Nighttime potty training

It is not uncommon for children who have recently toilet trained to have accidents at night. Their bodies and minds have often not yet developed enough to control the impulse to urinate when they are sleeping or semi-awake.

One fact to keep in mind is that 25 percent of four year olds still have accidents at night. Some time-tested tips to help your child stay dry at night:

  • Discourage nighttime fluids two hours before bedtime.
  • Take a before-bed bathroom breakmaking sure that she starts the night with an empty bladder
  • Respond positively to dry nights, and give sympathy, not criticism, to wet nights.
  • Don't allow siblings to tease.

If your child experiences nighttime wetting you might want to talk with him about returning to bedtime-only diapers. Let your child know that when he or she is ready to go back to "big kid" pants at night all he or she needs to do is say the word. Be sure to let your child know you have confidence in him or her!

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