The time has come to night time potty train your child. I’m assuming you have already day time potty trained your toddler and congratulations for that mama! That’s a milestone to celebrate on it’s own! But now is the other half of potty training, the most difficult I would say and the most patience testing of all. Since toddlers do not know how to control their bladders yet, it can make it harder for them to not wet their bed at night. These tips are going to help you night time potty train your toddler without stress and with ease, I promise!
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Now mama, before we get into this, I want you to know that night time potty training takes a lot of will from you, patience and determination. So please do not give up the first time you try it. You can cry if you want to, I’ll give you my shoulder, it’s okay! Just know that these tips will indeed help you night time potty train like a rock-star, that’s how I did it. It took me a week though, yup very different from the 3 day, day time potty training. But you can totally do this!
9 fool proof ways to easily night time potty train your toddler
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1.Limit liquid intake
The first thing that you will want to do, is to limit the amount of liquid your toddler drinks before going to bed. I know this can be hard, specially if your child sleeps with a sippy cup or a cup of milk. Just try to slowly take it away, let’s say today you don’t give them anything to drink 30 minutes before bedtime. The next day, 1 hour before bedtime and so on. It will be an easier adjustment for your toddler.
Not having any liquid one or two hours before bedtime, is going to help your child not use the bathroom as often at night.
2. Bathroom before bedtime
So before your child goes to bed have a routine of taking him a bath, brushing his teeth and making him use the bathroom before he goes to bed. My kids all had their own potty and so I would have them sit on it before bed time. They automatically peed! It made it much easier for them to sleep without wetting their bed.
3. Wake them up
Oh yes! This is something that I did with my twins and not my oldest child. My oldest never wet her bed when we were nighttime potty training her, which was amazing! So, I never had to wake her up while she was sleeping to make her go potty. But, obviously every child is different and my twins needed help, which was totally okay with me!
So, every night while I was night time potty training them, I would wake them up before I went to bed (12am). I would carry them each to their potty and sat them there. They were still half asleep, but the good news is that they actually peed! So, I carried them back to their bed and they fell asleep right away. Do not worry if they will stay awake after waking them up at night, because they don’t!
After that, my twins would go about 6 to 7 hours straight without needing to use the bathroom again.
4. No pull ups
I know you may be tempted to have your child use pull ups while night time potty training, but this is a big no no! They are going to confuse the pull ups for diapers and will actually pee on it. We want to avoid this! Instead have your child wear undies, because even if they have an accident, they will see how uncomfortable it is to have wet undies on. This is going to help them not pee on it!
5. Toilet training wet mat
I love this idea of having a toilet training wet mat to help keep your child’s bed dry! I actually used a wee wee pad for my twins, yup the one you use for your pet (no shame in my night time potty training game). You simply place it under your kids and if they had an accident the mattress and their blanket wouldn’t get wet. It’s genius! I came across these washable waterproof bed pads which I thought was something you would love using too!
6. Extra clothes
Accidents are bound to happen, so it’s always better to be prepared with extra sleeping clothes for your toddler. You can have their extra clothes on top of your drawer or your child’s drawer so it can be easy access for you.
7. Stay consistent
One important thing that I have to advise you on is to be consistent with your night time potty training. I know it can be hard and so easy to just give up on. But, I promise the hard days will soon be over and you’ll be enjoying the perks of having a night time potty trained child. It’s simple, nothing comes easy, you have to stick with it and do it!
8. Be patient
Oh your patience will definitely be tested here mama! This is where you need to prevail and show it who’s the boss here. Try not to get mad or be disappointed that your child is taking long to night time potty train. It’s okay to feel discouraged once in a while. Do not let it take control of your thoughts because then you’ll want to give up. Have patience and know that you will soon achieve this milestone too.
9. Make it a routine
Last but not least, make a night time routine to help you succeed in your potty training adventure. Stick to your routine because it’s going to make it easier on you and on your child. He will develop the habit of always using the bathroom before going to bed, of knowing he is not allowed to have any liquid before bedtime and eventually wake up on his own to go potty. It really helps to be consistent and to have a night time routine.
Okay mama, are you ready to rock night time potty training? I hope you are because as you saw it’s really straight forward. It does take more “work” than day time potty training, it does take longer but it’s totally doable. Remember to be consistent and to not give up, you will fail but you will ultimately win on the long run.
This is a different kind of ball game but it’s something that we have to do. You will do it, you will night time potty train your child with ease and stress free. Make sure you have the washable wet pads so your child’s mattress doesn’t get ruined and also make sure to wake your child up during the night. It will make a tremendous difference in your night time potty training journey.
I hope you found these tips helpful and I wish you all of the luck in the world, I know you’re going to do great and successfully night time potty train your toddler! Cheers to that mama!