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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
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.