Looking for ways to keep your child’s bed dry at night? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Night time potty training is one of the most common topics parents seek advice about. They’re often concerned they skipped a step in the potty training journey or wonder if they tried to put their little one in underwear too quickly.
Actually, it’s important to start with identifying what stage they’re at — because nighttime dryness develops over time. And there’s an important correlation between the age of your child and potty training at night.
Nighttime dryness is something that evolves naturally as your child develops — their bladder needs to grow big enough, and it needs to send signals to and from the brain. Also, kids usually develop the nighttime slowdown in urine production between ages 2 and 7. So in most cases nighttime potty training means simply awaiting your child’s physical development. It’s not related to your child’s personality but instead it’s likely genetic — and also influenced by how deeply your child sleeps.
Unfortunately, there’s really no handbook to speeding up the process. Those dry nights will come eventually — and there’s a lot of fun to have as you anticipate them and celebrate all the potty training successes you’ve already had together.
Daytime potty trained and only wetting at night?
- Establishing a bedtime routine. Take your child to the potty before bed and then put on some nighttime Pull-Ups®. Called Pull-Ups® Night*Time training pants, they build consistency with the Pull-Ups® training pants your toddler wears during the way while providing extra absorbency. After you tuck your child in, you can read a book, sing a sweet lullaby or take time for a little recap of your day — what you experienced together or, if your toddler goes to day care, what you experienced apart.
- Limit beverages at night. Drinking water or other beverages at night can leave your child with a full bladder — and the need to go during the night. Offer them a small drink before you tuck them in, but avoid sending your toddler to bed with a bottle or sippy cup.
- Create a clear path to the bathroom. Keep a nightlight on in the bathroom, and be sure to clear toys or any other clutter so your child doesn’t trip if they need to go at night. But keep in mind that many children sleep so soundly that they won’t wake up when the need to go occurs.
- Head straight to the potty in the morning. Remind your potty training child that the first thing you do each morning is use the toilet.
Still struggling with nighttime dryness?
If your child is struggling to stay dry at night, consider these tips:
- Let your child know you aren’t upset or disappointed. Keep the conversation open so they can share how they’re feeling — especially if they’re getting a little older and worrying about bedwetting at a sleepover with a friend or relative. Assure them you’ll help them through their journey and find a management solution that works for them.
- Look for products designed for easy clean up. GoodNites® nighttime underwear can make your child feel more secure and also make clean up much easier for you if an accident occurs during the night. GoodNites® disposable bed mats are another great way to make clean up quick and easy in the morning — or in middle of the night if your child wakes up wet.
- Learn more.GoodNites.com has tips and advice from experts that can help your child rest easy tonight.
- Check with your child’s healthcare provider. Sometimes constipation or other medical issues can cause bedwetting.
Someday, this nighttime training stuff will be a distant memory and your child will be sleeping through the night in pajamas — without needing any nighttime potty training tools to keep them dry.