I have been in the trenches of potty-training my 28 month old son for a few weeks now. It is not going very well. I am leaving him in just underwear all day long and putting disposable pull-ups on for naps, nights and when we leave the house.
At home he is JUST starting to tell us if he needs to go to the bathroom. He will hold himself and say "Mummy, Mummy, Mummy" some of the time. He is not speaking much yet so this is how he lets us know.
I rush him to the potty and most of the time he won't go. He sits there for awhile but eventually just gets up and plays. I put his underwear back on and awhile later he starts going on the floor without telling us.
We are lucky if he goes on the potty ONCE a day.
He is really good at holding it though. He goes hours at home or even out for a walk and doesn't have an accident. The problem is he doesn't go on the potty either.
He holds it and will poop and pee in his pull-ups when he is in bed.
I know that a lot of it is him still learning and I am keeping my patience and just keep putting him on the potty and reminding him about it often.
My issue now though is he DOES NOT SLEEP at night!
He used to sleep 12 hours straight every night without a peep. For the last week or so he wakes up crying multiple times and night. I go in his room and sometimes he is holding his crotch so I put him on the potty but he won't go. (He is not constipated, he poops like normal every day). I put him back in his pull-ups and he settles right down again. This repeats itself throughout the long, long night. Last night he was up ALL night long.
My theory is that he feels like he has to pee but doesn't want to pee in his bed so he cries for me to go in to put him on the potty. Which would make perfect sense if he would actually PEE!
When I started potty-training I tried leaving him in underwear for naps and nights too. But he wasn't sleeping well and was very crabby because of that. I often had to change the sheets on his bed 3 times a night. So I decided to use pull-ups for sleep instead.
That was working for awhile but now we are having the sleep issues again.
So my questions are:
Does potty-training cause sleep problems?
Did you experience this? What did you do to resolve it?