We’ve been so proud with Alea’s progress since we potty trained her last summer. I swear she was some kind of potty-training prodigy and she was trained in 5 days and accident-free for over a week afterwards. I was shocked. She even survived a 3-4 hour trip to and from La Crosse with zero accidents. I was fully expecting to run out of the paper towels we stocked up on, cleaning up little piddle puddles on the floor non-stop and probably go crazy in the process. But that wasn’t the case at all. We were very, very lucky. The only issue we were left with was potty-training her at night. We just stuck with diapers and always put a diaper on her before bed and that’s what worked for us. It was inexpensive and we had plenty of diapers on hand since we had already stocked up before we started potty training. (Read my Potty Training series here)
She surprised us with this one as well though. She started staying dry during the night around the end of January– 3 months before her 3rd birthday– and by February we had completely taken away diapers at bed time with great success. She slept pretty light, so she’d still wake up if she needed to go potty and she would run into our room to have one of us (me) help her! Unfortunately, that all changed as of recently. Alea’s decided 3 is too old for nap time and so she sleeps very hard at night and being a defiant little 3 year old she doesn’t always want to agree to no liquids before bedtime or going to the bathroom before bed. We’ve been changing sheets a lot around here lately and I feel like I’m about to lose my mind!
We were recently introduced to GoodNites Bed Mats though and these have become a game changer for us. They’ve saved some bedding, helped to boost Alea’s confidence in herself, and restored some of my sanity!
Our New Night Time Potty Training Rules:
1. Always go potty before bedtime. Make it a game! Sometimes I let Alea play this potty training app while she goes and sometimes we even do our bedtime story time while she’s on the potty. If we don’t make it fun, Alea tends to get more frustrated and denies having to go. On the potty & still no tinkles? Don’t forget to turn on the faucet in the sink and see if that helps!
2. No drinks before bed! This is a no-brainer, too, right? Wrong. The tired, worn-out mom that I am as Alea’s bedtime draws closer and closer I always seem to forget this crucial rule. But allowing them to drink freely before bedtime will only allow them to pee freely after they go to bed… if you catch my drift.
3. Armour up with GoodNites Bed Mats. We really don’t want to revert back to diapers. And personally for us that means pull-ups as well. These provide just the right protection for the underlying sheets and makes clean-up pretty minimal. We just strip the top sheet, change her jammies, and she’s practically still sleeping by the time we get her tucked back into bed!
We had the opportunity to really test out the Good Nites Bed Mats the first night we used them. Unfortunately that night was just one of those nights where Cory had to work late and Alea had some serious meltdowns before bedtime. So much so that I said “forget it” with the potty before bedtime and I honestly don’t remember if I let her drink much beforehand. When Cory got home he went to check on her and give her a kiss good night like he usually does when he gets home late and boy oh boy was she soaked! I learned pretty quickly that it’s important to make sure the mat is placed in the correct spot on the bed, because I apparently I had it a little low. There was no saving her linens, so a jammie change and bedding change was certainly in line.
However, the great thing about these bed mats is that once you get them in the right place, they have a sticky backing on each of the corners. Believe me, Alea’s a wild sleeper, but even with her tossing, turning, and thrashing about, the GoodNites Bed Mat underneath her stays in place!
Convinced yet? Try them for yourself! They’ve been a lifesaver here and with a $1.50 coupon from Target, you’ll save some money, too!