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Nighttime Potty Training

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I have decided to start potty training my 18 month old daughter soon using the N75 method. I feel pretty prepared but my question is around sleeping. She currently sleeps in a crib and I don't know if it is too soon to transition her crib to a toddler bed. I know it will take a while for her body to adjust to holding it all night so I do expect to have to change the sheets for a while in the middle of the night. Do you advise transitioning the bed before we work on training so that she can eventually get up in the night to use the potty herself? Thanks in advance!

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Thank you for choosing parentguru.com for your parenting concerns. It is great that you are prepared to begin potty training with your 18 month old daughter. In my opinion, most parents begin this process too late. Your daughter should be demonstrating readiness physically (control urination and defecation; stay dry for a couple of hours or more), intellectually (understanding and curiosity of toilets; watching others use the toilet; wanting to flush...) and emotionally (verbalize the desire to use the toilet; communicate the need to use it; wanting to sit on the toilet, fully clothed, or to sit on your lap when you use it). With these readiness signs your role is, merely, to support and encourage your daughter as she master her toilet skills. I suggest transitioning the crib to a toddler bed prior to potty training. Also, I recommend using diapers at night for a while, trying a couple of nights without them every few weeks to see if she is staying dry throughout the night. Night dryness usually follow successful potty training by a few months.

Keep up the good work,

Wallace Collins
Certified Leadership Parenting Coach
Collins Parent Coaching; LLC
wcollins49@comcast.net

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