That title is a lie. “Training” implies that we did something when actually we did the opposite. Landon was easy to potty train. You can read all about that here. we waited until he was ready, slapped him in underoos and he did it. There were accidents here and there but it went so well, we were kind of baffled. No 3 days of house quarantine and tears over a potty and a basket of skittles. No refusing to poop. No REAL battle overall.
At that time, he wasn’t ready for night time. He slept so hard. We put him in nighttime pull ups and went about our way. My friends would comment on their kids giving up the pull up at night but it was clear we were not in the same boat. He wasn’t to the same level. He showed no interest on his own and his body wasn’t giving us much confidence. But there was more to it.
- Landon doesn’t get out of his bed. This is 99% awesome. Saturday mornings? He plays in his bed until we get him. I have never been wakened to a child staring in my face. The 1% of suckage has been from being called from my bed at 3am to retrieve the car that fell out of bed and no hopes of him going to the bathroom. We would explain he was welcome to go to the potty at night but he insisted he wasn’t big enough to go alone. Um ok?
- He sleeps like a rock. I think this was the real main reason we didn’t push it (also our pediatrician’s thoughts). We started waking him when we go to bed to pee and 75% of the time he was already wet. He was out cold. He had no idea. His body wasn’t ready. You can’t push that. So we didn’t.
NOTE: This is NOT uncommon for boys. They can take longer to get down night time potty training thing. We were told this over and over at our pediatrician. So if you are worrying your son isn’t keeping up with the joneses, it’s most likely just a normal delay.
- We were lazy and set in our ways. Well maybe not lazy but we didn’t want to rock the boat. Landon potty trained only months before Ollie was born. In our old house, the boys shared a Jack and Jill bathroom. I was PETRIFIED of him deciding to go potty and waking the baby. NEVER WAKE THE BABY. Even when we got him before we went to bed, we took him to our bathroom. i was that scared of waking the beast that we worked so hard to sleep. At Landon’s 4 year wellness visit, our Dr. was totally cool with this. She said “you have to do what is working for the family. More stress is more stress and you don’t need it.”
So until about a month ago, he would still wake with a pee soaked pull up. We started dropping “if you have a dry pull up in the morning, you can have yogurt raisins at breakfast” or something like that. It started working. Every few nights, there would be a little in there. He started asking to wear underwear to bed. We kept putting him off to see if we could get a solid week of dry pull ups. Then about 2 weeks ago, at 5am, he called out to be taken to the bathroom. Then last week we heard footsteps at about 9pm. JACKPOT.
But we were still lazy and didn’t want the chance of changing sheets in the night until…MOMMY FORGOT TO BUY MORE PULL UPS last night. Yup. Dumb me. So I said “just send him in underwear. WE have been telling him “soon”. I guess soon is now”. So he excitedly went to bed with his big boy underpants and I was on sheet duty.
I can officially say he made it all night with no accidents and is super proud of himself.
So basically what I am saying is…be lazy and procrastinate and it will pay off…errr something.