Posted in Potty Training, Sleep

Nighttime potty training

Anonymous

I read the chapter on nighttime potty training in Oh Crap Potty Training and I really don’t think it will work out for us very well. My son is like me... a light sleeper. If someone wakes us up in the middle of the night, we are up for several hours before getting tired enough to fall asleep again. Knowing this and what the book recommended to wake our son up twice a night... I think it’s just going to result in a cranky toddler and mom for who knows how long. So I’m not planning on doing this method. My question is - do I really need to do anything? Can I just put him in a diaper and eventually phase him out of it if I notice him waking up in the morning dry more often than not? Anybody have experience with this? Any advice?

  • Julie
    Apr 30

    I think so!!! Honestly my daughter is the same way, there’s no way I’ll be waking her up and keeping her drowsy enough to go right back to sleep and I’m not sure what I’ll do but it won’t be that.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 30

    So I never did the night training. But my son has stayed dry most nights since he was 15 months so.... but basically I put him in a pull up and after a few months we phased out nap time, then he just flat out refused to wear anything at night and he's never had an accident. He has woken up from nap before and said he almost peed in his sleep, so I just have to assume he would wake up if he had to go.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 30

    I guess I’m just worried about him wondering... why can’t I use a diaper during the day like I can at night?

  • Marika
    Apr 30

    Yep I think night time diapers will work too.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 30

    Agreed! I don’t think I’ll be waking him either..... I can handle pull ups at night for a while longer, sleep is way too precious for me 🤣

  • Anonymous
    Apr 30

    We told him they were just for sleep, and we still wanted him to go in the potty. And we put them on right before bed and took it off as soon as he woke up. And I started calling them his night time diapers

  • JEaton
    Apr 30

    We used the oh crap method as well. Night training wasn't necessary for my son and we started at 23 months. He was staying dry on his own during naps so we went commando right away. For night time, we used pullups and after a month and a half went right to underwear after he was staying dry every night.

  • Vicki
    May 01

    We haven’t night trained yet but as time goes on I notice he has more and more days in a row of dry nighttime pull-ups in the morning. So I think at some point we will just stop using them, make sure he goes right before bed and see what happens. Keep in mind though that their bodies really aren’t physically ready to hold it all night consistently until around 5 years old. So there will likely be accidents at some point.