You may be aware that over the last few months I have been sharing our bedwetting journey with you. Bedwetting affects 1 in 4 of four year olds and it is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. DryNites have produced the ConfidentNites Guide to help you along in your journey.
In the middle of our journey, along with some of the other ambassadors, I went on a sleep retreat and gained some valuable advice from the three experts we met; Yvonne Wake (nutritionist), Selina Sasse (mindfulness expert), and Helen Packham (sleep expert).
The advice, tips and knowledge I gained from the sleep retreat has helped immensely and we introduced a new bedtime routine, which in turn helped with the bedwetting and confidence in both of us. Spiderman helped too!
It’s now time for my final bedwetting update, and this time Jacob makes an appearance!
I hope you have also gained some valuable tips and advice via my series of vlogs.
Visit DryNites to find out more about the ConfidentNites® Guide for helpful advice on bedwetting from DryNites®.
*This post forms part of my ambassador role for DryNites ConfidentNites.
I mentioned a few weeks ago how Jacob & I are DryNites® ConfidentNites ambassadors. He has been using the DryNites for a few weeks now and we have already seen an improvement in dryness during the night. Over the course of the next few months I will be sharing our journey via a series of vlogs on YouTube.
In this first vlog, I am giving you an introduction to DryNites® and the ConfidentNites Guide. I recently attended a sleep retreat with some of the other ambassadors and I brought back so much useful information and many tips that I hope to share with you in future vlogs in order to help you and your child’s confidence with overcoming bedwetting.
*This post forms part of my ambassador role for DryNites®.
It seems like we have been potty or toilet training on & off for the last couple of years now. It felt like we started quite early with Jacob and it was only a few months ago that he decided to just go for it himself and get rid of his nappies during the day. He does still have the odd accident though and although he goes to the toilet right before bed, he will occasionally have an accident through the night too. This is completely normal though as at the age of four, 1 in 4 children do still wet the bed so he is not alone. In fact, bedwetting affects more than 900,000 children and young people in the UK.
I am delighted to announce that I have teamed up with Huggies to become a DryNites® ambassador! Throughout my ambassador role I will be taking you on a journey of ways to improve your child’s confidence at nighttime by using DryNites® pyjama pants, which will in turn hopefully improve your confidence too and help you lead your child to eventually have a dry nights sleep. Read more
Wow. I thought I had better write an update on Jacob as I have been (kind of) keeping up with then for Noah, and I knew it was a while since I last wrote one, but, I didn’t think it was this long! Six whole months ago! Even the photo from then, he has changed so much.
I always mention Jacob’s behaviour in his updates as we have had many troubles and you may remember we went on a course to try and help deal with it. We have been so consistent with lots we learned since then – well, I have anyway – and his behaviour, though still incredibly difficult to deal with some days, is so much better on the whole. It is when I am within a reasonable distance of him anyway; sometimes he can be unpredictable when they are in a different room together… or maybe not so if I can predict it happening! Read more
Is there such a thing as a toilet regression? Why do I ask? Because, well, we seem to be having one with Jacob right now.
It’s been 4 months now since we moved and his Grandad passed away, but we have had no other big changes since then so I am trying to figure out the reason, or if it is actually just a phase – in which case I shall just repeat the mantra “This too shall pass. This too shall pass.”
It wasn’t actually long after we moved that he started to do all of his business on the toilet. For a while he still had a nappy on for bed time and would hold out for that to do a poo rather than on the toilet, but one evening just decided he wanted to wear pants and he hasn’t worn a nappy since. We did have the odd accident – and still do occasionally – but for the most part he has been using the toilet for wee’s and poo’s.
Yes, that is a photo of my toilet.
That is, until the last two or three weeks. Suddenly he just started pooing himself again and we have gone through no end of pants – I’m glad I Santa bought him some more for Christmas! He knows when he needs one as he can usually tell me. For example, yesterday morning when he actually sat on the toilet for five minutes saying he was doing a poo, then he decided he didn’t need one after all. Five minutes later, he had done a poo in his pants!
I am trying my hardest not to show it, but it is incredibly frustrating after him taking so long to get used to using the toilet anyway and then we thought we had finally cracked it (after a year!). I do tell him firmly – but not angrily – that he should be doing a poo in the toilet, and every time he goes to the toilet now he gets a sticker. We did have this reward in place at first but it kind of phased out once he was using it.
I did think it might have been a power issue, but he has done it at nursery too where he also used to do everything on the toilet. I’m hoping that re-introducing the reward system may help, as today he actually did a poo in the toilet again. Fingers crossed.
Have you ever experienced this kind of thing, and at what age? Was it after a certain event or a change? I would love to hear your experiences and advice!