Find out how to save your sanity and lots of money with this simple nighttime potty training hack. It’s helpful if you have kids that wet the bed frequently. Make night time sheet changes easy!
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?