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Spooky Fun: No-Carve Pumpkins

Spooky Fun: No-Carve Pumpkins

Ready to decorate for Halloween? The kids will love helping with these DIY no-carve pumpkin projects that minimize mess and maximize fun! Thank you to Deborah at www.SuperMoms360.com for sharing her i . . .

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DIY Funko POP! Costume

DIY Funko POP! Costume

Looking for a creative Halloween costume to accommodate a stroller or wheelchair? Have fun designing and making a Funko POP! costume. Use everyday clothing to create a POP! character that fits your . . .

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7 Tips to Overcome Fear of the Dark

7 Tips to Overcome Fear of the Dark

Avoid ideas like "monster spray" which only affirm in a child's mind that monsters are real and need to be "sprayed away."  - Berkley James, pediatric sleep consultant  Fear of the dark i . . .

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Things to Do in Julian

Things to Do in Julian

Family Fun in Julian The beauty of historic Julian (a gold mining town just 60 miles northeast of San Diego) is that many attractions are within walking distance of each other. It’s the perfect fami . . .

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San Diego Robotics Programs for Kids

San Diego Robotics Programs for Kids

Discover STEM in Youth Robotics Many parents encourage kids to pursue STEM-related careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and youth robotics programs offer one such option. Along with l . . .

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Art with Alyssa: Skull Craft for Dia de los Muertos

Art with Alyssa: Skull Craft for Dia de los Muertos

Create a beautiful calavera (skull, in English) to celebrate Mexico’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Traditionally, skulls are created out of sugar or clay, elaborately decorated and place . . .

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Nighttime potty-training tips for success

Evaluate your expectations.

You might expect that the moment your children learn how to control their bladders during the day that will also mean immediate nighttime success, but that scenario is quite rare. The truth for most children is that nighttime dryness takes weeks to months to follow suit. So the first thing to do is simply relax. It’s fine to keep your little one in nighttime pull-ups until he has a successful track record of a few dry nights in a row.

Implement rewards.

If you feel like your child could use a little incentive to try to keep his pull-up dry (after two months of daytime success), a reward chart can be a good place to start. One thing to keep in mind about rewards is that in order for them to be effective, the reward must come as soon as possible. So, for example, if your little guy wakes up with a dry pull-up, the reward would be ready as soon as he shows you his success.

Monitor nighttime sleep hours.

Overtiredness can be the culprit for many things, including bedwetting. Have a good look at the number of nighttime hours of sleep your child is getting, and if it’s any less than 11, try adding to it. When a child is overtired the body tends to sleep more heavily, which could be interfering with the body’s messages to the brain that would encourage your child to wake-up to use the toilet.

Celebrate success.

Children love to please you. Even if your little man manages to keep his pull-up dry for just one night, that accomplishment deserves a celebration! Make a big deal about his success by sharing the news with a favorite family relative or having a special celebration breakfast. Once he gets the hint that keeping the pull-up dry at night is a big deal to everyone around him, he will be more motivated to keep up the good work!

Go diaper free.

Occasionally children just take the easy way out, no matter how much coaxing and rewarding a parent does. For some children, staying dry at night is just not a priority and they won’t do it even though they can. If it’s been at least six months since your little one mastered daytime dryness and you’ve tried the above suggestions many times over, then you may need to test your child by going diaper-free at night.

Put a plastic mattress cover on for protection and be ready to wake a few times in the first week to change sheets and PJs. Try it for two weeks. If you see your child moving in the direction of progress with more and more dry nights, then you know you are on the right track. If, however, there is little to no success, then trust that it’s more a matter of biology than stubbornness and go back to the pull-up for a few more months.

Lastly, we have one major DON’T when it comes to this topic:

It’s never wise to punish a child for nighttime accidents. One in 10 school-aged children still has trouble controlling his bladder at night, so it’s more common than you might think. It’s not your little one’s fault, and it’s just a matter of age and biological maturity before success comes.

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Courtesy of Zazoo Kids, the makers of the kids sleep photo clock.

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