If your child is not physically ready to stay dry throughout the night, it’s not recommended that you take action until the child is over 5, but in some cases the child is physically ready and just needs to make some small changes to increase the chance of going through the night.
Here are some of the things that you can try to see if you child can stay dry throughout the night.
Remove the nappy
There are children who are so used to the habit of wearing a nappy that until the nappy is removed, they will be unlikely to stop using it. If your child has been dry in the day for 3 to 6 months you can go nappy free for 3 nights to see if they are ready. (Use bed protection and Dry Like Me pads to limit the mess of any accidents that do occur!)
Limit drinks before bed
It’s really important for children to stay well hydrated however try to encourage most of their fluid intake during the day and avoid big drinks before bedtime. See our blog on Healthy drinking habits during potty training for more info on how much children should be drinking each day.
Avoid caffeine and fizzy drinks
Fizzy drinks and caffeinated drinks can irritate the bladder, ideally stick to water and milk or watered down fruit juice.
Reduce salty foods
Salt can make your child thirsty and will therefore encourage them to drink more, which isn’t ideal a couple of hours before bed. In addition, salt can also make the body hold onto water for longer, which can increase the likelihood of accidents at night.
Check for constipation
Constipation can cause bedwetting, therefore check for signs of constipation.
Last minute wee at night
Make sure they fully empty their bladder just before bed.
Put a potty & night light by the bed
This makes it easier and quicker for children to get to the potty, especially if they need to go when it’s dark. Get them to practise getting out of bed and sitting on the potty so that it becomes second nature when they need to go. This is good for the middle of the night and for the early morning when they first wake up.