Operation Dry Nights - My Three Tips to Mastering Nighttime Potty Training

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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This kid.

I'm serious, ever since Cohen turned four it was like we turned a new leaf.  I will be the first to raise my hand when asked if I miss the Threenager stage.  Can I get a "See you never Threenager?"  Within the last few months he has truly just grown up right before my eyes.  The things he thinks of and says (both good and um, bad) amaze me.  For example, he used to go by the name Coco but now if you call him Coco he is sure to correct you by telling you he isn't Coco, his name is Cohen.  Things these days are all about being a big boy and big brother.  While we have been solid with the potty training for over two years now, it has been the nighttime training that we have really struggled with.  I knew I could use his drive to be such a big boy to help him finally master this nighttime potty training.

Now Moms with boys, I have heard that this nighttime training is much harder than it is with girls.  I guess I can't completely vouch for this one until I start training Lola but I can tell you that it has been an on-going battle for the last two years.  But I'm here to share my three most important tips with you that have helped Cohen successfully master this nighttime potty training.

Limit liquids after 7 p.m.
Cohen starts getting ready for bed around 7:30 and he is usually in bed around 8:15.  His comfort has always been that cup of milk ever since he was a wee little babe.  This has been our hardest obstacle because the kid loves to watch his night 'toons with a big cup of milk.  Now that cup is about half it's normal size and he hasn't seemed to have a problem with it at all.  But from 7:00 pm and on we limit what he drinks because once he is asleep, it really is hard to wake him up, so middle of the night bathroom trips aren't quite in his schedule yet.

Apparently he had a hole in his chin while drinking...

Make Many Trips to the Potty
Three is our magic number with this one.  Between 7:00 and 8:30 when he falls asleep, we make sure Cohen goes to the bathroom three times, whether he thinks he has to go or not.  Nine times out of ten he goes and it is a lot more than he expected.  He cracks me up when this happens and tells me, "Woah Mom.  I guess I did have to go."  Your mother knows best, kid.

Stock Up on Pull-Ups® training pants
Nothing is worse than waking up in the middle of the night to change sheets, so I make sure we are prepared by using Pull-Ups® training pants.  Cohen still feels like a big boy because he can put them on himself without any trouble as well as still use the potty since he can pull them up or down just like normal underwear.  Another great feature is the Easy-Open sides so Cohen can easily take off the Pull-Ups® himself if he has an accident.  

Luckily our local Kroger carries a wide variety of  Pull-Ups® training pants for both boys and girls in three different sizes - 2T–3T (18- 34 lbs.); 3T–4T (32–40 lbs.) and 4T–5T (38+ lbs.)  Cohen loves the Lightening McQueen and Jake and the Neverland Pirates themes for boys.  For your girls Pull-Ups® offers Doc McStuffins and Ariel themed training pants.  Since we are using our Pull-Ups® training pants specifically for nighttime training, I'm a huge fan of the Night*Time Training Pants but they also offer Cool Alert® and Learning Designs® to best fit the needs of your kiddo.

The outcome of our Operation Dry Nights Potty Training has been quite successful!  Since we started using these tips consistently he has had just a few accidents.  Honestly (and as much as this pains me to say since it means he really IS growing up) we may be on our last pack of Pull-Ups® training pants if he continues to wake up dry over the next two weeks.  

Potty Training is a huge milestone for your sweet babe.  Whether it is nighttime training you are working on or even just tips on how to get started, be sure to sign up with the Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy and register to learn more and stay connected during the potty training process. You can also download the Pull-Ups® Time to Potty App to help you keep track of your kiddo's progress.

Okay moms, let's here your stories!
I've shared my tips with you, so tell me, what are some of your best potty training tips?  Comment below to share with other moms in the same boat!

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  1. I used these to help my son potty train during the day with great success...our next step is the night time!

  2. I remember trying to make potty training light hearted for our daughter, because we were getting stressed out about it (okay more me than her). Talking and laughing together over the accidents made it less of a battle and more of a learning thing.

  3. Great idea to limit liquids after a certain time. That really helped us with our daughter!

  4. My son was pretty slow to the nighttime thing too. He was such a thirsty little guy! I think it took a couple years after daytime to get him trained.

  5. I wish these were around when mine was a young boy. It was so long ago. But glad you found something that works for you.

  6. We loved using Pull-Ups to help us with potty training. The new designs are super cute! Great tips. #client

  7. Night time took us a while with one of my children. I was so relieved when it finally clicked! Thankfully, we had Pull-ups to help us through.

  8. I can't recommend this product enough! They're helping my daughter get through with potty training.

  9. I didn't need to use pull ups when my son potty trained (somehow we were just lucky that once he was trained he never had an accident), but I did buy them because I thought we'd need them. And what a useful product for parents, though!

  10. I think these are fabulous nighttime potty training tips. After having three kids in under six years, it is difficult to forget those type of milestones.