Night time potty training sucks. I should know. I’m right in the thick of it. At least when you are potty training during the day, accidents are pretty obvious and easy to recognize. At night, if you have a heavy sleeper, they can have an accident and not know until the next morning when they have been festering in it all night. Night time potty training is a whole other monster to take on. We feel so close to the finish line of not having to buy any more diapers, it is normal to wonder when is your child going to be completely and fully potty trained? Day and night? Here are a few things to consider:
All children are different. One of your children can learn to be dry right along when they first start potty training successfully. Your other child may take a bit more time being night time potty trained and that is completely normal. Girls can actually take until they are 6 years old to be completely dry and boys can be almost 7 before they are able to be completely dry through the night. The best approach is not to get frustrated and remember that each child develops at their own pace. Night time is a more complicated process for children’s bodies to recognize. Their body has to recognize when their bladder is full and that has to wake them up. If your child is a deep sleeper this can be difficult.
When night time potty training, its best to prepare ahead of time.
If you are trying to help your child with night time potty training there are a few things you can do to help this process go a bit more successfully. First, make sure that you are restricting them from fluids a few hours before they are off to bed. You should also make sure that they always use the bathroom before they are down for the night. You also want to make sure they eat a healthy diet. This is to help make sure they are not constipated. Constipation can really deter night time potty training, making it almost impossible. To avoid this, make sure they are getting the recommended amount of fiber.
When night time potty training, its best to prepare ahead of time. This helps make your night when accidents occur go a bit easier. This means having one plastic mattress protector, then a fitted sheet on their mattress and then another mattress protector and then another fitted sheet over that as well. This will make cleaning up accidents in the middle of the night much easier. You can lift both sheets and you have a new set right underneath. When they do have an accident, make sure they know you know it’s just an accident and they can try again. Making it a stressful situation will only make it worse and will bring your child further away from their night time potty training goal. As hard as it may be, always remain positive and encouraging. We promise they will get there eventually!