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More on Night Time Potty Training

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Let’s start by saying that ED recently turned 4 and has been daytime potty trained since he was 2.5. (For the record, CA has been fully trained, day and night, since she turned 2 and she did it herself. Girls really are easier) I had heard of the “waking up” method before, but refused to try it. The majority of things I have read have said that it is especially hard on boys, and that it may take until they are 6 or 7 years old to fully outgrow it. I was ok with this. I actually talked about it on my old Blog. So what changed??

Hub took ED to the pediatrician last week for his 4-year checkup and saw the famous and apparently hot Dr. Jen. I’ve never met her because she is actually an NP and I prefer to see the actual doctor when it comes to checkups but ED and Hub prefer the pretty girl—which is another issue in itself. Aaaaanyway……among other concerns, Hub brought up the bed-wetting (which I don’t even consider bed-wetting since he is only 4, but whatev.) and the pediatrician recommended waking him up nightly. This reinforced what Hub read in a John Rosemond column and apparently Hub feels the way about John as I do about Catherine. So he came home with the attitude of “we are going to do this and it is going to work!”.

We are 2 days in and I want to die. DIE. Setting my alarm to get up 2 times a night is killing me. Hub is getting up too, but ED only wants me. This kid is not easy to wake, let me tell you, and he is not nice in the middle of the night either. I think that’s part of the problem anyway, him being such a hard sleeper. I have to carry him from his bed to the bathroom and back as well, which probably isn’t the best idea right now; he weighs 40lbs.

The bottom line is that I am committed to trying this for a week. If it doesn’t work out, so be it. Perhaps we can try it again when I’m already up 3 times a night nursing a baby. At least we have plenty of sheets and he still has the plastic toddler mattress. It won’t matter much though when I go out and pick up some more pull-ups on Friday.

9 responses »

  1. oh sweet lord have mercy. I was going to ask how old he is yesterday but I couldn’t get into anyone’s comments (sucktastic blogger). He has plenty of time. You’re already started so you may as well try but I’d be bailing on that plan ASAP if it were me. Of course, we have to stay in the room while O falls asleep so waking him up twice a night sounds like hell (and a sure fire path to exhaustion).

  2. Oh no! I cannot stand John Rosemond and used to read his column just to get my adrenaline pumping. I realize I don’t have kids but I disagree with that guy on pretty much everything he says. Unless he’s changed significantly in the past few years.Not that I’m saying that what you’re doing is wrong. It sounds like it isn’t going so well but I hope that things work out soon.

  3. Try potty training rewards. The audio and chocolate treats were powerful incentives to fully potty train our son. Check it out and see if you think it could work for your son.

  4. I could not set my alarm to wake up during the middle of the night while pregnant. HORRIFYING.I agree, when you are already up anyway (when the new baby comes or when you start having to pee every 3 hours or something), try it again!

  5. I can’t even imagine how hard that must be. The normal alarm clock is awful enough!

  6. Hum, I looked at the Rosemond guys site and he is no Catherine, that is to be sure. They seem to live on opposite planets.Maybe waking him up will work, but is there a logical stopping point? I am curious to see if this teaches him in some way to get up so he doesn’t wet the bed or if he no longer wets the bed, but only because you are getting him up? Let me know. As you are aware, I am picking your brain because we have the same issues at home. Only Brother is SEVEN.

  7. I have to agree with Jess- John Rosemond talks about rearing kids like it’s the same as breaking a DOG or something. Ugh. HOWEVER. Do whatever you gotta do here, so long as the poor kid isn’t being traumatized. Sounds like he’s sleeping through most of it, though, so I think it’s just YOU being traumatized.

  8. This. SUCKS.I would throw the damn alarm clock through the window. Period.

  9. We read your blog posting, and would like to help. We work with the Enuresis Treatment Center. For 32 years, the Enuresis Treatment Center has successfully treated thousands of people from around the world who thought there was no hope for ending bedwetting. Bedwetting, or enuresis, is actually caused by deep sleep, not to be mistaken for healthy sleep. This deep sleep causes a disconnect between the brain and bladder, and the bedwetting occurs as a result. Very rarely does one outgrow bedwetting, and if they do, they are left with a sleep disorder that can manifest into other forms, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, etc. The Enuresis Treatment Center has put together an informative guide to understanding and treating bedwetting. This free bedwetting guide is available to download at


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