Potty training your toddler to stay dry at night comes high up in the list of our frequently asked questions from customers here at Family Seat. It can be a strange concept to grasp that staying dry during the day requires a very different training process and developmental stage than night-time dryness.
You can read more about this on our in-depth blog post and we’ve also outlined some of the biggest challenges and questions that parents face when dealing with this milestone.
Many parents fear that bedwetting is caused by psychological issues. This is a natural assumption when your child is no longer having accidents during the day but when the night rolls around, it’s a whole different story. However, there is a very clear reason for this and it comes down to hormonal development.
In order for children to sleep through the night without urinating, their bladder must be able to hold the urine. The ADH (antidiuretic) hormone reduces the amount of urine produced during the night. In addition, your child’s brain and hormone productions must reach a certain level before it wakes them up a night and triggers an understanding of a need to use the toilet.
If your child’s body and brain are not yet developed enough to wake up when the need arises to urinate, then they will wet the bed. Understanding this process certainly makes things less daunting although it can still be a challenge for both parent and child.
One answer in the interim would be pull-ups. You should also put waterproof covers on your child’s mattress and keep a clean set of bedding close to hand should you need to change the sheets during the night. The less fuss around the process, the more relaxed everyone will be and the better the chances of progress.
You can also set the road for success by keeping fluids to a minimum late at night – the NHS suggests giving your child their last drink of the day 90 minutes before they go to sleep. You should also avoid giving them caffeinated drinks such as cola or hot chocolate before bed which can make their body produce more pee during the night.
Some parents encounter issues with potty training and the bedtime bottle but weaning off the bottle habit is a key part of milestone development.
Encourage your child to use the Family Seat regularly during the day and to have a wee just before they go to sleep. If they wake up during the night, it’s always a good idea to pop them on the loo to empty their bladder (even if they haven’t asked to go).
Some parents choose to wake their child up around 11pm to use the toilet to minimise the risk of accidents. With every aspect of nighttime training, use your judgement for what you think will work best for your individual situation. We wish you the best of luck and do remember that you can always get in touch with our Family Seat team using the email address below if you would like support and guidance with your potty training process.
The Family Seat Progress Chart and Door Hanger are a great way to set up a rewards-based system for potty training. Every Family Seat comes complete with these potty-training essentials and a 10-Year Guarantee.
For advice on any aspect of potty training and for any help purchasing a Family Seat, email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org . Family Seat supports the children’s communication charity I CAN, who are experts in helping children to develop the language, speech and communication skills that they need to thrive in our 21st-century world. We donate 50p to I CAN on each and every seat purchased through the official Family Seat website.