Night Time Potty Training Tips

 

Night time potty training should only be done once your toddler has gotten the day time potty training routine down. If your child is still not too sure in the day, it’ll be better to wait. At least, your own sleep will not be interrupted to engage in exercises in futility.

There will always be some children who accept potty training more readily than others. That’s just the way things are and you should not compare your child to other people’s children. Each child has his/her own pace of learning and while one child may be a potty independent at 18 months, another may only be ready for it at 24 months.

When doing potty training at night, make sure your child is in a pull-up or training pants with barrier protection such as a plastic overpant. Just in case you sleep off, your child will not wet the sheets. It goes without saying that you should encourage him/her often and shower them with praise when they manage to keep themselves dry and clean.

Children respond very well to positive affirmations from their parents. Since your child has been wearing training pants during the day, tell your child that it is fine to wear a pull-up at night and that they are not doing anything wrong. There are a few steps that you can take to assist your child to stay dry at night.

You should limit their fluid consumption after 6 pm and make sure they go potty just before going to bed. Just before you sleep, wake them up and bring them to the potty to go again.

This will be heartbreaking to parents who do not wish to wake a peacefully sleeping child. Nevertheless, it should be done and this will only be done for a few weeks and you can help them into the bathroom. Most children are able to stay dry throughout the night after a few weeks of this process.

Some children may have restless sleep or nightmares. Sometimes this is a sign that they may need to go potty. Wake them up and bring them to the bathroom.

Night time potty training is more difficult because some children have difficulty waking and wet the bed without being aware of what is going on. You must be understanding and patient. There are children who are 8 to 10 years old who have the same problem. So, it’s not unique to your child.

Don’t scold or embarrass your child if they wet the bed. They feel bad enough as it is. Have them help you to clean the sheets and make them do more of the work. When they see the amount of effort involved due to their mistake, they will be more alert and proactive at night.

If despite your best efforts the problem persists for a long time, you should bring your child to the doctor to check if there might be other issues that you need to be aware of. Bedwetting may be a symptom for some underlying physical problem. For the majority of children, this will not be the case. However, it doesn’t hurt to check and be sure.

Try the above mentioned tips for night time potty training. Just remember that night time potty training will take time and you will need to be consistent and patient during the process.

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Delois McKay

Potty Training Motivational Tips

We are back in America with out potty training motivational tips today.  Our potty trainee is usually a toddler with his own mind, likes and dislikes. With toddlers, one has to guide them with positive motivation. One way of doing this is with incentives or rewards that boost their willingness to learn new things while also building up their self esteem.

Motivational Tips

Here are some “motivational encouragements” that may help your child down the road of potty independence.

1. Sticker chart: After each successful trip to the potty, he can put his favorite colorful sticker on it.

2. Artwork tablet or sketchpad: Let your child draw a picture of his successful trip to the potty or make his favorite picture and you can write words on it like “good job” ‘great” “wow”.etc.

3. Scrapbook: Make a story about his potty training adventure and let him glue his pictures or decorative awards for potty success in it.

4. Goodie bag: Put some of your child’s favorite things, inexpensive little toys,books,and let him pick out a surprise gift when he does well the whole day with his potty training.

5.”Big kid’s pants”: Let him pick out his own training underwear to use during his potty training adventure. If he likes them, he will try to do what he needs to do to wear them.

Remember letting your child participate in his potty training plan by giving him choices and encouragement, makes potty training something he wants to accomplish, too.  These “motivational encouragements” give him something to measure his progress with on his way to being potty independent.

What do you use to motivate your toddler during potty training? Let us know in the comments.

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How to Start Potty Training

Potty training is a major developmental task for your child. The key to success is good, reliable information from parents with experience, patience and observation on your part to adjust and adapt your approach for your individual child. You may even find that what worked for one of your children may not work for the others. Get the facts on timing, potty training techniques and coping with the inevitable accidents.

Is It Time?

 

Potty-training success depends upon physical and emotional readiness of your child and not a set age. Many children are curious about using the bathroom on their own around age 2. The “I can do it.” stage. This is when the toddler of 2 is trying out his new found independence because he is able to do some things on his own. Some children may not be ready until age 2 1/2 or even older — and that’s ok. If you start potty training too early, it might take longer to train your child.

Is He Ready?

To check on the readiness of your child, ask yourself these questions:

Does your child seem interested in using the toilet like the mommy or daddy?
Is he interest in wearing underwear?
Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
Can  your child tell you through words, facial expressions or posture that needs to use the bathroom?
Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day?
Does your child dislike being wet or soiled in his diapers?
Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?
Can your child sit on and get off a potty chair?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, your child may be ready for potty training. If you answered mostly no, you might want to wait awhile.

The Key to Success

The key to success is patience and observation. Watch your child during the potty training process and see what seems to work best for him. You can also use guides from other successful parents for potty training but remember each child is different and you may have to adapt and tweek your approach for your child.
A great resource for techniques to potty train your child can be found in this helpful, informative guide by mother and successful day care owner Click Here!

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