I was very proud of my potty training efforts with both of my children—but that overconfidence has quickly faded into green shame! (My melodrama is intended here…) First, let me tell you of my brilliant potty training efforts. My son was blissfully free of diapers at a little over two years and my daughter started regularly using the potty at about seven months. (She’s now 14 months and still in diapers, but makes the sign for “poop” and helps us avoid toilet dunking diapers most of the time!)
So here’s my dark confession.. My son, who has worn disposables at night since babyhood, is still in diapers at night. So even though he used cloth during the day for just a few years since infancy, he has filled the landfills with his nighttime diapers for four full years. We buy gigantic disposables and he’s managed to still fit in them without moving to pull-ups. Although we resolutely tried to use cloth at night multiple times, persistent rashes and yeast infections eventually wore us down.
We have tried less fluids, salty foods, waking him at night, letting him wet himself, and using treats for dry diapers, all to no avail. He’s an extremely heavy sleeper who wakes up a bit frenzied and disoriented in the middle of the night and screams when we ask him to try and pee.
Everything I’ve read indicates that kids may take years to night train. Even up to six years! Still, since the rest of the world potty trains far earlier than we do here in America, it seems like the night training thing should be possible. Do you have any ides to assuage my disposable diaper guilt? Are you in the same boat? Help!