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Nappies at night 4.5 year old?

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Nikitasol Sat 21-Apr-18 15:58:11

My Dc Is in nappies at night age 4.5. He's completely toilet trained during the day and often at night too but sometimes the nappy in the morning is completely soaked through.

I have literally no idea about when to try to get dc out of nappies at night and too embarrassed to ask in case everyone dc age is already dry at night.

Any ideas? Should I do this before dc starts school in September?

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tomhazard Sat 21-Apr-18 18:59:26

Completely normal. A hormone has to kick in and it can happen any time between 2 and 7. One of my dc was 3.5 a year after day dry. One went dry at the same time as day so around 2.5. My nephew was 6 having gone dry in the day around 2. There will be a few kids in reception wearing a nappy at night- no one will know or care so don't worry just leave it.

Nikitasol Sat 21-Apr-18 19:28:37

Oh thanks. That's useful to know. Should i do anything? How do you know when the hormone kicks in?

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tomhazard Sun 22-Apr-18 06:24:57

Hi - no there is nothing you can do really. Some people lift at 10/11pm and put them on the toilet for a sleepy wee and they usually go but it is pointless really because they aren't learning to recognise the urge.
You can if you want limit fluids before bed (make sure he's had plenty up to and including dinner) so don't let him drink a load of milk before he sleeps. But, you will know when his pull up is dry in the morning for a couple of weeks in a row. Honestly don't worry- if you head to the potty training board you will find tonnes of similar threads about 4/5/6 year olds.

AddictiveCereal Sun 22-Apr-18 08:18:38

Yes, its normal at this age and nothing to be embarressed about. My 6 and 8 year olds still wet at night. I talked to a doctor about it who wasn't concerned as a certain amount of children that age, and older,are still doing it. I also used to wet the bed at that age but grew out of it.

We just use pull-ups at night rather than nappies as they are more comfortable. We've tried a lot of them and find the lidl and tesco own brand ones the best.

CaptainKirkssparetupee Sun 22-Apr-18 13:39:39

It's normal you just wait.
When you are having 2 or 3 week runs of dry mornings you can try without the nappies.
Lifting / dream wee isn't recommended anymore as it is actually teaching the to wee while half asleep.

Nikitasol Sun 22-Apr-18 20:46:25

Thanks. That's useful! I can't find toilet training board though. Any idea where it is?

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CaptainKirkssparetupee Sun 22-Apr-18 20:48:21

tomhazard Sun 22-Apr-18 20:48:38

It's under 'being a parent' then 'potty training'

Nikitasol Mon 23-Apr-18 04:33:25


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dameofdilemma Mon 23-Apr-18 11:52:55

We left dd in night time pull ups till she was 5....she assured us if we took them off she would wet the bed as getting out of bed to wee 'wasted sleep time'. We believed her.
She knew she was weeing in her nappy. It wasn't an accident or a surprise. It was a convenience.

We did a deal that once she was 5 the nappies had to come off. They did. No accidents at all. Most nights she doesn't even get up to wee. Think it helps she's a fairly light sleeper so she's aware.

Is your dc aware they're wetting the nappy? Many kids aren't.
Others though are just bone idle like mine grin

FluffAndFluster Mon 23-Apr-18 22:51:52

Ds7 still wears a pull up at night. I’ve got a drs appointment to see if there’s anything I can do to help him. I know it’s quite common at this age though so I wouldn’t be too concerned.

Member212711 Tue 24-Apr-18 12:39:06

I can heartily recommend the ERIC website - some really good info on what works/might work/doesn't work; and really good way of wording so that you feel confident.

FluffAndFluster Tue 24-Apr-18 17:08:47

Lovely thanks, will take a look.

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