These Things Are Almost Not In My Life Anymore

See that pair of Disney Princess—adorned training pants? I think we might have ordered our last pack. I may very well be jinxing things, but we just had four dry nights in a row in our house, and I’m pretty pumped. My daughter Julia will be 5 next month, and she’s been potty-trained during the day for almost two and a half years. Nighttime has been a completely different story. The child must sleep like a rock, because her diapers are routinely drenched. It got to the point where I was doubling up on them at night. My pediatrician said a 4-year-old who’s not fully trained is normal and nothing to worry about, so I haven’t given this a whole lot of thought. But when the topic came up among a group of moms in Julia’s pre-K class and I learned that nearly every child had moved on to underwear at night, it made me wonder how much longer it would be for my daughter. After three nights of dry training pants, last night we decided to up the ante and live on the edge with undies. I can’t think of a better reason to wake up at 5:20 a.m. than because you hear your child making her way to the bathroom on her own, and heading back into bed!

I’d like to poll you all, too: When was your child trained through the night? And so that I manage my expectations correctly, will you tell me how often you have setbacks?

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  1. by Gina

    On July 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I am a lucky one because my kids were potty trained at night as they were potty trained during the day. Actually, the first time they had a dry diaper during the night we decided it was time to potty train. Both were about 2 1/2 years old!

  2. by Catherine

    On July 13, 2010 at 11:05 am

    My daughter night-trained herself somewhere around 3. My weird son, at just over 5, has been dry at night for a year or more, but still has accidents during the day!

  3. by Ashley

    On July 15, 2010 at 7:15 am

    We were also very lucky with our son…he was potty trained both day and night over one weekend. He was 2 1/2 as well.

  4. by crystal johnson

    On July 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    We tried off and on with my son from the age of 2, but he wasn’t ready to be done with diapers until he was 3. He rarely woke up with a wet diaper from 2-3, but it was day training we had a harder time with.

    We did diaper at night for about 2 weeks (until our last pack was gone), and I haven’t put him in one or a pull up since. He has had 1 day accident and maybe 3 night accidents in 8 months. The night accidents were on nights he fell asleep early and we didn’t get him to potty before bed.

  5. by Kara Corridan

    On July 19, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Very interesting. Seems Julia really was in the minority. She’s 11 nights dry now. Yee-ha!

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