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How to Night-Time Potty Train Toddlers

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated April 18, 2017
Toddler lying in bed

Launching a potty training initiative is often a big deal for a family. For best results, wait until your toddler shows you that she’s ready to tackle this milestone, advises the American Academy of Pediatrics HealthyChildren.org website. Once daytime potty training is largely achieved, your little one will progress to the point of night-time potty training, also.

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Night-Time Training Physiology

It’s common for little ones to achieve daytime potty training before night-time potty training, according to Mayo Clinic. Generally, daytime control arrives with about two or three months of consistent effort. If your toddler regularly wakes up dry in the morning, he may be physiologically ready for night-time training, advises the Better Health Channel.

Tips and Supplies for Success

Night-time training can involve some trial and error, so take steps to minimize the negative results of accidents. Place a plastic mattress cover over your little one’s mattress to protect the mattress from moisture. You might also place a mattress pad over the bottom sheet to soak up urine and prevent complete bed changes with accidents. Your toddler might wear disposable training pants or plastic pants overnight to contain messes, too.

Night-time Training Routine

Talk about night-time bathroom use with your toddler so she knows what to do if she wakes up needing to use the bathroom. Because your little one is so young, it’s advisable to instruct her to call you if she wakes up so you can get up and help her. Consider waking your toddler to take her to the bathroom before you go to bed at night. If your toddler wakes up for any reason during the night, always offer a trip to the bathroom before she goes back to sleep, suggests Better Health Channel.

Accidents Will Happen

Avoid pressuring or criticizing your toddler about night-time potty training, warns the AAP. Punishing a child for accidents often leads to difficulties, such as more accidents and an uncooperative attitude in the child. Instead, stay positive and encouraging. Offer praise on dry mornings and avoid showing anger or frustration if accidents occur. Never punish your little one for accidents. If accidents continue to happen, consider taking a break from your efforts, advises Nationwide Children’s Hospital. After a week or two without training, you can resume training if your child seems willing to try again.

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About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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