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Discontinuing Diapers at Night

Many parents wonder when they should discontinue diapers at bedtime. General "expert" opinion is that a child's bladder is mature enough to stay dry through the night at about 2 1/2 years old.

The Potty Boot Camp recommends going "cold turkey" with nighttime diapers when you have determined your child is ready. Have a conversation with your toddler about the upcoming change. Let them know that it is OK to get out of bed to use the potty. Place the potty right next to the bed and leave a night light on so that the child can easily find it if needed.

Typically, accidents will occur for about a week. For some children the accidents are actually a necessary learning activity. Only after having an accident does the child learn the sensation and awareness of needing to go.

If bed wetting persists beyond a couple of weeks, the toddler's bladder might not be fully developed. Wait another month and try again. If the problem persists, consult your pediatrician to rule out a true "bed wetting" problem.

An invaluable product to use during this transition phase (and through potty training in general) is a sheet protector that is placed over the bottom mattress. It is a quick and easy way to clean up after an accident - and prevents the need for sheet changing at two am!

Here is a link to one of the products available at

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