Hero Helps with Night Time Potty Training!

 

 

Did you know that you child’s hero or favorite character (from a book, movie, TV show etc.) can help her stay dry at night? And it’s easy!

 

During the time when Julian learned to wake up at night to go potty, he loved the show “Dora the Explorer™“. So I started telling him: “If you need to go pee-pee tonight, Dora will wake you up so that you can go pee-pee in the potty.”
 
When I started this, I had no idea if this was going to work. But with my background as a personal growth coach, I knew that it’s possible to give one’s brain specific instructions, so I figured I might as well try.
 
The first few times when Julian woke up at night and needed to pee, I said: “Oh great, Dora woke you up so you can go pee-pee in the potty!” That way he (or better said, his brain) connected the fact that he woke up to pee with the statement that Dora woke him up. I repeated that statement several times while he was going potty at night.
 
Every evening before he went to sleep, I reminded him that Dora would wake him up if he needed to go pee-pee.
 
Just a few nights later, he woke up at night and told me he needed to go pee and that Dora woke him up so he could go in the potty!
 
Since I started using this, he had hardly any night time accidents.
 
And here is something funny: If he doesn’t want to go pee before he goes to sleep, he still today sometimes says “I don’t need to go pee, Dora will wake me up.”
 
You can actually start using this technique even if your child still wears diapers or pull-ups at night. The goal is that her diaper/pull-up stays dry and that she wakes up to pee in the potty at night. That way when you switch to underwear, she’s ready to go.
 
And if you are not sure which character would work best for your child, simply ask him: “If your favorite hero/character/person/doll/stuffed animal would help you wake up at night so you can go pee-pee in the potty, who would that be?” And let him tell you.
 
This may or may not work as fast for you as it did for us, but stick with it, be consistent, and soon the soaked sheets will be a story of the past!
 
To your good night’s sleep,
 

Marion Solis

 

 
P.S.: For many more ideas on how to make nighttime potty training easy, read pages 42-45 in “The Ultimate Potty Training Guide”.
 
P.P.S.: Dora the Explorer ™ is a registered trademark of Nickelodeon and Viacom
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