Potty training and bed wetting sometimes go hand in hand. As you are potty training a child, you are working towards those dry days and nights. Sometimes after your child has achieved dry days, you might be surprised to find that they are not able to stay dry at night. If this continues past the age of five or six, you may be dealing with a bed wetting child, and will need to continue your toilet training efforts.
For a toddler to be dry during the day and wet overnight is not unusual at all. Just stop to consider the many companies selling overnight diapers and absorbent pants. Every child, at the beginning of potty training will continue wetness at night. You just have to take some time to make the transition.
If you are very lucky, as your child becomes potty trained during the days, they will simply stay dry at night. Apparently this does happen. I have been told by other mothers that it can happen. I think it is like other parenting fables. You’ve heard them: children keeping you young, or nursing keeping you thin, or mothers who are joyful all the time. I am sure it can occur, I have just never seen it.
Here are some tips to help you make the transition from a child who is dry during the day to a child who is dry day and night.
1. Give it some time. There is a big difference between keeping your Barney pants dry during the day when mommy is reminding you to pee every five minutes and waking from a deep sleep with dry Barney pants.
2. Cut off drinks a couple hours before bed. Toddlers really don’t need to be carrying those sippy cups full of juice around all day long anyway, it is terrible for the teeth.
3. Take your little one to the bathroom thirty minutes before bedtime, and right before bedtime. I have no idea why it works, but it does.
4. Avoid carbonated or caffeinated drinks. They irritate the lining of the bladder and make frequent urination even more frequent.
5. Light up the night. Keep a nightlight on in the bathroom. It is not really reasonable to assume that a toddler will walk down the hall to the bathroom in the complete dark. It is also not safe.
6. Use rewards. Just like the rewards you use to encourage your toddler to stay dry during the day, rewards for staying dry at night can be very effective.
As time goes by, your child will be dry at night and during the day. In this case, patience really is your best friend.