The Differences Between Nighttime Wetting and Potty Training

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As parents, we have our own set of milestone markers in our heads – crawling by 10 months, walking by 1 year, sleeping through the night ASAP, and potty training by preschool (a common requirement). If our kids hit these milestones earlier, that’s amazing! But if they seem to struggle after the ages we see most kids master these skills, as parents we often worry we did something wrong. Specifically, for potty training, we know that it is different for every child. But, what I didn’t know is that there is a big difference between potty training during the day and something called “nighttime wetting.” And, I wish I had known about nighttime wetting sooner, because knowing about it, the causes, and the ways to manage it with my child has made everything stress free, but before we knew about nighttime wetting, we were in a constant state of concern. Here are the best pieces of information and advice I’ve been given regarding nighttime wetting and how to talk to your children about it from Dr. Heather Wittenberg, a child development expert.


1. The Cause: In our bodies, the antidiuretic hormone slows down the production of urine at night. Sometimes, this hormone doesn’t fully develop in children until as late as 10 years old, and that’s TOTALLY okay. In fact, one in six children between the ages of 4 and 12 experience nighttime wetting.

2. How Long Does It Last: As our toddlers age each year, more and more children fully develop the antidiuretic hormone and the skill of staying dry at night.

The Differences Between Nighttime Wetting and Potty Training featured by popular San Francisco life and style blogger Sylvie in the Sky

3. Essentials: In kindergarten classrooms, many children are wearing GoodNites at night. GoodNites help keep children who experience nighttime wetting feel more comfortable at night so they can wake up dry and worry-free .

4. How to Talk to Our Kids – The Tone: We must first focus on using the right TONE before figuring out the right words. Our tone should always be genuinely supportive, reassuring, never worried.

5. How to Talk to Our Kids – The Words: Dr. Heather emphasized explaining to our kids that…

– Children grow and develop at different speeds.

– It’s not a race.

– We shouldn’t compare ourselves.

– We should focus on having fun and feeling comfortable.

– Example Dialogue: “Everyone is different at this age, we’re not all the same. Let’s handle it in an easy good way until your body is ready.”

As you might have seen, I’ve shared a few posts this summer on how GoodNites have especially helped us during travel and sleepovers, which are a big part of our family life. Dr. Heather’s GoodNites Guide to be especially useful when we’re away from home at night. Now, we always make sure to keep established nighttime routines and have conversations with anyone else we’re traveling with, especially when traveling or visiting friends or relatives. Of course, one size doesn’t fit all. You can find more tips and advice on how to talk to your kids in your specific situation at

If you and your children have been experiencing nighttime wetting, I hope this information above is helpful to guide you through this part of your journey. There’s a lot more information and advice about nighttime wetting I’ll be sharing soon, and feel free to drop questions in the comments below in the meantime.

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