I have a 2 year old how has been doing great lately potty training. However, just recently she started taking her diaper off at night time and peeing in her bed.

Yesterday when I walked in to see why she was still awake "I pooped in the bed!" came out of the darkness. It was a mess, but we laughed about it and cleaned her up. Tonight however, we were very explicit to her about only pooping in the potty. She was quiet tonight, but again when I went in to check on her...

At this point twice is enough of a problem that I don't want it to happen again. I don't imagine I am the first person to experience this, but would like to know how to deal with it.

asked 13 Oct '10, 02:18

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Don't worry, it can take quite some time and I imagine it sucks being a parent that has to clean up that mess every night (I still have some time until then :)), but I think it is important to go at the child's pace. Sure you can try to help speed the process up, but don't try too hard. It takes time. I know my parents always had some extra thick molton pads under my bed sheet and it was no problem telling them, that it had happened again.

To quote from the "Tiny tot to toddler":

Night-time bladder control may take several months or even several years.

See pages 265 and following. They also have some tips on how to potty train.

It sounds a little like she was afraid to tell you the other night? ("we were very explicit to her about only pooping in the potty", "At this point twice is enough...", "She was quiet tonight, but again when I went in to check on her...").


answered 15 Oct '10, 15:41

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edited 16 Oct '10, 19:14


@Alexander much better thank you

(17 Oct '10, 21:58) Tammy ♦♦

Oh, no, you are definately not the only one. My sister-in-law had 2 of her kids do exactly the same thing. What she did was cut the feet off of zip up one piece jersey (t-shirt material) sleepers and put them on the kids backwards. If they couldn't get out of their jammies, they couldn't take off their diaper, problem solved until they were totally potty trained.


answered 15 Oct '10, 04:03

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+1 for a great tip!

(23 Oct '10, 13:38) Lin

Some suggestions:

Make sure she has plenty of time on the potty before she goes to bed and that she doesn't feel rushed in there.

Put a potty chair and night-light in her room so that she can do things properly at night.

Impress on her the importance of keeping her diaper on at night.

Offer her a reward for not having an overnight accident.


answered 13 Oct '10, 04:43

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+1 Great suggestions, and just to add maybe pull ups/nighttime diapers could be helpful during this period? http://www.pull-ups.com/na/night_time.aspx

(13 Oct '10, 04:50) Emi

It could be interesting to know why she takes her diaper off in the night, and if it is just before her 'poop', or if she falls asleep in between.

(13 Oct '10, 05:36) Benjol
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