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  1. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Rhianna — Sounds like a plan! Hope this works 🙂

  2. Rhianna says:

    Thanks! Yes, it is new, so hopefully it will be short-lived. He dislikes pull-ups even more than diapers! He potty trained himself at 22 months because he hated wearing diapers so I simply told him that when he learned to go in the potty he didn’t have to wear diapers anymore. It took him 4 days to stay dry all day while awake! (I doubt my 18 month old daughter will be that easy though.) I do limit his fluid intake after dinner and make sure he uses the potty before bedtime. I might try the nighttime pass idea, he can go once after we put him to bed, and in the early morning I will just hope it doesn’t last! 🙂 Tanks, again!

  3. Rhianna says:

    my son is a little over 3 yrs old and has starting becoming aware of going potty at night. He’s been potty trained during the day for a year, but now he is really wanting to not wear a diaper at night. And, this is all coming from him! I have no expectations for a 3 yr old to stay dry all night. He has been staying dry at nap time for a couple months now and he doesn’t wear a diaper for nap. I put a diaper on him at bedtime and he gets in bed, says good night, and is fine for about 30 min. Then he needs to use the potty, which he does independently. I go up, put the diaper back on, cover him, and leave. 30min to an hr later he does the same thing. Then it typically one more time between 4 and 5 am! He goes potty, at this point the diaper is wet so I put a dry one him and cover him up and leave. Then he sleeps til 7 am. I want to discourage the frequent bathroom trips, but don’t know that I’m comfortable telling him, no you can’t use the potty at night. Any ideas?

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Rhianna — Oh, man! This is so tough. On the one hand, you need sleep, but on the other hand, you hate to discourage progress and bladder-awareness. Let me ask – is this a new thing? If so, then there’s a decent chance he’ll outgrow it sooner or later. Another idea – what if you were to use a pull-up instead of a diaper? Would he be able to manage the potty trip on his own, without your help? Get up, do his thing, and get back into bed without you? If so, you may want to focus his efforts in that direction.

      Hope this is helpful, Rhianna! Good luck to you – I’ve potty-trained 3 kids, so I know first-hand how hard this particular stage can be!

  4. gus&otto says:

    Our nearly three-year-old has never really slept through the night (maybe 5 times?) and I don’t mind that she now wakes up and comes into bed with us – it’s sorta sweet.

    But bedtime is such a struggle since we stopped nursing nearly a year ago. She goes to bed pretty late and we have to sit with her in bed the entire time until she falls asleep.

    I’m thinking her birthday gift to me could be this. Would your work help us find a way to shorten bedtime and help her go to sleep on her own? I’m not confident she’s well rested and if she sleeps through the night that would be a bonus!

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @gus&otto — yes and yes! We could absolutely work on helping you craft a bedtime routine that’s shorter, and that features less you. 😉 And yes, we can set up the plan so that it focuses on helping your daughter to gradually fall asleep on her own, without help from you. Sleeping through the night is a totally attainable and reasonable goal for an almost-three-year-old, and we can help you get there! You can see all the service packages here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/ If you have questions about which package is best, you can chat with one of our customer service reps, or you can leave a message and a customer service will reply.

      Thanks so much for commenting! And best of luck to you as you work through your daughter’s sleep challenges 🙂

  5. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Heather — oh, okay, I see. Likewise — the idea of managing bedtime stalling with twins makes me want to curl up in the fetal position! I don’t know how moms of multiples do it – they all deserve superhero capes 😉

  6. Heather says:

    Oh no, not twins. I just meant that each of our kids has had the biggest problems with stalling at age 3. The idea of twins at the stalling stage makes me shudder. 🙂

  7. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Heather — wait, three year olds, plural? Twins?? Oh, man – no wonder you find this phase maddening! Double the stalling!! 😉 Seriously, though, your card idea sounds pretty genius. And I think discipline strategies like that, that empower kids to make choices (in this case, deciding when he/she will finally use the card) are fantastic. They’re effective at enforcing boundaries and teaching obedience, but they put appropriate amounts of control in the hands of the child, which I think is great practice for the larger amounts of control and power they will have as they get older. Nice work! 🙂

    Thanks for commenting, Heather, and for sharing this tip!

  8. Heather says:

    In our house, it’s the 3 year olds who are World Class Stallers, and we usually just have trouble once they’re actually in bed. One thing I’ve done with a few of them is the bedtime card. I have them decorate a little card with their name and some pictures, and then I give it to them at bedtime each night. If they want to call me back for something after they’re in bed, they have to give me the card, and then that’s it. No more call backs. Anything else is considered to be an obedience issue, and is dealt with accordingly.

    That makes it sound way easier than it really is, but it does help. The stalling phase is a really, really maddening one for me.

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