How old was your child when he/she stopped wearing diapers?

Philippines
February 24, 2009 8:38am CST
My daughter is just three years old. She doesn't wear diapers during the day but still does at night. Recently, her pediatrician advised me not to put on diapers to my daughter even at night to avoid her from having UTI again. I heeded her advice but my husband doesn't want a urine-smelling bed. This is her second night to sleep without diapers (just panty and pajama). Please share your child's diaper-free and bed wetting stories. How did you handle it? I would be very glad to hear from you.
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• Canada
24 Feb 09
my daughter was almost a little over 2 and a half when she stopped wearing diapers, at night as well. we never had night time problems but for the first couple of monts i would wake her up at midnight to go to the bathroom so that would make sure of no accidents until she got used to getting up if she had to pee
• Philippines
27 Feb 09
It's actually the first few days or weeks of getting her used to sleep without diaper that is quite difficult. I hope she will learn to sleep with her undies instead of diapers. I have started letting her sllep with her panties only.
@lynnemg (4540)
• United States
24 Feb 09
My oldest son was the hardest of my kids to potty train. I would get him almost completely trained, and something would happenin our life to cause him to regress. I think he was almost 4 before I got him completely trained. I used pull-ups at night and regular underwear during the day. I would not give him anything to drink anhour before bed, and make sure he went to the bathroom right before bed. When he woke up dry, he was praises and I would reward him with stickers each time he woke up dry, and also each time I he used the potty during the day and stayed dry. He didn't havetoo may episodes of wetting the bed once I was able to get him going really good without the set-backs. My daughter was a different story. She began potty training around the age of 2 or a little before. She was about 3 1/2 before there were no more accidents. Once in a while, if she is sick, she will still have an accident at night. I use a plastic matress cover on her bed to help keep the matress from being urine soaked in the event of an accident. They are pretty cheap at Wla-mart and help a lot. I would really recommend gettin gone, and if you cannot afford it, put those big black trach bags over her matress, and under her sheets. That is a cheap and easy way to protect the matress. That way, she can go to bed with her panties on and if she does have an accident, it won't soak the matress, plus,she is more likely to wake up because it doesn't soak in as easily. Here's a funny story for you. When my daughter was beginning to potty trin, we lived with my Mom. The kids and I all shared a room. My boys slept in one bed, my daughter and I in another. I would have her go to the bathroom right before bed, but there were a couple of times when she woke up in the midle of the night and had to go. Apparently, she thought she was in the bathroom because I was woke up to her sitting on my leg (I was lying on my side) and peeing on me! Talk about a rude awakening. At the time, it was far from funny, but now, I can look back and laugh.
• Philippines
27 Feb 09
hahahaha. . I hope that's won't happen to me. I sometimes wake up with my daughters legs in my face and I hope there would be no splashes of urine on my face. LOL. I appreciate your honesty. Thanks.
@jenisky (406)
• Philippines
24 Feb 09
im quite lucky with my eldest son.at age of 2 he doesn't wear a diaper already.i potty trained him at an early age but he himself doesn't feel like using a diaper.what i do everytime before going to our bed i ask my son to wewee first and its becomes a habbit for him before sleeping so its very seldom our bed gets wet.
• Philippines
27 Feb 09
That's wonderful. My daughter has been potty trained at an early age too but the night wetting was something which became more difficult for me. At least for a couple of days now (since I ahve started this discussion), she has been sleeping without diapers.
@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
24 Feb 09
My kids all were trained by the age of 2 1/2. I did however use diapers at night until they stayed dry for at least a week. For me, I would rather not have to deal with the cleaning up the sheets and teh mattress. I think if you clean your child as soon as she wakes up, it helps avoid UTI.
• Philippines
27 Feb 09
Removing my daughter's diaper is the first thing I do once she wakes up but Istill wonder how she got it. Her pediatrician told me that it might have been cause by the baby powder which I also think can be the cause. Anyway, it has been days that she hasn't been wearing diapers. thanks for sharing you experience.
@mrsl2008 (635)
24 Feb 09
Hi dorisday x My eldest was potty trained at about 2 years but she was ready for it and only had the odd wet night. I also did the plastic sheet & limited drinks before bed which seem to work. My youngest is 1 so still have the pleasure of training her when she's ready. Your daughter will adjust with time and if you grab a plastic under sheet it will prevent the bed from smelling but you'll need to disenfect this regulary & just wash the bed clothes as need. Good Luck x
• Philippines
26 Feb 09
Thanks for giving me that idea of putting a plastic under the sheet. My daughter is now sleeping without diapers and so far, for three consecutive days she did not urinate in bed. I also limited her water intake before sleep and has to let her urinate before going to bed. Thanks again.
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
24 Feb 09
Oh my... my daughter is almost three years old and she is still using diapers the whole day... i try potty training her... but she doesn't want to use just undies... she would cry and beg me to put a diaper on her... i guess she is still not ready... Well, i think your husband should not have the upper hand here... since the health of you daughter is at stake... better a urine smelling bed than a child with UTI...
• Philippines
26 Feb 09
My daughter stopped wearing diapers during the day when he was two years old. I explaiend to her why she should stop wearing diapers and had to let her urinate every hour. From then on, she would just tell me if she needs to urinate and had learned how to control it.
• Canada
24 Feb 09
Hello, my son was 2 when we started potty training him. He was finished in about 3 days and would go on the toilet all day. Night however has been a problem for him. There was a couple things that I did to help the situation. I left plastic on his mattress and placed the sheet over it. This way if he did wet the bed I could wash his sheets and blankets and clothes, and wipe his sheet down with I used lysol, what whatever you prefer. This will keep her bed fresh. I also would wake up around 12 or 1 am...and wake him up and have him go to the bathroom. His bladder just wouldnt wake him up most nights. I would also limit the amount of drinks he has before bed, and always made sure he went pee before bed. Those a just a couple tips...hope this helps!!
• Philippines
26 Feb 09
thanks for sharing your experience and thank you also for giving me that idea of putting plastic on the mattress. My daughter has been potty trained when she was just over one year. Urinating at night was a something difficult for me to control. Thanks again.
@coolchai (620)
• Philippines
25 Feb 09
my son stopped using diapers when he was 5, yes too old. im a single mom back then, no time to really teach my son how to pee. thank God i still had my dad when i was a single mom. hes the one who taught my son how to pee before bedtime.
@mammamuh (582)
• Sweden
25 Feb 09
My first stopped both day and night just before she turned 2 - I've never potty - trained any of my children, they have choosen to take away the diapers themselves. The other two was just under 2,5 when they stopped. The youngest is the only one that had any accidents and that during the days - she didn't have the time to go.
• United States
25 Feb 09
I have two boys ages three and one. We started potty training our oldest son at age two which is recamended by most people. Reason for this is because this is around the age when they are able to control when they use the bathroom. My youngest son is about to turn two in March and is already showing signs that he's ready to be potty trained. Back on the subject there are certain types of blankets that you can place under your child that retain the urine this will help to keep the matress from smelling. You should also make sure your daughter uses the bathroom before falling asleep. Bed wetting is something that will go away, but that's just one of the things us loving parents will go through throughout our kids life. If you would like to follow my blog at http://dadsmadmoney.blogspot.com feel free. It's about my adventure as a stay at home dad. Hope you enjoy.
• United States
25 Feb 09
I have two boys ages three and one. We started potty training our oldest son at age two which is recamended by most people. Reason for this is because this is around the age when they are able to control when they use the bathroom. My youngest son is about to turn two in March and is already showing signs that he's ready to be potty trained. Back on the subject there are certain types of blankets that you can place under your child that retain the urine this will help to keep the matress from smelling. You should also make sure your daughter uses the bathroom before falling asleep. Bed wetting is something that will go away, but that's just one of the things us loving parents will go through throughout our kids life. If you would like to follow my blog at http://dadsmadmoney.blogspot.com feel free. It's about my adventure as a stay at home dad. Hope you enjoy.
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
25 Feb 09
My daughter stopped wearing diapers around 1 1/2 years. Our son was about 3 years old. Get yourself a rubber sheet. Have a hamper or diaper pail near by with a plastic bag in it, to put the sheets at night if you have to change them, and remove them in the morning, warm soap and water will remove the urine, and spray with lysol. Plus was the blankets, as sometimes they tuck the blankets between their legs. Check the pillow for any moisture or stains and was that as well. You can get covers for your pillows and also rubber ones, but make sure you put a pillow protector over it and then 2 pillow cases, as the rubber can get warm while sleeping and make one sweat. Good luck with your little girl. Hugs MaryLynn
• China
25 Feb 09
My son stopped wearing diaper when he was three. He feel more comfortable without diapers.
@youless (81382)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Feb 09
diaper - diaper is a method to avoid the wet bed
I think my son stopped to use the diapers when he was about 3 years old. It is a natural process. In fact he didn't like to use diapers, perhaps he didn't feel very comfortable as the biggest size didn't fit him so well anyway. I told him that if he wanted to have an urine, then just woke us up. I told him that he would do it well. Be sure I would let him go to the toilet before going to bed. And I used some quilts and a plastic cover so that it would try to avoid the urine. And he just succeed it at last and I am glad to it. I think your child will stop using the diapers soon. I love China
@salonga (27515)
• Philippines
25 Feb 09
I only have one kid. He is now 21 years old. But when he was young, he stops wearing diaper at 4 months old. I diligently trained him as a child. During night time I'd wake up from to 3 times to bring him to the bathroom so he could urinate. That trained him at very early age. I did not spent that much in diapers and also my was saved fro the discomfort of wearing them diapers during his infancy and early childhood.
@daventh (10)
• China
25 Feb 09
about 3 years,i like him, you should let him fourlw U