We have taken on the challenge of night-time potty training and it is a lot harder than daytime training.
While getting ready for bed a week or so ago, Lily declared that she didn't want to wear her pull-ups. I took it as one of those "parenting signs" that she was ready to ditch them for good and so far, we have been quite successful.
She has had a few accidents (four to be precise), but I think that is to be expected of every single child. She has also started to get up more during the night to go to the potty which has caused a few sleepless nights, but I think I'd rather she get a grip of 'knowing' to wake up and go if needed.
This has been quite daunting for us as parents. There is that moment every morning when we wake up where we say "Do you think her bed is dry?" and you sort of tip toe in as if walking into Jurassic Park. If we're honest, though, every morning where she has had an accident, she is usually at the gate telling us that she has. On one occasion, she has even attempted to strip the bed which must be a sign that she knows it was wrong and to move on. I don't know, as with all first children, you are always going in blind to these milestones.
This is definitely a situation where I feel you need to follow you child's lead. I think in society, we overlook the fact that children also have that human, gut instinct that we have and if they feel the need to move on to the next step, instead of deciding they're too young or too small, we should just shadow them so that they can move on, but have that little helping hand and support from us.
I have always been a big believer in following my gut instinct and it's something that I live by and I feel I've got to a stage where I'm finally acknowledging that same trait in my daughter (I find it hard to do this sometimes). Lily's gut instinct clearly told her she didn't need they Pull-Ups anymore, so why not let that lead us?
Bedtime potty training essentials:
Buy some cheap bed sheets. You'll be getting through these quicker than usual and may need to change them more than once in one night.
Padding. Whether you go with training pads for under the sheet or a thick bath towel, make sure you have something to protect your child's mattress or it will start to smell.
Travel changing mat. I bought a cheap mat from the pound shop to put Lily's potty and loo roll on in her bedroom. It's just in case she knock her potty over in her tired haze. This will protect the carpet from repeated cleaning.
Consistency. You've got to be prepared to stick to a routine I think with this one. Fro example, I wake Lily every night at 10pm to do a wee in the potty and that needs to be consistent.