Originally posted August 18, 2017
Don’t judge me. I just started night training Josiah (4) and Eli (3) a few days ago. First of all, I got tired of spending 40 bucks on those night time pull-ups every couple of weeks. Also, Josiah will be 5 in October. He’s definitely old enough to at least TRY not to pee overnight.
I had been a little hesitant to start training them because there were so many changes going on. We moved Nathaniel into their room, plus their baby sister was just about to be born and I didn’t want to take on more than I could bear.
Anyway, the time had finally come, they used the last of their pull-ups, so there was no turning back. Here’s what I did to ease the night time adventure:
After doing some research on Pinterest, this seemed to be the best option. PUL is short for polyurethane laminate. It’s a water resistant fabric that’s also used to make reusable diapers. It’s on the more expensive side in my opinion, but still cheaper than constantly buying pullups or ruining a mattress.
Some suggested actually sewing the fabric as a sheet, like this:
It’s a very innovative idea, but I don’t know how to sew. And I don’t have the time or desire to learn at the moment. This works much better for me– just throw the fabric on the bed underneath the sheet!
Here’s what you need (keep in mind this is for a twin bed):
2 yards PUL fabric, cut into thirds
3 towels (I picked up a few for $.99 each at the thrift store)
3 fitted bed sheets
Here’s what I did:
1. Lay out one piece of PUL fabric on the bed.
2. Layer a towel over the fabric
3. Put on a fitted sheet.
4. Repeat two more times.
If your child wets the bed over night, all you have to do is remove one layer! you already have another sheet there. Nobody has time to be stripping an entire bed in the middle of the night!
The boys have been doing well. We make them go to the bathroom before bed, and then one more time before we go to bed. Josiah has been dry every morning, and Eli woke up dry this morning! Eventually we will stop waking them up and allow them to do it on their own, but for right now this works for us.
What about you guys? Do you have any potty training tips?? Leave a line below! #hidingisoverrated
Until next time,