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My toddler is toilet trained during the day, but at night time still wears a nappy. At what age did other people take this off?

Posted anonymously, 11th September 2014

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  • Each child is different. I was using the pullup style undies at night for a while, but when I was noticing that these were dry most of the time, we took the plunge and went with undies. I think my kids were roughly around the 3yr old mark.

  • My suggestion is if you wake up during the night, wake you child enough for them to go to the toilet. If you go to bed a lot later than they do, take them then. I was babysitting a toddler and wasn’t told the new routine. Had difficulty putting the nappy on. The second time toddler was asleep and put to bed, not woken up to go to the toilet and didn’t know about getting him up if I got up. One wet bed next morning. Fortuanately I have waterproof protector and I had an extra one on top of it.

  • Every child is different, what works for one child may or may not work for another, even if they are siblings. The child will know and tell you when they don’t want to wear a nappy anymore – let them be in control.

  • I have a 4 year old & 2 two year olds and they’re all fully toilet trained… But each kid is different & you can kind of just know when they’re ready to give up their night time nappy. Or they just start stripping their nappies off on their own lol

  • My eldest was toilet trained by the time he was school age. My daughter still wears training pant at night..she is 6 as does my 5 yo son. I take them for wees about 3 hrs after they sleep. It is really based on whether the child is confident enough to get out of their training pants.

  • im currently toilet training my 3 yr old twins. they are good for the day, except poos sometimes but not at night
    I’m going to wait a little while longer, they only just turned 3

  • My youngest is 10 now so I’m well and truly out of the potty training stage :) ( I have 5 kids) But I just wanted to encourage you beautiful Mums out there who are newbies to this stage in your little one’s life.
    These are some tips I learnt along the way.
    The biggest thing I found was NOT MAKING A BIG DEAL if they don’t ‘go’. Have the potty on hand for them to play with in the beginning until they’re ready to ‘go’ and the step-up stool to your loo for the next stage, but don’t ever push them. Make it a game sometimes, when you need to go say: “Lets go wee wees together, how about that?” My toddlers loved that. I don’t reccommend doing this every time though, cos’ the idea is to get them going on their own eventually right?
    Other ideas are: if there’s something they’d like as in a juice or something to eat, say: “Hey I bet by now you need to go wee wees! Off ‘we’ go and try…then you can have your juice, etc” (‘we’ really meaning your little guy only, but you’re with him/her until one day they’ll pipe up and say “I can do it now.” )
    DO make a BIG DEAL when they do eventually ‘go’…”wow honey you are so cool! You did it sweety, you are amazing!” with cuddles/clapping/telling Daddy when he gets home. This might all sound silly but trying to put yourself in their shoes helps. We were all toddlers once.
    And don’t sweat it when they take their time to get out of nappies at night. Your child is unique and so is their body clock. If you are concerned it may be a health issue then by all means see your GP, but usually it’s just their body getting into rhythm. A little patience and understanding goes a LONG way. They will get there, especially if they feel your love and support. Sensing any frustration from you can make the process take a little longer, so just enjoy the journey! After all, they grow up so fast! Just my ideas thats all. Hope it helps someone :)

  • My son is nearly 8 and still wets the bed at night. We have seen a psychologist but at this stage just need to wait for him to grow out of it. I wouldn’t be concerned with a toddler.

  • I have 3 kids. My oldest was 2yrs wenn he was toilet. Trained an my daughter is nearly 3 but having trouble getting her to keep trying to go to toilet. Every toddler. Is different and. Some advice works a some don’t

  • this is my current dilema too, my miss 3 has been toilet trained during the day for over a year but still requires night time nappies, but wants to be like her big sister and go without them. She has 1-2 dry nappies in the morning per week, but most other days are pretty wet heavy ones. I plan on trying over summer so I can at least dry the sheets, and am also thinking about trying the pull up night time nappies for her too – good luck with your little one :)

  • Our dear daughter decided when it was time.

  • I’ve been wondering about this too as my 4.5yr old still needs a nappy overnight but we are having more frequent episodes of dry nappies. I’m just letting him do it on his own accord.

  • I would wait until you have at lease 4 nights without an accident, all kids are different. One was toilet trained during the day really well but took 2 years to go all night without wetting. The other was toilet trained by 1 and a half during the day and at 6 still wets the bed everynight. My nieces were toilet trained at 2 and one was out of night nappies at 3 the other at 3 and a half.

  • I found that once my toddlers mastered not needing a nappy through the day, they then moved onto having a dry nappy over night in their own time and then no longer required them.It would then probably still pay to have some under sheet mattress protection as occasionally accidents may occur.

  • We have just been thru this with our boy .No drinks before bed ,then we woke him up before we went to bed for a wee ,then got up took him to loo ,still half asleep but he went then went back too Bed ,over a week he stopped wetting ,ask the lad did he want nappy at nite ,he didnt want it on .

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