Night Training

Potty Time

By Sue Rouillard, MEd

So the daytime potty training is going well. You’ve worked your way from diapers, maybe to pull-ups, and now to undies, and those puddles on the floor are becoming a distant memory. Congratulations!! It’s been a month or more without any daytime accidents and you wish potty training was done and you could forget about it. You’re almost there.

Like daytime training, there’s no set time line on how soon you’ll get through night time training, but let’s see if I can make it just a bit easier for you.

Ten Tips for Night Time Toilet Training

1) Continue with your consistent daytime expectations. Good daytime routines pave the way for successful nighttime routines!

2) Steve Hodges, M.D., a pediatric urologist at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center says, “Children should use the toilet as soon as they feel the urge—holding can strain the bladder and worsen nighttime wetting,”  

3) Dr. Hodges also says, “Encourage digestive health, constipation is probably the most under appreciated cause of bed-wetting.”

4) Limit drinks to two hours before bedtime to help your child stay dry.

5) Keep a child’s potty in her bedroom, or make sure night lights show the way to the bathroom or your room.

6) Be prepared, stay calm and retain your sense of humor. This could take a number of months. On the other hand, it might be much faster than you ever imagined!

7) Cover your child’s bed with a waterproof sheet before putting on the regular sheet.

8) Get another waterproof sheet, and a regular sheet, and keep them handy near your child’s bed.

9) Keep an extra pair of your child’s underwear and pajamas near the potty.

10) Be sure to have your child use the bathroom before bedtime!

Bonus Tip: Relax; just like daytime training, this will come. Remember to praise your child for every attempt and celebrate all successes! Good luck!

2 thoughts on “Night Training

  1. Hi there,
    Just like with day training, a child’s readiness for night/nap training is very much a developmental thing. It’s okay if they are ready later for this stage than they were for day training. Try to reduce liquids before sleep time and make a habit of taking the child directly to the potty as soon as they awake. We are actually going to publish another article on night training this week. Stay tuned for lots of good ideas and tips!