Kaitlyn potty trained herself quite early--in fact, McKenna is the age Kaitlyn was when she stopped wearing diapers during the day...until McKenna was born and I didn't want her needing to go potty while I was nursing the baby so I put her back in diapers for about 5 months...but that is a whole different story.
So anyway, while she was not wearing diapers in the day, I still had her in diapers at night.
Several months ago, I got thinking it was time to remove the nighttime diaper. She was a little over three.
The problem is that she wasn't showing signs of being ready for no diaper at night. She didn't wake up dry in the morning, even though I was waking her up in the morning, so I knew she was peeing in her diaper at some point in the night some nights.
Still, I just had the feeling she was ready for it.
So I gave her the warning I have talked about, letting her know well in advance that she wouldn't be wearing diapres at night once the box of diapers ran out. As it got closer to the day, I told her how many days.
She would inform me that she wanted to wear diapers at night still. But happily, another desire crept up for her. She wanted to start drinking from regular cups at meals instead of sippy cups. I know, I know. She was old enough. But I rather enjoyed not cleaning up spilled milk at meals.
I then informed her that she could start drinking from a regular cup as soon as she stopped wearing diapers at night. She was immediately interested in the idea. I still kept the date the same for the big move.
The day came. I went in to get her in the morning. She was awake, but had peed in her bed.
Of course my first reaction was that we needed to go back to diapers. She obviously wasn't ready and I had made a huge mistake. Some kids' bladders just aren't ready at that age. No big deal.
But still, I had a feeling that we should try again.
The next morning, she woke up clean and dry! Hurray!
The next morning, she was a little wet.
The next two mornings, clean and dry!
Then a wet morning.
Then a week of dry!
Then a wet morning.
Then months and months of dry!
The moral here? First, stick with your gut. Second, expect accidents along the way. Just because something isn't perfect doesn't mean it isn't the right thing to do. Third, have patience.
Oh how I hated washing her bedding several days a week, but it was worth it.
Another thing, we put her little potty in her room so if she needed to go potty she could easily get to one and we could avoid accidents.
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