When and how should I start nighttime potty training? Potty Training

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"If he's dry during the day, I wouldn't worry at all about the fact that he's still wetting the bed. Keep using the training pants until you start seeing occasional dry nights. Then you'll know that his body is maturing."

It Happens Naturally

"Keep your child in diapers or training pants at night until he consistently wakes up dry. Then he can move on to underwear, but I would keep a waterproof sheet on his bed for a few more months. Usually, this happens around ages 4 or 5. However, some kids don't get full nighttime bladder control until almost 10 and this is just fine. You should discuss with your pediatrician if your child is still wet in the morning after age 5, but, most likely, you'll hear that this is normal." -- Elena Mikalsen, PhD, Mikalsen Psychological Services, San Antonio, TX

Train for Day and Night Together

"If possible, it is best to stop the nighttime diaper at the same time you stop the daytime diaper, so that the child should not get confused and think that you approve of diapers." -- S. Daniel Ganjian, MD, pediatrician at Providence Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, CA

Take It Slow

"With my kids, I started potty training during the day and slowly worked it into nap and nighttime. If the diapers are dry for three or four naps in a row, then they come off. I do the practice the same with nighttime. Expect that there will be accidents. It takes time, but they get it!"

Wait Until His Diaper Is Dry

"Once he's gone about two weeks waking up dry every morning, move to underwear and see how that goes. Protect your mattress though!"

Every Child Is Different

"Some kids can day-train at 2 and still be in nighttime training pants at 5 or 6. It's just the way they are made and every kid is different. Try not to measure your son against other children in this regard."

Don't Worry Too Much

"If he's dry during the day, I wouldn't worry at all about the fact that he's still wetting the bed. Keep using the training pants until you start seeing occasional dry nights. Then you'll know that his body is maturing."

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