When to start
Once you have mastered day time potty training you are ready to start thinking about night time potty training. Look out for a pattern of dry nappies, slightly damp nappies or warm nappies (suggesting they have had a wee as they were waking up) as signs that they are learning to hold on through the night.
When you start you may find it useful to put a potty by the bed. This means your child can easily use the potty if they need to in the middle of the night. It can also help them in the morning when they first wake up and need a wee.
Night time training
Night time training is dependent on the maturity of the bladder and the production of a hormone that suppresses the production of wee during sleep. Bedwetting is common in children and 20% of 5 year olds still wet the bed.
It’s a good idea to encourage good drinking habits in the daytime, but limit drinks just before bed. Avoid fizzy drinks in the evening and milk may also make bedwetting worse as the protein can result in the production of more urine.
Constipation can be linked to bedwetting, so it’s important to have a healthy diet and to keep well hydrated.
Accidents at night are normal but very frustrating but try to keep calm and positive with your child. Sometimes the child appears to have mastered night time training but then starts having accidents again.
Always see your doctor if you think your child may be suffering from a urinary infection, constipation, if soiling occurs, or if you notice any adverse changes in mood or behaviour.