Trying to get my 3 year old out of night diapers. He is fully potty trained a few months before he turned 3. Now I am trying to get him to not need a diaper at night. Any suggestions that has worked for some of you?

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It is ok that he doesn't stay dry at night! He is still potty trained! My son is almost 5 and still wets the bed almost every night--he wears reusable night time underwear (cheaper than always buying pullups but work the same). His pediatrician told me that there is a part of the brain that has to fully develop in order for kids to stop wetting the bed. It is the part that tells the bladder to stop urine production. It develops with age and genetics has everything to do with it! So if you or hubby were bedwetters then guess what! She also told me that waking him up at night to use the potty is not going to help but only give him (and us) a bad night sleep. Our pediatrician is amazing and I trust her so we are not concerned. We do not make a big deal about it and my son knows to change his underwear as soon as he wakes up. With age he will start to stay dry!

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With my daughter (this was a while back but worked!) I would semi-wake her a few times during the night by carrying her to the bathroom and putting her on the toilet. I would ask her to pee, usually took a few minutes, but she always did...I did this for the first few weeks, decreased it to once a night, then none, and we never did have wet sheets in the morning...hope this helps

Beth - posted on 11/13/2008

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I am an RN and mother of six. It is pretty normal for a child up to the age of six to not be able to stay dry at night. Your little guy just might not have as big a bladder. I would'nt worry about it just put the diaper on so you don't have to wash the bedding every day. I promise he won't graduate in diapers:)

Lesley - posted on 11/13/2008

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I was pretty nervous to take my daughter out of pull-ups at night, but I just decided to cold turkey one night. She RARELY has an accident. We began getting her up to go to the bathroom when we go to bed (around 10:30) and at the time when we first started this, my son was still waking up at around 4am and I would get her up again at that time. After a few months of that, we stopped getting her up at 4 and now only have her go when we go to bed. We also try to limit liquids after dinner. Just make sure you have a plastic mattress cover that you can spray down and wipe if there is an accident. Good luck!

Patricia - posted on 11/13/2008

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Have you let him go to bed without a diaper yet? Our nurse told us to just try it without a diaper one night. If he had an accident, she said to wait a couple of weeks and try it again. We made sure our son didn't drink anything past dinner time and put him on the potty right before bed. He was able to stay dry right away.

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Jennifer - posted on 11/14/2008

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I am a firm believer is getting a child up to pee! My SIL and I had this argument last week! I like the tip of getting up several times and then weaning it down! Try that one and let us know how it works for you as I have a year or so before training!

Yvonne - posted on 11/14/2008

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my sister wet the bed till she was 9. being potty trained and having complete control are not the same thing. it is important that they have consistency. and after going through that with her i can tell you a couple things, she has told me, that wearing regular underwear helped her know when she did have an accident and once they accepted that she couldnt help it it actually got better.

we all have our own experiences and ways of thinking. i was just speaking from experience. i did it the way my pediatrician and fellow friend did it and it worked really really well for us. i did say all kids are different. for us, once she understood what her body was doing it just clicked and she figured it out. typically boys are harder. i have an almost 2 year old son and am pretty sure his laid back ways will make it harder then it was for my daughter.

i hope it is okay for us to have varying opinions on this board. because there is nothing to be learned from one another if we cant share our own personal experiences.

Yvonne - posted on 11/14/2008

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correction never used a diaper at night starting the first day we started potty training.

Yvonne - posted on 11/14/2008

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just take the diaper off. my daughter never used a diaper at night. she had a couple days where she had an accident at nap just after being fully potty trained. but a sign your child id ready is that they wake up with a dry diaper. my daughter has never had a night accident. all kids are different. there will be some accidents. get up mid-night and check him. it may help to figure out if it wets early in the night or early in the morning.

putting a diaper on after taking it off will only set him back. consistency. consistency. consistency.

Cindy - posted on 11/13/2008

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Thanks everyone! I will see how he does with no diapers for a little while longer and use some of your suggestions. He did wake up at 10:30 tonight to go pee. He must know I'm talking about him.

Kimberly - posted on 11/13/2008

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Hi with my two oldest, we limited liquid after dinner and made them pee before bed. We also just took the diapers off.... it seemed to help. However, i have noticed that when the blankets fall off, when they are young (still in 3 yr old /4 yr old age) the pee the bed! Even though they had not wet all spring, summer and fall, once November came and the house cooled down at night, when the blankets fell off, they wet. So, even though they never fell out of bed I put a bed rail up to keep the blankets on, and this helped.

Good Luck!

Carrie - posted on 11/13/2008

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My oldest daughter was potty trained at 2 1/2 and is now 5. She still wears a pull-up at night, although now she wakes up dry about 80% of the time. Our pediatrition advised us not to make a big deal out of it to her. She said it tends to be hereditary (my husband wet the bed into his school years) and that it is also part of a sleep disorder. Some kids are not yet able to wake themselves during the night to go to the bathroom. She said 7 is the age by which kids need to be dry through the night. Of course try all the suggestions you get and hopefully something will work for your little guy. Just wanted to put this out there. :)

Cindy - posted on 11/13/2008

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Yes, I have been putting him to bed without a diaper. I will try the no drinking after dinner.

Cindy - posted on 11/13/2008

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No, the past 8 days I have been putting him to bed without a diaper and have been washing bed sheets every morning. When it gets cold, I will have to put a diaper back on him because I don't want him sleeping on a cold wet bed and get sick. Just looking for some suggestions.

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