Some approaches will only delay your attempts to help your child stay dry at night. Here are approaches to avoid:
11. Avoid pressuring your child.
They’re keen to master dry nights and anxious about disappointing you.
12. Don’t criticise, humiliate or belittle your child for being a ‘baby’.
Night-time bladder control is a process of maturation. All efforts, no matter how small, should be praised.
13. Don’t get angry or frustrated at your child for wetting the bed.
Don’t be concerned if they’re wet. Tell them “That’s ok we can try again next time”. Don’t punish your child for wetting the bed. They’re not doing it deliberately to annoy you. Be calmly reassuring, they need your guidance.
14. Don’t let your child stay in their wet sheets.
It sounds unbelieveable but some parents have been known to punish their child by making them stay in their wet sheets or getting them to wash the soiled bed linen. Don’t do this. If your child is anxious, they are less likely to stay dry at night.
15. Don’t talk about your child’s ‘problem’ to other people when the child is present.
This can make them feel ashamed and embarrassed.
How are you going with night-time toilet training? Was yours a breeze or did it take a little longer?