Is Your Child Dry at Night? Some Helpful Training Suggestions

It will probably be a while after your child is dry in the day, before they are dry at night. For a start night-time is a long period. Your child might not be able to remain dry that long. Children have to learn to wake at the urge, this takes time. Also is you child […]

Is Your Child Dry at Night? Some Helpful Training Suggestions

It will probably be a while after your child is dry in the day, before they are dry at night. For a start night-time is a long period. Your child might not be able to remain dry that long. Children have to learn to wake at the urge, this takes time.

Also is you child still in a cot, or able to go to the bathroom on their own at night? How big and capable are they? Can they reach the light switch or do they have a night-light? Some children aren’t dry at night until they are five or six, by that time if they are not succeeding speak to your doctor. Until then do not worry. Make sure they drink plenty in the daytime but I recommend reducing liquids to sips of water, two hours before bedtime.

I also found lifting a child about ten pm and taking them to the bathroom helpful; although they barely woke, they were able to pee and went straight back to sleep again, a whispered well done is enough at that time you do not want to wake them fully.

As they get bigger they may be embarrassed about being wet at night, obviously pull-ups are required or you will have a mountain of laundry. Don’t scold a child deal with accidents in a kind way. You can screw up your nose to show its smelly and not nice as encouragement to be dry, but consider their feelings, they are probably upset too.

Signs that you child is able to remain dry all night, will be a dry nappy in the morning, also the fact they can last for long periods and fully recognise being dry in the daytime. Try lifting them at ten pm if you think they are ready, it really does help.

It is possible to get plastic protectors for both the mattress and pillows and you don’t want the problem of smelly wet mattresses that can soon be destroyed, when it is simple to prevent it happening.

Reminders & Guidelines for Stress Free Potty Training

  • Make sure he or she drinks 6 or more water based drinks. Not fizzy drinks; definitely not tea or coffee. Tea and coffee are not suitable for children because of the caffeine.
  • Reduce the quantity of drink two hours before bedtime, but encourage drinking plenty earlier.
  • To make it easier a child should be wearing easy to remove, easily laundered clothing especially in the early days of training.
  • A short “sit” is long enough or they will get bored and resist. Praise works wonders, when initially introducing the potty especially; also reading a story or playing with building bricks. Make it fun. A suitable choice of two activities can be offered if potty training is met with resistance.
  • Little boys should be encouraged to sit not stand initially as they will be able to wee and or poo whilst still learning to interpret sensations or desires, and they are learning control.
  • Be consistent. If other adults are involved all work to the same song sheet, or the child will become confused.
  • Praise every step of the way; make you child feel good about his efforts and achievements. He will love to please you and receive your praise. Never criticize or demoralise.
  • Be patient you will have occasional accidents at first, be prepared, and don’t scold. If after sometime you find it is too soon and your child isn’t ready leave further attempts for a few weeks before you try again. You will have been looking for signs of readiness, keep watching.
  • Make sure the potty, or toilet is used, before bed along with teeth brushing.
  • I found it helpful to lift my children at ten pm; although sleepy they soon relieve themselves. Then immediately return to sleep.
  • Never punish a child, upset or embarrass them they are probably upset anyway.

I hope these suggestions are helpful if you are having difficulties.

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