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Potty training is often a complicated, unpredictable adventure. One of the most challenging steps along the way is when your kiddo is dry during the day, but not at night.
It’s very common. Genetics is one reason: Children with older-trained relatives have a higher chance of training later, and boys tend to train later than girls. And no matter how much they brag to each other in Kindergarten about being done with diapers, at least 30% of the class is still wet at night. There is always a handful of first graders in every class who can’t yet sleep in undies, either.
Nighttime training is more complicated than day training. It requires the physical maturation of the bladder, along with the development of associated nerve pathways to and from the brain, as well as the trigger to waken the child to get him up to pee. That’s why heavy sleepers often take longer to train at night. What to do? Of course, check with your pediatrician if you’re worried. Then:
I promise, he won’t go to college in diapers!