Steps to Overnight Success
6/3/2008 | by Jen Singer
Your child may be a pro at staying dry during the day, but nighttime can be a different task altogether. Take heart, though, because nighttime is typically the part of the day that takes the longest for a child to master. But a little planning and patience can make it much easier for your tot to succeed.
To help your toddler stay dry at night, I recommend that parents:
- Prepare for Nighttime.
When it’s time for bed, take extra steps to make your child comfortable. Have them wear Pull-Ups® Night-Time Training Pants like my kids did, because they have extra absorbency and help maintain consistency with potty training. Also make sure that your child’s path to the bathroom is well lit – and free of toys. Keep a nightlight on in the bathroom overnight, so your child can find everything they need.
- Limit fluids before bedtime.
Some toddlers get used to taking a bottle or sippy-cup to bed to help get to sleep. I know mine did. But this can cause your tot to have to go potty during the night. Avoid leaving full cups of water near the bed, and instead offer one small drink of water to your child before you tuck them in.
- Attitude is everything.
After a dry night, celebrate! Make your child’s favorite breakfast and let them watch a favorite video. We even called Grandma with the good news. They will learn to associate a dry bedtime with other great things, and will make that extra effort to become fully trained!