When do you stop Pull Ups?

When do you stop Pull Ups?

This is a question that comes up all of the time. Are pull ups prolonging bedwetting? If we had stopped the pull ups, would they have grown out of it already? The only time I recommend stopping pull ups is if a child answers yes to one of these questions I ask them.

  1. Do you ever wake up dry and then wet in the morning?
  2. Do you feel warm pee at night?
  3. Do you wake up in the middle of the night dry?

If they answer yes to any of these questions it’s definitely worth trying to go pull up free. The child needs to understand what they need to do to try to be dry during the night. It may take a few nights. If after a week of trying, if they are still wetting you can have them start wearing pull ups. I have no research to base this recommendation on. However, here are the reasons this might work:

  1. They are waking up dry but don’t have the motivation to get to the bathroom right away.
  2. If they are feeling warm pee they are waking up to the sensation of peeing. That’s a great first step. This means their brain is starting to recognize what their bladder is doing at night.
  3. If they are waking up in the middle of the night dry, not having a pull up on will hopefully give them the motivation to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Make sure they have a clear path to the bathroom and a night light on.

Make sure they know why you think they are ready to try going pull up free. If they continue to wet without improvement then it’s time to start the Time to be Dry Workbook.

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