Nighttime Training for Potty training

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Once your child stays dry all day, you can start formulating game plan nights. Wait until he/she reliable using the potty during the daytime, then start checking your child’s diaper in the mornings and after naps to see if they’re dry.

Many children start staying dry during the afternoon naps within six months of using the potty. Nighttime training takes longer because it depends mostly on whether his/her body can hold the urine for an extended period of time. It can take months or years before your child’s body is mature enough to stay dry at night, and this is perfectly normal. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 10 per cent of 7-year-olds and 5 percent of 10-year-olds may still wet the bed.

If your child wants to try sleeping without diapers, go ahead and let them. Should a few nights of this experiment show they are not ready, put your toddler back in diapers in a nonjudgmental way. Tell them that their bodies isn’t quite ready for this next step, and reassure him/her that they’ll soon be big enough to try again.

If your child stays dry three out of five nights, it’s probably okay to make your “all underwear, all the time” policy official. Support attempts to stay dry by limiting how many drinks after 5 p.m. and getting them up for a final bathroom trip before you go to bed. If your child takes longer to stay dry at night, don’t worry – nighttime accidents are considered normal until well into the grade school years.

References

  1. WebMD. Potty training. Accessed on 27th September 2018.
  2. NHS. Pregnancy. Potty training. Accessed on 27th September 2018.
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