The Last Step of Potty Training: Say Goodbye to Nighttime Diapers!

Little boy sleeping with teddy bear

Remember that the shame and anxiety children feel about bed-wetting is often more damaging than actually wetting the bed.

The hard part is over: during the day, your little one is completely potty-trained. Your days of changing diapers in the backseat of a car or a booth at the restaurant, and every other inconvenient place, has been replaced with trips to every potty on the block. (Why do kids enjoy using toilets in as many public places as possible?)

Nighttime, though, is a different story. Whether it’s just because his little bladder can’t make it the full 10 to 12 hours he’s sleeping or because he’s dreaming of the potty at Barnes & Noble, nighttime is pull-up time.

Not to worry! Nighttime bed-wetting is very common and considered normal, until the age of six. So, how can you get past the pull-ups? Here are a few things you can try to help your little one stay dry throughout the night.

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Nighttime Routine
Try adding the potty to your bedtime routine twice. Many children only urinate long enough to relieve the pressure they feel, and not to completely empty their bladders. Encouraging them to go twice (maybe once before a bath and then again after they’ve brushed their teeth) may help them relax enough to completely empty their bladders.


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The Last Step of Potty Training: Say Goodbye to Nighttime Diapers!

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  1. mika says:

    thanks. I should try!

  2. Samantha says:

    I’m scared to take away the night time pull up even though she hasn’t had an accident at all even with it. Guess I have to be brave and trust it.

  3. mommy nhoj says:

    Thanks for the great tips!

  4. Angelwings says:

    has been helpful to some of my family members who have read it.

  5. doanb says:

    My grand daughter is almost 7 months old but I am already dreading potty training. Reading your article has reminded me of how well limiting fluids at night are important. It has been a long time since I have potty trained a child and am not looking forward to it 🙂

  6. Wiley says:

    It’s such an awesome feeling when the weeks pass with no bed-wetting and you realize that he’s finally got it under control.


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