Sweet Dreams and Zero Pee Pees

Is the thought of night potty training your toddler making you feel absolute doom? Here are some simple tips to avoid derailing your toddler’s sleep while you night train.

Ditch the pull-ups/diapers

Of course the dream is our toddler will magically stop going in the middle of the night and wake-up completely dry, sure, sometimes that happens, most of the time it doesn’t. It is the pull-up’s job to wick moisture away, so your child doesn’t feel bothered when they go. If they don’t feel when they go, they will not be able to learn to hold it. Ditch the pull-up or diaper for a week and see how it goes. If you child doesn’t adjust, they might not be biologically ready yet. Check-in with your pediatrician.


Know that as your child learns, there will be accidents, and that is okay. Give it a solid week at least for your child to adjust. Prepare for those accidents to get your child back to bed as quickly as possible. Have several clean, fitted sheets and new blankets on hand in the bedroom as well as a fresh pair of PJs. If you have a partner available, have one person see to the child and the other see to changing the bed.

Bed Prep

Make sure to have a plastic mattress cover and as listed above a few sets of extra sheets, blankets and PJs. Under the fitted sheet, use a pee pad that will help soak up the liquid. You can even layer several fitted sheets and several pee pads on a time to simply pull the top layer off and get your little one back in bed quickly.

Bedside Water

If your child sleeps with bedside water, decrease the amount you offer, they shouldn’t be getting all their hydration at night, they should be sleeping!

Liquid Intake

Offer a ton of liquid earlier in the day, then around 4/5pm start keeping an eye on what your child is drinking, as well as a lot of trips to the restroom. Limit water consumption two hours before bedtime offering only small amounts at a time.

“Dream Pee”

Before you go to bed or around midnight, carry your child to the restroom in dim light, set on the potty and whisper “you are on the toilet, go potty” then carry back to bed. This can help them ease into staying dry throughout the night.

Praise success

As with any success our toddlers have, celebrate it! Mention how proud you are then call a friend to share the news, have a dance party or a celebration parade around the kitchen!

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Jennie is a certified sleep consultant with a background in Child and Adolescent Studies who specializes in teaching toddlers and children to choose to stay in their open bed, fall asleep independently, and sleep through the night. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Studies, and spending time in the classroom, she decided to follow her passion and move to New York City to become a professional theatre actress. Between shows, she worked as a nanny. One family had a toddler that couldn’t fall asleep without help, he refused to nap and would wake-up multiple times a night. Frustrated by the lack of resources for toddler sleep issues she became a certified sleep consultant. Relying on her education and experience, she then created Week to Sleep geared for toddlers in an open bed.

Jennie has helped so many families across the country make bedtime easy and enjoyable. She has been featured on Mommy Mingle, Parentville, corporate Google, and buybuybaby. Jennie’s favorite part of working with families is when a toddler runs to their parents in the morning exclaiming, “I did it, I am SO proud of me!