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The start of night training

My son is almost 4 yrs old and he's pooping and potting on the toilet now. Now I'm trying to transfer to working on night training. his language isn't always the best. I'm just wondering how you started training your kids on going to the bathroom in the middle of night. Especially boys as they are different then girls. but any feedback is appreciated.

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Asked by Sillylins at 1:42 PM on Aug. 19, 2013 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • you dont teach them to not wet at night
    it is completely different than toilet teaching

    at night you release a hormone to reduce urine production and a hormone to wake you when your bladder is full

    Answer by feralxat at 1:45 PM on Aug. 19, 2013

  • so if he's constantly wetting the bed. He might just not be ready then.

    Comment by Sillylins (original poster) at 1:51 PM on Aug. 19, 2013

  • It takes around 6 months after they are fully day time potty trained for them to become night time potty trained.

    Things to help:
    1) cut off drinks of whatever 1 hour before bed time
    2) have him go potty as the last thing before climbing into bed to sleep
    3) have him go potty first thing in the morning when he gets up

    Answer by Rosehawk at 2:07 PM on Aug. 19, 2013

  • I just kept my daughter in pull-ups at night even after she was well trained during the day. When the pull-ups were consistently dry in the morning, I switched her to underwear. She did the rest. We only went through about a half a bag of pull-ups before she was done with them, so maybe we were lucky.

    Answer by Ballad at 2:13 PM on Aug. 19, 2013

  • He maybe reading for toilet teaching
    Thats entirely different
    That is teaching him to recognize physical cues

    You can keep them dry with the above suggestions but not teach them
    And relax. Its ok. It may or may not happen quickly

    Answer by feralxat at 2:39 PM on Aug. 19, 2013

  • Ready!

    Answer by feralxat at 2:40 PM on Aug. 19, 2013

  • some kids can't wake up when the "urge" comes, I really would just keep him in nightime pull ups or diapers until he can sleep at night without wetting the bed, some kids can't do this for awhile, it doesn't mean anything other than they are deep sleepers or have small bladders.
    You could try the ones that get cold, but they may have trouble getting back to sleep.

    Answer by 2kids2dogs2cats at 2:48 PM on Aug. 19, 2013

  • It varies all over the place when children can stay dry at night. I know kids who were 6,8,10 before being dry all night. Perfectly normal. Use a night time pullup until you see a consistent dry one in the two weeks or more.

    Answer by silverthreads at 3:44 PM on Aug. 19, 2013

  • we ALWAYS figured out the 1/2 way point and woke 'em.... and then eventually the muscles tighten and the learn the urge to go feeling.... or else nothing by mouth for quite some time before bed and assume they'll make it til morning. It's a huge rule in my house no horseplay or screwing around in the morning. Once your eyes open you get your booty on the toilet seat.

    Answer by hibbingmom at 3:55 PM on Aug. 19, 2013

  • You can't do anything to help it. It can take years. Wait until he's dry for two weeks then take the pullups away. My son was a teen.

    Answer by mompam at 4:16 PM on Aug. 19, 2013

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