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Transitioning from Potty Training

Potty Training Is Different than Nighttime Dryness

By: Dr. Heather Wittenberg

Does your child regularly use the potty during the day but still soak the bed at night? Don’t despair. Two of my four kiddos followed the same SUPER common timeline. They all potty trained at about age 3. But one of them didn’t become dry at night until age 7; the other one didn’t until age 8. We met with their pediatrician, as I recommend for all children who aren’t yet dry by age 4 and confirmed that - as is true for the vast majority of children - there were no health issues to worry about.

That’s because nighttime dryness is a totally different process than daytime potty training and typically lags by at least 4-6 months, if not a few years. First, it’s almost completely biological. A little switch in the brain slows down the production of urine at night, but that switch only comes online when it’s good and ready. We think it’s hereditary[1], which is why the age of nighttime dryness often runs in families Also, most children who experience nighttime wetting are super deep-sleepers, mine included, so they may not naturally wake when their bladder is full

 Many parents are afraid that something must be wrong if their little one still needs nighttime protection. I hope I can reassure you that the vast majority of the time, this is totally normal, and super common – even more common than wearing glasses, braces, or snoring!  Check it out with your pediatrician - and then take a deep sigh of relief knowing that Goodnites is there to keep your child dry and comfy at night. Now you can set aside your worry and enjoy childhood fun with your kiddo throughout all their stages of development.


[1]  "Bed-Wetting - Symptoms & Causes." Mayo Clinic, Accessed 19 December 2019

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