So last week I shared in a little video some insight, or just some general thoughts, on the ever elusive idea of balance as a parent, more so as a momma. It’s tough, isn’t it? I decided I wanted to write a little more about parenting and the funny, hard things that come with it in hopes to create a community of moms who come together & share with each other and most importantly support each other. The last thing we need is someone telling us some other way we need to do things. We’re giving it our best shot, gosh darnit!
So today the topic is potty training. Well, potty training in general but for me more specifically night-time training. If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen a little while back I asked what moms do to help their kids sleep through the night without an accident.
I never knew that this was an issue. I went into parenting pretty clueless so each stage is absolutely new to me. I just assumed that you just did it, you just stopped. And I guess that is true, from most of the opinions I’ve gotten, parents are telling me that their kids just stopped. However it’s older than I thought and takes a little more effort.
We potty trained our boys really early. Honestly, I just hated diapers. I hated changing them, I hated the smell of the diaper genie or whatever that is, and all the mess & expense that goes with it. So I got it done early.
There still is the thought of night training. This is tough because how do you ‘train’ your kids to wake up when they have to use the restroom? My son sleep so hard, which is actually a beautiful thing, but it makes it tough to wake up during the night.
Then, through the wonderful world of Facebook and your amazing suggestions, I heard of these bed mats. GoodNites Disposable Bed Mats. Believe it or not, before posting on Facebook, I had never heard of them.
So we tried it out. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s easy to change out if necessary, it’s non-intrusive, and the kids don’t feel embarrassed at all because they don’t have to wear a diaper. It’s a win-win for everyone! As you can see in the picture below, it just sticks on the sheets. You can also put it under the sheets, which I know would defeat the purpose, you’d still have to wash the sheets, but it’d be perfect for a slumber party or something, so they’re not embarrassed but still protected.
My little guy on the other hand, well, he’s 3 and still needs a diaper most of the time but absolutely hates it. He hates it because he wants to be big like his brother. I’m not ready to let him just use the mats, but GoodNites also have bedtime underwear. This is perfect for the E-man because, well, it has cool pictures on it and Eli’s really that easy.
The tips I have to go off of and will be using for my kids are:
- GoodNites Bed Mats
- Stopping water/drinks at dinner, around 5
- Potty right before bed
- Maybe even wake him up at night to take him, if we need to
So tell me – what do you do to help your kids sleep through the night dry? I heard some great stories/suggestions last time around, it was so helpful!! So leave yours in the comments, I read them all!