When your children don't use diapers anymore?

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@youless (92269)
Guangzhou, China
May 16, 2007 9:35am CST
My son is nearly 3 years old and he is still using diapers. He doesn't use it in the daytime. But when he is sleeping, he will use the diapers, especially at night. I am wondering when it's the time for him to get rid of it. He is using XL size, and it's already the largest diapers. If he grows up a little, perhaps it's not suitable for him to use. So I'd like to hear your advice, thanks.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
16 May 07
I would keep him in diapers at night until he goes all night without wetting his diapers. Start by cutting down on the liquids you give him after dinner. Make sure he uses the potty right before bed. Be consistent and soon he will be able to go all night without using a diaper.
@youless (92269)
• Guangzhou, China
17 May 07
My method is similar to yours, just my son has to use diapers at night.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
17 May 07
I would stick with what is working. Why bother to have to wash sheets every morning.
@alilswt (388)
• United States
16 May 07
i'd say just stop using them wake him up at first 1 time at night to go potty and he will get used to that and do it himself and you can put a towel under his bottom in bed to save on washing all the bedding just incase an accident you have to realize accidents happen and if you want him out of diapers you just need to do it and take things 1 step at a time
@youless (92269)
• Guangzhou, China
16 May 07
I feel it'll be a little bit cruel to wake him up at night. As he sleeps so well... A towel won't help much, as it's a lot. It'll make the bed wet anyway.
@alilswt (388)
• United States
16 May 07
if you research bed wetting you will find the same responses i tried it it works children have trouble sometimes sensing the bathroom signs when they are asleep you have to help train there body to be able to wake up when it is time to go potty i know it sound mean but it is for your little one to learn you don't what the problem to continue as he gets older it is said teens can have this prob i have researched this i had lots of trouble with my little girl and she is 6 she still has little accidents at times but the towel helps she has been out of diapers sense she was 2 1/2 my son does not have the same trouble he is 4 and has been out of diapers sense about 2 1/2 as well good luck i hope you think about trying this
• India
17 May 07
My daughter is 1 year old and she goes dry the whole night almost every night with an exception now and then. Here is what I have been practicing for the past 3 months. No diaper in the night, last intake of milk or food or any other liquid, one hour before bedtime, after that nothing. So basically there is a gap of at least 1 hour before she is in bed. I put on a diaper first thing in the morning once she wakes up and from then till she has her lunch and bath she is on diapers because her potty timings are usually predictable. Again after a bath, no diaper during afternoon nap, and later also. She is without a diaper for say till evening and from then to bedtime again back to diapers. I must add here that accidents do happen and at times i am tempted to put her all the time in diapers, makes cleaning easier for me but what keeps me going is the fact the sooner she 's off diapers the earlier she will be potty trained. Already she comes to me when she wets her pants indicating that she wants a change.So don't be sorry for him if he wakes up in the night and best of luck with the extra cleaning, get rid of the diaper for him !
@youless (92269)
• Guangzhou, China
17 May 07
It's so amazing that your daughter can get rid of the diapers so early. That will save a lot. Thanks for your share.
@chardyme (1633)
• Philippines
17 May 07
i think babies should not use diaper when they reach the age of 2 or 3? we should teach them to know that they are going to pee or poo-poo and go to the comfort room.
@youless (92269)
• Guangzhou, China
17 May 07
Thanks for your response.
@nudshanie (360)
• Malaysia
17 May 07
My son will turn 3 years old on this coming August. Now I've been training him not to use diapers. What I'm doing now is send him to the toilet before he go to bed. It's quite helpful even though sometimes it's fail.
@youless (92269)
• Guangzhou, China
17 May 07
I also bring my son to go to the toilet, it helps a little bit due to he drinks a lot of milk before sleeping. His diaper is not so wet, but if we don't use it, it will make the bed wet.
@ututen (139)
• Philippines
16 May 07
my nephew was 2 years old when he stopped wearing diaper
@youless (92269)
• Guangzhou, China
17 May 07
It's an amazing good news.
• United States
16 May 07
Both of my girls were still wearing diapers during the day when they turned 3. My oldest stopped 2 months after turning 3 but my middle daughter didn't stop wearing them during the day until she was almost 4. Up until last month she also wore pull-up every single night because she soaked the bed. She finally started staying dry every night and we stopped buying them for her. She has only had a few accidents since then. My son is 5 1/2 and still wears pull-ups (the kind for big kids) to bed every single night and most nights he soaks through them. I don't have a washer and dryer so I can't afford to wash sheets every day so he has to wear the pull-ups at night.
@youless (92269)
• Guangzhou, China
17 May 07
Every children is different, maybe some can get rid of them earlier and some will stop use them later.
• United States
16 May 07
A lot of kids, especially boys, aren't even day trained by age 3. Potty training isn't a moral issue-why push it? Night training isn't in their control at all-either they wake up or they don't. There are ways to help train their brains to wake up to the urge to go (alarms are supposed to be pretty effective), but at 3, I think I'd give it some more time.
@youless (92269)
• Guangzhou, China
17 May 07
I agree with you, thanks:)
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
16 May 07
My son is as the same age as yours and he stopped using diapers one year ago. I dont know how it happened. At first he refused to use diapers and he kept on wetting his pants during his wakeful time and sleeping time. When he wets his pants, I will alway tell him to stop doing it and show him the toilet. And before bedtime, I will bring him to the toilet to ease himself. I guess over time he understood the message and started to use the toilet.
@youless (92269)
• Guangzhou, China
17 May 07
My son also doesn't like wearing diapers at night. I put it on when he's sleeping. I do bring him to the toilet before sleeping, but since drinking lots of milk before bedtime. He has to use diapers as the bed must be wet when he's sleeping.
• Canada
16 May 07
i think you should get rid of the diapers. my daughter was trained when she turned two and a half. and i haven't boughten a diaper since. she did well at night though after of week of training during the day she was dry at night and only peed the bed twice since she was 2 and a half. so she did really good with it. but i think the longer you wait the more dependent he will be on the diapers. you need to remove them and if an accident happens then it happens, he'll learn that he doesn't want to wake up in the middle of the night wet so he'll learn to hold himself better with out a diaper then with it.
@youless (92269)
• Guangzhou, China
17 May 07
Thanks for telling me your experience, it encouraged me.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
16 May 07
Many kids, especially boys, take longer to train, especially at night. Many kids are still using diapers during the day at the age of 3. I would not be too concerned. Does he wet during the night, or does he wake up dry and just forget to go the bathroom? Give him some time. If you are still concerned, ask the doctor.
@youless (92269)
• Guangzhou, China
16 May 07
I don't realize that boys need longer time to train:) Thanks for you to remind of me. Usually he will be wet during the night, as he drinks lots of milk before sleeping. Sometimes he wakes up dry in the afternoon.