Ways to ease the overnight toilet-training process for your child and you, so that their bed stays dry at night.


Even after you’ve potty trained your peewee and they are dry during the day, they may still wet the bed until they are about age 4 or 5. Some kids may even be bed-wetting until as late as 12 years old.

Luckily, Kinderland preschool's curriculum specialist Rebecca Goh notes that most children are fully potty-trained by age 2 or 3. Most experts also recommend that parents start potty-training their little ones when they are at least 18 months of age.

Goh says, “It is important that children are not forced to start toilet training until they’re behaviourally, emotionally and developmentally ready.” Some signs of readiness for potty-training at night, include:

* Refusing to put on the diaper at night.

* Can stay dry for several nights.

* Can wake up to use the toilet at night on their own.

We have tips to help your mini-me succeed in staying dry at night…

1) Limit your child’s intake of fluids after dinner This rule applies to all liquids including juice, soup and water. If your kewpie feels thirsty, let them take sips of water instead of taking big gulps. They will be more likely to pee if they consume a lot of liquid at one go.

If your child has been able to stay dry throughout the night consistently, you can try swopping out their pull-up diapers for proper undergarments.

2) Make sure your tot pees before going to bed When your child empties their bladder before bedtime, this will reduce the likelihood of them wetting the bed.

3) Dress them appropriately As with daytime potty-training, dressing your little one in clothes that are easy to remove, including including pull-up diapers, encourages them to use the potty at night. Making them wear tough to undo clothes, on the other hand, only ups their chances of having an accident. If your child can stay dry through the night consistently, try to replace their pull-up diapers with kid’s briefs or panties.


4) Wake your little one from sleep to empty their bladder After your child has sleeping for about 90 minutes or right before you turn in, gently rouse your child to get them to use the potty. As they will empty their bladder, this is especially helpful if they have drunk liquids right before bedtime. Goh points out that your child might resist or throw a tantrum when you wake them up to pee ― remain calm and gently but firmly encourage them to use the toilet.

5) Get the right tools It’s up to you to buy your peewee a potty or get them to use the adult toilet. Either way, Goh advises that you have in place all the safety precautions. If they’re using the adult’s toilet, make sure to place a potty seat before they use it, as well as steps to help them reach it. For everyone’s safety, always ensure that the toilet is well-lit at night.

Goh advises you to set aside an extra set of clothes and bedsheets at all times and placing a waterproof mattress protector under the bedsheet can simplify the clean-up.

6) Make them pee in the potty as soon as they awaken in the morning Once awake, get your child to empty their bladder immediately in the potty, even if they are still using pull-ups. This not only helps you establish consistency, it reminds junior that their diapers are to prevent any accidents from happening.

7) Be prepared for accidents Remember, your child likely will not be toilet-trained overnight, so be prepared for accidents. If you know that emergencies might happen, the toilet-training process will be more pleasant for your mini-me and you. Goh advises that you place a waterproof mattress protector under the bedsheet to ease the clean-up, as well as set aside an extra set of clothes and bedsheets at all times for mishaps.

8) Don’t criticise them when they fail If they’ve wet the bed accidentally, it’s important to reassure your child and offer emotional support. Your child might feel guilty, ashamed or even discouraged about making a mess. Goh says, “Tell your child that accidents do happen and it takes time to master toileting.” At all times, react calmly when you clean up the mess and give them a change of clothes. Don’t dwell on the mistake after cleaning up, just help your child get back to sleep and leave the conversation till morning.

9) Reward them when they succeed These rewards can come in the form of praises or reward stickers. While it doesn’t seem necessary, celebrating your child’s successes gives them motivation to keep on staying dry, especially if they have been wetting the bed before.

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