6 Ways to Make Night Potty Training Easy (& fun!)

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6 Ways to Make Night Potty Training Easy (& fun!)
Written by:
Michelle Swaney of The Potty School
May 17, 2021

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Does your child complain that their bottom is cold when you take them at night?

Are you afraid they’ll “fall-in” during the night?

Or maybe that they’ll walk into a wall on the way?

What on earth are you supposed to do about all of that?! Well, there ARE options!

Option 1: Arline Style Route to the Bathroom

Get creative with the glow-in-the-dark masking tape to tape a route to the bathroom. Whether it’s on carpet or the wall, think about those Red Eyes flights where all you have are those little LED lights to shine the way…this serves the same purpose, but is far easier to install and remove. This is our #2 pick for night-time “find-the-bathroom” woes.


Option 2: Make, or Buy, a “Potty Cozy”

Let me introduce you to the “potty cozy”. It’s basically a method to keep that toilet from being freezing cold, while still getting that pee/poo in the potty without having to run a heater in your bathroom all night long.

DIY Potty Cozy (to keep the seat of a mini-potty from freezing your kiddo’s bum)

Are you feeling crafty…or cheap. You can make your own potty cozy in less than 10-minutes flat using just:

  • (1) T-Shirt (cotton, fleece or sweatshirt material)
  • (1) safety pin
  • scissors
  • elastic band
  • short piece of yarn, ribbon, string

Buy a Potty Cozy from someone crafty

Check-out Jenay’s Etsy store, Naturally Diaper Free, where she makes potty cozies for you. You can choose from 100% Merino Wool, or Organic Cotton. Either way, each one is made with love for your little. She’s a mama-run biz located in Portland, Oregon (shout out to my sister who just bought a house up there :)).

Option 3: Glow-in-the-Dark EVERYTHING!

Did you know there really seems to be glow-in-the-dark…everything?

If your kiddo is fighting night-time potty-usage, maybe using a bit of night-time creativity will help you out.

You can get a night light for your toilet. Crazy cool, isn’t it! (Not for those who are prone to sensory issues though)

Did you know you could even purchase glow-in-the-dark toilet paper? Reminds me of “Cosmic Bowling” back in the day…

Option 4: Add a Floor Carpet Under your Mini Potty

Of course you could use a towel…but the likelihood that your child will end up sliding and injuring yourself isn’t really worth it. Spend a few buck to purchase a small rug with a non-slip backing, like this one. Or, if you’re looking for super cheap, throw a towel over top of a non-adhesive shelf-liner like this one.

Or get a regular, and lovely memory foam mat here – and then be sure to wash it.

Option 5: Miner-Style Route to the Bathroom (just for kicks)

And, if nothing is working out and your kiddo is getting lost getting to the bathroom…maybe a last-ditch effort would be slapping on a kids’ headlamp before that kiddo heads to bed. I’m mostly joking (I can’t say I actually think it’s safe, or a good idea…but I mean if you’re desperate, you’re looking for ideas…just don’t blame me :)). But, these are super fun for night hikes when they get older, or for camping even when they're little. Or even, 4th of July so they can help you find your way back to the car in the dark.

Option 6: PUT IT HERE, NO WHERE ELSE option

Or, if you’re really into the glow-in-the-dark…put it HERE option…then this is the option for you! Someone created (and I’m sure went to the effort to patent, and now sell) a full-on glow-in-the-dark toilet seat. Think adult-sized, glow-in-the-dark loo


Now that’s a way to loo-k forward to using the loo.

Check out our updated supplies list at the top by clicking on "Resources" and you can search by type of product you are looking for - such as potties, or potty training toys!


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