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Night-Time Potty Training: Dry Days AND Dry Nights

By Darlene Oakley HERWriter
 
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Daytime toileting is usually mastered before nighttime toileting and before children’s bladders are fully developed. (1, 2) Their bodies are also still too immature to reliably wake them up in the middle of the night to go to the potty. (4)

It is important to remember that “night-time wetting during the toilet training process is not the same as bedwetting.” (2) Children are not classified as bedwetting until they are 5 years old. (2)

Pediatrician, Lynette Bauza, says that it can take up to two years before a child is completely trained at night. (2)

Night-time Potty Training Tip #1 – Wait until they’re ready

Let your child continue to wear night-time diapers or training pants until they are ready. “[I]f you wait until he’s really ready to start, the process shouldn’t be too painful for either of you.” (4)

Your child may be more ready when:

• He/she wakes up dry most mornings or urinates just before he/she wakes up (the diaper is soaked and warm)

• He/she goes to the toilet during the night on his/her own or asks for help

• He/she asks to wear big boy/girl underwear to bed

• He/she can get in and out of bed on his/her own (no bed rail)

• He/she’s learned to completely empty his/her bladder and urinate on demand (about age 4).

Night-time Potty Training Tip #2 – Prepare and empower your child for staying dry

There are several ways you can help your child feel ready for this next step of big-kid-dom:

• Make it easy for your child to get out of bed (no bed rails) and easily remove their pajamas

• Talk it up – Talk to your child about the possibility of wearing “big boy/girl pants” to bed, about keeping the bed dry, about going to the potty by themselves

• Don’t start night-time training all of a sudden

• Decide on a night-time potty procedure with your child and then practice it before sleep time

• Cover the bed with a waterproof mat (either disposable or reusable)

• Use night lights to help your child navigate to and from the bathroom at night

Night-time Potty Training Tip #3 – Positive dry bed strategies

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