10 simple tips for night-time potty training

If your tot has mastered day-time potty training, here are some simple tips to help you get started with night-time training.

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As almost every parent can attest, potty training can be a difficult developmental milestone. Even after finding success with day-time potty training, the night-time can bring unpredictable challenges that can linger for years. If you have achieved day-time success, here are a few things you should consider to help you achieve successful night training.

  1. Make sure there are no significant changes (moving, traveling etc) happening during night training as it’s a big step in developmental independence and your tot will need stability and his/her normal routine in place
  2. Day-time dryness should be well established before beginning night training
  3. Encourage drinking of plenty of water and frequent use of the toilet during the day
  4. Wear pull-ups only when sleeping
  5. If you notice more dry pull-ups once they wake in the morning, this is a good sign that they are ready for night-time potty training

Once you have decided that your child is ready to go through night without any diapers/pull-ups here are some tips:

  1. Limit liquids right before bed. Only very limited water or milk, if any; and, preferably only a little water after dinner, if needed — but rather try to focus on hydration throughout the day
  2. Leave the bathroom light on so they can find their way easily
  3. Have your child go to the toilet right before they go to bed
  4. Take your child to the bathroom one more time before you go to bed yourself — Ideally, 2-3 hrs after you’ve put them down
  5. Use a mattress protector or a pad and try not to get frustrated as it takes time to master the control of our bladders. Remember, you went through this once yourself!

While the dreaded potty training can be a challenging life stage, it will be one that you fully appreciate as your child grows into greater independence. If your child doesn’t show interest or becomes frustrated, take a break and try again a week or two later. Patience is key. Just remember, that your child is still considered potty trained. Nght-time training is a very different challenge and some parents don’t even consider attempting it again for a couple years once they’ve mastered day-time training. If you ever feel like you are struggling, your pediatrician can be a great resource as they can help you to eliminate or address concerns that might be causing a delay.