how can i get my child dry through the night?

Tamar - posted on 12/31/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my name is tamar and i am a 1st time mum but also a single parent. my daughter is 2yrs 5months old her name is danuska. she is potty trained and dry through the whole day but im not sure how or where to start to get her dry through the night exspecially when she still has to have a bottle at bed time or she wont sleep as she gets thirsty but its also her comforta. HELP

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Michelle - posted on 12/31/2008

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the best thing to start with is taking the bottle. If she drinks from a cup all day, she doesn't need the bottle. If t comforts her to go to sleep, sit along side of her bed til she falls asleep. That's what I did. I sat in the dark next to his crib til he went to sleep. He would talk to me and I would say SHHH. He would go to sleep. It doesn't happen overnight, it takes time and patience. Once she is secure in sleeping without the bottle, stop her fluid intake around mid evening. Have her urinate before bed. Wake her in the middle of the night and take her to the bathroom. I have 4 kids, boys and girls. This worked with all of them. Patience is a must.

Renee - posted on 12/31/2008

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I agree that she is probably too young. My daughter was the same age as Danuska when she was fully potty trained during the day. She'd even stay dry through a 2-hour nap. I figured the nighttime would follow. Not true. She will be 4 in March & is still not consistently dry. There are nights she does stay dry. I have asked her pediatrician about it. He said that it is fine for them to not stay dry. Some kids don't get the hang of it until they are 6! As they get older, the brain learns to slow down the production of urine while the child is sleeping. That is just nature. You can't hurry it along. I tried all the other recommendations & my daughter asked to have a Pull-Up on again b/c she couldn't take the disruption in sleep. I would definitely work on getting rid of the bottle. Make it a thing that, when she turns 3, she will be a big girl & big girls don't use bottles. I did that at age 2 & she had no problem giving it up. Then, always make sure she goes potty immediately b/4 bed. Good luck. Just wait it out. Mother Nature will take over on this one & it'll just happen!

Camille - posted on 12/31/2008

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i used to wake my little one up half way and take her and place her bum on the potty - it worked to keep her dry and after a bit she would get up on her own and hit the potty herself...it also helps if you make her wee before she goes to bed.... and limit the drinking right before she goes in...

Sue - posted on 12/31/2008

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dont panic she is still young first try getting her off the bottle try getting her to pick out a new night time cup,it allowes them to drink but less than a bottle i also bought my son a piggy shaped torch he could use to get to me to let me know he needed to go to the toilet or to the toilet itself, he loved it.praise her when shes dry.limit her night time drink to milk or water and start taking her to the toilet b4 bed first it takes time but youll both get there try and enjoy it and dont scold her when she gets it wrong

Cyndy - posted on 12/31/2008

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Hi Tamar, my name is Cyndy. I have 4 kids.. my girls are now 16 & 14 yrs old. I've also had 6 daycare kids in & out of my house through the years. My 2nd born was fully day trained at 18 months old probably because she wanted to do whatever her big sister was doing. However, I know her bladder was not mature enough to handle overnight dryness so I just let her stay in a diaper (or pull ups but I dont remember if they had those when she was a toddler) overnight. When we were trying to encourage night time dryness however, I put her potty right next to her bed so she could just get up & go when she needed to. I also did stop having her have liquids about 1-2 hrs before bed. I know that's going to be hard if your daughter still likes her bottle to go to bed with but hang in there because when her bladder is mature enough, she should be able to hold it for 8 yrs. I woke Kaye at first to have her use the potty when I was going to bed.. about say.. 10:30-11pm and then she started getting up on her own then eventually she just slept through and woke up dry. I know she was at least 2 1/2-3 yrs old by that point.

Tammy - posted on 12/31/2008

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I wouldn't push it. She is probably just too young. Certainly, be sure not to punish her. At this stage, she just can't control it. I think you got lucky that she is trained through the day. It is doubtful that she will sleep through dry as long as she has the bottle. Maybe when she is three, you can tell her she may have water before bed and that is it. For now, be preparing her that when she turns 3 bottles go away. If you are really wanting her to go dry through the night, try taking the bottle away now. Put a sippy cup of water in her bed for is she wake thirsty. Like I said at the beginning though, I think she is a little too young yet.

Michelle - posted on 12/31/2008

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Your daughter will do it herself it will just happen. I have just read the other replies you have to be careful about waking them up for the toilet as you are telling their bladder to go to the toilet. Soon her bladder will know the difference between day and night as at night they stop drinking. I had problems with my soon and tried all of it limiting his drinks waking him up none of it worked. With my daughter I just left her in her nappies till they were dry never limited nothing and eventually it happened

Nicole - posted on 12/31/2008

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most of my kids andI have nine werent dry till they were 4ish....and some still wet the bed.

Anya - posted on 12/31/2008

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Hi there

I'm a mom of two girls, now 10 and 11 years of age. What I did, and it worked for both girls, and one had a bottle until she was 3.5... so don't fret...

I kept watch of the time when they would actually wet the bed, and both had accidents, and what I then did was put them on the toilet just before bedtime, and then set my alarm clock for the common night wee time... and woke them up, took them to the loo. If they wee'd or not, I stayed with them for at least 5 minutes, then back to bed, and did that again at about 4am. I did this for a week... lo and behold, the girls would get up at the time I got their body clocks used to, and started going to the loo 2 x a night...until they were old enough when their sleeping pattern changed. Don't shout at her or make her feel embarrassed about it. They just sleep so deeply that their biographic senses are just ignored. Good luck with that. Let me know how it goes.

Anya

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