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  • Does Your Potty-Trained Child Still Wet the Bed at Night? 7 Tips That May Help

    Training your child to stay dry at night can take longer than typical daytime potty-training.
    by Kate Borbon .
Does Your Potty-Trained Child Still Wet the Bed at Night? 7 Tips That May Help
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  • Potty-training is a huge milestone for all kids, but just because a child can control his bladder in the day doesn’t mean there won’t be potty-related accidents at nighttime. Potty-trained kids can still wet the bed while they are asleep.

    Samantha Allen, a potty-training expert at NYC Potty Training, explains to The Bump, “Potty training is a daytime process. You can’t teach someone to do something while unconscious, but we can set kids up to be successful staying dry through the night.”

    7 things you can do for nighttime potty-training

    1. Watch out for signs saying that your child is ready.

    Just like it is important to look out for signs that your child is ready before you start potty-training him, waiting until your tot is at the right developmental stage to start nighttime potty-training is also vital. Starting too early or too late might only make things more difficult for both you and your child.

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    2. Give your child consistent potty breaks during the day.

    During the daytime, make it a point to constantly ask your child if he needs to go to the bathroom. This is important because some kids would usually choose to ignore their bodily urges to pee or poop, just so they can continue playing. The Everymom writes that the better kids are at going potty when they need to during the day, the easier it will be for them to do the same even in the nighttime.

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    3. Limit his liquid intake after dinner.

    After you finish dinner, it might be a good idea to limit your kids’ liquid intake so that you can avoid accidents as much as possible at night. Of course, it’s important to make sure kids are still adequately hydrated, but if your tot gets thirsty, give him the smallest cup you have, then have him go to the bathroom if he needs to before you put him to bed.

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    4. Have your child wear pull-up diapers.

    While your child is still learning to control his bladder at night, have him wear pull-ups instead of diapers. This way, it’s easier for you to change him if necessary. Another type of protection you can do is add waterproof covers onto your mattress to make nighttime accidents less messy.

    5. Create a reward system.

    Nighttime potty training is not an easy or quick process. To keep your little one motivated throughout the period, make sure to praise and reward him when he makes significant achievements. For example, after he manages to finish a whole night without wetting the bed for the first time, don’t be afraid to celebrate! You can also try giving him incentives such as an extra bedtime story the next night or a trip to the park the next day.

    6. Make potty breaks part of his bedtime routine.

    One way to minimize incidents where your child wets the bed while sleeping is to make sure he goes to the bathroom before you put him to bed. Make this as normal a part of his bedtime routine as brushing his teeth or even reading a bedtime story with you.

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    7. Manage your expectations.

    Again, it will likely take a while before your child can consistently last whole nights without peeing in his sleep. While you are both still in the process, expect that there will be accidents now and then. Instead of getting upset with your tot when this happens, just stay calm and remind your child that it’s okay. As What to Expect advises, “Whatever you do, don’t scold your toddler for something beyond [his] control.”

    For tips on how to potty-train a reluctant or stubborn toddler, click here.

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