used to do this a lot in the olden days - my ex MIL always talked about these wooden potty chairs that children had in their bedroom as obviously they had no family bathroom on the upstairs floor of the house.

Is this something that's a good idea ?? Or do I just suck it up and deal with the night wakings and carrying her, holding her hand and walking her to the loo.....ARG.

NutCase82 Tue 25-Sep-18 21:58:04

A stair gate is surely the answer for the stairs just in case she starts to go to the bathroom herself soon?? But I plan to have a potty in my LOs room if needs be. I'm not sure if that's what the cool kids do, or if it's old fashioned but do whatever works for you

bobstersmum Tue 25-Sep-18 22:01:30

A potty in her room is a good idea. She can get out of bed do her wee and back in bed, saves stumbling around the landing. It's not old fashioned. Do whatever works for you.

Falulah Tue 25-Sep-18 22:04:01

Thanks so much, yeah makes sense but there aren't a lot of wooden proper potty chairs on the market....or it seems any ! Just horrid plastic ones that look way too small for her. She's 4 but about the size of a 5 year old - tall, weighs about 18kg !
Gap in the market? Might get my Dad to make one in his woodworking workshop !

Falulah Tue 25-Sep-18 22:13:02

Oh and also re: stair gate - she can't open her bedroom door and has never even thought to try - it's a very stiff old fashioned one as we have an old cottage and I can open it from outside but she wouldn't be strong enough to open it herself ...nor would she think to ! Lucky for me this means she's never figured out that she can just come into my room or come downstairs in the night ! ha

Harebellmeadow Tue 25-Sep-18 22:18:10

Yes of course - a potty in each room/in each hallway during and after potty training and until fully trained and able to use the loo safely themselves especially at night. This would include a steep staircase.
(Tip the pee into a flower bed if you have one, for healthy plants come spring)

NanooCov Tue 25-Sep-18 22:22:08

My 3 year 9 month old has one in his room for this. We have a weird stair / landing configuration that I'd rather he didn't negotiate when sleepy (stair gate doesn't help).

Make sure you pop a disposable bed pad / puppy training pad under it to protect your carpet in case of it getting nudged in the night.

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