What should you expect as your toddler’s body starts to change?

12 Jan 2018

although parents can expect this to happen between the ages of 12 and 18 months.

There’s no point trying to get your child to practise not peeing at night if their body isn’t ready. The ability to stay dry at night comes down to their hormones which will gradually develop over time.

A dry night-time –Cuddlers nappy is a fantastic step in the right direction. On average it takes ten months after remaining dry during the day to staying dry at night – but it’s not uncommon for a child to make this milestone ahead of time or take a bit longer than expected. This all depends on the child.

One sign that it's time to ditch the night-time nappy is if your child’s Cuddlers nappy remains dry for a few consecutive nights. When this happens, you can put a plastic sheet on the bed and prepare for a few accidents. If there are more accidents than dry sheets, put the Cuddlers nappy nappy on again. You may need to continue this process for a while before you notice the change in your toddler.

Some parents wake their toddlers before going to bed themselves and take them to the potty. This process isn’t necessary, since the point is for children to learn to wake up when they need to go the toilet, or to get used to not peeing at night. However, many families find waking their toddler helpful and an extra precaution. If this method works and suits you, there is nothing wrong with using it, although it is not the norm.

While most children become night-trained around preschool age, if yours doesn’t, and you start to worry, consult your GP.