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so, is it really like potty training twice?!

okay so you have to potty train your child right, and when they're almost trained they're pretty much just wearing diapers when they sleep. soo does this mean it's almost like potty training over again when you try to put them to bed in just undies?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:46 PM on Jun. 7, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I haven't gotten to the bedtime part yet. But when my mother was potty training my twin sisters, she would literally get up in the middle of the night and escort them to the bathroom. So they could learn to wake up and go pee. Don't know how many nights it took, but it seemed to work.

    Answer by aluvk4evr at 3:52 PM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • No. It's not really possible to night train someone. Think about it... can you "night train" your husband to not snore? No. He's asleep and can't control what his body does or what his brain ignores while he is asleep. Same with your child.

    First, remember that it is common for kids (especially boys) to wet the bed up to age 6. Many wet later - that's why there is a market for Good Night pants.
    Why? The reasons vary: Some kids' bodies don't slow down urine production at night like they are supposed to. Some don't hear that "I've got to go feeling" so they sleep right through it. Some actually have medical problems that aren't diagnosed until the wetting continues past age 6.


    Answer by kaycee14 at 3:54 PM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • Oh and yes I think it is like potty training twice because kids tend to sleep so hard, they won't realize that they have to pee or they may be fearful of getting up at night. Start off with Night time undies until they can learn to wake themselves and go potty. I bet it's not any harder than regular potty training, just be prepared to wash a lot sheets, lol.

    Answer by aluvk4evr at 3:55 PM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • What to try?
    Don't try limiting fluids. It doesn't work and teaches the child that thirst isn't an important thing to listen to. Do not ever limit fluids of a child under 4. Check out this topic at the AAP's website.
    The biggest thing to "try" is patience. Though they don't talk about it, many of your child's age mates are having problems.
    If you notice your child wakes up dry 5 nights out of 7, switch to undies. But put a water proof pad on the bed to protect the mattress.
    Make sure your child pees just before bed.
    As he gets older, you can try waking him just before you go to bed or at 2 or 3 in the morning. Whichever you pick, stick with it. You are trying to teach his body to wake up at this time all on it's own.
    If you don't want your child wandering the house at night or if your child is afraid to do so, put a small potty in his room to use at night.
    After age 5, try a bedwetting alarm.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 3:58 PM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • I didnt think it was like potty training twice. We put a small potty in his room at night and woke up with him twice a night for the first 2 nights we wanted to try night time training. The next two nights we only woke him up once to pee. Now he wakes up on his own if he has to pee. Sometimes he forgets he has a potty in his room and gets mad when he cant get out of his room. (have to have a baby gate up long story)

    Answer by kristinlimon at 6:26 AM on Jun. 8, 2009

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