Night Time Diapers

United States
February 9, 2009 8:45am CST
My 2 and half year old is potty training, and doing very well at it. He hasn't had an accident in 3 days now, and even does #2 on the potty, which I'm very impressed by because that was the biggest obstacle for my older children. We've been at this for about a week now, and at this point the only time he wears a diaper is at night when he's going to bed. With my other children, once I decided to potty train them, their diapers were gone completely. They never wore a diaper to bed or anything once the training began. Do you (or did you) put diapers on your potty trainer at night time? How long did they wear the diaper at night after they were potty trained? I am soon going to stop using diapers all together for my toddler. Chances are I will just finish off the diapers that I currently have for him, then that will be it. I have perhaps a week left if he only uses 1 diaper a day.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
9 Feb 09
I used the diapers until my kids woke up dry consistantly in the morning. An accident is fine to deal with , but every night would be horrible! I have a friend who potty trained her son and he did great during the day. At night they would wake him up at midnight to go to the bathroom and then he usually wet the bed anyways. I thought this was foolish! They should let him sleep threw the night and just put a diaper or pullup on him until he can go all night without an accident. She has had to scrub the mattress and changes the sheets all the time!
• United States
9 Feb 09
I agree I would not want to wake my child up in the middle of the night just to use the bathroom. I don't think that's teaching him anything. Now he's just going to have to go like clockwork at midnight. If I find he's having too many accidents at night I'll probably go back to using diapers at night, although I don't want to do that once I take him off the diaper completely.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
9 Feb 09
On the other hand. I also have a friend whose daughter is the same age as my daughter 8 yrs old. She has her daughter wear pullups to bed still!!! I was shocked when I found this out. Her daughter is just lazy and doesn't want to go to the bathroom. She stayed over night here and around 7 asked if she could put her pullup on. I said she should wait until she goes to bed and she said her mom lets her. Then I said ok and about 30 minutes later she smelled like she wet it! I would never let my child go this long in a pullup or diaper at night unless there was something medically wrong with them. With my kids once they mastered daytime we worked on mastering nighttime. Limiting liquids, always going right before bed and rewards for staying dry all night. Before long they were fully trained.
• United States
9 Feb 09
When my sister was staying with us, she was around 9 or 10 and I had to buy her night time diapers because she had a bad habit of wetting the bed at night. I would make her put them on as she's going to sleep. I doubt it was laziness, she just had a problem with it. I think it had something to do with how stressful her life was.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
10 Feb 09
My son would stay dry at night for almost a year before he was day trained, so it was not an issue for me. My daughter on the other hand I will have to keep her in diapers at night until she is potty trained. As it is now she wakes up with soaking wet pajamas.
• United States
10 Feb 09
From what I've read, one of the signs of potty training readiness is staying dry at night, so maybe she's just not ready yet. But she's still young, no need to worry about it just yet. Hopefully over the next couple months her night time wetting will get under control. Before I even attempted potty training my son, I could leave his nighttime diaper on him for hours after he woke up, because it was hardly wet at all, if any.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
10 Feb 09
Since she just turned 2 not even a month ago I am not really too worried about it yet.
@snoopy04 (718)
• United States
10 Feb 09
I uses Pullups on my kids until they were able to tell me when they needed to potty. My two sons took a little bit longer then my daughter. She would go to the potty when her brothers went so one day she went in there and sat on the potty because her bubbas needed to go and she actually went. She was so excited because she was a big girl and she was able to do something her brothers did. At night time I tend to to cut out there liquid intake because that helps with wetting the bed. But I am fortunate that my kids will wake up and go potty when they feel the urge in the middle of the night. I have been awaken at 3am in the morning because my kids needed to go potty and for some reason my bathroom always seemed closer lol.
@snoopy04 (718)
• United States
10 Feb 09
My sons ages are 4 and 5 and my daughters age is 3. I started potty training at around two to two and a half and by three to three and a half they were on their way to being potty trained. My three year old learned from her bubbas and she was the easiest.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
10 Feb 09
With my oldest she wore pull ups at night for just a little bit but she did so well at night we didn't have to do them long. My middle one still wears them at night. She potty trained right after she turned 3. She will be 4 next month. She is my difficult one. She is very stubborn and just doesn't care. She doesn't care if she pees in her bed and she doesn't get up to go. So for now it is just easier to put a pull up on her. I'm trying to just limit her liquids at night so she doesn't have to pee while she is sleeping.
• United States
10 Feb 09
My 3 older ones were like that. Having an accident in the daytime never bothered them, even a stinky during the day didn't bother them. They're diaper could be soaked and falling off their butt and they wouldn't care. If I'd left it up to them they probably still wouldn't be potty trained (and some days I wonder if they actually are). But the toddler is so different. He's been doing so well with his training already. He's only had a couple accidents. He did have one today, but I'm not sure it was his fault. I was busy with something and he had to go, so I asked the oldest to help him, next thing I know there's screaming and crying and he'd had an accident.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
9 Feb 09
Once I started taking of a dry diaper in the morning I knew it was time. I would put a water proof pad between their sheet and mattress pad. My boys only wore diapers at night for a few weeks but I remember with my daughter it was a little longer.
• United States
9 Feb 09
My son has been doing good at staying dry at night, but hubby is usually the one to wake up with him in the morning, and some days doesn't get the diaper off of him soon enough to get him to the bathroom. So I'm worried that if I take the diaper off him at night, he'll have an accident first thing in the morning. So when I do start sending him to bed without the diaper, I'm going to have to start getting up earlier so I can make sure he gets to the bathroom on time.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
9 Feb 09
When I was potty training my kids, the diapers were gone. They wore cloth training pants. I don't even know if you can find them or not. I never once had a problem with my daughter once she got off the bottle. She never wet her pants. My son took a little longer like boys usually do. But he wore training pants all the time. HE would wet his pants and never tell me he needed to go to the bathroom. My doctor said try leaving his wet pants on him when he does that and see how long it takes him to stop. It didn't take very long at all!! I think putting a diaper on a training child gives them the wrong message. Put a plastic sheet on the bed under your regular sheet.
• United States
9 Feb 09
My oldest and twins were like that, they'd go and never tell me. They'd make horrible messes and I'd never know until I saw the mess. Luckily this one is nothing like that. He's doing a fantastic job. My main concern right now is him making it to the bathroom first thing in the morning. He does well at night staying dry, but mornings are complicated, and our only bathroom is on the first floor, so if he wakes up and we're not up yet then he might have an accident. That's my only worry right now.
@rtslvtwy (1088)
• Malaysia
9 Feb 09
That's very good to potty train and eliminate the diapers once and for all. In fact my daughter still wears diapers at night to bed although she doesn't during her afternoon naps and during the day time. But, i guess she is controlling it quite well now as I do noticed that sometimes the diapers are dry and she doesn't pee into the diapers anymore and goes to the potty when she wakes up in the morning. Looks like a good sign to me.
• United States
9 Feb 09
My son stays pretty dry at night, I'm mostly worried about him not getting to the bathroom in time in the morning. My husband usually wakes up with him, and hubby isn't the best at making sure he goes potty and all that. It's usually my job. So when I eliminate the diapers, I have to make sure I get up with him so he gets to the bathroom on time.
@GAUCI123 (1042)
• Malta
9 Feb 09
Well I used to put her a pull up so the toddler thinks that he is with his pant on not diapers. I found then really good, and if an accident happens at night, you don't have to clean up everything since pull up are like diapers. My toddler is three now and she is potty trained she gave me a hard time to learn but at last we did it.
• United States
9 Feb 09
I do not like pull ups. They feel just like a diaper to a child, but they're more expensive than diapers. I've bought some and used them once or twice, but it's cheaper to just go with regular diapers.
@SViswan (12071)
• India
28 Feb 10
I started potty training with my older son quite early and after the first 3 months....he used a diaper only when we went out and one at night. During the daytime, he would go on cue and we would hold him out at first. Very quickly, he learnt to signal when he wanted to go (cry a particular way). By 18 months, he was totally potty trained and out of a daiper. My little one, it was harder.He's 3 now and till recently, he used a diaper at night. He was potty trained...but he would have accidents at night. But I realized that it was a waste to use a diaper each day because he wasn't wetting every night. But hubby didn't want any hassles in the middle of the night...and insisted we continue with the one diaper a night. Now, our son's not been wearing a diaper to bed for a little more than a month now and the only accident happened a couple of days back. I prefer to continue this way...and he'll soon be fine.
@GreenMoo (11842)
12 Feb 09
My eldest was dry at night long before he was dry during the day. Weird huh? I kept nappies on him at night long after they were needed, as the prospect of getting up in the night to change wet bedlinen was just so unappealing!
@unchie (122)
• Philippines
11 Feb 09
my son is 2 and a half year old. he no longer use diaper now since he was 2.He used to sleep with my parents. And they say they trained him as early as 1 and a half. he is usually active and playful so when they see my son quiet that's the clue for them to take my son to the bathroom.They say at night they still put diaper but they take him to bathroom before taking him to bed. He's now sleeping with me and when he needs to go to bathroom he wakes me up but he sometimes wet bedding.
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
11 Feb 09
My oldest daughter is 3 and she never woke up with a dry diaper and my husband had trouble at night when he was younger also. They sleep to heavy that they don't wake up even when they have to potty. Of course my husband does now. My daughter will sleep through anything. We put pull ups on her at night. I think my younger daughter will be easier and she won't have trouble at night but I didn't really start potty training her yet so we will see.
• Canada
10 Feb 09
Hi Kat! I think that you already have more experience diaper training than I do, but i would still reccomend keeping a diaper on your toddler overnight until you're sure that he's consistently not wetting at night. He's still pretty little, after all! Especially if he's sleeping 10 to 12 hours overnight. As you say, the trick is to get him to the bathroom first thing- that's really the only way to tell if he made it or not. My daughter regularily peed in her diaper in the morning if I didn't take her to the bathroom right away. Once I caught on, I realized that she was making it all night and had no compunctions about using her diaper first thing to save herself a trip! If your husband is the person in the best position to achieve this, then I respectfully suggest that you make him responsible for this - nicely, of course! And if your hubby slips up, he can deal with it, and then he won't mess up too much more! Men learn so well when we let them deal with their own responsibilities and just don't say a word, and don't rescue them. The trick is to not make him feel bad about it. Just a casual, "Huh, I'll get you a towel" or whatever is appropriate. Good luck with your boys!!
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
10 Feb 09
My daughter was daytime potty trained by 18 months, but she was at least 5 before I quit putting diapers on her at bedtime. Some kids just aren't ready to sleep through the night without wetting. She always slept so soundly that she didn't wake up when she needed to go. My stepson was 10 before he stopped wetting the bed. It isn't the child's fault. It's just the way their body operates. So take your cue from his habits and don't make a big deal of it. It will stop when his body is ready.
@kaka135 (14115)
• Malaysia
10 Feb 09
I do not have any kids right now, but I'm pregnant, and I'm interested in potty training too. I think it's good to train the kids to get rid of the diapers when they are young, as I think wearing diapers is not really good for the kids. My mother-in-law is a babysitter, and I see the kids she's taking care stopped wearing diapers when they were 2 years old, so I think she can really train the kids well.
• Singapore
10 Feb 09
it will be best to have diapers at night during training time. Before sleep, of course, bring her to the toilet.. potty train is all about being patient, they will learn in no time.. =)
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
10 Feb 09
It is really nice that your baby is improving day by day and helping you more by doing his daily chores by himself and not spoiling your time. I think stopping daippers is a good thing as it is never good for kids to wear a lot of daipers as it damages the skin.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
10 Feb 09
I did not have any problem potty training my daughter who is 4 years old now. i Started removing her diapers when she was 2 years old and it went well but as of now my 1 year old boy i am starting to remove his diapers during thte day, and the good thing is he already know what to say when he wants to pee..he would say weee weee hehehehe and then i would put out his private area and he would pee lol
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
10 Feb 09
Like you, I also potty trained my kids at about the same age, i had no problems with my girl but my son will still wet the bed from time to time so I opted to put diapers during night time. Although there is a revolutionary (LOL) diapers in the market today, the pull ups, its a bit more expensive than the regular diapy but it works like an underwear so your child can pull it down when he remembers that he needs to go potty but if ever 'accidents' happen, he will still be protected coz he still is wearing a diaper. As for my son what we do is we wake up at night and ask him to go potty, we made this a nightly routine, so now whenever he feels potty, he wakes up and asks to go potty, so after a little while with our routine, we felt confident enough to wean him off the diapers and well now for us, diapers are a thing of the past ^_^
• United States
10 Feb 09
Doing really well on the potty training.Keep up thr good work.:)