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How can we 'gracefully' stop taking our 5yo for a late-night toilet visit every night?

L is now so habituated to weeing at this time of night that she basically doesn't wake up at all during the process. When we talk to her about it, she denies any knowledge of it happening at all......
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Where should boys aim their urine?

Not to take the fun out of devising your own experiment, but the fine fluid dynamics physicists at the Splash Lab (at Brigham Young University) are trying to figure out how to prevent urinal splash-...
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Where should boys aim their urine?

First, any fast moving stream of anything with mass is going to splatter when it hits something else -- it's really all about the angles (source & target) and velocity as to where it goes during ...
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Where should boys aim their urine?

A few people have touched upon this (he says sarcastically) but the best way to reduce it is by sitting down. An increasing number of men are sitting when they use the toilet as it's supposed to be ...
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My son refuses to use the bathroom at night, despite the apparent need to

We didn't have the exact same issue, but for what it's worth, before our 3 year old could make it through the night on her own, there were several months where we carried her to the toilet when we ...
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How can we 'gracefully' stop taking our 5yo for a late-night toilet visit every night?

We recently crossed this bridge with our 5 year old. My wife and I miscommunicated who was taking her for a pee, neither of us did and there was no accident. After figuring out what happened the ...
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Potty training 7 year old

Not sure if it applies at seven years old, but our child has always had a strong dislike of learning anything new involving body excrements. It manifested in similar ways, fighting and not wanting to ...
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My son refuses to use the bathroom at night, despite the apparent need to

kids are very different so there is no single answer that would be the right one. A few suggestions are: make sure he drinks enough early in the evening, not directly before going to bed. make sure ...
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Six and nine-year-olds will not stop having accidents

You have my sympathy. Having one child with encopresis is awful. I can't really imagine accurately what it's like to have two children with this problem. Parents of children with idiopathic ...
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How to deal with spillage when my 6-year-old son uses the toilet?

He himself is very concerned and tries to avoid it by holding his 'thing' and pointing it down. This way he is successful but i am concerned is there any side effects of this practice. There are ...
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How to potty train my 7-year-old son?

By age 7, the social ramifications of wearing a diaper are huge. This isn't the sort of thing the other kids at his school haven't noticed. If he hasn't started using the toilet after a couple of ...
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Encopresis: how can we encourage our child to clean himself or ask for help immediately instead of ignoring the dirty underwear?

My son had this same problem. In fact, just tonight, he had a "skid mark" in his undies because he held his poo and it leaked out. It was his last day of school, so, like your son, he was too busy to ...
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Potty training 20 months old, doesn't know when she needs to go

Since toddlers (and babies) have been (and still are in various other cultures) potty trained this young and younger, apparently without a problem, The missing word here is some - some toddlers ...
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How to teach a 3 year old to use an appropriate amount of toilet paper?

There are a couple of fun ways to do this that you could try: Draw a line on the wall or use a piece of decorative tape. Here's a funny example that's really nerdy: The text reads "you shall not ...
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How can we 'gracefully' stop taking our 5yo for a late-night toilet visit every night?

You are dream weeing at 10 pm. Every day, move it 1 minute earlier. 9:59 pm tomorrow, 9:58 pm the next day, etc. If it takes longer for her to dream wee, pause at that time until it happens ...
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3 year old, potty training and binky separation anxiety

That sounds perfectly normal! You might wait a few months before trying again, giving your daughter time to adjust to all the change she is experiencing. Give her time to grow into her role as big ...
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6-year-old bed wetting

Bed wetting, even at 7 years old, is common. About 1 in 40 children at that age wet the bed. Children usually grow out of it. Stop waking her in the night. That doesn't help. Make sure she is ...
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How do I get my 3 year old to stop pooping in his pants?

I wish I could claim this is my idea, but it was just one of the many things I was given as ideas along the way. This one was a little more unique though and actually worked for a child with a ...
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3 year old pees pants but doesn't notice

With my son we spent some time with no pants or underwear, to increase body awareness. I took him out to the back yard with no pants or underwear on him and we played out there for long enough that he ...
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My 8 year old pees and poops his pants

Recently the same thing was happening with my nephew and I tried the same things. Until I happened upon an answer on this site someone had posted. I'm kicking myself for not saving it but they ...
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Potty training 7 year old

"Full immersion" can work well for potty training. You could try sitting her on a small portable potty in front of the television all day with lots of juice. Just getting comfortable sitting ...
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Where should boys aim their urine?

According to a recent study, the optimal way to reduce toilet splash (besides sitting down) is to: drop a few pieces of tissue into a toilet bowl to soften the blow. For a urinal: stand ...
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How a child can tell if his bottom is clean enough?

How can you or I tell if our bottom is clean enough? Clean enough implies primarily that: The bottom will not be uncomfortable, as it sometimes is when there is some fecal matter remaining The ...
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3.5 Year Old Boy Crying, Not Potty Training, Does Not Listen, and Is Mean To Others

Okay, this is fairly typical. That doesn't mean it is fun or easy and that it isn't a problem. In my opinion, it could be time for a restart. Put him back into diapers. Do not complain or say ...
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Why do toddlers hide while having a bowel movement?

I don't have any real 'evidence' for this, but my nephew used to do the same thing. When he was being potty trained, he would go hide in a corner and poop his pants instead of in the toilet, which ...
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How do I help our 3/yo go through stress

Here's my attempt: You messed up your relationship (I'm not criticizing it, BTW, I'm just stating a fact) and that obviously troubles your daughter. If you feel like you cannot fix your relationship, ...
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Daycare not allowing our 3-year old to poop in his diaper

Step one should certainly be talk to the daycare. A three year old is not a reliable witness in this sort of matter; he's going to only tell you his impression of details, and those will often be ...
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Potty Training 2.5 year old - Regression?

First: In times of frustration about your child, always remember the parental mantra: It's just a phase. It will pass. (And be replaced by the next "phase"...) :) Don't despair, don't become ...
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