Jason has been out of diapers during the day for quite some time, and might have even been when I wrote my 101 Goals in 1001 Days list. But nighttime took a lot longer to overcome. He would go weeks without a nighttime accident, then go weeks without a dry Pull-Up.
I tried everything we tried back in the day with Ryan, but nothing seemed to work. Jason seems to sleep SO deeply, that even trying to wake him to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night became a huge struggle. I was very careful not to shame Jason or show my frustration with this issue, which was very hard to do when I was battling to get him out of bed at 1-2am.
Sometime last year, I stopped buying Pull Ups. That created a LOT of laundry for me, which was annoying, but I knew that Jason was relying on Pull Ups so he didn't have to get up to pee in the middle the night. He even told me once, when I was trying to wake him, "It's okay, Mom, if I have to go I'll just go in my Pull Up."
Earlier this year, when I got sick of washing sheets and comforters 4-5 times each week, I bought the nighttime bed wetting disposable pads to put on his top sheet. That saved us on laundry AND Pull Ups, which was a great solution for the time being.
Then accidents decreased because Jason didn't like laying in a wet bed. I don't blame him! But when he was particularly tired, had been swimming or at soccer practice that day, or when he was sick, nighttime accidents were inevitable.
This summer, I created some incentives to give Jason a reason to get out of bed when he realized he needed to go to the bathroom. We decided that after a week, he could sleep with his beloved stuffed dog that we retired when he turned 5. After 10 days, we would buy him new sheets and after 14 days of waking up dry, we would take Jason to a local mini amusement park. He would get to 7, then have an accident. Then 10 days, then an accident. Once, he got to 13 days, then had an accident.
What I realized was that he wasn't meeting the 2 week goal, but he was really only having 3-4 accidents a month. But we were focusing on the accidents, not the dry mornings. So we went to the park as a family.
Jason still likes to keep track of his dry nights, and recently got up to 19 days before having an accident, so I think we're going to count this task as done. We only have an emergency package of Pull Ups for sleepovers with Grandma and I still use the bed pads, even though we usually throw them away because they become mangled after sleeping on them night after night.
I still wake Jason up before I go to bed every night around 10pm, and have resorted to fully waking him up so I don't have to fight to get him into the bathroom.
The next thing we have to look forward to is that once he's dry for a whole month straight, we're getting rid of his (disgusting) mattress and buying him new bedding. I want him to have a fresh, clean start!What's ironic is that when we used the amusement park as an incentive for Jason, the older kids wanted to earn "bucks" to get an all-day pass, too. I set up a reading program with them for the summer that finally...FINALLY...got them excited about reading. Now they read almost every night before going to bed without prompting, sometimes begging me not to make them shut off the light so they can read "just a little bit more." That is what I have wanted for them for YEARS!!!