My take on Pull Ups: get out of them as soon as possible! Easier said than done, of course.
Bed wetting is a common challenge for children (and their families). If your child is wetting the bed you certainly know that may be the understatement of the week. You’re not alone in your struggle to help your child stay dry at night, even if it feels that way at times. Know this, I talk about bed wetting every single week in clinic.
Bed wetting is familial and fortunately, often improves simply with time. Watch the video for more information, but the cliff notes: although Pull Ups are convenient, at times they may hinder and prolong bed wetting. If your child is potty trained but wears a Pulls Up/diaper at night, never having tried a night without them, there may be less incentive to potty train. Achieving nighttime dryness demands connecting their brain with their bladder. If there is a diaper on, there may be less motivation to form this connection.
Of course, achieving full potty training success is a huge milestone in every child’s life. It’s a big one for most parents, too. Remember, bed wetting is seen in up to 40% of 3 year-olds, 20% of 5 year-olds and even 10% of 6 year-olds. Watch the above video for my take on Pull Ups and ways to support your child, when ready, to ditch them.
Potty Training and Pull Ups, DO:
- Try to get out of the Pull Up from time to time. Don’t force it, but if you child is interested in giving it a try without one, do it!
- Set your child up for success: limit fluids after bedtime, consider waking them to pee at 10 or 11pm, and light the path to the potty so they know how to get there in a hurry.
- Tell your child it’s not their fault for wetting the bed.
- Tell your child if one of their parents was a bed wetter. Chances are, they were! Provide them support.
- Celebrate success whenever it happens (any dry nap, dry night, less pee than usual, getting from the bed to the potty in the middle of the night).
Potty Training and Pull Ups: DON’T:
- Don’t punish a child for wetting the bed. Even when you’re uber frustrated cleaning the sheets for the one hundredth time, to do your best to hide disappointment when your child wets the bed. This will only increase your child’s anxiety and frustration.
- Don’t assume your child can’t make it through the night without a Pull Up. If they are dry during the day and dry during naps, I’d certainly give it a try without them.
- Don’t force your child out of diapers or Pull-Ups if they resist. If resistance arises, back off and try again in a few weeks or month’s time.