One of the non-negotiable requirements for admission into preschool was that all incoming students have to be potty trained. I gotta tell you, we were cutting it pretty darned close. If I had to make a guess, I'd say that when lil A entered preschool three months ago, he was about 90% potty trained. In other words, he was able to use the bathroom when we reminded him, but if we weren't careful or forgot to take him to the bathroom, the occasional accident did happen.
I think part of the problem was that he was being stubborn and didn't feel the urgency to graduate to underwear. (ie. why change to underwear when you can pee in your pants and just keep on playing?) Luckily for us, things mostly came together right before school started and we crossed our fingers that peer pressure would take us the final 10% of the way. (The last 10% being that lil A would be able to tell us when he wanted to use the bathroom.) If you were wondering, the first few weeks were a little rough, with accidents happening during nap time, but nowadays, that doesn't seem to happen any more.
So, fast forward to our current situation...I'd say things are going very well, we don't have any accidents during the day anymore (watch us have one next week lol), however we still change lil A into a diaper at night just "in case." It's a routine that's worked for us in the past, but I know that some time in the near future, it'll be time for us to make the leap to wearing underwear 100% of the time. One of the ways we know that lil A's just about ready is that in the morning when he wakes up, his diaper is pretty much dry; then, when we take him to the toilet, the shi shi comes out really fast. :)
Now, I suppose the timing is right to think about strategies to get rid of that final diaper. In many ways, we're a bit hesitant to take that leap - maybe it's just that we're afraid of having to clean up lil A's sheet and blankets yet another time...I suppose for starters, we could get lil A up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, but that might might cause a disruption in his sleep patterns...lil A needs his sleep to be on his best behavior :) That being said, before we make any kind of change, I turn to you for suggestions and tips on how we can make this transition as easy and clean up free as possible...
I'm looking forward to your creative ideas...ttfn & enjoy your week!