About a month ago, we ended our three and a half year run with diapers. After our son proved that he was fully potty trained during the day, we started watching his diapers in the morning. And when he woke up dry for a solid week, we decided to ditch the diapers. While I did push hard for daytime potty training, I did not mention or push for night time potty training because I knew it was a purely physical milestone, rather than stubbornness.
“Achieving night time potty control is not simply a learned skill, but rather a physiological development and the control is largely involuntary.” Potty Training Concepts
We decided to do it the first night he slept in his big boy bed. We made a big deal out of how he was such a big boy and that came with the privilege of getting out of bed to grab a book or to go potty any time. (So far he has not abused this privilege, knock on wood!) I’m so glad that we took the plunge because he was completely ready. Zero accidents and he is so proud of himself!
Here’s the quick guide that we used to determine whether or not he was ready and how to approach nighttime potty training:
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