Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Potty training boys

I wish children came with manuals and with five children I'm not even close to being an expert.  A few things I do know is no two children are the same and raising boys is way different from raising girls. I think I've done a good job so far but the only thing I'm convinced about is all I can do is my best and hope I'm not messing them up too bad.  I've talked to many other parents and I 'm pretty sure I'm not alone in thinking that way. 

I'm even more at a loss when it comes to getting my four year old son to stay dry during the night. I started very early potty training all of my children. When I was potty training my twins my son caught on very quickly but I thought my daughter was going to start school in a diaper. As time progressed my daughter started using the potty and never looked back. Oddly enough my son started having accidents after a while and although he is four and half he still has accidents on occasion.  He also will not wake up dry no matter what we try. 

My three year old has been potty trained for almost a year now and she is dry everyday so she will be coming out of pull ups soon. My son has only been dry once or twice when I wake him up in the morning, and my four year old daughter has been out of pull ups for over a year. We have tried everything we don't let him drink after 6:00 pm most nights, we have tried waking him up before we go to bed to let him use the bathroom, the doctor suggested making him empty his bladder after a warm bath, and we ALWAYS make him use the bathroom before he goes to bed.  Still he is soaking wet when he wakes up in the morning.

Everyone says it is because he sleeps so hard but my son will lay in bed awake and not bother to get up to go to the bathroom. We have tried taking him out of pull ups and letting him sleep in underwear thinking that would help. It did nothing but break my washing machine. It is like he is perfectly happy pottying in his pants. I swear I think he would use a pull up all day if we let him. I wonder if he will ever stop using pottying at night? Have any of you had this problem? Does anybody have any suggestions? 


  1. I know its a totally different thing with girls and we are going through the potty training thing right now with the same night time training pants thing but my nephew had the same problem with his son wetting the bed and used to set an alarm for him to go wake up his son in the middle of the night to use the restroom. I think it worked more times then not but he also said the nights he ate a lot of sugar he would pee the bed the most.

  2. Have you tried using the 3-day potty training method? I used it on my son and by the fourth day, he is diaper-free. Children are curious by nature, and it's good to know that they are adapting and transitioning well from using the potty trainer into toilet bowl equipped with potty seat.