We’ve finally had success in potty training. I can’t tell you how long I fought with my daughter and even still we have a few issues but we are out of diapers and I feel like we have reached success. One of the most confusing parts of potty training to me was night time training. How do you help your child go all through the night? I asked friends, looked on-line, and in the end let Zoe decide.
Here are a few tips.
Turn on the light in the bathroom or get a night light: My daughter is terrified of the shadows at night so at night I turn the bathroom light on and tell her that she will be safe in the bathroom at night. The light comforts her and she’s been going in.
Use a toilet paper they prefer or something that excites them: Thanks to Mom Bloggers Club, we received the new Cottonelle Toilet paper and my daughter loves it. She was upset with me when the roll ended and I went back to Charmin, so I actually switched it back to Cottenelle until I’m sure she’s going to go at night as well as during the day. It is something small that means so much to her. Stickers in the morning, and a chocolate chip if she goes number 2 also inspire great things.
Use Pull Ups for going through the night: Pull ups will help them to feel cool and wake up to finish going potty in the bathroom while keeping the bed dry. My daughter looses it whenever she has an accident and I know that the Pull Ups are helping her self esteem. When she wakes up dry she is so proud of herself and tells both mommy and daddy her good news.
Still great tips, but didn’t work for us:
Limit the water at night: we never did this one. My kids are such big drinkers that I never wanted to discourage water. They even take their water to bed with them. But this was one of the tips given to me. I’m sure it helps some parents
Wake them up at night: when you get up at night to take a potty break you should wake them up and tell them it is time to go potty. This one never worked for us. I did try it, but every time she would say no, or throw a fit. It wasn’t worth it to us to have a fight in the middle of the night.
She did it all on her own. I tried this and that, but Zoe made the choice to potty train. She decided she was ready and is very proud of her decision. As a mother who has fought the battle, my biggest piece of advice is to be patient.