Monday, November 16, 2009

Hypothetically...

If your 3 1/2 year old were to still wear a diaper at nap time and night time, often peeing through the diaper at night, what might you do to make that stop?

And, uh, I have a friend who's almost-4-yr-old, might possibly still be drinking milk from a sippy cup when he or she first wakes up. Any ideas there? He or she is not super attached to it but it's still a habit. Err.

12 comments:

Erin said...

Nothing to drink for an hour before bedtime? That'd be my suggestion.

jen said...

Hmmm, not much advice for the nighttime diaper - no experience here. Guesses - less liquid at night (but I don't love the idea of denying them a drink if they are thirsty), I've heard of alarms that can wake them if they start to go - don't really know how I feel about that. Also, maybe ask the pediatrician - my brother had a friend who had that problem throughout gradeschool - didn't wear a diaper, but you get my drift.

Sippy cup - maybe offer in the morning minus the lid and gradually move to a regular cup? Or buy some "cool" new cups to use in the morning.

But then again, I'm kinda lax on these things - I'm a big believer in the saying "I've never seen a grown man . . .(insert problem)" :)

Nicole said...

What!? 4 year olds aren't supposed to use sippy cups? LOL! Porter is 3.5 and I still give him sippy cups, although I do try to choose the straw ones when giving him drinks. Its just so much nicer for my furniture and carpet... ;)

Becca said...

I would say, only hypothetically speaking of course, that your almost 4-year-old looks a lot like my almost 4-year-old. You know figuratively speaking.

:)

And while we talking about someone else's kid... I have a friend who still lets her 18-month old drink, fairly regularly from a bottle. gulp.

Jodie Allen said...

My kids all use sippy cups b/c i kind of care about the way our couches look! And I have a girl friend that still uses them with her 5 and 7 year old b/c she can't deal with all the spills too (at meals they use regular cups and so do my girls but not while watching tv in the morning). As long as he knows HOW to use a regular cup I think you're fine!

And peeing at night/naps is totally normal for some kids. Bailey was in pull-ups for night until she turned four and we told her 4 year olds wear underwear. Haven't seen an accident yet! Pull-ups do help the peeing through the diaper, they seem to hold more (and cost more!)... and I think boys are a bit slower to potty train completely. No worries!

amy said...

i still have a nighttime wetter. my pediatrician said it's normal and many children haven't developed the hormone their body needs to get them thru the night. When they are OLDER an alarm works (we used one on our 7 year old). if you use one too early it won't work- it is kinda scary to get awaken in the night by a screaming alarm!

as for the sippy I would just get rid of them. i know, i know. spill proof is necessary. especially in the car. we bumped up to a nalgene (they have kid friendly ones at REI) and gave them water in it when spill proof was necessary.....

Amanda said...

Kate,
I know that Chris and Kelly cut off drinking too much for Chloe at like 7pm or so. If she gets thirsty they will give her a little sip of water or juice. Try that with him...or her!! =)

Heather S. said...

The peeing thing - our doctor said that it is normal for some kids to pee through at naptime and night time. He just might be a really hard sleeper and needing to go potty maybe doesn't wake him. Our doctor also said that it isn't a concern until a child is about 7 or 8. This has been an issue for us with Norah and Lucy. You can limit his liquid intake about an hour before bed, but that still may not help.

I can't really help with the sippy cup thing. We have never used sippy cups at our house. Nicole's idea of the straw might help.

heather said...

Hypothetically, of course, I knew a kid like this: three-plus-years-old, at his own request, started wearing underwear at night much to his mother's surprise. She wasn't one to push nighttime dryness until it happens (learned from past experience and months of torture from older child) so she was shocked when he asked to and stayed dry all night, every night. Fast forward four months (four months of no pull-ups!!) and suddenly, coincidentally when he stopped napping altogether, this hypothetical boy started having accidents. Every night. No matter what precautions were taken.
My hypothesis on this hypothetical situation is that without the nap he's just sleeping that much sounder and too heavy to wake up to go when he needs to go. So after a few weeks of changing sheets every morning, we've -er, she's- gone back to buying pull-ups. :(

Needless to say, I don't think it's a worry yet. My oldest was potty trained before she was 2 1/2 but couldn't stay dry at night or nap even until she was 4. She was just to heavy a sleeper. And had too small of a bladder.
Don't stress about it :)

Jacob, Lisa and Charlie said...

Use shame and guilt. Best tool a mother can use. Then if that doesn't work make him get up and wash out his sheets by hand in the middle of the night.

Nikki....Gabi's Mama said...

I'm sure the nap/night time diaper thing will resolve it's self in time. Gabi is 3 1/2 and she just went into a big girls bed from a crib 2 weeks ago, and she still uses a sippy cup and I still wipe her booty and wash her hands for her etc etc....

Ferris Family said...

You are way better than me when it comes to potty training!!! Max is 3.5 and brings me diapers and wipes, as needed. He refuses to go on the potty. He's going to kindergarten in diapers, I'm convinced.
As for the sippy, I wouldn't worry about it (says the mom who has a 15 month old who gets 2 bottles a day, nap and bed). He can use a regular cup, great. The sippy is security or habit, it's all good. No perminant harm done.