Night time potty training for my 3 almost 4 year old daughter

Danielle - posted on 01/25/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm getting pretty frusterated and tired of washing the sheets every night. She has no problems going during the day but we've only had a handful of succesful nights. I've cut out drinks before she goes to bed and my husband and I wake her up before we go to bed and make her go but the last few nights when we go in she's already gone and she's fast asleep. It just doesn't seem to bother her. And pullups don't work. She just goes and definitely doesn't think anything of it. I'm not going to stop because she needs to figure this out, it's just getting a little frusterating. Is it normally like this?

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Dana - posted on 01/25/2009

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I dont think this is a psychological thing at all.  I have a 4 year old daughter.  She potty trained at 18-24 months old, but had to wear pull-ups at night until she was almost 4.  Then, she she started having a dry pull up every morning for a week or so before I would even let her try to sleep in panties.  We have had a handful of accidents since, but for the most part she does very well.  I think that their bodies are not mature enough until about 4 or so to be able to subconciously hold their bladder.  Give it time and try not to fret over it.  I would suggest to continue to let her wear pullups and not even make an issue of it.  When her body is ready, she will automatically start waking up dry.

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Deanna - posted on 06/12/2010

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It is natural to have a harder time at night. My daughter used thick cotton panties from Gerber and plastic panties over it. Pull-ups are a waste of money.

Do not let her sleep on cold, wet sheets!!!!!!! That is very bad advice. It will make her feel like she is doing something wrong and digress further. There are products out there that are pads that just go across the top of the bed. Here is one: http://www.leapsandbounds.com/catalog/pr... I have seen similar things at walmart.

Take her to the bathroom before you go to bed.

Finally, limit her beverages to an hour or two before bed time.

Good luck!!!!

Lisa - posted on 06/11/2010

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i had twins they were both dry day and night by the time they were 2. the girl has problems with accidents during the day on occasions but has a problem with night time, we are doing every thing that you can do and have now moved on to asking for some tests as is now effecting her socialy and emotioinally which could be down to not producing the hormone thats needed as some kids dont produce enough to stop the wetting, supporting her and reassuring her and praising her when she does well works. she is 6 1/4 and this has been an on going thing for at least two years. my 31/2 year daughter was dry during the day at 21 months but isn't at night she now refuse to wear a nappy as she a big girl much as she wants to we have tried on several occasions to train her at night time with out success, now have two that have accidents, anybody out there who has a simular situation it drives me made some days and try not to get cross, its stressfull and endless. any advice would be helpfull.

Maggie - posted on 01/25/2009

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also keep in mind that children's bladders arent fully grown until they are about five. and nighttime training is usually the last frontier for potty-training, she might not be ready yet.

Maggie - posted on 01/25/2009

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i agree with the previous poster that this could be related to the baby coming, though i dont think she's doing it on purpose. continue to do what you're doing, be patient and supportive for her, so you dont add guilt and self-esteem to the problem. yeah, make the nighttime bathroom breaks closer together. another tip i've seen is to have her help out with the cleaning up - the older she gets, the more responsibility she should bear for cleaning up her mess. i've heard that works for lots of kids.

Liana - posted on 01/25/2009

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I have a 3 year old boy and have been having similar problems but what I've found helps is when you put them to bed talk to them about holding it in till mummy or daddy comes to put them on the potty.  Keep the potty by the bed with a night light next to it and tell her if she really has to go she needs to wake herself up show her where it is.  It sounds daft but it has been working for my son.  Also if she is wet when you check on her before you go to bed try putting her on the potty about 2 hrs after she has gone to bed and then again when you go to bed that way she should be able to last the night.  Good luck.

Rachael - posted on 01/25/2009

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It sounds like a control issue. Maybe just let her sleep in cold, wet sheets until she can't stand it anymore? Maybe make a really big deal the next time she stays dry all night and give her a special reward and keep track where she can see it like on a calender with stickers? Then after a week get her a toy or go out to her favorite restuarant - you get it. It looks like from your picture that you're expecting, is she feeling left out of the excitement and this her way of getting attention? Hope this helps you.

Mary - posted on 01/25/2009

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Don't worry to much at this time, i know its frustrating but she'll get there with your help.



 

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