Week 4 – You did it!

Celebrating your successes

Congratulations! You are just about there. You may still be having the odd accident, in which case keep our troubleshooting guide handy. Sometimes children take a step back when they start school or nursery but these tend to be temporary glitches caused by being in new surrounding.

The next stage that you will encounter is night time potty training. Your child may not be ready for this now, many children are ready about 6 months after day time training has been mastered but you may be lucky and have a child that is ready sooner.

Night time potty training

It can take a long time to get dry at night and at the age of five, one in four children still wet the bed.

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.

Night time training can be stressful for parents and children. Interrupted sleep is difficult for the whole family and bed wetting can affect a child’s self esteem. If you have a child who is struggling, then speak to your Health Visitor or GP.

If there is a common time or situation that they have accidents, look out for tiredness, and heap extra praise and attention on keeping dry during this period.

Be prepared

Limit drinks just before bed

  • Limit drinks in the early evening, about an hour before bedtime
  • Limit squashes and acidic drinks that can irritate the bladder
  • Remember to keep fluid intake at normal levels during the day to encourage good hydration

Encourage a good routine

  • Encourage visiting the toilet as part of the normal bedtime routine and before lights go outs

Keep the potty handy

  • Make sure the potty is easily accessible, put a towel or bed mat underneath to catch any spillages

Take them for a dream wee

  • 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

If they wake up, sit them on the potty

  • 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

  • This will help your child find the toilet or potty easily, and will stop them getting scared

Use rewards

  • Reward charts can be helpful, but make sure they are rewarded for using the potty last thing at night and first thing in the morning, not just for staying dry all night. If they have an accident, it’s not their fault, so try not to get frustrated or angry