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5 years old and not potty trained at night

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Feellikerubbish Tue 14-Mar-17 12:33:56

My daughter is 5, potty trained during the day for quite some time but night time she still wets the bed. Before I go to bed, I usually take her to the toilet while she is asleep and then she's fine to the morning.

Has anyone else have the same issue and have any advice please? We are due to go camping in August and I didn't want to out a nappy on her during the night. We usually use dry nites mats on her bed but the duvet still he's wet sometimes and this is not an option in a sleeping bag!

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Theaprilfool Tue 14-Mar-17 20:10:18

It's perfectly normal unit the age of 7.

Current advice is not to do the sleep wee, as it teaches them to pee while asleep and use a moisture alarm instead.

underneaththeash Tue 14-Mar-17 20:16:32

Nighttime dryness is very difficult to teach, especially for children who sleep heavily.

Mine varied DS1 was 2.5, DS2(8) has only been dry for a year even with all the interventions and DD only finally mastered daytime at 3.5, but nighttime came at the same time.

I'd try a alarm, but take nappies just in case (which is what we did when we went camping)

HNY2017 Tue 14-Mar-17 20:17:13

My 5y3m DD has just come out of nappies at night in the last couple of weeks. She's probably had 4-5 accidents in 3-4 weeks. We'd run out of nappies for her and didn't realize so it wasn't very well planned.

We thought it would be awful as her nappies were still v heavy in the mornings. Turns out she was doing a big wee first thing. Now she gets up to use the potty (next to her bed) or the toilet, or waits too morning.

Wolfiefan Tue 14-Mar-17 20:18:43

You can't teach night dryness. It's due to the production of a particular hormone.

missyB1 Tue 14-Mar-17 20:25:02

There is no such thing as nighttime training, wolfie is right it can't be taught. It all depends on the production of a hormone called vasopressin, the age at which this is produced varies a lot.
My ds is 8 and takes a synthetic version of the hormone every night but isn't totally dry (definitely reduces the amount of urine though), in the Easter holidays we will try an alarm as well.

OP your dd is too young for you to worry about this, many children her age are not dry at night.

Umirrific Tue 14-Mar-17 20:29:06

My son was about 5.5 when he was dry at night. We just had him in pull ups until they started being dry fairly regularly then had a go without. He now at 6.5 wakes up to wee if he needs to. DD was toilet trained a few months after she turned 2 and was dry at night almost straight away. They're all different.

Cantstopeatingchocolate Tue 14-Mar-17 21:56:06

DS is 7 and we still have an odd accident every month/2 months or so.
He's just a very heavy sleeper and doesn't 'feel' it.
We also used to pick up and have a sleepy pee. Mostly worked.
Now we just 'try' to wake him at our bedtime,just to ask if he would like to go to the loo. Always a no. Seems to work for us.

ElphabaTheGreen Tue 14-Mar-17 22:05:58

My almost five year old DS1 is also still wet at night - perfectly acceptable at this age as others have said.

Why are you using a mat instead of night pull-ups or a night nappy? Surely you're just asking for more washing? Pull ups would also be a doddle to manage while camping. I use a full nappy at night on DS1 (cloth, because I'm a fecking hippy) and I never have to wash wee-stained sheets.

Feellikerubbish Wed 15-Mar-17 23:21:51

Thank you all for your advice. My daughter wanted to be a big girl and didn't want to be in nappies anymore, that's why we stopped using them. We use dry nites which are disposable bed mats. Will most likely get pull ups for camping.

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LindsayRTT Sat 18-Mar-17 12:01:42

Emma Sargent ( has a successful product / system - may be for older children tho. ? developed from personal experience so she knows what she's talking about!

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