Nighttime potty training can be one of the most difficult milestones for both the child and the parent to accomplish. Before you start training your child, make sure that he/she is already potty trained during the day. Here are some tips to follow to help your family meet this milestone:
- Drink water throughout the day. Constipation and dehydration can cause irritation in the bladder. Make sure your child is well-hydrated throughout the day. Avoid drinking soda, juice or milk at night – water is the best option.
- Invest in potty training tools. A potty training toilet seat will make it more comfortable for children to sit on and reassure them that they won’t fall into the toilet. Look for children’s toilet seats with fun and playful designs to keep the child entertained and compliant. Don't forget mattress protection - it’s almost always inevitable to get a wet bed when dealing with potty training. Keep your child’s mattress protected with washable underpads. This child-friendly star pattern print mattress underpad helps cut down on laundry and can easily be switched out with a clean one, without having to strip the entire bed.
- Pee twice before bed. Make sure the child empties his bladder 30 minutes before bedtime and then again, right before lights out.
- Go diaper-free at night. Try having your child go a night or two without any diaper protection. Pull ups often give children a sense of dependency, leading them to believe that it’ll always be there to protect them from wetting the bed. The child can wear washable underwear, which look like regular underwear but with absorbent padding, or their own underwear instead.
- Use nightlights to keep hallways lit. Young children are often afraid of the dark, which can prevent them from going to the bathroom when they need to. Illuminate the path to the bathroom so they can easily see their way in the middle of the night.
- Try a bedwetting alarm. Also called an enuresis alarm, bedwetting alarms are the most effective treatment for bedwetting. These small devices are designed to help children feel the sensation of a full bladder and to wake up to use the bathroom or hold it in until morning. Bedwetting alarms come in a variety of styles, from wearable to wireless. If your child is 5 years old and still has trouble staying dry at night, this may be an option to look into.