We were pretty blessed when it came to potty training and getting our daughter dry within the day. It happened pretty much when she was bang on 2 years old and although the first 48 hours was a bit of a calamity, she got the swing of it pretty swiftly after that.
I guess I thought that because she had gotten dry so early on in he day, that the same would happen for night. WRONG!
Because here we are at four years old and we’re still in nappies at night. Harassed by elders telling me how their children were dry at night at two, the thought niggles at me constantly. Yet why do we have this inkling that children should be dry at night somewhere around the age of three, when in reality it can take years to get your child dry at night? After all, there’s a reason why they make Pyjama Nappies right?
Dry nappies started making an appearance a few months ago and I thought we were onto something but then boom! – suddenly a total u-turn with nappies becoming wetter than they had ever been.
I just couldn’t understand it!
With the thought of starting school now looming close we thought right! it’s time to grab the bull by the horns. Having tried everything from star charts to full on Theme Park bribery, liquid bans and lifting – none of which worked – we decided it was the summer holidays and it was time to be brave and go cold turkey.
Well that didn’t work. Three bed wets in a night even when we lifted her!!! Not that I minded the wetness (I had put enough layers down after all!) but that just didn’t seem like a child who was ready to go dry at night.
And so back to pull ups we went and that’s where we still are. It’s funny that although most of her peers are dry I began wondering who is this bothering more – her or me? She is in pull up nappies, she is happy. Why force it? Maybe she just has a tiny bladder or the dry night hormone hasn’t kicked in yet properly? Or maybe it really could just be laziness (gasp! – there I said what is in the back of my mind!).
Either way, as with all things in parenting I know I have to trust that she will do it when she is ready and known she won’t be in nappies at night when she is 15! So silly mum-mind ego get back in your box and trust that all will be well – as ever – in the end. And in the mean time, keep stocking up on those pull ups.
And finally why am I writing this? I’m writing this to let all other mums struggling with trying to get their child dry at night that it’s ok. And you’re not alone and this is no reflection on your ability as a mum (which if you’re already bothering to read this is probably far better than the average!).
Are you struggling to get your child dry at night? Perhaps you have your own struggle to share. Do leave a comment below. Love Talya xoxo
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