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16/01/2014 at 10:13
I know this more a BT question and I haven't been here since Xmas so hope you don't mind me asking!
E will be 3 in April, she has been dry in the day since about 22 months With the odd accident. she still wears a nappy to bed and it's wet when she wakes up. How do you go about getting them dry through the night? what age are they normally dry through the night?
16/01/2014 at 10:16
With J, it just followed on from his day time training, there was nothing we did.
I think it is something that has to click with them.
16/01/2014 at 10:18
What AK said. L was dry in the day then a few weeks later dry at night. we didn't do anything different it just clicked for him.
16/01/2014 at 10:21
WTS. Just wait until they are ready and nappies were dry in the morning. For DS1 this was when he was 3y 2m not long after being dry in the day. For DS2 he wasn't dry at night until about 4y3m. I have never had to do teh 'lifting' thing and they both have barely wet the bed since.
16/01/2014 at 10:27
16/01/2014 at 10:34
E has been dry now in the day for months. One night last week I forgot to put her a nappy on when we went up to bed, it was only when she came into us about 2am and told us she needed a wee that we realised. So she did a wee and got back in bed minus the nappy, and then she got up herself at 6am and did a wee on her own, as we'd been downstairs to fetch her potty
We praised her lots, and she said she didn't want a smelly nappy on anymore for night time, so we tried it again. This time though she was wet by 9.30pm, and so we just put the nappy on. I'm in no rush to get her dry, she can do it in her own time. Her nappies are getting drier in the morning, but she's still not completely ready yet I don't think.
Like the others have said, I think its just something that clicks.
E was dry about 6 weeks after her 2nd birthday but J has been dry during the day since a week after his 2nd birthday but is still wet on a night at 4.5yrs.
I have tried restricting drinks, making him go to the toilet loads in the hour or two before bed, giving him more to drink during the day, lifting him at night and nothing so far has worked so I'm just going to leave it and hope it clicks soon.
16/01/2014 at 10:57
Thanks everyone. I just started feeling bad that I wasn't doing something i should be and she was nearly 3 so thinking she should be dry at night,
I will try the speaking to her and putting a potty in her room and if she not ready just go back to pull ups and wait.
16/01/2014 at 11:14
I don't think you can get them dry at night as such. My daughter was still wet at night nearly 2 years after she was dry in the day. In the end it just kind of happened. (And we did try without the nappy without success). She suddenly managed to stay dry at night. She was nearly 4 and a half.
16/01/2014 at 11:16
Oh, the only thing we did was to try and get her to drink more during the day. There used to be someone on here who worked in a clinic where they treat older children who are not dry at night and that is the first thing they look at them to do. The bladder needs to be encouraged to hold more liquid apparently.
16/01/2014 at 12:03
what they said. my two were both dry at night the same time as they day trained. We never lifted them or anything x
16/01/2014 at 12:47
M was trained during the day at 2yr 3 months. she's now 3yrs 7mths and still wet at night. Well - we had a week of dry nights just before Christmas, so I asked on here about whether I should ditch the nappies - I decided to give it another couple of nights and that night she was dirty when I was going to bed which she hadn't done in so long I can't even remember. Changed her without her even waking, then she was wet that morning, and has been wet each morning since. She's aware though ad will say to us that big girls don't wear nappies, she was getting upset that she was still in them, so we've had to try to reassure her that it's okay. I think she's such a deep sleeper that she won't wake when she's needing, and I don't think you can teach someone to do something when they are sleeping.
Cedar, I might give the extra drinks during the day a go, she actually doesn't drink that much tbh
16/01/2014 at 13:05
Anytime upto 7 is considered normal, you can't train them to be dry at night, they need to start producing a hormone (vasopressin I think) which limits the production of urine at night. F was nearly 6, T was nearly 3.
16/01/2014 at 20:34
Welcome to QI's current specialist subject. Firstly there is NOTHING you can do NOTHING.
Children become dry at night when they start producing a hormone that stops their kidneys producing urine on a night. Until they make the hormone their kidneys will keep making urine and however desperate your child is not to wet the bed, they will.
We attend a clinic for B who is now 5 years 7 months and not dry overnight. He has to drink a minimum of 1400mls of water a day - which he does with ease. He isn't allowed to drink anything other than water either. His bladder has a large capacity but as he is a heavy sleeper, his bladder fills up when it shouldn't do and will send messgaes to his brain that it needs emptying but he sleeps through that message. So it just has to empty itself. I have been told not to give him drinks after 6pm and to make sure his final wees of the night are with him sat down (not an issue for you!).
I can talk at length on this subject now and can bore you senseless!
They don't recommend lifting the child either now.
If you want anything else please ask
16/01/2014 at 21:26
We're going through this with C at the mo. She's been trained for a good 18 months and was desperate to get rid of the nappies at night so after a few dry nights after xmas, we gave it a go and she was dry for a week. She then had an upset at pre-school (another girl was picking on her) and she then wet the bed 3 nights in a row. She's been dry all this week, but has shouted for a wee a few times a night, so I've promised if she's dry tonight too we can take the nappy away again tomorrow. I think being dry at night by the age of 3 is quite early, so you've nothing to worry about. I've decided not to lift as I don't think she'd go unless she was fully awake anyway.
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