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

8 Ways to Make Potty Training Fun

Most children learn best when they enjoy the process. Young children such as toddlers are at an age where they look upon everything with rose-tinted glasses and a sense of awe. Everything is wonderful and new. Their spirit yearns for happiness and play. Unlike many adults who have “soured” over the years due to failures and disappointments, children like being happy. In order to potty train your child successfully, you’ll need to make the entire learning experience fun and rewarding.

We will discuss 8 different methods that you can use to encourage your child to use the potty and comply with your instructions. You’ll face less resistance and your child will be much more eager to sit on the potty chair.

1. Use the blue and yellow make green method. Show your child that by adding a few drops of blue coloring in the toilet water, it will turn blue. When they pee in the water it will turn green. This will work for many children and encourage them to use the toilet bowl.

2. Get them a musical potty chair. The music will be fun to them and they’ll look forward to using the potty. for some children.( Mine would just continue to play with this potty and not use it for the serious work of actually using it.)

3. Practice toilet target practice with your boys. Place a few small cereals in the toilet water and encourage your son to take aim at the cereal.

 

 

4. Don’t worry. There are potty training dolls for girls to help them. These dolls are anatomically correct and by feeding the doll water, it will pee too. This will build association in your child’s mind and help her to understand the process.

5. Get your child a potty training watch. These watches have reminders and the watch will vibrate at 30 minute intervals. This will remind the child to go to the potty and pee if they need to. It’s the constant repetition that makes this method so effective.

6. As mentioned in previous posts, use books, videos and DVDs specifically created to help with the potty training process to educate your child and make them understand what is going on. Many kids are hesitant to be potty trained because they fear what they do not understand.

7. Use charts and stickers to motivate your kids. Children are naturally attracted to these colorful objects and they will be motivated to use the potty if they are rewarded with a sticker each time they get it right. Over time, decrease the frequency of rewards and give them a small gift if they stay dry and clean for 3 days in a row.

8. Get them toilet training pants that are bright, attractive and colorful. Make sure that your child is the one who chooses the pants and not you.

 

All these methods can be used interchangeably to keep things interesting and fun. Despite all these unique methods, there may be times when your child accidentally messes up and makes a mistake. Take this in your stride and don’t blow it out of proportion.

Gently remind them of the toilet and let it go at that. They will realize that they need to hit the potty every time they feel an urge to pee or poop. Once the realization hits them, they will do it on their own accord and you can breathe a huge sigh of relief.

P.S. What methods do you use to make potty training more fun for your child?

P.P.S. Do you think musical potty chairs are good or distracting?

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Til next time,

Happy potty training!

Delois McKay

Baby Potty Training- Japanese Style.

It is so interesting learning about all the different techniques to potty train our children, but what is really interesting is discovering all the different ways cultures from all over the world handle this subject. We saw in my last post how children in Malaysia are potty trained very early compared to the ages most people start potty training here in the United States. As we are discovering, children can learn things much earlier than we believed possible because much of learning depends upon your environment and observation, patience and learning techniques known to parents to teach their children with.

Here in this video from Japan, animation and children’s television watching is used to reinforce and teach children about using the potty . Colorful animated characters, catchy little songs, visual aids and games are incorporated into potty training. Whereas in America, one would not readily see a potty training segment on Sesame Street or an animated video about potty training in the video section of Best Buy, it is used in Japan to reinforce the concepts for potty training success. There is a strong emphasis placed on washing hands afterward. From what I have observed in the adult public bathrooms when I am out at times, some have forgotten this important part of “going to the potty”.

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Enjoy the video.

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P.S. Would you use a video like this to help with potty training? Would you want a segment about potty training on children’s television?

Here is an English potty training video from Pocket PreSchool. What do you think? Please share with us 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!

How did you know it was time to potty train your child?
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