Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
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  1. Alexa says

    I am desperate!!
    We have been potty trained and night trained for about six months and my daughter CAN make it through the night however now all of a sudden she is waking up five times to pee for the last two weeks and when she gets mad enough (trying to leave her in there to stop the night wakings) she will pee herself purpose! Idk what to do I am getting so angry from waking every two hours HELP ME!

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Alexa – Thanks for writing to us and I’m so sorry that nights have gotten SO tough! Since she was doing so well before, and since she went from no wakings to go potty to 5 wakings (ouch!) you might want to have her checked out by her pediatrician, to make sure there is not an infection or other medical reason for her needing to go potty so often in the night!
      Once you rule out all of the other causes/reasons she may be waking, you can try and encourage her to sleep through with less potty breaks again with some positive reinforcement. Here’s a link to one of our articles that has some great tips on using a sticker chart. Perhaps that would help!:
      Good luck Alexa! Please feel free to contact us at any time if you need more help!

  2. Mary says

    My daughter has been potty training for the last week, and she has also had a lot of difficultY going to sleep (naps and nighttime). She’s been asking for water instead of milk, asking to read multiple books, getting out of her big girl bed countless times opening all the doors to come find us, and all while seeming to understand that she shouldn’t be out of bed and it’s time to sleep. She’s still in a diaper to go to sleep and sleeps deeply once asleep, and she also has no problem pottying in her diaper during the day if we are out and about running errands so I don’t think she has anxiety about pottying in her diaper. I’m just not sure what the right approach is to put her back to bed so many times. We’ve tried being nice, yelling, etc. but I just don’t know what the right move is. Should we quietly put her back to bed without saying a word. Maybe she just wants attention. Any thoughts?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Mary – Thanks for writing to us about your little girl! Sorry to hear that she is waking up at night, having a tough time with naps, and getting out of bed so often! We completely understand and sometimes liken this to a “jack in the box!” I think you’re on to something with the quiet return to bed! Keep trying and don’t give up! This article on our blog has some info about this “jack in the box” behavior and how to help:
      Good luck Mary, and please contact us if you find that you need more help!

  3. Claire says

    My little boy (3 in 2 months time) is on his first 10 days of potty training which is going well during the day, he is however really overly emotional now, and still in pull-ups during the night. He’s waking very early every morning and not going back to bed, which is getting tough for us. Should we be implementing potty training through the night also as so far we have just been leaving him in the nappy, but should we be waking him in the night to go pee? He seems happy still peeing in his nappy and isn’t dry in the morning, he’s also showing no interest in using potty or big potty during the night.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Claire – Thanks for writing to us about your 3 year old! I hope that potty training continues to go well during the day! It is quite common to potty train in the daytime first, and master that, and wait until he’s waking up dry before working on nighttime training! Follow your own instincts and it will be fine! Good luck Claire!

  4. Jamee says

    My son is doing great with potty training during the day, but he has become so anxious at naptime and bedtime. We have resorted to locking him into his room bc he keeps escaping. He sits at the door and cries l. He won’t nap (cries the whole time) and cries for two hours last night. He finally fell asleep in front of his door and woke up three times throughout the night. I think he’s so anxious about going in his pull up. I put a little potty in his room, but I don’t think he gets it. He’s so used to going on the big potty. He constany says he needs water and go potty. I’m going insane!! He’s been such a good sleeper at night (slept through the night at 7 weeks) and has always loved sleep. Help!!

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Jamee – Thank you for writing and I am sorry that you are having potty training troubles with sleep! You are not alone! This can be a tough time, so please hang in there! Keep on being consistent, and this too will pass!! You can try limiting the water right before bedtime, and hopefully that will help a bit. I do not know how long these struggles have been going on, and if they are strictly potty related, but we wold love to help and take an in depth look and help with a plan to get you back on track! Please contact us if you would like more info about how we can help!
      And hang in there Jamee!!!

  5. Maya says

    Babies are born with bladder control and communicate from birth the need to go. They have a strog instinct not to soil themselves. We bring our baby to the potty when he signals since he’s six weeks old and it has helped him a lot being more calm and happy, it’s just a way to meet another of his basic needs.

    • Neosha says

      @Maya – Thank you for your comment – how wonderful that this early elimination communication is working so well for you all! We hope things keep going so well as your little guy continues to grow. Please keep reading and sharing!

  6. Kristen says

    We potty trained my 27 month old daughter with the 3 day “oh crap potty training method” also. She caught on right away and also within a week or so decided to night train herself. She has been out of diapers completely since, which is great, however definitely affecting her sleep. She wakes 1-2 times a night (she is in a toddler bed) and we have the mini potty in her room. She calls for me still and I go in and sit with her, the problem is she has such trouble going back to sleep. After rubbing her back and trying to calm her, she then stays up for 1-2 hours after crying or yelling saying “mama I want you”. We are not sure what to do and nobody has slept in weeks! I am so incredibly proud of her and happy she is not wetting the bed and using her potty and I know we are lucky she is so aware of this. I just don’t know how to go about getting her back to sleep! The poor girl is exhausted the next day at day care/school. Maybe due to her age and seeing some of the comments there is a nightmare/night terror thing happening?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Kristen – Thank you for writing! I am sorry that sleep has taken a tough turn since potty training! Sudden night wakings are so tough! It sounds like you may need some help getting to the bottom of the waking – Is is potty related? Separation fears and/or nightmares/might terrors? If you would like help getting to the bottom of these new wakings, we would love to help, and one of our consultants will take a super in-depth look at your schedule, history, and details, and can get you a detailed plan of action to help you all through this! You can check out our one on one consulting options here:
      Hang in there until then, and I hope that you are ALL sleeping better very soon!