Nighttime Potty Training in 8 Simple Steps

Where do you start nighttime potty training? You feel it may be time for dry nights but don’t really know how to proceed to your child potty training over night. Here are 8 Simple Steps to follow. You may want to create a potty diary that tracks when your child goes most often during the night and use that information to support their success.

Nighttime Potty Training in 8 Simple Steps


1. Go shopping for some must have potty training over night items.

2. Decide when is a good time to start.

  • First phase – nap time dryness. After you’ve been potty training during the day and monitoring nap time dryness, there are some signs that help you know that your child’s body is prepared for the night time transition. For example, nap-time dryness for 7-10 days consistently is an excellent sign. However, if there are still daytime struggles it’s best to wait. 
  •  Second Phase- Nighttime toilet training is the last part of the process.

Some parents wait until the child wakes-up consistently with a dry diaper in the morning before starting. Others just throw on some pyjamas on their munchkin (despite having witnessed a wet diaper every morning) and experience surprising success with few accidents going forward. 

3. Decide if your little sprout will be using a potty or the family toilet.

Some parents move a self-enclosed potty chair into the bedroom for nighttime potty training. The only down side of this is that it may slow the transition to the adult toilet. Nonetheless, if it gives your child more confidence at the outset of night training – that’s a good thing.

4. Determine if you expect them to go by themselves or have them wake you up.

Initially, having parental guidance and support typically turns out better simply because its something they’ve become accustom to during the day. If your child is already independent in the bathroom, then support that at night too. Make sure the child has ready access to a night light so they can navigate safely to the bathroom.

5. Get them excited about trying a new bed time routine that includes a trip to the bathroom before bed, and maybe a “wake up” call during the night – be it from a bedwetting alarm or a parent creating a consistent cycle to which their child’s body can adapt. Talk to your little one about what to expect and how great it will be to wake up with dry pyjamas!

Start Night Time Potty Training.

1.    Limiting your munchkin’s intake of liquids after 6 pm seems to be a commonly held technique that helps with dryness. So doing means less times a child may need to get up during the night. Children who are deep sleepers, however, may not find this helpful at all – as they simply don’t wake up to being wet. That’s where a bed wetting alarm may come in handy. There are some that vibrate, have lights and/or sound to rouse the child as soon as moisture’s present. Over time this trains a child’s body to wake up when they need to urinate.

2.    Don’t use diapers for bedtime. Start with pull-up or toddler training pants or pajamas.

3.    Create a consistent routine with positive reinforcement and you could be seeing dry nights in about 3 months (according to participants experiences).

Learning how to night time potty train is really a cooperative experience between parent and child. Every child is different. There is no pat answer that fits every situation.

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