Toilet training at night: how to do it?

Your child is growing up and you feel it's time to do away with diapers at night! He's probably already potty trained during the day and you're dreaming of a life without diapers. Nighttime cleanliness can be a scary thing for parents who are already thinking about not sleeping at night. Here are our tips to help you get through it!

Why should your child be potty trained at night?

Once your child ispotty trained during the day, it's time to start nighttime potty training. It will probably take longer to potty train your child at night than it did to remove your toddler's diaper during the day. Potty training is a gradual process, with occasional backtracking. All children develop differently when it comes topotty trainingAll children are different in their development when it comes to potty training, whether during the day or at night. Some prerequisites are necessary:

  • Physical control: The child must control his anal sphincter and then his bladder sphincter;
  • Psychic control: The child must understand what is expected of him. He understands that his urine and stool are not extensions of his body;
  • Emotional control: The child is confident, he is not afraid of being judged or rejected.

Potty training will first be diurnal (during the day) before being nocturnal. Potty training takes place from the 15th to the 36th month, i.e. until the child is 3 years old.

What is the right age to start toilet training at night?

A child becomes fully potty trained between the ages of 2 and 4. There is no ideal age to start nighttime potty training. As with daytime, in order to control peeing and pooping accidents, your little one will need to realize that he wants to go to the potty. At night, during a deep sleep phase, it is difficult for him to understand that he has a pressing need! So wait until he's ready to control his body and understands that he needs to get out of bed, call his parents or go to the bathroom during the night before removing his diaper. Nighttime potty training usually comes 6 months after daytime potty training, which is also called daytime potty training.

Here's a list of clues that will tell you if your child is ready to start nighttime potty training:

  • If your child asks to go to the bathroom at night
  • If your child wakes up with a clean diaper several nights in a row
  • If he asks on his own to stop using diapers at night.

Our 5 tips for nighttime potty training

Before removing your baby's diapers at night, we recommend that you anticipate your baby's needs, desires and possible leaks as much as possible.

These tips will help you get through the next few weeks. We recommend that you take a few steps to ensure that the environment is conducive to the success of your mission: The abandonment of diapers!

  • Install a potty next to your child's bed if the cabinets are too far from his room;
  • Equip your child's bed with a mattress protector or a waterproof cover on the mattress;
  • Provide extra pajamas and sheets in case of bedwetting.

Establish a routine before bedtime

As you know, your child has loved routines since birth! So make sure you have all the chances on your side to ensure that nighttime potty training goes as smoothly as possible!

  • Reduce liquids two hours before bedtime. But don't deprive your child of fluids;
  • After washing, showering, styling and brushing your child's teeth, systematically offer to use the toilet or potty;
  • Introduce this new routine just before telling a story, singing a song or playing a game;
  • Place your child'snighttime water glass near the potty to encourage your toddler to pee before drinking.

Take your child to the bathroom at night if necessary

Once you remove your child's diapers at night, be prepared for a few nighttime awakenings over the next few days or weeks. Don't worry, these wakings will be short-lived. Your child can call you if he can't find his potty or if he wants to go to the bathroom. Accompany him each time he calls you and explain to him the way to do his business alone. You can also use night lights. Don't forget to help your child wipe properly if he can't do it on his own until he is 4 years old.

Suggest removing the diaper to put on a training pants

Removing the nighttime diaper and switching to a training pants is a good alternative and a good transition in the acquisition of potty training at night. The night-time training pants will allow you to spend a calm and peaceful night. Indeed, the absorbent core of the training pants will retain the leaks and accidents of urines of your children, leaving you time to intervene. This absorbent panty will save you the trouble of changing your child's sheets and will allow your little one to understand that it's time to go to the potty!


Talk to your child and adapt to his rhythm

Always discuss the subject with your little one before he takes off his diaper for the night. In fact, beyond the control of his body, your child may find himself anxious or stressed by his future nocturnal expeditions to the bathroom. Reassure him, explain the way, show him how to get out of bed, go to the potty or the toilet, wipe himself and return to his bed safely.

Be patient with occasional relapses

As with all potty training since your child's birth, you may notice a relapse, a regression in potty training. This is perfectly normal! Don't worry about it. Stress, a move, the arrival of a little brother or sister, or a traumatic event can cause a change in attitude or sweep away your child's achievements. Keep in mind that accidents are bound to happen even after many weeks in the dry. Clean up leaks calmly, continue to encourage your child and explain that accidents happen!

Should I worry if my child is not potty trained at night?

After a child is potty trained during the day, it takes between 6 and 10 months to be potty trained at night. Some children will be toilet trained at the same time, but this is rare. There is no need to worry if your child is not potty trained until he or she is 4 years old. After this period, do not hesitate to consult a health professional, a psychomotrician or your pediatrician in order to eliminate physiological or psychological causes, in particular in case ofnocturnal enuresis.

The FAQ of night-time potty training

At what age does the child become clean at night ?

There is not really an age for a child to be clean. Children usually take off their diapers between 2 and 4 years old. Nighttime potty training occurs between 6 and 10 months after daytime potty training.

How can I help my child become potty trained at night?

Several methods can be used to help your child become toilet trained at night. For example: put a training panty on him, limit liquids at night, take your child to the potty at night while he is still dozing, arrange his space and his room.

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