8 year old SD wakes everyone up to go pee at night...
I wanted to see what is normal vs. not normal for kids this age who have to pee at night. SD wakes up and yells for anyone who will listen. We've given her a nightlight and there is a small glowing light in the hallway and bathroom to help her turn on the lights there. We've told her multiple times to use them and not call out because it wakes her brother.
If you're not familiar with my situation, I have a cosleeping 19 month old who typically wakes every 2 hours, so I really can't afford anymore sleep loss. When she yells, he typically wakes - and because he's not waking on his own (which is usually stirring and breastfeeding for 20 minutes than going back to sleep), he often fully wakes up and we have to spend a while rocking him again.
It's so incredibly frustrating. I get being afraid of the dark. I used to be afraid of the dark too. I can vividly remember it. BUT I can also remember persevering through the fear and running to the lightswitch everytime I needed to. Yeah, it's scary, but you do it. Isn't this what every kid does? Similar to running in and out of the basement because you're scared but your mom asked you to get something lol
Anyway... What can I do here? If we ignore her calling, she calls louder and louder - despite being told not to call out at night and just go pee. My husband works late nights so I'm on my own, which often means I have a sleeping toddler who will wake and cry if I leave bed to bring her to the bathroom but if I don't, she yells and wakes him up anyways.