Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Pull-Update

So I followed the advice of many and we've done away with pull-ups in the house. The only time Audrey used them was at bedtime, because the girls' bedtime routine is dinner, bath, milk, Yo Gabba Gabba, brush teeth, story, and bed. Last night, we cut out the milk after bath time and watched Elmo's Potty Time instead of Gabba. There was almost a full blown riot over no milk, but I compromised by offering peanuts instead (I know, random, right?).

I also had 3 of those hospital bed pads from my pregnancy with the girls. A nurse had sent them home with me after my month long hospital stay just in case I needed them. So, I put those on their beds. I also added two little night lights (they have these LED star lights adhered to their beds as well), and a lamp in the bathroom. I gave them the pep talk that if they needed to go potty in the middle of the night, that they needed to just wake up and go. They shouldn't cry, wake each other up, or wake me up (unless they pooped and needed to be wiped).

And you know what? Natalie woke up dry! I gave her a huge hug and told her how proud I was of her, and that she was a big girl. Audrey had a small accident, but it must have happened around 6:30 when I was in the shower, because I had checked in on her before and she was dry.

I'm making sticker charts today to see if that helps with the pooping issues with Natalie. Though she doesn't do well when it comes to paper & stickers (she's half goat, half shredder) - so we'll see how well it holds up.


  1. Thats great!! I will say you're going to have some pretty good stories to embarrass Natalie with when she ges older. If Audrey doesn't do it first.

  2. Nice! There came a point with my daughter too, when we had to just ditch the pull-ups. At some point, she had the bladder control thing down and understood about going to the potty... but putting the pull-up on her just seemed to make her pee in the dang thing. Glad to hear that night #1 went so well!

  3. Glad it's working out! I don't have kids, but I was going to take a stab and suggest perhaps she does it as a way to get one-on-one time with you? It sounds like you are super busy (of course) with having at least 3 children at all times and therefore it might be a guaranteed way for her to know you'll always focus on her. Whether it's wiping, changing her or cleaning up a mess you're the one she yells for. Maybe if you do what others in the previous post suggested and make/help her clean up the mess, it would be less control for her?
    Not sure, just a thought.
    Best of luck and hope the new 'good' trend continues!

  4. Yeah!!! We did stickers and he loved it. I just taped paper to the bathroom wall and let him stick the one he wanted onto there. 1 for pee, 2 for poop.


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