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    Default Night time toilet training tips

    I have decided it's time to try and night train my 3yo and while I'm going may as well do the 2 yo. Both girls have been day trained since 22 months and up until a few weeks ago have been perfectly happy to wear nappies to bed.

    The 2yo has started to take her nappy off after being put to bed and when I've gone to tuck them in I've found her asleep without any on, i put it back on and she wakes up with a less than half full nappy.

    The 3yo has been saying she wants to wear undies to bed yet she wakes up with a nearly full nappy and sleeps like a log.

    How do I start? Should I put them in cloth and hope they start to feel the wet overnight or go cold turkey? How much is it going to disturb their sleep (and mine lol)? Are they too young to expect?

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    Default Night time toilet training tips

    I did cold turkey with my 3 year old.
    Like yours she always had a full nappy and slept all night so I wasn't sure if she was capable but she insisted.

    It was actually pretty painless!

    I didn't limit fluid intake and made sure she had a night light to take herself to the potty (was still too small to get onto the toilet) and left the bathroom light on. Most nights she'll sleep straight through without needing to wee though at all (good old kids bladders lol).

    Maybe 2-3 accidents in the first couple of weeks and that was it. Since that wetting the bed has been a rare occurrence - usually when super overtired or sick.

    I used a waterproof mat that you tuck over the sheet so any accidents involved a simple pulling off the mat- a 5 second job!

    So I suggest cold turkey and just see how things go.

    Eta: I bought her a special night light so she was excited to use it and I think that helped encourage her to go on her own
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    Did you wake her to toilet the first few nights or let her go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soon2be4 View Post
    Did you wake her to toilet the first few nights or let her go?
    No way was I waking her! Plus I didn't want to get up myself lol and I thought it was important for her to recognise and wake when she needed to wee and then take herself.

    As I said though most nights she won't need to go at all at night- even though when she had nappies it was always full come morning.

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    For our dd we take her to the toilet in her sleep last thing before we go to bed, so around 10:30ish. Someone once told me you could take them to the toilet while they sleep and I was amazed that it works!

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    We went cold turkey with both of ours.

    DD we tried getting up before we went to bed but she woke up fully and got upset so we just left her. It did mean very early waking for a while as she adjusted, but she did eventually adjust to sleeping longer again.

    DS we got up each night before we went to bed - he barely woke and went straight back to sleep. That avoided any early starts! (Important as both kids are early risers at the best of times ).

    I think if they're ready you will know pretty quickly. DS only ever had 1 overnight accident and DD maybe a couple when very tired. Given they're young, if it isn't working well I'd just go back to nappies!

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    With dd she said she didnt want a nappy so I just stopped. I did limit drinks after 5pm though and of course make sure she did a wee before bed.

    I would also do two layers of sheets on the bed with protectors in between each sheet so if she did do an accident i just had to take the wet sheet and protector off and not remake the bed

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    We just waited until DD was waking up with a dry nappy around age late 2/early 3. I don't like the idea of restricting fluids or waking them.

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    We stuck with nappies/pull-ups until DS woke up dry consistently. My DS sleeps through and we've never done night waking for toileting. All kids are different though (DS was quite late to toilet train).

    I think he must be like me and has an enormous bladder! He's never wet the bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mambo View Post
    For our dd we take her to the toilet in her sleep last thing before we go to bed, so around 10:30ish. Someone once told me you could take them to the toilet while they sleep and I was amazed that it works!
    We did this for a couple of months, then she was fine. We get the occasional accidents but they're pretty rare. She's been wetting the bed lately due to constipation so we've been doing the night wee again to keep her bladder empty.


 

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