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This is another major item on my current agenda.

Gy turned 4 this July. She has been off the diaper during the day for almost 2 years now. The night-time diaper, however, has persisted till as recently as 2 weeks ago.

I have consciously made her wear just her undies now during the night. This is what I follow:

– Ensure no liquids are given upto 1.5 hours before bed.
– Make sure she uses the bathroom just before she goes to bed.
-Bought a large plastic/rubber sheet that fits the entire mattress. This way, if she does wet herself, I just need to change the sheets. And her nightsuit and underwear, of course 🙂
– Wake her up once during the night to use the bathroom.

She does seem to be getting the idea and I hope I am doing things right.

Update!!- October 22,2010

I am so happy to be able to post this. I actively started night-time training last Monday, nearly 2 weeks ago. I was persistent and refused to put her on the diaper, although there were nights when I wish I could have:)

Here was her routine:

-Give her dinner and curds by 9pm, change into her nightsuit, use the bathroom and go to sleep.
-set the alarm for 12 am, wake her up, make her use the bathroom and put her back to sleep.
-Set the alarm for 4am, wake her up, use the bathroom, go to sleep.
-Wake her up at 7 am.

She adjusted fairly well to this and only wet the sheets twice that whole week.

– Upon advice from a friend (Thanks, S!), I decided to wake her just once in the night.
-Feed her by 9, make her use the loo and send her to sleep.
– Wake her once at midnight for using the loo.
-Wake her only at 6.30 for next round and get her ready for school.

This worked very well. Already her body seemed to have adapted to the change.

Best part:

The last 2 nights, she has woken me up on her own to say she needs to use the bathroom.

I can’t tell you how happy I am 🙂

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Gayatri · October 24, 2010 at 1:37 am

Great! Join the club. It is a very important phase – both for the parent and th kid. How the two react to each situation is very important.
Well, That was exactly what i did for my older daughter Nethra. But each kid is different – Divya learnt to do it all by herself.Even before she could talk, she could communicate one thing- to use the potty! God knows how she did it – doesnt wet the bed at all.
Based on Nethra's experience, there is one thing that i want to add – slowly get to the mode where she goes to the loo once before she sleeps and once as soon as she wakes up in the morning. Nethra took 2 years to stop waking up in the night to go to the loo 🙂 .

radhika · November 2, 2010 at 4:53 am

I am a mom of a teen and a pre-teen.I feel that as parents,we tend to get carried away by the duties of parenthood so much so that we forget to enjoy the pleasures of being a parent and the joy of taking care of the infant/baby/child that we have brought into this world.
I am sure that bed-wetting is a natural phenomenon in babies and once they grow older,the bladder control is stronger.By the time they start pre-school,if we convince them gently that they cannot have liquids before bedtime and are supposed to control the urge to urinate until they wake up,over a period of time the bed-wetting problem will be history.

Kavitha Mallik · March 24, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Hey shailaja,
Thanks this is useful tip, Pallavi is going to turn 4 in a months time and she is off the diapers during day but night time since its winter / cold now I have not started the night time training, but planning to in April, So thanks for the tips. going to follow it totally.

for my son after he got trained during the day, he did not want diapers in the night and he controlled it till morning, which was amazing. But my daughter still wets at night, but have to slowly train her. I have rubber sheets already so will follow your steps.

Kavitha Mallik · March 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Hey Shailaja,
Thanks for your tips. Pallavi is going to turn 4 next month, so would like to train her in the night. She is off diapers during day but since its been too cold, did not try as she is still wetting her diapers during the night.

But will follow your steps, as Pranay did not want diapers and controlled it during night. But I may need your tips for Pallavi :-))

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