What age did your child start waking up to go potty at night?

Kimberly - posted on 04/11/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I have a 4 1/2 year old son. Last week was the first time that he ever woke up to go potty in the middle of the night. I am just wondering what the norm is... Before he turns 6? Sooner?

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Jane - posted on 04/13/2010

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I don't really understand the question my three children have not got up in the night to go to the toilet. they are 6,4,3, and are all using the toilet day and night all before their third birthday. I didn't train them as such just waited untill their nappies were dry at night then up then in undies. I would never ask if they needed to go to the toilet as I believe asking them to go when they haven't had a signal doesn't teach them anything and it shrinks or at the very least stops the growth of their bladder capacity so it takes long for them to be able to last through the night.

Kate - posted on 04/13/2010

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My son is 4 and has only recently started doing this too. We sometimes wake him at about 10pm and get him to use the potty and then he can go the rest of the night with a dry bed.

Kim - posted on 04/16/2010

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My son is 10 and still doesn't :( He wets at night still and we buy him Goodnights. Its not something he can control. He's a deep sleeper and it does run in the family, Mine and my husbands Brothers. My 2 girls are trained at night but hardly ever get up. usually its only if they wake because of something else. And most Drs don't consider it a problem until they are 7 or 8 yrs old.

Heather - posted on 04/16/2010

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Had this discussion with some friends the other day. It sometimes depends on what sort of a sleeper the child is. With one of my children he was a terrible sleeper and woke several times a night but got up when he needed to toilet by 22 months. We had to convert his cot to a bed at about 20 months. My other child is a very deep sleeper and was almost 6 before she would wake if she needed to go. She also had a phobia about the dark and still sleeps with the light on. Each child is different and their sleep and bladder control is different.

K. - posted on 04/13/2010

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Kudos to all the people who never had to deal with accidents! =) I'm jealous! I had to constantly ask my daughter if she had to go potty while we were training her. Sometimes kids don't get 'the signal' until it's soaking through the front of their pants or running down their leg and creating a pool on the floor. My daughter is 4 and a half and and has been potty trained for 2 years now. But the nights were hard. She wet the bed ALL the time it seemed. So my husband and I started waking her up at the same time every night to go to the bathroom. She would be half asleep, sit down on the toilet and AMAZE us with how much one tiny little bladder could hold. To the point where I knew if I had waited another second before getting her on that toilet she would have flooded the bedroom. And mind you, this is with all liquids being cut off at 7pm. So I know for a fact we did not stop the growth of her bladder capacity. We put her little body on a clock. A clock that she now wakes up for on her own every night, same time as we had woken her to go to the bathroom. I don't think we did and permanent damage and I have less laundry. =)

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LisaMarie - posted on 04/20/2010

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I guess it all depends on the kid. I have a daughters a year apart and they got potty trained together. My younger daughter always did very well with the potty and at about 2 1/2 - 3 was using the potty at night, but my older daughter will now be going on 5 and still wets the bed almost every night.

Kelly - posted on 04/16/2010

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My son is almost 4 and he goes all night with out waking up THANK GOD!!
Hope it helps!!

Teresa - posted on 04/16/2010

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my daughter has been using the toilet since she was 3, i think it really depends on the individual child.

Kimberly - posted on 04/15/2010

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To clarify, yes, I am asking about him not wetting the bed at night, because he's either waking up to go, or able to make it through the night without needing to. (Cutting liquids off at 7 pm).

Kristen - posted on 04/13/2010

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Miyah was a nightmare to get to do this! She finally stopped wetting the bed and waking up at night ONE month before her brother was born in Dec 08. She was just over 5 years old. I thought for sure I was going to have to buy diapers and pull-ups, but she has not had one accident since =D

Danielle - posted on 04/13/2010

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My daughter was potty trained right before she turned 3 i was lucky never had any problems with her. i put undies on her one day and never a diaper again and shes almost 5 now! She started doing it all on her own waking up in the middle of the night 2-3 times to go potty. i guess it depends on the kids and if they want to or not. My son is 3 now and i cant get him to go potty at all. just not ready right now. it takes time but it will come sooner or later :)

Crystal - posted on 04/11/2010

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My son was 3 I think when he did. He was pretty easy to potty train once he got the hang of it. I can only recall maybe a handful of times since he's been potty trained that he's had night accidents. We don't limit his fluids at night either, (of course sticking to milk and water) but he seems to know when he needs to get up. I bought him a sheet protector pad that lays over his sheets (it's soft of course) from Target.com, but since we bought that, he's never had an accident! We only bought it because of the few accidents he had had, there were 2-3 in the same month. And that was over 6 months ago.

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my son turned 4 in february and some nights he stays dry all night and wakes in time to get to the toilet where as some nights he wakes and doesn't quite make it in time!! He definately feels ready for being night toilet trained and has asked to stop wearing dry nights !! I am, naturally, feeling wary but we're going to try and see how it goes!! Gd luck with your lo's progress and transition. Hope this helps!! x

Kellean - posted on 04/11/2010

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That is awesome!! It means that he has had something to drink after 7pm at night and he had to go potty. Which also means he is a healthy young boy. This is good news! I still have to pee in the middle of the night and I am 40. It is normal.

Kelly - posted on 04/11/2010

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Tell you the truth I do not remember when my daughter started getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. I am sorry i can not help.

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