Your child may be fully potty trained by day, but staying dry all night — well, that can take much longer. This is simply the reality of your child’s anatomical development. The nerve pathways between the bladder and the brain must grow strong enough to awaken your child from a deep sleep. Not only that, but your little one must become alert enough, and motivated enough — no small feats in the middle of the night — to haul out of a nice, cosy bed and get to the loo.

On top of that, your child’s body may not yet have developed the night-time slowdown in urine production that eventually develops anywhere from ages 2 to 7. That’s why many parents are surprised that no amount of fluid restriction before bed seems to help with night-time dryness.

There’s another factor working against you: Many young children, especially ones who are very active during the daytime, sleep so deeply at night that they’re difficult to awaken. It also may help you to know that up to 20 percent of 5-year-olds still wet so frequently at night that they require Huggies® Pull-Ups® Night-Time pants. Because we’re simply awaiting your child’s physical development, there’s no trick to speed up night-time training, so give your child (and yourself) a break on this one.

To help your little one succeed, it’s important to take a consistent and relaxed approached. Accidents are normal, so it’s best to handle these with patience, reassurance and support. With this in mind, Huggies® Pull-Ups® Night-Time are extra absorbent for increased protection against little accidents.

Support them with these simple steps:

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How to use Huggies® Pull-Ups® to master this stage

Night Time Protection | Huggies® Pull-Ups®

Huggies® Pull-Ups® Night Time have extra absorbency for overnight protection and 24hr consistency.

Night-time dryness

To help your little one succeed, it’s important to take a consistent and relaxed approached.
Support them with these simple steps:

Bedtime routine

Bedtime routine Bedtime routine

Create a calming bedtime routine and get them into the habit of having a last wee before bed.

Stay consistent

Stay consistent Stay consistent

From the very beginning of a toddler’s potty training journey the key is consistency, so stick with their training pants once you’ve made the switch.

Drinks before bed

Drinks before bed Drinks before bed

While it's not necessary to restrict drinks in the evening, it is best to avoid fizzy or caffeinated drinks as these can stimulate the bladder into action.

Becoming dry

Becoming dry Becoming dry

When you notice that your child's Huggies® Pull-Ups® are dry for a few mornings in a row, try without. If he has an accident in bed, go back to Pull-Ups® Night-time pants and try again later on. Remember, wetting at night can be common up to the age of 5 or more.

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Dealing With Night Time Relapses
How to handle night-time accidents
  • Prepare Have spare pyjamas and bedding handy nearby for quick late-night changes, if needed.
  • Reassure – Help your child stay on track by reassuring him or her that it’s nothing to worry about. A growing body takes time to catch up, and night-time dryness will evolve naturally. 
  • Stay calm – Your toddler will sense if you’re stressed, which can create feelings of pressure or resistance. If you’re OK with it, your child will be OK with it too.
  • Don’t be disheartened – Night-time wetness is common in young children and not a sign of a problem. There’s no way to make development happen on our timetable. As long as the GP says your child is healthy, it’s just a matter of patience – and enjoying the learning process, together.
A Bedtime Routine For Success
A bedtime routine for success

Night-time dryness is likely to take longer to achieve than daytime dryness because of physiological development. In the meantime, help your little one succeed with a consistent and relaxed approach at bedtime.

  • While it’s not necessary to restrict liquids in the evening, it is best to avoid fizzy or caffeinated drinks as these can stimulate the bladder.
  • Put on pyjamas and Huggies® Pull-Ups® Night-Time pants, rather than nappies. Consistency is key during potty training. 
  • Establish the habit of having a last wee right before getting into bed.
  • Create a safe environment with night-lights in hallways and in the loo.
The Importance Of Consistency
The importance of consistency

Now that your child is strutting about by day in Huggies® Pull-Ups®, feeling proud and using that potty, keep up the momentum at night. It’s important not to go back and forth with nappies, as this sends mixed signals and can be confusing. Huggies® Pull-Ups® are especially designed for toddlers, who want to learn to do things for themselves.

Huggies® Pull-Ups® Night-Time pants are designed with extra absorbency, specifically for use overnight. And, you can use the clever Wetness Indicator moisture sensitive graphics as a learning tool. These graphics fade on contact with wee, giving kids a visual sign that their Pull-Ups® are wet. In the morning, your child can easily check to see if it’s been a “dry night”.