For the past few nights, our oldest son has asked not to wear a diaper at nighttime. He will be 4 years old in April. Husband and I haven’t really encouraged the no diaper at bedtime mostly because we don’t really want to deal with the potential mess the next morning.
In fact, it was his preschool teacher who told us that he was dry during the day and was using the bathroom with the other kids. She asked that we don’t send him in pull-ups anymore. This was about 4-5 months ago.
Anyway, last night this was my conversation with my son.
As I’m trying to get him to take off his underwear so I can put a diaper on:
Him: “No, Mommy. No diaper.”
Me: “Yes, honey. What if you make a pee at nighttime?
Him: “But I don’t, mommy! I don’t pee in my bed.”
Me: “Is your diaper dry when you wake up in the morning?”
Me: “And then you make a pee in the diaper?”
Him: “No” (His diaper is usually full in the morning, so I’m not entirely sure he understood what I was asking.) “Mommy, big boys and big girls don’t wear diapers at nighttime. I’m a big boy now.”
How could I argue with a statement like that?
He went to the bathroom, made a big boy pee and we put him to bed in his underwear. (We also put a towel underneath him and his mattress also has a waterproof cover so in the event of an accident we’d likely be okay.)
This morning, despite the time change, everyone woke up at 7:30am. Husband called out to son, “Did you pee in your underwear?” The answer back, a proud “No!!”. “Go make a pee then,” husband said.
Frankly, I was quite surprised. I didn’t think he was ready but that little boy proved me wrong. As a reward, I made pancakes for breakfast this morning.