Potty training at night

Using a potty during the day doesn’t mean your child is ready to go without nappies at night. Some experts say they’re separate processes, and daytime training is easier to start with.

Your child may be ready to try if their nappy stays dry (or nearly dry) for two or three nights in a row.

Boy sitting on potty with teddy bear next to him and and another in his hand

Tips to get started

Introduce the idea by chatting about it together. Let your child know what’s involved, and why it’s something to look forward to.

Accidents are likely. Waterproof sheets or a mattress protector can make cleaning up easier. Keeping dry nightclothes on hand is also useful. It can help to:

  • Ask your child to use the potty last thing before bed and first thing in the morning – keep a potty close by at night in case.
  • Leave a night light on in the hall, or let them know the bathroom light will always be on.
  • Give lots of praise at each step.

It can take years to learn to stay dry all night long. If your child has accidents every night, it may be too soon for them. Take a break and try again after a week or two.

You may feel stressed sometimes, but don’t punish or shame your child for accidents. Be patient, and try to stay positive. They’ll get there.

We’ve also got some advice on coping with the potty training process. 

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