Potty training through the night

Michelle - posted on 02/22/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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How do we get our 4 year old son to stay dry through the night? He's dry during the day...no problems. At night he wears pull-ups. Any suggestions???

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Cecilia - posted on 09/27/2013

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I have to say that I agree at 4 it's normal. How you choose to deal with it is individual.

Put him in underwear at night. Let him know it's okay if he has an accident and he can wake you up if he does. Make sure you have a nice stock of clean pajamas and underwear ready.

You can buy waterproof sheets, (not that plastic stuff, that's a horrible sound to sleep on) I layered the sheets so you simply pull one off and the next is ready to go.

Then all you have to do is toss pj's and the one sheet into the washer and into the dryer come morning.

Never scold him. He didn't do it to make you mad. He did it because he couldn't help it. Be supportive through the process. If he constantly doesn't make it to the bathroom at night then feel free to use night pullups. Let him try it out to see if the sensation of being wet gets him going.

Abbie - posted on 02/26/2011

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I think you have been given great suggestions here, also to remember each persons bladder matures at different rates, and its NOT uncommon for a child to still be wet in the morning, if you don't wake your child and have them go to the potty. Many children sleep VERY sound and don't realize they need to use the bathroom. In some cases they dream they are on the toilet and will we the bed. Also remember to never scold or punish for wetting. Also at age 4 I don't think its unusual to be wet from time to time at night.

Bonnie - posted on 02/23/2011

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My son is also 4 years old and stays dry all throughout the day. Most nights his pull up is wet. I'm just letting it take it's course for now. I have been told that many kids aren't trained at night until around 7-8 years old. Their bladders are too small and if they are deep sleepers it makes it difficult for them to know when to go.

Mary - posted on 02/23/2011

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We had the same issue with our son. I was told to not put my son on my potty training schedule. As it turns out the advice was actually right because each child develops at different times when it comes to the sub conscious ability to hold back the urine. The bright side of this is, he is getting a good night sleep and that is healthy for him.

Amy - posted on 02/23/2011

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We started training really early and she was potty trained completely during the day by 15 months old and during the night by 20 months. To tackle the nighttime, we limited fluids about an hour or so before bed (made sure she was well hydrated before then), let her start wearing 'bedtime panties' that are thick cotton training pants (nothing like diapers so they don't feel comfy going in them), and we would also wake her up to go on the potty about 2 or 3 hours into her sleep (kept little potty in her room, bed at 8, first potty wake up at about 10 then again around 2 - not fully awakened just put on potty as i whispered 'time to go pee on the potty'). This worked wonders and my daughter was fully trained through the night within a few weeks. After a week of success, we cut back on the potty wake ups and went down to only one, then eventually none. She's been dry since Christmas!! Good luck :)

Louise - posted on 02/23/2011

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Restrict your sons fluid intake one hour before bed and encourage him to have a wee before he goes to bed. Then when you go to bed wake him up and take him to the toilet and then put him back to bed. He should really be able to hold his pee overnight now with the occasional accident.

I think first of all if he is always wet in the morning I would do the wake up before you go to bed with pull ups on and then once he is dry in the mornings then go cold turkey and take the pull ups off. You may be surprised if kids know they can pee and not get wet they often pee anyway, but they will use the toilet if they have to get out of bed to stay dry.

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