Night time toilet training

While the ultimate goal with toilet training is to literally stay on target, you need to do the same figuratively speaking! You will naturally become more confident as time goes on, but it is almost certain your child will have more than one slip up.

When this happens, it is crucial that you don't lose your cool. Just reassure them that everything is fine, deal with the issue by changing them and move on.

In a nutshell, it is best to expect disappointments and these mishaps and deal with them as just that. Just make sure you keep focussed and keep your eye on the prize: your little precious baby being completely toilet trained!

Rattling their confidence after just one slip up has the potential to undo a lot of the good work that you had done in the months, or even years, leading up to it. Also, as time goes on you may feel that you are simply repeating the process, as your child begins to be toilet trained through the night. Do not be disheartened because there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

When it comes to night times, expect your child to wear nappies for at least one more year - even after they've mastered the day time. Night times are a new challenge, but it's one that does just take a little more time.  While most of the principles of 'day time' toilet training apply at nights, there are a few other things to look out for.

Make sure that you always check your child's nappy each morning. This way, you'll know when the time is right to start trialling a few nights without them as you should begin to find a few dry nappies and they some will begin to wake and call to you when they get the urge.

Night times are a new challenge, but it’s one that does just take a little more time.

At nights, make sure that your child is happy getting in and out of bed and similarly, that they are able to remove their night clothes like they can in the day. It is also handy to establish a 'game plan' between you... should they come and wake you? Are they confident enough of heading to the bathroom on their own? Will the lights be on? Do they need a potty in their room?

Mornings will also be the time to give praise and not to show any disappointment if the clothes or the bed is wet. Products, like Pull-Ups are available to help with this, and are great if the process is taking longer than you expect.
Some outdated practices, like punishing children by having them lie in a wet bed are outdated for a reason! It is cruel and unfair, and will not help them reach their goal of being toilet trained. Also, if you feel they are drinking too much at night, try getting them to drink more in the day instead. That way they won't be deprived of liquids and won't get the urge to drink at night.

And always remember, all children are different from one another so avoid comparing them or discussing toilet training openly with other parents or children - they may not appear embarrassed or remain silent but this can have a tendency to make them more anxious about the process.

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Toilet training tips

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