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.
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:
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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