It feels like it was just yesterday that I was starting to get the hang of how I could easily potty train my child after a very exhausting and frustrating process with my first born Daniel.
While he’s almost 6 and potty training is just a distant memory, there are still times, indeed very rare, when he still wets his bed at night… don’t tell him I told you about this, he’s proud like that…:)
But you know what, I’m ok with it, truly.
You see… most children continue to have bedwetting accidents up until 7 year old and sometimes even beyond that. The fact is that it’s absolutely normal for a toddler to be completely potty trained during the day while at the same time, still wetting the bed at night.
What you need to realize, as a parent, and this took me sometime to accept, is that night time toilet training is very different from day time training.
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Maybe you’re a bit confused because I said I’m ok with my child having occasional bedwetting accidents, so let me clarify that for you:
-The bottom line is that you’ll just have to wait until your child is physically capable of keeping himself dry throughout the night.
-As a parent all you can is “damage control” and by that I mean everything you can think of to avoid bedwetting during the night.
That being said, here are 11 easy-to-implement night time potty training tips to get you started in the right direction.
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- 7 Expert Tips for Night Time Potty Training
- 1. Avoid big drinks after dinner or close to bed time.
- 2. Wake up your child 1 hour after he falls asleep and take him to the potty.
- 3. Reassure your child that you’ll help him in the middle of the night if he needs to use the potty.
- 4. Don’t use negative words when an accident happens.
- 5. Use waterproof mattress mats.
- 6. Put your toddler in real underwear even at night.
- 7. Wake up you child 1 hour earlier than his normal waking time.
- A word for the concerned parent
7 Expert Tips for Night Time Potty Training
1. Avoid big drinks after dinner or close to bed time.
Keep your child well hydrated throughout the day, but stop giving him liquids 2-3 hours before bed time.
2. Wake up your child 1 hour after he falls asleep and take him to the potty.
Waking up your child and taking him to the potty will not speed up the development of dry nights but it will however help night time potty training by letting him know that it’s ok to get out of bed at night and use the potty. And it will help you avoid yet another bedwetting accident.
3. Reassure your child that you’ll help him in the middle of the night if he needs to use the potty.
Make it clear to your toddler that if he or she needs to use the potty in the middle of the night you’ll be there to help, and that there is nothing wrong if he has bedwetting accident during the night.
4. Don’t use negative words when an accident happens.
Look. Accidents will happen, there’s no way around that. When an accident does happen patiently change the wet sheets and remind your child to let you know when he needs to go pee.
5. Use waterproof mattress mats.
There are different kinds of plastic mattress covers and mats that fit any size bed. Use them to make your child’s bed in layers: fitted sheet, plastic mat, fitted sheet and then another plastic mat(in case another accident happens during the same night). When an accident happens just peel back the wet layer. Toilet training mats absorb any liquid spills, keeping the mattress dry through the night.
6. Put your toddler in real underwear even at night.
I know Pull-Ups may seem like a good idea for a lot of parents but the wetness is still there, you just can’t see it. And if you’re using tip #5 what’s the point of using pull-ups anyway.
7. Wake up you child 1 hour earlier than his normal waking time.
Did you know that many bedwetting accidents actually happen when your child is already awake in bed but doesn’t get up. Waking him 1 hour before his normal waking time and taking him to the potty can actually save you a lot of laundry.
A word for the concerned parent
First of all don’t beat up yourself if accidents happen. Like I said their very natural, and there is no way around it. It’s just part of the learning process.
And just so you know, night time bedwetting is in no way a behavior that’s reflective of your parenting skills.
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