As young children develop, potty accidents happen far and few between. Sometimes they are at a friend’s house or at the park and they get too busy playing and do not know where the bathroom is. This is a situation which may result in a potty accident.
When your preschooler reaches the point where pull-ups are no longer needed in his bed at night, don’t expect this will apply during overnights. Reasons preschoolers have potty accidents on overnights:
1. The bed was too high. I didn’t feel like jumping twice the length of my body to get out and go potty.
2. It was a strange house. I was scared to get out of bed in that dark house.
3. I did not know where the bathroom was located in that strange house.
4. The house was cold, as was the hardwood floor, and I didn’t want to get out of the warm bed without my favorite warm slippers. It was easier to pee in bed.
5. The birthday party ran late. I drank too much after 6 p.m.
Of course, if you ask your Charlotte preschooler why they wet the bed, the answer will most likely be, “I don’t know.” Verbalizing the above answers may be a stretch for a Charlotte preschooler.
To deter potty accidents on overnights, do not give drinks after 6 p.m. Ensure your child knows where the potty is and how to get there from the bed. Does your child need a step-stool by the tall bed to get down? Let your child know it is okay to wake up someone to help with going to the potty at night. Leave a night light on in the room and the bathroom and possibly hallway leading to the bathroom.
Leave warm house slippers by the bed where there are cold, hard-wood floors.
If your preschooler continues to have accidents on overnights, take a more proactive approach. Your preschooler will need to take part in cleaning up his bottom and the bed by peeling off the sheets and helping to carry them to the laundry room. Follow this entire process by having him to help put the fitted sheet back on the bed. He will realize it is much easier to get up in the middle of the night and go pee.
To simplify this process, use a plastic cover on the mattress of your hostess. A makeshift plastic cover is a plastic trash bag placed between the fitted sheet and mattress where the child will sleep.