My boy will be five in February and every day he is learning something new and doing something to show us that he is growing up. He loves to hear that he is a "big boy" and that he is growing so we encourage him every chance we get. He wants to start Kindergarten so bad next year so he can ride the school bus and be like his friend, Bella. He loves to learn in his Pre-K class so we know he is ready. We have a few more milestones to cross before school starts and we'll be set. He needs to poop in the potty and we need more dry nights. The two are connected (from what we can gather) so we're working on these at the same time.
Final Steps in Potty Training
I have heard from everyone I know that boys are harder to potty train than girls. I don't have a comparison, but I am having a terrible time knowing what to do for my boy. He has bowel issues and it runs in my side of the family. He doesn't go regularly, no matter what we try, and after a couple of days he starts to hold it in despite the need to go. When he is holding it in, he has more wet nights (and sometimes wet naps) than normal. We have seen a doctor about the bowel issues and we are trying all of the nuggets of advice we can gather, but in the meantime, we are washing sheets way too often!
My Big Boy wets the bed
The Boy has been potty trained for over a year and we have long since stopped buying diapers and Pull-ups. I have a few on hand for the nights when I can sense that he is having trouble and might be more likely to wet the bed. He is such a big boy that I ask him if he wants to wear one before just forcing him. Sometimes he is okay with wearing one, but other times he wants to stay in his underpants. Hubby and I have both woken up in a wet area on way too many nights. We don't want him to feel like it is his fault or that he is not a big boy so we change him, clean the bed, change the sheets and go back to bed. We always make him go to the restroom before going to sleep and I try to stay up long enough to take him back to the restroom around midnight to 1:00 am. We need a better solution.
Spending the Night with Family
We have the best family in the same town who want to keep The Boy overnight from time to time, but they are afraid of his bed-wetting on their own beds. My stepmom has an extra bedroom that she uses to sleep with him when he is there. She has a little secret; she has put trash bags under the sheets to protect her mattress. My sister; however, asks that we bring his extra chair bed so he can sleep on it. We need a better solution!
Confidence and Dry Nights with GoodNites Bed Mats
I have found a better solution! I headed to Walmart over the Christmas holiday to pick up the newest (genius) product for dry nights – GoodNites Bed Mats – so we could try them out. The packages of nine mats only cost $9.47 so for a little over $1 per night this is worth a try. I found them at Walmart on the aisle with diapers, Pull-ups, and baby food, but they can also be ordered online at the link above.
New and Improved Bedtime Routine
I decided that this might also be a good time to start working toward this child sleeping in his own bed so I picked up a couple of books and some new jammies and made his bed up with fresh clean sheets and all of his lovies.
The Boy was thrilled with his new books and jammies and curious about the new bed mat on his bed. He wasn't thrilled about the idea of sleeping in his own bed, but that will come eventually.
We stayed in his room for a while with the door closed and read books and talked about his lovies and this will be a new routine. We had fun giggling and being silly and he loved his new Dr. Seuss book about sleeping.
In the meantime, Hubby and I are looking forward to dry nights in our bed with the help of GoodNites Bed Mats. We put the mat between our sheets (and we sleep on top of the top sheet, anyway) so it wouldn't get tangled up between the three of us. The mats do; however, have super sticky corners on them to hold them in place so if we did wake up to a wet mat, we could take off the top sheet, replace the mat, and change the boy…and quickly head back to dreamland. And…the mattress will be saved!
Of course, he hasn't had a wet night since we bought them, but I know it's coming…and we're prepared! He also had bed mats to take with him when he visits Granny and Aunt B and now he is ready to go!
Do you have a big kid who could gain confidence with more dry nights?!!
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