Your child may be fully potty trained by day, but staying dry all night — well, that can take much longer. This is simply the reality of your child’s anatomical development. The nerve pathways between the bladder and the brain must grow strong enough to awaken your child from a deep sleep. Not only that, but your little one must become alert enough, and motivated enough — no small feats in the middle of the night — to haul out of a nice, cosy bed and get to the loo.
On top of that, your child’s body may not yet have developed the night-time slowdown in urine production that eventually develops anywhere from ages 2 to 7. That’s why many parents are surprised that no amount of fluid restriction before bed seems to help with night-time dryness.
There’s another factor working against you: Many young children, especially ones who are very active during the daytime, sleep so deeply at night that they’re difficult to awaken. It also may help you to know that up to 20 percent of 5-year-olds still wet so frequently at night that they require Huggies® Pull-Ups® Night-Time pants. Because we’re simply awaiting your child’s physical development, there’s no trick to speed up night-time training, so give your child (and yourself) a break on this one.
To help your little one succeed, it’s important to take a consistent and relaxed approached. Accidents are normal, so it’s best to handle these with patience, reassurance and support. With this in mind, Huggies® Pull-Ups® Night-Time are extra absorbent for increased protection against little accidents.
Support them with these simple steps:
Child Psychologist and Mum of
four Dr. Heather Wittenberg