What Should I Know About Potty Training my Child at Night?
Potty training at night can be more challenging than during the day, as it requires children to hold their urine for longer periods of time while they sleep.
The first thing to understand is that nighttime training is largely dependent on your child’s system. Their bodies need time for neurotransmitters to develop. Often, their systems simply aren’t formed until age 5 and beyond. Nocturnal Enuresis (the scientific term for nighttime releases) is very common and normal even to age 7 and up. If you feel your child is struggling, remember it’s not likely something they’re choosing to do. By 7, the majority of children will begin to stay dry overnight. If they don’t, we recommend consulting with a physician to identify possible solutions and options, like Peejamas.
Here are some things to keep in mind when potty training your child at night:
- Be patient: Nighttime dryness often takes longer to achieve than daytime dryness. It's important to be patient and not expect too much too soon.
- Encourage your child to use the bathroom before bedtime: Encouraging your child to use the bathroom before going to bed can help ensure that their bladder is as empty as possible, which can reduce the likelihood of accidents.
- Limit drinks before bedtime: Limiting your child's intake of fluids before bedtime can also help reduce the likelihood of accidents.
- Use potty training pants or protective bedding: Consider using potty training pants or protective bedding, such as a waterproof mattress pad, to help protect your child's bed from accidents.
- Wake your child up to use the bathroom: If your child is prone to accidents at night, consider waking them up once or twice during the night to use the bathroom. This can help train their bladder to hold more urine overnight.
- Provide positive reinforcement: Praise your child for any progress they make, even if it's just waking up dry in the morning. Positive reinforcement can help motivate them to keep trying.
Remember that every child is different, and some may take longer to achieve nighttime dryness than others. Be patient, consistent, and supportive, and don't be afraid to ask for help or advice from your pediatrician if you have concerns or questions.