Night Training Tips
Here are some of our top tips and product recommendations for night training....
If there is one product that is almost a necessity during childhood years its a Brolly sheet
For over 15 years we had at least one Brolly sheet in use every night as our kids went through the night training journey! They are fantastic for saving sheets from bedtime drink spills and when kids throw up unexpectedly!
For children who still regularly fill a disposable whilst they are asleep, the best products are our...
Night Pullups or Pocket Pullups - with full waterproof outer and custom made to your child's measurements. See the listings for detailed info on each.
For children who are starting to wake when they wet, or are dry more nights than wet ........
Big Kids Shorties and Training Skorts are a great option. Our shorties have about double the absorbency of our briefs style pants so they give the child some time to respond to wetting and will reduce cleanup for the child who doesn't empty a full bladder load!
Training skorts are ideal for children who are in undies at night or for day sleeps as they don't feel like a nappy but will prevent leaks getting to the bed linen. They can be useful over the top of our shorties or even over nappies as they will mop up leakage and save washing.
Night training from our perspective
At some stage kids are ready to start waking when they wet at night – this is different for all kids and depends on their sleep patterns , urinary tract development and the production of a hormone (ADH) which helps them to concentrate their urine and hold on for longer at night. Its not something that can be trained for in the same way as day training.
At the age of 7 there are still a few kids in every class who are still not dry at night. It's important to stress to kids that it is not a matter of intelligence or training but more the fact we are all just made differently that affects timing of night training.
If your child is having some dry nights, or starts waking when he/she wets it may be worth a try. A Brolly sheet is a great help! If you want to see where your child is at, going 'cold turkey' in undies for one night will let you know and also helps to know whether your child is a morning wetter (sometimes children wet after they wake up because they know they still have a nappy on). Some people prefer to wait until the child has a few weeks of dry pullups before they try undies!
Our five kids became dry at night somewhere between the ages of 3 and 8. Same methods, different results due to each child's physiology and sleep patterns. The things that really helped everyone to cope with the process was to make the bottom sheets of the bed up twice (so that one layer could be quickly pulled off leaving the next ready to go) and to put them in some kind of reusable training pants so they could feel the wee and to reduce cleanup.
One of our late trainers got to the stage she could change her shorties, and pull the top layer of wet bed sheet off by herself and was very happy to do so as it made her feel like a Big Kid!
Buzzer systems are a popular option when children get to the age they are motivated to become dry and can take some responsibility for the process themselves. These work by having a wetness sensor in the pants which activates a buzzer when the child wets, waking them up (hopefully!) and gradually teaching them to respond before the bladder gets emptied. If you are night training with a buzzer and want some pants with a sensor pocket in, please just contact us.