Our 5 (nearly 6) year old son has had problems with potty training for a long time now.
When he sleeps at night, he wears diapers, as he is not aware of peeing during the night yet and does not wake up in time. So far that's ok, we've contacted a specialised doctor and it seems to be normal that some children take longer until they learn how to control that.
The practical problem:
Even though he wears diapers (slip type, which he can put on by himself) in the night, it happens very often (sometimes daily) that the bed is really wet when he awakes in the morning.
- might it be the wrong diapers?
- can anything be wrong with how he puts on the diapers?
(We've tought him to make sure that the penis does not point upwards and that seems not to be the case.)
- did anyone else have a similar problem and has a solution that worked for them?
- we already send him to the toilet directly after the evening meal
and a second time later before he really goes to bed. He sleeps about 11 hours.
- sure we use water-proof layers to protect the mattress, but exchanging and washing this layer and the fitted sheet nearly each day is quite a lot of work.
- waking him up in the night for going to the toilet is quite difficult. He normally sleeps very soundly and when I try to wake him up for going to toilet he is kind of confused and mostly angry/grumpy.
- he is sleeping in a loft bed which makes both waking him up or replacing sheets quite difficult