Monday, July 20, 2015

Tips For Successful Night-Time Potty Training

Because all of us mommas have to deal with this at one point or another & want our little ones be confident, I am teaming up with #CollectiveBias & sharing some night-time potty training tips. As always, all opinions are my own:)! #ConfidentKids 
Having potty trained Hayden when she turned two years old felt like the biggest accomplishment in the world! And she was such a proud & happy little girl, you could tell this was a huge milestone for her! She did really great staying dry during the days & even nights for the first couple months. But then we moved into our new home & she started having sporadic night-time accidents.
 I felt terrible for her! Hayden absolutely hates being "dirty", and when she'd wake up & realize what had happened she was distraught. 

At first the accidents seemed to be completely random, but as the accidents continued to occur over the next few weeks, I began to see some correlations. 

I know it's not easy, but one of the most helpful things we can do for our kiddos is be patient & understanding {this isn't fun for them either}. They will eventually gain the right habits & confidence to stay dry throughout the night.

So, here's what we've been doing to help our toddler:
Tip #1 Limit Liquids. Even though my pediatrician was the first to recommend this when we began contemplating potty training, we didn't fully adhere to this concept until the "random" night-time accidents started occurring. 

I don't think restricting all fluid intake at night is necessary, but we have seen much success with tapering our kiddos drinks after dinner.

 Both our girls love having water before bed, & even though we allow it, we only give them enough so that they aren't parched through the night. One thing to watch out for around dinner time is caffeine intake, since it is known to speed up the production of urine.
 Tip #2 Keep a light. Getting up in the middle of the night can be really scary for kids, especially if they are really young. So, having an illuminated path to & from the bathroom will allow them to better orient themselves & have the confidence to follow through on their task.  
 Tip #3 Stick to your routine. There is nothing better for kid's self-esteem than a stable & predictable night time routine {It's the perfect place to re-affirm your love for them}!

 I noticed, that some accidents were occurring on nights when we rushed our bed time routine or left out some of our nightly activities. Our routine consists of brushing teeth, going potty, reading, singing, prayers & hugs & kisses. Your routine doesn't have to be long, it just has to be constant:).
Tip #4 Try again. Our bedtime routine usually takes about twenty minutes, and the last thing we always do is: make one last potty-run before we tuck them back in bed. It's okay if they don't have to "go", but it's always good for them to try!
 Tip #5 Commit to cloth. I know it's tempting to want to put a diaper on at night but just resist the urge! I know no parent wants to be woken up during the night because of a bed-wetting accident, and have to do a load of laundry! But, it will be so much easier for your kiddo to stick to the transition of wearing underwear, if you eliminate diapers completely! 

I will say though, when I know Hayden has been overstimulated during the day or we've had company over very late into the evening, I do safeguard with GoodNites TruFit cloth underwear. 
Diapers were never an option for us after potty training, not just because it's confusing but because Hayden was adamantly against the idea. So far these TruFit underwear have worked like a charm & have helped boost Hayden's night-time confidence!
When was the last time you got a full night's rest?
Before you go, I'd love to hear what are some ways you boost your little one's self esteem?! Thanks so much for stopping by!