Night time potty training

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Registered: 01-27-2010
Night time potty training
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Wed, 01-27-2010 - 3:38pm

New to this forum. Great stuff!


My 3.5 yr old son is 99% potty trained during the day. He still wears a pull up at night.

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Registered: 06-05-2009
Wed, 01-27-2010 - 10:50pm

Just wondering - is he going to the bathroom before he goes to bed? and when is the last time he is having a drink?


When I first trained my son, we stopped giving him drinks shortly after supper and had him go *or at least try, at first* pee before going to bed.

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Registered: 06-25-2005
Fri, 01-29-2010 - 1:24pm

Nighttime potty training is completely different than daytime potty training and is mostly out of your control.

In order to stay dry at night, the body must first develop a hormone that signals the kidneys to slow urine production at night. Without that hormone, too much urine is produced, making it impossible for the bladder to hold it all.

When your ds starts to show signs that his body is maturing (less wet diapers and/or occasional dry nights), then you can try limiting fluids before bed and awakening him once during the night to use the toilet. At this time, though, just keep your ds in pull-ups and don't worry about it. His body is not yet ready to stay dry.

Although many 3yo can stay dry, there is still a LARGE percentage of 3yo (and 4,5,6,7,8,9, etc year olds) who still wet the bed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has a great book called, "Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwettting," by Howard J. Bennett, MD, FAAP. It gives statistics on how many children still wet the bed and gives info on when you should be worried and how you can help overcome bedwetting when your child is ready.

Best wishes.

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Registered: 11-08-2007
Fri, 01-29-2010 - 2:26pm

First off; welcome! I'm Bethany. I have a 3YO DD Mara and a 4 week old DS Henry.


I agree with momnstuff. They have to be physicall ready to be potty trained at night-there's no rushing it. The only suggestion I have is to limit drinks in the late afternoon and throuhout the evening. As for waking him throughout the night; I never did that with Mara. We just put her in a pull up and eventually she was able to stay dry at night. Just be patient and know that eventually he'll be PT'd at night! :) GL and KUP!


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Registered: 01-27-2010
Wed, 02-03-2010 - 12:40pm

he does get a glass of 1/4 cup milk at night at 8pm, and has a lot water or juice at 6pm for dinner. He is a tall boy and is always thirsty. My husband DID mention to limit liquids or get rid of his