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4 year old still in nappies at night

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goandshowdaddy Fri 19-Oct-12 14:16:07

DS1 (turned 4 in May) is still showing no signs of being dry at night. His nappies are usually soaked through in the morning and has never had a totally dry night.

Just wondered whether I should be attempting to try to 'train' him to go without nappies at night or wait until he's ready. If the latter, how will I know when he's ready?

He doesn't drink excessive amounts during the day or just before bed.

Any advice?


NickNacks Fri 19-Oct-12 14:20:39

My DS is 6 and still not any where near being dry.

I've taken him to the Doc and until they are 7 it's still in the parameters of 'normal'.

Try the ERIC website for support and advice.

AmandinePoulain Fri 19-Oct-12 14:21:11

Dd1 is the same, she'll be 5 in February and has been dry in the day since 20 months but still needs pull-ups at night, and when she gets up they are saturated. She's a really heavy sleeper, I just think that she doesn't wake up when she needs to go. From what I've read on the subject though it's just a case of waiting - there's nothing you (or I!) can do until they are physically ready, you can't night toilet train. I mentioned it to the HV, she said that they don't refer to continence clinics until children are 7 or 8. Meanwhile I'll just have to carry on spending a fortune on nappies! (Ironic really as her baby sister is in reusables grin)

PhyllisDoris Fri 19-Oct-12 14:21:57

I wouldn't worry. I promise you that they will not be in nappies at night by the time they are 16! I wouldn't worry until then smile

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 19-Oct-12 14:22:50

DS1 was 4 in July and nowhere near dry at night. He soaks his pull-up every night and we often have wet bedding.

fanoftheinvisibleman Fri 19-Oct-12 14:22:58

Ds was in nappies until about 5 years 3 months. He showed no signs of being dry either but asked not to wear them anymore. He was clearly ready as only ever had a couple of accidents but he did it in his own time.

goandshowdaddy Fri 19-Oct-12 17:30:18

Thanks all, I'll try not to worry then - sounds normal!

CecilyP Sat 20-Oct-12 11:21:03

I can't give advice because every child is different, but in DS's case, his nappy was always wet through in the morning when he got up. However, when he was 3.2, I decided to try taking him out of napplies at night, got a plastic sheet for the bed and hoped for the best. And it was fine; he didn't wet the bed; the plastic sheet was put away at next sheet-change never to be used again.

I think it is possible that he was previously just having a massive wee in his nappy first thing in the morning and with the nappy no longer there, he knew he needed to go to the toilet.

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