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Any tips for getting DD off nappies at night?

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clarebear1 Mon 24-Aug-09 22:18:24

Daytime is now sorted, started night yesterday and woke up to a wet bed as expected, any tips please!? She is 3!

hungrierhippo Mon 24-Aug-09 22:23:55

watching with interest. DS dry for 9 months now. Had dry nappies at night for a month or so until DS2 arrived, then back to wet. Have been wet ever since (6 months). I think it's just laziness now.

Killamarsh Mon 24-Aug-09 22:25:05

My friend used to set her alarm clock twice during the night say 2 and 5, get up and put her little one to the loo half asleep. My DS is not at that stage yet. Sounds very hard worked, but it paid off after a while.

hungrierhippo Mon 24-Aug-09 22:27:50

Surely they need to know that they need to go, I'm not sure how carrying them to the loo would work.

cookielove Mon 24-Aug-09 22:28:14

they say that when you go to bed at night take your little one to the toliet, even if they are half asleep they should still wee, and that may help to keep them dry for the rest of the night

thisisyesterday Mon 24-Aug-09 22:28:32

i don't think there is anything you can do to make them dry at night, it'll happen when it happens

CarmelitaMiggs Mon 24-Aug-09 22:35:00

thisisyesterday, I think you can put things in place that mak it more likely

cut back on liquids at tea onwards -- no bedtime milk

make her have a wee very very last thing

potty in room initially (thought of going off to bathroom in a sleeping house is I think quite scary)

The latenight 'lift' worked for us smile. We did it on our way to bed -- none of this middle of the night malarky. Initially both dcs squawked and semiwoke up but after a few nights they just dozed through it. I think we stopped lifting after a month or so each time; no disasters.

a starchart, if she digs 'em, but don't make a fuss if it goes tits up

clarebear1 Mon 24-Aug-09 22:45:19

Ill try that tonight then putting her n the loo before i go to bed, shes gonna kick off tho bet ya!

PrettyCandles Mon 24-Aug-09 22:55:03

You can't train a child to be dry at night unless they are ready. Not just mentally ready, but physically ready. They need to either secrete vasopressin reduces urine output (which may not be happening yet) or be able to recognise the feeling of full bladder and hold on while still sleeping and beable to wake and get themselves to the loo or potty.

IME the best thing to do is not be bothered. When you go to bed check their nappy. If dry, youmight want to walk them to the loo to wee, and then put them back to bed. If the nappy is still dry in the morning, consistently over a period of at least a week or two, then it's worth waking them them when you take them to the loo. Eventually they may learn to wake and go alone. But there's no guarantee.

If the nappy is consistently wet when you go to bed, or in the morning after they've been lifted at night, then the child is just not ready to be dry at night.

MinkyBorage Mon 24-Aug-09 22:56:29

I'd keep her in nappies overnight until she's dry overnight.

CarGirl Mon 24-Aug-09 22:57:48

as PC and MB say wait until they have dry nappies. One of mine was nearly 7 before she was reliably dry, the other were under 3!

LaDiDaDi Mon 24-Aug-09 23:00:31

Dd is 3.3 now and I've tried at night a couple of times with absolutely no success, she was lying fast asleep in wee soaked pjs and bedding by 10pm last week when we tried. Tbh I wouldn't have bothered to try as I did suspect that was what would happen but she didn't want to wear her "night time knickers" as we call them.

I will be waiting for quite a while before I try again unless she is insistent.

piprabbit Mon 24-Aug-09 23:05:17

My DD always seemed to have a hugely soggy nappy in the morning and we thought she was ages away from being dry at night. Then for some reason (I think my work routine changed a bit) I started going into her room before she woke, instead of responding to her calling as I had been before. I noticed that her nappy seemed to be mostly dry.

What was happening was that she was dry during the night and then waking up and doing a huge wee first thing in the morning. We worked on getting her to the potty pronto in the morning and were able to drop the nappies at night.

blithedance Mon 24-Aug-09 23:09:15




SIL gave me a packet of pullups recently which her DD had used until about the age of 6 - no special needs just that was how long it took. There is no stigma who needs to know? It's obvious when they're ready as the nappy is always dry.

clarebear1 Tue 25-Aug-09 10:25:35

my DDs nappy at night wasnt completely dry but 2 nights ago she said she didnt want to wear it so i thought good opp to get rid, but since then the last 2 nights shes wet the bed twice each night, maybe i should go backwards until her nappies are dry?

TheProfiteroleThief Tue 25-Aug-09 10:30:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

clarebear1 Tue 25-Aug-09 10:44:49

i did a loo run at 11 last night but shed already been in bed, and again when she woke up this morning,last drink was 1 1/2 hours before bed too

Dophus Tue 25-Aug-09 10:49:24

I think they're ready when they're ready. It take a balance of hormonal signal to recognise a full bladder sufficient to wake up. There's one line of reasoning that 'dream wees' will interfere with he body's normal system and the body cannot then recognise those signal and may actually delay dry nights.

3 is still very young. My DS1 is 4.5 in still in pull-ups at night as are most of his friends. I'm really not worries about it. I'm confident he won't be wearing them as a teenager and that he will learn in his own time. The frequency of dry nappies is increasing and it will only be a matter of time.

bubblagirl Tue 25-Aug-09 10:51:42

its not lazyness that makes some children dry and others not its a hormone that kicks in to let body know its ready i was advised not to lift as you can do this for 6 mths and then there dry yet its more likely the hormone that has kicked in as lifting while half asleep enforces to wee asleep

when hormone kicks in it will wake them to let them know they need to get up for a wee you cant force that

my ds is 4 and still in night nappy most of the night dry again wees a lot first thing in morning they recommend leave nappies until you get 3 dry ones in a row

yes some children are dry but its not a competition to get yours dry by a certain age as there are plenty of 6-7 yr olds still not dry at night it will happen when it happens be patient and calm with it

bubblagirl Tue 25-Aug-09 10:53:07

my sister little girl is 3 and wakes up to use her potty my ds doesnt so its clear the hormone hasnt kicked as my sis never lifted her little girl just happened naturally

nappyzoneisback Tue 25-Aug-09 10:55:30

my ds is 3 in nov - he uses pull ups at night as we have them in from dd and passed from friends who dont use them either - when they run out we wont use them anymore. We go 4 or so nights and they are dry in the morning then we will get a wet one. I dont really know where to go from here as dd was all different and just stopped wearing them as she trained daytime.

bubblagirl Tue 25-Aug-09 11:24:55

nappyzone your ds is doing really well i would leave pull up off and just get some bed mats if its only one wet night thats great leave potty by bed and remind him its there maybe he may get up in the morning and use it if not its only one change of clothes and change bed mat may even enforce that one wet night to dry one

nappyzoneisback Tue 25-Aug-09 11:54:53

oooo i dunno - he will no doubt shout me in the middle of the night!!! i have just counted up we have 10 left <gulp>

bubblagirl Tue 25-Aug-09 12:18:16

well good luck

nappyzoneisback Wed 26-Aug-09 18:31:05

I put ds in his pullup last nigth and said if he could remember he could shout if he needed a wee wee at night or try to hold it in till the morning. Sooooooooooo grrrrrr - i foud myself praising ds highly when at 2.30am i was woken by the shout "need toilet" - he shouted it 3 times and i really hoped dh had heard to go but supprisignly didnt hmm. ANywya ds was v tired and i carried him there - he weed then went back to sleep. Hoping this does not become a regular thing.

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