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Potty training and dry nights - our top tips

I was in Wizz Kids in Queensferry today when my lovely little 2 1/2 year old daughter had an accident on the slide, whilst carrying out the rescue mission in the toilet we met a very nice lady that shared some very useful tips that so inspired me that I am now writing this post.

Please find listed my top tips for potty training and getting dry in the night.


 1. Purchase a potty a couple of months before taking the plunge and talk to your child about what it's for, make positive  associations with your own visits to the loo.

2. Purchase lots of light weight secondhand clothing so that when your little one has an accident you can change them many times before running out of clothes.

3.The best time to train is in summer when clothing is lighter and there is less chance of getting sore legs. You can also let them run around with no clothes, which most small children love.

4. Look out for cues, my little one fidgets for England so I knew when she stopped moving that it was likely she needed the potty or toilet.

5. Try not to use potty training pants for too long as they prolong the potty training period, in the 1960's the average age of a child becoming dry was 2 1/2 years this has lengthened to 3 1/2 today.

6. Praise - kids love to be told how wonderful they are and will be more willing to cooperate if you are full of positive comments.


1. Get used to taking your little one to the toilet before bed and slightly restrict their fluid intake so they do not get a full bladder early in the night.

2. Buy lots of bedding and secondhand night wear.

3.If you don't have a tumble dryer invest in a good clothes airer. Or try to wait for warmer weather so you can hang your washing outside.

4. ADH is a hormone that helps children stay dry in the night, if your child is not staying dry despite your best efforts and they are regularly wetting the bed it could be that they have a an ADH deficiency, this is very common for younger children and become less common up to the age of 7.

5. Bedwetting can also be caused by a stressful event such as a birth of a sibling or starting a new school.

5. Use potty training pads (Dry Like Me) and bed liners.

6 Always have plan of action and hopefully this will make training a less stressful experience.

I hope you have found this post useful and we welcome comments If you have any tips or would like to share your experiences with us.


  1. Hi there - I have a linky on potty training at night - can I add this post to it - its really helpful? Cheers xx

    1. Thank you for your reply, could you send me a link to your linky, I would love to see what other tip are out there and you are welcome to add this post.

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