J.H. asks from Billings, MT on January 25, 2008
Night Potty Training? - Red Lodge,MT
My daughter is 3 1/2, and has been potty trained for nearly a year and a half. However, we have always kept a pull-up on her at night. She always wakes up wet. We haven't approached the task of night training, mostly because our life has been one unsettled situation after another since she day-potty trained (she got a new baby brother, then we sold our house, then spent two months with family, then spent the summer camping in a trailer while we built a house, the we moved into the new house....) Things are finally settled now, and I would like to give it a try, but I am not sure how to start. I would love to hear how all you other moms have done this! Any suggestions would be great!
A.A. answers from Kalamazoo on January 25, 2008
We didn't do anything to night potty train our daughter. She just started waking up dry all the time so we knew she could do it.
I would just start by limiting drinks after supper time. Always have her go potty right before bed. And if you think you need to, you could wake her to go potty right before you go to bed. If you think it might help, you could try offering an incentive to her for waking up dry...that might motivate her to go first thing when she wakes up if she is still dry at that point.
Good luck...it'll come!
J.O. answers from Boise on January 25, 2008
A.W. answers from Boise on January 25, 2008
This isn't going to answer your question, but it might comfort you to know that my four and five-year-old boys are still not night trained. They each potty trained at two-and-a-half but have been wearing pull ups to bed since then. It's been very frustrating for me but I just keep thinking I need to wait until they're ready. I don't ever let them have drinks after dinner, but they still wet their beds. They've each had spurts of dryness for a few days or a week, but they always go back to wetting. So, I guess I'm just waiting for them to be ready. I have a feeling when my older son stops, his little brother will follow. It works that way with everything else. So we'll see.
B.W. answers from Grand Rapids on January 25, 2008
my almost 3 year old dd is night time trained.
I asked her if she wanted to wear her big girl panties or the diaper panties to bed, she picked the big girl. only had 2 accidents (not even bad enough to have to change bedding) since thanksgiving.
T.P. answers from Omaha on January 25, 2008
i have never heard of night potty training. i guess unless the child is to a certain age where there is a concern.
on average night time training comes alot later and even 5 years old isn't uncommon.
have you talked to your pediatrican yet?
a thing or two i have heard some moms do is wake their child at certain times at night to go potty to try to get their body used to reading the signs. but for the most part i think it just depends on if the childs body is ready or not.
my son is night potty trained and there really wasn't anything i did. i just waited till he woke up for 30 straight mornings dry.. then i knew he was trained.
the class we went to about potty training is where we got the 30 nights dry time line.
i would talk to your dr if you are concerned.
A.A. answers from Omaha on January 25, 2008
I have read a book Called WHAT TO EXPECT THE TODDLER YEARS from what I have read sometimes they will not night train until their are between the ages of 6 and 8 even then its an internal clock that tells them when they are ready not us so what I am trying to say is go for it but don't be discouraged if it doesn't work the first time around. some choices now that she is older you may try are:
1. Turn it over, Give your child full responsibility for toilet training. It's your BM and your urine, you can make them in the potty when you want. And if I can help let me know k.
2. Present choices, now or later And keep your own opinions to yourself.
3. Stop reminding, don't say anything and anything you say may be held against you and further delay this process.
4. Don't talk about it. don't make it a issue don't discuss it either with child or others in child's presence
5. Sweeten the "POT". offer an incentive for success. a sticker on a calendar, good luck with this one.
6. Enlist help. Often a few words from a neutral authority figure, such as a nurse, doctor, or teacher, are more effective than a thousand from a parent.
7. Give it time. Eventually your toddler will decide when it's time. stop pushing it and it will come.
This is straight from the book so good luck and take your time. Many toddlers are not yet developmentally ready to hold their urine for ten to twelve hours or to wake in response to the bladder's signal that it is full. Some toddlers master this step as soon as they can stay dry all day automatically staying dry Thur the night. A majority don't. And since this is normal night time training isn't recommended at this age. If at point they start waking up dry and this happens regularly dispense the night time pull-up. Otherwise don't begin a concerted campaign to teach your toddler to stay dry at night it's far to early to intervene. If night time wetting is still a problem when your child is 5 years old, offering incentives may be enough to help them gain night time control. these incentives can also be used with an alarm to go off each time a child begins to wet, eventually training child to wake when child's bladder is full. So if this helps good for you and if not don't force it in due time her brain will tell her when. Good Luck and Best Wishes to you and your famliy..
B.L. answers from Salt Lake City on January 28, 2008
My daughter was taking off her diaper/Pull-Up at night so I decided to work with her at staying dry at night. I agree with the posts that it really just comes naturally, but two things that I did to keep myself from changing sheets each night were:
1. No liquids after dinner...and I still try to get her to drink more in the morning or early afternoon so I know she isn't thirsty at night.
2. I would take her to the potty every night before I went to bed and then she could usually stay dry until morning.
I would say that if she is content in a pull up leave her in it until you notice she is waking up dry on a regular basis. It will save you on A LOT of laundry and being up at night:)