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

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No Drinks After Dinner
Many children rely on a sippy cup as a form of comfort. They’re not really drinking because they are thirsty; they are drinking because they feel more comforted and soothed with a sippy. If you can, try to limit drinks after dinner. Frequent reminders will probably be needed at first. Saying something like, “Make sure you drink your water, this will be your last drink for tonight,” could help get them used to the idea, so they don’t get upset when you deny them a drink later.

Awake to Potty
My husband and I used this method when my son was having trouble staying dry through the night. He would use the potty right before his bedtime, at 7:30 p.m.; and then before my husband would retire to bed, around 11 p.m., he would wake my son to use the potty again. This helped him to completely empty his bladder, and eventually we were able to stop waking him. Now, if he does need to go during the night, he is able to wake himself up to do so.

Whatever method you try, it’s important to remember that the shame and anxiety children feel about bed-wetting is often more damaging than actually wetting the bed. Be your child’s biggest cheerleader, instead of adding to their shame. If all else fails, pull-ups are a great backup, as well as plastic mattress covers. Your child wants to be dry. If the problem persists beyond the age of six, there may be other factors that your doctor could look in to. But, until then, try not to stress about it too much! Get some sleep!

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6 comments

  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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