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Potty Training Update
We’re on the home stretch. My three year-old is daytime potty trained and now we’re moving on to night-time potty training. I believe there is wisdom in waiting until the child is ready – before making a change to their potty training routine. Our son has been waking up with dry Pull-ups on in the morning and waiting until he gets up to use the bathroom. We’ve been trying a few things to make his new routine easy to follow and so with the post I’m sharing 7 Tips for Easier Nighttime Potty Training that work.
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5 Tips for Easier Nighttime Potty Training
I remember with my first child that toilet training seemed pretty daunting. I wasn’t sure how, and/or if things were going to work out. But the good thing is – kids are pretty smart, and they will eventually take an interest in using the potty. My five-year-old has been successfully using the bathroom at night by himself for nearly two years now. It’s exciting to watch your kids gain independence in this area.
1. Tip #1. Is your kid ready? Watch them to look for signs of readiness. Do they wake up with a dry Pull-Up on? Do they ask to use the toilet as soon as they wake up? Do they wake from a nap or early in the morning aware that they need to use the restroom? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child may be ready for nighttime toilet training. Hooray for you and your family! Now, here are a few things you can do to make the transition a little easier (at least they’re working really well for our family.)
2. Tip #2. Have a routine. Teach your child the routine of using the potty at night. Walk them through. We have a regular routine of reading books, drinking milk, using the potty, washing up, brushing teeth and getting tucked in every night. In addition to that, I take the time to sit with my my three-year-old and walk him through the steps of correctly using the potty. Steps include things like:
- Place the stool at the base of the toilet.
- Lift the toilet seat lid.
- Climb up onto the stool.
- Lower PJ pants and Pull-Up.
- Use potty and clean up.
- Pull Pants back up.
- Climb down from stool.
- Close lid quietly and flush toilet.
- Wash and dry hands.
By walking him through each step in a sort of “role playing” just before bed, he’s learning how to become more independent. Sometimes he does some of the steps by himself and other times he asks for help. Even when I help him I encourage him to take steps by himself. We also cut back on fluids at night.
3. Tip #3. Use Pull-Ups. I can remember one afternoon when my son fell asleep without a Pull-Up on and wet the bed. He woke up screaming and crying and was very upset. He is daytime potty trained and has basically given up naps, but on this particular day he fell asleep during the middle of the day. I don’t want him waking up in the morning wet and upset so I like to use Pull-Ups. It saves all of us a lot of heartache and it helps my son sleep more confidently.
4. Tip #4. Install a nightlight. I want my kids to be safe at night so our family always picks up toys before bed and we use a nightlight in the hallway and bathroom to make it easier for the kids to see at night.
5. Tip #5. Make things easier to access. We use a step-stool in the bathroom to make the toilet and sinks easier to access. The boys know how to move the stool, and with it they can easily reach the things they need to get to as they conduct their nighttime routine.
6. Tip #6. Have spare pants ready. I try to always have pull-ups on the floor within easy reach for my son to access if needed. He may be able to reuse the dry Pull-Up he had on when he went to bed or he may need get a new dry Pull-Up. Either way, I make it easy for him to get a clean one if he needs it.
7. Tip #7. Catch them doing things right. When my boys do it right they get lots of hugs and warm affirmation. As a parent I want to catch them doing something correctly as much as I possibly can. Using the restroom by themselves at night or in the early morning is a huge step towards being more responsible and gaining independence. When they take steps towards greater responsibility they get accolades and applause in our family.
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