It’s hard to believe that my little man is already 3 years old. It seems like he was just crawling around in diapers. Now he is potty trained and sleeping in underwear.
Notice how I said sleeping in underwear as opposed to nighttime potty trained.
We are working on that one. Luckily, I’ve found the perfect nighttime potty training hack that is saving us a lot of money and simplifying our lives.
We originally had Robert sleeping in Pull-Ups. They worked fine for about 3 weeks. Then he became fascinated with “Little Robert”, if you know what I mean.
Once that fascination started, he’d move “Little Robert” around and pee right out the top or side of his Pull-Ups, even the nighttime ones. While we still use them for travel and nights at Grandma’s house, they don’t work well for regular use at our house. Since I was already changing his sheets 3-5 times a week, I decided to pull the plug and start nighttime potty training.
Cutting Pull-Ups out was the first way we saved money on nighttime training. We save at least $40 a month by not buying them.
Then next thing I did to save money was to skip the waterproof mattress protectors.
Instead, I came up with this hack:
Use PUL (polyurethane laminate) fabric instead of waterproof mattress protectors. Use several sheets of PUL to create 3 layers of fitted sheets to make changing sheets a breeze in the middle of the night.Check out this hack to make changing sheets from bed wetting easier! #hack Click To Tweet
While I think mattress protectors are awesome, I still wanted something to create waterproof layers between the sheets so I wouldn’t constantly be making the bed in the middle of the night.
Here’s the how-to that worked for our double bed:
- Buy 2 yards (or more) of PUL fabric online (here’s an example from Amazon) or from a craft store
- Cut it into thirds
- Layer one piece, a doubled over towel, and then a fitted sheet.
- Repeat two more times until you have 3 fitted sheets on the mattress
TIP: don’t dry the PUL in the dryer. Let it air dry and it will stay waterproof longer.
I’m choosing to skip the top sheet and go with a simple blanket on top.
Now when Robert wets the bed, I strip off one layer and he goes to the next.
Two yards of PUL at my craft store is roughly $24. I used a 40% off coupon from JoAnn’s to get mine for $14.40. This is way cheaper than those uncomfortable rubber sheets, and way cheaper than buying Pull-Ups!
Robert now wets the bed about 3 times a week. It’s not perfect, but it works for us. And for only $14.40 to get through nighttime potty training, I don’t mind washing sheets a couple of times a week.
What’s your favorite potty training tip?