Overnight Potty Training: What Can I Do To Help?

“Our son is 4 years old and has been dry in the daytime since he turned 3. His pull-up is soaked every morning. I know this can be normal but I wonder if there are some things I can be doing now to help him become dry at night”.

Nighttime dryness can follow daytime dryness by months or even years. How to help with this transition is a common parental concern.

Here are a few things that you can do now to help him become dry overnight.

Establish daytime dryness first. Make sure he is reliably dry in the daytime, knows when he needs to use the bathroom and has soft, regular bowel movements.

Urinate twice before bed. This means making sure he tries to go potty 30 minutes before bedtime, then once more as lights go out.

Encourage drinking and frequent toileting during the daytime. Fluids after dinner should be water, not milk or juice, in a small quantity.

Don’t allow pull-ups to be worn while he is awake. Put it on last thing before lights out and take it off first thing in the morning. Some children will wet the pull-up as they are waking up in the morning, just because they know it is there.

Trial of no pull-ups. Especially if you have noticed that his pull-ups are less wet or dry in the morning, try having him wear underwear to bed. Protect the bed with a waterproof cover and protect his sheets with washable, waterproof overlay pads. The ones with the tuck-in sides are the best. If a couple weeks pass with no sign of progress toward dry nights, restart the pull-ups and know that there will be a better time to try this later on.

Remind your son if he wakes up for any reason or if he comes to your room in the night, he should use the bathroom at this time, even if he doesn’t feel he needs to.

Walking your son to the bathroom when you go to bed probably does not speed up the spontaneous development of dry nights, but does allow one more voiding to be in the toilet.

If your son gets to 6 and is still having nighttime accidents, you can introduce a bedwetting alarm to help him develop that brain-bladder connection more quickly. Bedwetting alarms sense the first drop of wetness and sound to alert him and you that wetting is occurring. Over time, his body will learn to connect waking up before wetting happens.

In most cases, children do not have control over their overnight wetting and they are not wetting because they are lazy or belligerent. There is no need to feel parental guilt; being kind and supportive is much better. Punishment is not warranted and may even delay the development of dry nights. Be patient and know that each child develops at a different rate.

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ENTER TO WIN!! FREE 7 Steps to Nighttime Dryness Audiobook GIVEAWAY

7 Steps to Nighttime Dryness, our most popular guide to ending bedwetting, has just come out in AUDIOBOOK form. To promote the release, we are giving out ten free copies of the audiobook.

To win, simply leave a comment saying why you want the audiobook via the “Ask a Question” link at the top of this page or the “Leave a Comment” link at the bottom of this post. The ten best answers will be selected on January 31st and the winners of the FREE AUDIOBOOK will be sent a coupon code so they can download the book from Audible.com.

The print version of 7 Steps to Nighttime Dryness debuted in 2004 and is now in its second edition. It’s helped tens of thousands of families achieve permanent nighttime dryness. The book covers everything from common myths about bedwetting to the various treatment options available, how to know when it’s time to start treating, how to get your child on board, and when to stop treatment and pronounce your child “cured.”

The book has received many rave reviews. Sweet Caramel from Dunwoody, GA wrote, “Before spending $2500.00 on an agency to help you, read what Nurse Mercer has to say… The book provides immediate help while the agency requires you to mail in your data and wait for them to send you the next step to try. My child was completely dry within two months after 15 years of wetting. Thanks Nurse Mercer!”

Cabmd from Indianapolis, IN wrote, “Very practical and easy to read. It’s easy to implement the suggestions.” And CP from Boston, MA simply wrote “I am just so happy with this and so amazed that it really does work!!!”

7 Steps to Nighttime Dryness was written by me, Renee Mercer, a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience dealing with bedwetting and daytime wetting at my private practice in Maryland. The audiobook is narrated by Anne Marie Silvey and normally sells for $14.95.

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5 Top Bedwetting Blogs of 2014

The winners of the top viewed Bedwetting Blogs of 2014 are:

1. When Bedwetting Alarm Doesn’t Work
This blog discusses reasons that your child may not have been successful using the alarm and some tips that will help.

2. Waterproof Pants for Older Kids
The fact that this was such a popular blog reinforces my belief that there are many families with older children who still struggle with bedwetting. Washable, non-noisy underwear are especially welcome for kids going to camp or spending the night outside their home.

3. Positive Behavior Changes Noted after Bedwetting Alarm Use
I am especially proud of this popular blog, which included feedback from 803 families whose child had used a bedwetting alarm. Parents reported a significant improvement in Self-Esteem, Overnight Stays, Quality of Sleep, Relationships with Peers and Parents, and School Performance.

4. Peeing in Bed
This blog answers a frustrated parent’s question about knowing what to do after she has tried all the common strategies.

5. Best Bed Wetting Alarm
This blog features the Rodger Wireless Bedwetting Alarm, which is the most convenient and comfortable alarm that we carry. The new wireless technology does not require any wires or panty liners. The transmitter is simply snapped onto the waistband of the specialized moisture-sensing underwear for perfect placement every time.

Success Matters! Learn Why Families Who Buy at the Bedwetting Store are more Successful

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