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Leaving off your toddler’s nappy



First of all, you should remember that if even if your child’s daytime potty training went off smoothly, your child may still wet his bed at night, and sometimes even for quite a few years. This is quite normal and nothing to worry about: as a matter of fact, you cannot teach your child not to wet his bed because it has nothing to do with how is able to control himself during the daytime.

If your child stops wearing nappies early (under 2 years), it will be more difficult for him not to wet his bed at night, while if you start potty training at around the age of 3, you can leave off his nappy at night and during the day at the same time.

The basic rule is to wait for your child to have a couple of dry nights before leaving off his nappy, or at least see if he keeps dry during his afternoon nap.

You can start by letting your child to wear disposable or washable potty-training pants (also called pull-ups) and then gradually leave them off altogether.

There are bound to be a few accidents, so a waterproof sheet to protect your child's mattress is a good idea, keep a spare pyjama on the bedside table, with towels or wipes.

And don’t let him drink too much before he goes to bed! If he’s thirsty give him a drink of water, but nothing else.

Don’t make the mistake of waking up your toddler in the middle of the night to take him to the toilet: this is pointless both for him and for you! Rather, get your child into the habit of going to the toilet just before bedtime.

Finally, if your child does have an accident in the first few nights or even later, don’t scold him or wake him up and, most importantly, don’t make him feel guilty.

Don’t forget that sooner or later, all children leave their nappies behind them!