Thursday, May 16, 2013

Piper, Pee & Pull Up Problems

Piper will be 5 in mid-July and she's still wearing a pull-up to bed at night.  I was starting to get concerned a few months ago since she was still waking up with a full pull-up (of pee) almost every morning, but then all of a sudden, she started having lots of mornings where she'd wake up dry.  Knowing that Caroline took a full year past potty training to manage to stay dry at night, I haven't been totally worried about Piper.  I know kids get things in their own time and I also know that Piper can be lazy - if she's wearing a pull-up sometimes before even going to sleep, she'll just go ahead and pee in it!  So it does make me wonder if sometimes she would wake up in the night and just pee instead of getting up.  Apparently, my MIL had some real issues as a little girl too that she grew out of so it could be in the genes as well.

Piper had so many dry nights in a row when we were still living with my mom that I wanted to try underwear but because all of my water proof pads were in storage, we waited.  However, we did try it once or twice (to no success) because the pull-ups had been irritating her little bum so much.  Sigh.

So here we are again and last night her butt was SO irritated (she has such sensitive skin) and she really didn't want to put a pull up on.  (I think she is less sensitive to Easy Ups but they didn't have any Pull Ups in her size the last time and Jason just went ahead and bought them which I normally wouldn't do.)  I put the pad on her bed (we have a waterproof mattress cover too) and had her go to the bathroom right before bed (which usually does the trick) but she woke up wet this morning.  At least I only had to take the top sheet/blanket off instead of the bottom sheet!  I'm getting to the point where I'm frustrated.  I think some of this is just her needing to learn her body's signals but I also think she sleeps deeply.  She doesn't seem to have a bladder the size of a dime like Bryce (who NEVER had an issue with night potty training, strangely enough).  Piper can just be so difficult.  She is soooooo dramatic and cries over the least thing.  She tries your temper, that one.  For example, the other night Jason caught her guzzling water down when she was brushing her teeth!  She had been outside running around and I hate the idea of restricting water when she's truly thirsty (I drink a lot of water too so being thirsty and not being able to drink sounds tortuous.)  I can't watch her every second before bed and what I think did it last night was without my knowledge, one of her friends gave out Capri Suns to everyone when they were playing (the girl's dad didn't know she was doing it either - ha!) so it's very hard to control your kids' liquid intake, especially in the summer when they are naturally thirstier.

I'm not at the point where I want to employ one of those bed alarms though or anything like that.  I just want it to magically happen like it did for Caroline.  It just seems like Piper needs a lot more vigilance than Caroline did.  Typical.  I want to stop having sheets to wash and put back on constantly.  Especially since pull-ups aren't fool proof either and will often not be on right and leak.  I just want to be done.  Perhaps she needs more of an incentive....she has mentioned wanting her ears pierced and while Caroline didn't get hers pierced until she was approaching 6, I might be able to be persuaded to make it a reward for Piper since she's almost 5 and wants to have pierced ears like her friend, Bella.  Hmmmm, something to think about.

7 comments:

Krissy said...

Not to make you worry, but Trevor here...at almost 9 1/2 is JUST starting to have some dry nights. We bring it up to our pediatrician, and he says it can take up to age 13. There is nothing (short of waking them up yourselves) in the middle of the night, or getting an alarm that can speed up the process. He also has a prescription for single night coverage, if a sleepover or some other social event occurs where you want to take advantage. It is just something that flips like a switch. Trevor for sure is a heavy sleeper, and Gwen has been dry for almost 4 years over night....Trevor is almost 4 years older than her. It comes from my side of the family though...my brother was about 9 when he stopped too.....Good luck!

Erika said...

Thanks, Krissy! Yes, I know that it could still be a long time but I'm hopeful that since she's started to have successful stretches of time that we're on the right track. Like I said, I know she has lazy tendencies too (she openly admits she'll just pee in her pull up "because I'm lazy." I had no idea Trev was still having issues. Poor guy! Glad to hear he has something to help him through overnights though.

Bracken said...

Erika, Sydney is still having problems at night. She wanted out I pull ups so bad that we started setting an alarm and just taking her to go pitty every night. The doctor said that could work like the mattress alarm. So every night at 2:30 we have a bathroom date. I think it might be working. In the last couple weeks I have periodically not woken her up and she has either woken herself up or had slept through but stayed dry. She is 8 1/2 though so it has been a process we aren't truly over yet.

Erika said...

Wow, you really don't realize something is an issue for people until you ask, huh? Thanks for your kind words and advice. Nice to know it's not unusual!

Katie said...

Well, I have to admit we haven't had that issue here as my girls have stayed dry since first potty training and Teagan seems to be the same way. Don't know how they do it, they just do, so no credit due to me-- just their body types. I think it is just her body & learning, like you said. What about waking her up when you go to bed and putting her on the potty? Would that help empty her bladder before overnight? I wouldn't restrict water when she is thirsty too, but if she did, I would wake her & make her go later. I don't know though. Just an idea.

Erika said...

At this point, I'm not going to get into the night waking since she does have dry nights sometimes and she's not yet 5. I make this choice for self preservation in that waking Piper is always a disaster and she hasn't really bought into the "I want to be dry plan." If it continues and she starts to say she wants to be dry, we'll try that. I'm still amazed that Bryce had no issues and that Caroline kind of just figured it out after a year at the age of 4. I know Piper will get there eventually.

Heather said...

OMG. I was going to email you about this...to ask your advice because Gretchen is almost 6 and wearing a pull up at night. She is a VERY DEEP sleeper...I am going to try working on it this summer when I am home from work and will have the energy to change the sheets every night!