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October 25th, 2012
03:21 pm


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The Potty Training While Sleeping Question
Rosie has been potty training for almost a week now. Last week she showed so much enthusiasm for "no diapers" (sometimes fighting us pretty fiercely) that we decided to try the three-day boot camp approach to potty training. We didn't have any plans for the weekend, and she was enthusiastic (and apparently within the 22 to 28-month-old window of best results), so we mostly stayed in, and we blocked her out of the living room, and hung out mostly in the dining room and kitchen and outside, apart from a trip to Target for her to pick out a stool for getting on the toilet and big kid underwear for herself.

(Following the example of our friend Jina Chan, we'd long ago gotten a toilet seat that has an adult seat, a kid seat, and a lid all in one unit, and while at home she mostly uses the toilet now)

It went really well. Sunday night she even pooped in the potty, and Monday morning she wore underwear all morning with no accidents, despite the happy distraction of having a playgroup full of moms and kids at the house.

Tuesday she did pretty well at preschool in the morning, with one accident and one peeing in the potty. Wednesday out at the park with me, she unloaded all the poop she held in on Tuesday, mostly in a potty (I get the impression it's harder to detect "need to poop" and then hold it than it is for pee). This morning she stayed dry at preschool, too.

So she's doing really great. She's also still really fighting any attempt to put a diaper on her.

The stuff we've read has all recommended continuing with the diaper during naps and at night. But after 4 days of dry naps, I let Rosie nap with no diaper yesterday, and that went fine, so she's napping with no diaper on again today. 3 out of five of the past few nights she has also gotten up with a dry diaper (that happened a bit last week too, but I didn't keep count until Saturday), and is more likely to wake up dry when she fights us and is reminded that she has to go a week with dry nighttime diapers in order to not wear one at night.

(She also no longer wants to go on the changing table, but is more willing to put on a nighttime diaper on the floor).

What should we do?

Everybody says learning to stay dry overnight is a different thing than during the day, but that doesn't intrinsically mean you can't learn both skills at once. She seems determined. But she also woke up in the middle of the night Tuesday night and was up for two hours & on the potty 3 times in that time (she was also thirsty and very hungry though, and we also have seen other signs she's hitting a growth spurt, which tends to disrupt sleep).

She doesn't currently sleep with a nightlight, but there's one in her room. We could leave it on with a potty in there. Or, we could set the 'one week of dry mornings earns no nighttime diaper' rule, and if she makes it, we try without diaper. But then what's our rule about backsliding?

This is all pretty new to us.

Any thoughts?

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Date:October 25th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
If you are not wanting to clean up, you could do pull-ups during the training period. It might set her back, or it might not. E night-trained right after he day trained, though he did have a relapse.
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Date:October 25th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
Do you already have rubber sheets on her bed? If so, I'd say go with the flow on her determination and let her to try to go no diapers at night time too. This assumes doing laundry isn't too onerous, though.

Also like idea about pullups if you're not ready to go there yet. You could tell her they are not diapers, but special night time underwear.
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Date:October 31st, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
My experiences with my own siblings and their children indicates children are highly variable, with night time backsliding being relatively normal.

I've heard it said that you should give a child as much responsibility as they can handle and just a little bit more. All things being equal, I'd trust Rosie's intuition and also assure her than accidents happen, even to adults!
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