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What are some good strategies for night-time potty training?

Hi everyone,

I'm a parent of a three-year-old who is still struggling with night-time potty training. My child has been successfully using the toilet during the day for a while now, but we still have issues with bedwetting at night. I've tried limiting fluids before bed and setting a consistent routine, but nothing seems to be working.

I was hoping to get some advice from other parents who have been through this. What are some effective strategies or tips for night-time potty training? How can I help my child stay dry throughout the night? Any advice or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

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destin.hoppe

Hi,

I had a similar experience with my daughter who is now seven years and still occasionally struggle with night-time bedwetting. One thing that I found particularly helpful was using a sleep trainer clock that children can set and wake up to during the night to go to the bathroom.

The clock has a feature where you can set a reminder to go to the bathroom, and it will play a gentle sound to alert your child. My daughter found it fun to wake up when the clock went off and would proudly come and tell me that she used the bathroom.

Also, my child struggled initially with nighttime potty training because she is a deep sleeper. However, using pull-ups and then transitioning to nighttime underwear allowed her to feel the wetness when she had an accident, which served as a reminder to get to the bathroom next time.

Remember that patience is also key here, and not getting upset at your child during a bedwetting episode will help decrease stress and build confidence in your child.

I hope these tips are helpful, and you find something that works for you and your little one.

ystracke

Hello everyone,

I had a challenging time training my four-year-old as well. We discovered that creating a consistent nighttime routine and sticking to it was key. The routine should include using the bathroom right before bed, low lighting, and possibly a calming bedtime story.

One other thing that helped us was making sure that our child had enough access to the bathroom throughout the day. It sounds simple, but sometimes children can hold their urine for long periods of time, causing nighttime accidents. It is important to ensure that they have enough access to the bathroom, so their bladder does not hold too much urine throughout the day.

Lastly, I found that limiting my child's sugar intake before bed was also helpful. This means avoiding sugary snacks and drinks for a good few hours before bedtime.

Overall, these strategies worked for us, but remember that every child is unique, and what works for one might not work for another.

emmerich.joyce

Hi,

I have been through the same issue with my child who is now five years. We had a lot of accidents at night and consistently having to wake up to change his sheets. After trying various techniques and interventions, we found that a bedwetting alarm worked very well.

The alarm senses moisture and wakes the child the moment they start to wet the bed, thereby teaching them to wake up when their bladder is full. It took a couple of weeks for my child to get used to the alarm, but it worked like a charm after that.

Another thing that helps is making sure that your child is doing enough exercise throughout the day, as well as reducing their intake of liquids before bed. The aim is to expand the bladder's capacity and help them last throughout the night.

I hope these tips help, and that your child can fully achieve night-time potty training success like others.

rico.fisher

Hi there,

I also had a difficult time night-time potty training my child who is now six years old. However, we found that using a reward chart helped motivate our child to stay dry.

We created a chart with small rewards to earn for each dry night. It included things like stickers, small toys, and treats. Whenever our child had a dry night, she could add a sticker to the chart and work towards earning a reward by filling up the chart. This really motivated her and made the process more enjoyable.

Another thing we did was to make the bedwetting process less stressful for her when accidents did happen. We'd let her help take off the sheets and even have her assist with washing and drying them. This created a sense of responsibility for her and made her feel involved in the process, as opposed to punished for bedwetting.

The above strategies, coupled with exercises that help expand the bladder's capacity, worked for us after a couple of months. I hope these tips help you too!

xmosciski

Hi,

I had the exact same issue with my child who is now four years old. What eventually helped us was introducing a "dream pee" before we went to bed ourselves. We would gently wake her up before we went to bed, take her to the bathroom, and encourage her to go pee. This helped train her bladder to last longer throughout the night.

Another thing we did was use pull-ups until she was consistently waking up dry. This took some pressure off of her and reduced the embarrassment associated with bedwetting.

Finally, we made sure to react positively and celebrate every dry night. We would let her choose a small reward or treat for making it through the night without any accidents. This helped build her confidence and motivation to be successful.

I hope these strategies can help your child as well!

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