Once you have mastered day time potty training, you are ready to tackle night time potty training.
Night time training needs to be considered in a different way to daytime training. In the daytime, children are aware of their bodies signals that they need the toilet and they can learn what they mean and when to go to the toilet. At night, the child is asleep and the body takes over control of the bladder. In order to be able to hold on all night, the child’s bladder need to be mature enough to cope.
We recommend that you don’t even attempt night time training until daytime has been mastered and that you look for a pattern of dry nappies in the morning before you start. You should then try for a few nights in a row, but if there are lots of accidents then wait until you see more dry nappies.
Guide to potty training at night…
- Limit drinks in the early evening, about an hour before bedtime. Limit squashes and acidic drinks that can irritate the bladder.
- Encourage visiting the toilet as part of the normal bedtime routine and before lights go out.
- Communicate what you are trying to do, and that they need to try and listen to their bodies at night as well as in the day.
- Make sure the potty is easily accessible, put a towel or bedmat underneath to catch any spillages.
- For the first couple of weeks lift them at night so they can do a “dream wee” while their bladder learns to hold on for two long stretches at night. Gently lift your child onto the potty or toilet around 10-11pm. They should easily wee without fully waking up.
- If your child does wake for whatever reason, ask if they need to go to the toilet, to make sure their bladder is completely empty. Ask even if they have had an accident.
- Keep a night light on, so that your child can find the toilet or potty easily, and isn’t scared.