When to take off the nappy at night?

Anja - posted on 04/21/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




My son is about to turn 5 years old and he still sleeps with a nappy on. What experience do you have and when was your boy able to sleep without a nappy?


Sherri - posted on 04/22/2011




All kids are different. I know my friends son is 6 1/2 and still wears a pull up at night. My other friends son wet the bed till he was 9. All kids mature at different rates. I had one that was almost 6 and one that was completely night trained by 2 1/2. So do not worry or be made to feel badly it is very very normal.

Carly - posted on 04/21/2011




I had a MCHC appt last week for my 3.5 year old and she told me boys can take up to 7 years of age before being consistently dry at night, so I wouldn't worry or stress too much. You don't want to make your son feel badly about something he can't control and as long as you limit his fluid intake before bed and he goes to the toilet before bed there's not much more you can do. Does he have nights where he is dry? Maybe you could take him to the toilet during the night before you go to bed, say at about 10pm? If you grab him out of bed and take him to the toilet he won't even remember it in the morning. My son wore a night nappy until he was 4 and I just let things take their time. On the other hand my daughter is 3.5 years and she is dry now too - she nearly beat him :).
I would give him some more time, it's not a race.
On the other hand if HE is worried about it then you may want to do more...

Angela - posted on 04/21/2011




I have a daughter and she slept without one when she was 3. If he is not wetting the bed at night, you can stop. If he is still wetting in the night, he may be a deep sleeper and not able to wake up in time to go to the bathroom. I would talk to your family doctor and make sure there are not other issues. Best of luck.


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Anja - posted on 04/22/2011




Thanks for all your input...some of it sounds a bit scary to be honest...I think he is a deep sleeper Angela, so I will talk about this with our doctor.

Carly, thanks, your post releaves me a bit. I heard that boys take longer than girls most of the time, but he was loosing the day-nappy when he was 2,5 already, so I assumed, it would be easy with the night-nappy aswell. I will try to take him to the toilett at night from now on and I´ll let you know, how it goes.



Tracy - posted on 04/21/2011




Hi, a child should be able to go all night without a nappy at his age, so maybe its time to mention it to a health visitor or doctor. My son was going to an enuresis clinic at your sons age because he wet the bed still on a night. It turned out my son had other medical issues as well but i would start to look into it if i were you. They gave my son an alarm that would wake him up at the first sign of moisture on it, but its very loud when it goes off and wakes others in the house. Your gp should be able to get the ball rolling for you

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