How old were your big babies when they stopped needing a nappy at bedtime? Leo has been potty trained since he was two and a half. He seemed to take to it really easily. We obviously had some accidents along the way but he was generally pretty good and I found it relatively easy going. We sometimes still have a few close calls when he is really engrossed in something and feels he doesn’t want to miss out on any of the action but I feel like we’re coming through the other side of that now and of late he’s been brilliant.

Leo is now four and four months. Some mornings he will wake with a completely dry nappy, other mornings it can be so full I don’t know how it’s not leaked! There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. His routine is the same every night… Milk about 20 minutes to half an hour before he goes up to bed, brush teeth, wash face and then have the biggest wee you can possibly manage.

I’ve heard lots of people talk about boys taking longer at this sort of thing than girls (can that even be true?), I’ve heard it’s all about their body chemistry and they won’t be dry at night until something clicks and wakes them to let them know they need the loo, I’ve heard lots of children up till the age of five still wear a nappy at night.

I did wonder if he was actually weeing first thing in the morning and just being lazy because he had a nappy on so I tested my theory. I was wrong. He wee’d at 4am. So that was fun.

What are your experiences of this? How old was your child before they were dry at night? And do you have any tips on how to achieve it or do I just need to wait for his body to wire itself correctly so he knows to wake up?