My 3 year old daughter is completely fine going to the potty during the day, but at night she pees the bed every time. We have even tried limiting her drinks before bedtime. Right now we have resorted to wearing pullups on her at night because she doesn't wake up after she does it either and we don't want her laying in her pee! Her matteress has a plastic cover on it, so I don't worry about that as much. Someone told me that wearing the pullups on her is encouraging it and as long as she is not making a big mess and making herself completely uncomfortable she will do it for as long as she can get away with it. That sounds a bit harsh to me, and I really don't see letting her sleep in her wet bed!
Who has dealt with this, and how did you deal with it?
My stepson just turned 6, and still wets the bed. He wears a pull up to bed. His doctor told us that it's normal,and it should go away with time.
We don't let him drink past 7, he pees before bed at 8, and sometimes we even wake him up in the middle of the night. He still wets at night.
Whoever told you that is very uninformed. You cannot night train a child. Staying dry at night happens when the brain has developed enough to release a hormone that slows urine production while sleeping. You cannot train this. It happens when it happens. Continue with the pull-ups until you see she's waking up dry consistently for a few weeks to a month and then try underwear. Since you have the plastic cover you don't have to worry about your mattress. My son was able to stay dry by his 4th birthday. My DD is almost 3 1/2 and is pretty hit or miss at night. I expect she'll need help for at least another 6 months, maybe more. Such is life. I don't put energy into things I can't control :)
Your daughter will get there when her body is ready.
by OliviaW.December 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM
My daughter is 3 and potty trained. We do have a potty in her room just encase she needs to go in the middle of the night and can't make it down the hall. Sometimes she does have accidents though but normally only when it gets really cold.
You cannot night train a child. The body has to develop a hormone that signals the kidneys to slow urine production while the body is asleep. Without that hormone, the body produces too much urine to stay dry. This can happen at all different ages and is not something you have control over.
Once you see signs that your daughter's body has matured (less wet in the morning, or occasional dry nights), then you can finish "training" her by limiting fluids before bed and awakening her to go potty just before YOU go to bed at night.
For now, just keep her in the pullups. She's still VERY young and not at all of an age where you should be worried about it (doctors don't even think twice about it until a child is 7-8yrs or older -- and even then there's not much they can do until the body matures, except rule out medical problems as the reason).
by Brandy85412December 9, 2012 at 10:27 PMsome kids just can't hold it all night. 3 is still young. Don't worry about it. I would just put pull ups or diaper on at night and wait a little longer and try again. :-)
by MummySnableDecember 9, 2012 at 10:34 PMIt's completely normal. My three-year-old has been potty-trained since 18mos but she still has nappies for at night. Same with my five-year-old son. It'll go away with time. My sister struggled with bedwetting until she was ten, and she finally outgrew it.
December 9, 2012 at 11:06 PMMy 3 yo son has his good and bad nights! He will be dry every morning for 2 weeks and then wet his bed. For the most part he sleeps in underwear, but we still occasionally use pull ups. It seems he stays dry with pull ups and wets when he doesnt have one on. Patience is key!!
by kewi86December 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I'm going through it now with my daughter. It help to wake the child up at night constantly so that your child body can get use to having to wake up to go to the bathroom. Good luck.
by PEEK05December 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Sorry, my 3.5 year old was night trained at 2 as soon as she daytrained but there is a bump.