How long does it take to night time potty train?

Brittney - posted on 03/04/2012 ( 43 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 17 months old and has been daytime potty trained since 15 months. I'm just curious how long it takes to train at night? She only pees once during the night, but I limit her intake of fluid during the day nearing at night. She gets up to 48 ounces per day and nothing past 6:00p. She goes potty at least 2 times before bedtime and wakes up having to go. She is starting to wake up in the middle of her 3 hour nap to go potty. So what are your experiences with night training? How long did it take? Advice please!

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Brittney - posted on 03/07/2012

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I was just going to ask her doctor since everything goes by state and they seem to keep up with that. Everyone mistakes her for being 3 when she isn't yet 2!

Jenni - posted on 03/05/2012

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It will happen when her bladder is mature enough to hold urine the entire night. My first (girl) stayed dry all night very early (around 12-18 months?) so when she became day trained, she was already able to stay dry through the night.

My second (boy) was day trained at 2.5 yrs but still wears a diaper at night at 3.5 yrs. He's becoming about 50/50 wet/dry.



Some children don't stay dry at night until 8 years (even beyond for a few).



Of course you don't want to load her up with liquid right before bed if you want her to have a successful night. I also always encourage my children to use the bathroom right before bed. But it's just one of those things that will come naturally. When her body has the physical ability to go that long without having to urinate. *Usually* girls reach this milestone a lot sooner than boys. So fingers crossed. ;)

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Brandi - posted on 09/09/2012

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It really depends on your child and the age. All my children were night time trained by 2 1/2, but they were day time trained between 2 and 2 1/2. I would wake them up at 12am-2am and put them on the potty until they started getting up on their own. Once they get used to not being wet at night, it will be hard for them to revert.

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She never wakes up dry......she's sleeps well and it's most of the time the 1st one up.......I'm not gonna force her cuz then she won't do it... Whenever she's ready she will do it and I probably will do the reward thing in the morning that's a good idea. Thanks

Laurie - posted on 04/28/2012

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Kate - Your mother and Aunt are probably correct but on the other hand your daughter may be a deep sleeper or simply not physically ready to be night dry. What I do with my son - now 4 and a half - is he has pull ups at night since he wakes up wet or even dirty 90% of the time and I don't want to deal with a wet bed every night either but his reward when he manages a dry pull up in the morning is he gets pancakes for breakfast which he really likes. It's starting to happen more frequently although as far as I know he hasn't yet gotten up in the middle of the night to go by himself and until that happens he won't be dry on a regular basis. You would need to find something positive that is sufficiently motivating for your daughter and see if that helps.

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I have the sand problem with my 3 1/2 year old.........she is daytime trained but night time she will wet the bed.....so se wears pull ups which now my mom and aunt say I shouldn't have done because now she won't want to get up because she has that on. I told her if she needed to go to wake up, wake me up and I will go to the bathroom with her. I would rather her wake me up if it means she will go to the bathroom, but she never does.....I limit her drinking after dinner and by 7 she's done.....she still wakes up wet, so for now i will just deal with the pullups. My new task is to get my 2 1/2 yr old daughter daytime trained. Good luck to u

Tania - posted on 04/13/2012

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How long is a piece of string, my 10 year old is only just becoming dry at night. she was dry and clean in the day by two years and 3 months. Don't panic, this runs in familys and if you have no history of this then by around 3-4 years kids are usually dry. Once they go 7 days in a row dry, then take diapers off for good and don't go back to using them. Online people will tell you the truth about their kids, but people you know will mostly never admit to there kids having a problem. boys take longer than girls,to get dry, it's normal for kids to still have accidents or not be reliably dry till 6 years or so.

Brittney - posted on 03/20/2012

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She wakes up at 2am...but I know for sure she wakes up from her 3 hour nap because she has to go.

Stephanie - posted on 03/19/2012

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both my daugher and son learned to night time train at 4. i think your daughter is still too young to understand her body telling her to wake up when she needs to potty.

Tisa - posted on 03/18/2012

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My husbands aunt told me she read it in a book! The ironic thing is she doesnt have kids!!!

Brittney - posted on 03/18/2012

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That is a great idea! How did you ever come up with something like that?

Tisa - posted on 03/18/2012

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Hi Brittney,



I cant help with the night training as my daughter is doing exactly what yours is and wetting the bed once per night but I have a helpful tip for you to make it easier! I layer a waterproof matress protector then a fitted sheet than another protector then another sheet and than when she wakes to go to the toilet if she did pee in bed a little I just rip a sheet and protector off and there is a fresh set right underneath so she doesnt wake up properly and neither do I. We can both go back to bed and deal with the wet sheets in the morning. :)

Brittney - posted on 03/18/2012

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I did for a little while, but we had gotten so many boxes of diapers from the baby shower, I wanted to use those up. I do not use disposable training pants. For that price I can buy underwear for her.

Laurie - posted on 03/18/2012

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My son is four and four months and he is not even remotely night trained. He has been day trained for about six or seven months now and is just now consistently waking up from his two hour naps dry. At 17 months you are doing very well to have her day trained! My daughter is about 30 months now and she is just now starting to show an interest in learning to go potty.

Brittney - posted on 03/12/2012

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Rule one when potty training: once you get rid of the diapers, don't bring them back. She knows when she has to go and she gets herself into the bathroom, I follow so I can take her pants down and put her on the big potty. Doctor says she is a little underweight but you should see what she eats! Last time she was weighed she was 28 pounds and that was at her 15 month old check up. She goes through spurts of not wanting to eat much and eating anything she can find. Both me and my husband are thin and probably considered underweight. I'm 5'8 and 104 lbs and he is 6'4 and 150-ish lbs.

Andrea - posted on 03/11/2012

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My advice is... your daughter is 17 months old... seems like you are trained to take her to the potty... so that when she is sleeping you aren't around to do it... let her be... she will potty train day and night when she is ready... not when you are... seems like alot of stress to put on a 17 month old... who i am guessing has a hard time even understanding what you are asking of her.

Leave her be... and you said she is still in a size one diaper... for a 17 month old... sounds underweight...

Brittney - posted on 03/09/2012

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I'm just glad we don't use diapers during the day for about 13 hours or so (7a to 8p). She is ready for that, its just night time, she only pees one time (still thinking its 2am cause she wakes up, but I don't want to go in there and disturb her cause she wont go back to sleep!)

Janice - posted on 03/09/2012

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Wow, Brittney I'm trying to picture your toddler -taller than my 2 year-old but only as wide as my 3 month old. :) You must have such a hard time finding clothes for her!



Anyways, hopefully you have found some of the responses suggestions helpful. :)

Tara - posted on 03/08/2012

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Wow you are ambitious! Potty training at 15mths is outrageous! I just wouldn't bother with putting any energy into it right now.shes very young and might not

have the muscle strength yet. I have 4 kids that have been trained and I have found that it's not even worth the battle until after about 2yr...my boys took longer....at that age I find when they are ready it just happens easily. If you push it too soon it just add s so much extra stress and laundry! My girls all trained around 2yr and one of my boys didn't train until 3yr for the day and had accidents at night until he turned 5. On his 5th b day he decided to stop peeingg at night...thank goodness!

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Well.... my vote is car seat since my son rear faced in his til 32ish pounds and 37? (36-38ish) inches.. 3.25 years. Not sure how tall he is now, but he'll be 4 in 3 weeks and has a lot of room to grow. I know there are seats available w/ higher weight and height limits than the one I have too.

Brittney - posted on 03/07/2012

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yeah, she grows about 1-2 inches a month, so the next problem (besides clothes being 5T is car seat or booster...)

Brittney - posted on 03/07/2012

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She does and a very small waist. She is extremely tall though at 35 inches. I've used size 2 but she never knew when she was wet. So I went back down to size 1.

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28 pounds? My son was in size 4 diapers for probably a year and a half before we got rid of them all... I don't know when he hit 28 pounds, but he was only 31 pounds at his 3 year check up (and 25% for weight and height)..... The 1.5 year old that I watch is under 28 pounds and in a size 3....



She must have a SUPER tiny butt as my 14 month old under 20 pound nephew is also in a size 3 diaper....

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It totally depends on the kid. All 3 of my kids were day trained around 2.75 years. My twin girls weren't dry through the night consistently til 4.5 and still had wet beds on occasion (decreasing in frequency) til 8.5. My son, on the other hand, was dry through the night probably 90% of the time before he was mostly day trained and has only ever had one wet bed in his life (he's almost 4).



I never limit drinks w/ my son... he drinks IN bed. My girls... I would limit for an hourish before bed.

Brittney - posted on 03/07/2012

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Yes, she we live in the US, she has a small butt. At my baby shower, I asked for newborn to size 2, and never used the size 2's. She weighs 28 pounds. She only wears diapers at night.

Janice - posted on 03/07/2012

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This is off topic, sorry, but size 1?!? Are you in the US? A size 1 diaper are only up to 14lbs. Sorry for being nosy but my 3 month old just started in a size 2 so your 17 month old wearing a size 1 is kind of shocking to me.

Brittney - posted on 03/07/2012

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@Stephanie My niece wet the bed until she was 16, but she would sneak pop into her room and drink it all night when she got thirsty and was too lazy to get out of bed to go pee, so she just peed in her bed. In the morning she was wet and the sheets were wet. She just waited for her sheets to dry to sleep in them the next night.



@Janice I know because I still use size 1 diapers at night and if she pees in the diaper more than once it comes out of the diaper, the problem is I don't know what time she pees at night, during the day its every 30 minutes to an hour depending on if she drank anything recently. She takes a 3 hour nap during the day and stays dry during the nap, but she has been staying dry at her nap since she was 8 month old, when I almost had her trained the first time. Lately she's been drinking only 24 ounces of milk everyday.

Janice - posted on 03/06/2012

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Stephanie, that sucks for your daughter! I was a bed-wetter and it was a slow process from about 9-12 years old before I stopped wetting the bed. I know how tough that can be.



Brittany, how do you know she is only peeing 1x? If she is getting up to go pee and not just sleeping through then that is great first step. However, bladder control while sleeping is tough and is not accomplished often before age 2.

If you don't mind getting up with her, set an alarm and get her up to go that 1 time. Personally, I'm a bit lazy. My daughter is day trained (28 months) and I have no intention of even trying to night train for a few more months.

Stephanie - posted on 03/06/2012

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Hmmmmmmmmm, I wish I could share my wonderful experience with my daughter being "night~trained".......but, unfortunately...I can't. She will be 14 in may, that's 14 YEARS old, not months.........and still has issues with bed~wetting, poor girl. Yes, she has seen drs, tried all the meds, etc etc.....hopefully, one day....she'll no longer have to deal with this....

Jennifer - posted on 03/06/2012

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It didn't take my daughter long at all. She woke up several weeks in a row completely dry and we started letting her wear panties to bed. I can count the number of accidents she's had on both hands. We don't let her have anything to drink an hour before she goes to bed and we make sure she goes potty right before she goes to bed.

Joy - posted on 03/05/2012

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Night time potty training depends on the child.



My daughter was night time potty trained within a month or two of being daytime potty trained. She still has some accidents both day & night, but for the most part she's trained for both -she's just over 2 1/2 years now. We don't limit her fluid intake, but she's also still nurses herself to sleep. Night time potty training was done with her initiative. A heavy influence was probably her friends at daycare who are potty trained.



I have, unfortunately, heard of children as old as 4 or 5 years old not being night time potty trained.

Brittney - posted on 03/05/2012

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I figure that once she's older she can hold it longer than 1 hour (thats how long she can hold it during the day). She only pees once at night so maybe when she isn't as sound of a sleeper.

Brittney - posted on 03/05/2012

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I kinda figured that, but she has her own personal library in her room and drags books from the book case to her bed and looks at all of them all day.

Jenni - posted on 03/05/2012

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lol! Usually, the problem is getting them to *stay* in their new bed. ;)

Brittney - posted on 03/05/2012

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Thanks everyone! Now the new problem is, she wont get out of her new bed in the morning.

Michelle - posted on 03/04/2012

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my daughter still has a sippy of water when she goes to bed rarely actually drinks it, my son never drank at night he just slept so soundly that he never felt the urge to pee when he was asleep. the limiting of liquid does help but is not necessary as I said my daughter may wet once out of 7 days and she takes a sippy cup to bed with her. Usually only wets if she gets a second glass. But she will not go to sleep without it.

Michelle - posted on 03/04/2012

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it depends on your child bladder size as to how long it can take my daughter who is now 3 is for the most part night trained but my son who is now 11 wet the bed until he was 6 when her body is ready she will stop wetting at night.

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