Wetting the Bed: The Preschooler's Predicament
Ahh, potty training! For some it's easier than others especially mastering staying dry the entire night. Kecia recently wrote to us about her plight. Can we reassure her that it's normal? Or, perhaps can you provide some strategies that can lead to a dry bed in the morning?
My son is 3 1/2. He has been potty trained since he turned three. At about 37 months (a few weeks after he mastered using the potty during the day), he told me that he didn't not need a diaper during the night. I was reluctant, but decided to give it a try, as his diaper was often dry in the morning. For nearly two months this worked perfectly. Not one accident!!
During this time period, he would drink a 6 oz yogurt smoothie during his bedtime stories and I would give him water when he went to bed. He would sleep for 9+ hours and wake up with a very full bladder (and pee in his potty).
In late August, we were traveling and he wet the bed (two nights in a row). Both accidents happens soon after bedtime (around midnight). When we returned home, things improved for a few weeks and then he had several nights of accidents again. The situation has continued to deteriorate. In the past month he has had an accident every few nights.
I am so tired of waking in the middle of the night to change his clothing, his bedding, etc. I want to help him, but I don't know how. The strange part is he seems to have these accidents without a full bladder. Some nights his pajamas and pants are only very damp - not soaked. On nights when I limit liquid consumption and have him pee before going to sleep, he is more likely to wet the bed. These accidents can happen as early as midnight, sometimes as soon as three hours after he last urinated.
I have tried to wake him during the middle of the night and have him pee, but this doesn't seem to help. I usually find that he is already wet (and sound asleep). When he wakes up in the morning he doesn't even need to use the potty! What is going on?
He has only had one daytime accident over the past few months.
What do you think? Do I go back to diapers for night time? Do I continue to do three loads of bedding every time this happens (comforter, mattress protector, sheets and pajamas)? I really appreciate your suggestions and advice.