Dry at night - does it just 'happen'?

(14 Posts)
LittleLionMansMummy Wed 20-Aug-14 11:25:14

Ds is 3.9 and has been dry during the day now for maybe 10 months. His night nappies are always full and heavy in tje morning. I have absolutely no problem waiting for it to happen naturally and I don't really care how long that takes. But should I be doing anything to encourage it or will it just happen when he's ready?

mausmaus Wed 20-Aug-14 11:28:17

yes it does, don't worry until he's much older.
my dc just suddenly stopped around the 4y mark.

Barbarasmum Wed 20-Aug-14 11:36:31

Yes - aged 11.....

superbagpuss Wed 20-Aug-14 11:39:02

yes, we talked about it and said they could have no nappies at night after 3 dry nights in a row (boys). Both happened around the age 4 mark with three accidents over a year between them - very little stress and we didn't do lifting at night.

Piratejones Wed 20-Aug-14 11:41:51

ky daughter wet frequently until she was 5, then occasionally up to 10, it really does just stop.

Whereisegg Wed 20-Aug-14 11:44:09

I have a long running thread on here, ds age 7 is finally (hopefully <touches wood>) dry.
We bought an alarm in the end.

IPityThePontipines Wed 20-Aug-14 11:49:44

When she was 4, I would take her to the toilet at my bedtime and gradually she started doing it herself. Didn't take long, no accidents now.

oobedobe Wed 20-Aug-14 20:04:24

I waited for DD1, she was dry in the day at 2.8, but only dry at night at 5.8! Every 4-6 months we would do a trial of a week or so without nappies at night and see how she got on, only the last try at 5 years has worked, a few accidents here and there but mostly she takes herself to the loo once in the night and that seems to be working. Glad she has stopped needing night nappies as we are entering the age of sleepovers etc, also was sick of buying the things!

KellyElly Wed 20-Aug-14 20:06:17

It's a hormone that kicks in. Not something you can 'train'. My DD is 5 in October and still not dry at night.

tobysmum77 Thu 21-Aug-14 07:01:50

The only thing I would say is make him go to the toilet before bed.

LittleLionMansMummy Thu 21-Aug-14 14:37:15

Thanks everyone! I'll just wait then. As I said I'm not too concerned as he always gets there in the end with things!

BarbarianMum Thu 21-Aug-14 18:18:47

Yes, it just happens. Suddenly you start getting some dry nappies in the morning. We do limit drinks in the hour before bed and remind ours to have a last wee. 6 year old still has occasional accidents when very tired or ill (and so sleeping more soundly).

BarbaraPalmer Thu 21-Aug-14 18:21:35

dd1 was dry by day at 2.11

she didn't have one single dry night nappy until 4.11, when she was well into reception. She was consistently dry at night by 5, without any intervention or wet beds.

dawnlight Thu 21-Aug-14 18:25:54

Yes, it does literally just happen.

Ds became dry at night at age 5 in the middle of an all inclusive holiday where he was helping himself to drinks and drinking half the swimming pool swimming all day. It was the last place I expected it to happen!

Dd just declared she would not wear nappies at night anymore at around 2.5 and after a week of accidents, was indeed dry every night. Didn't think that would happen either.

Though obviously if it goes on past 8 it's advisable to get advice/support.

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