Your Go-To Guide to Night Training Your Potty Training Toddler


How to time the

Crib to Bed Transition

Does it help to have your child in a toddler bed when your child starts naps diaper-free and night training? Is it best to time the crib-to-bed move before or after you start night training? I answer those questions and more here

Stars at Night

How to know when to

Drop the Night Diapers

Are there signs to look for to help you time when to ditch the night pull-ups? Yes, there sure are! Tips on timing when to night train right here


10 tips to set up for

potty training at night

Overnight is a LONG time to go without a diaper, so what supplies should you have on hand to help set up your toddler (and you) for success as you're night training? And what are some tips to get you started on ditching the night diapers? Find a supply list and tips right here


Consider the pajamas when you start night training

When you're looking ahead to night training your toddler, you want to consider the style of those toddler pajamas. You'll want to say goodbye to onesies and footie pajamas and say hello to separates. These kid pajamas are one of our favorites (comes in many colors). Or nightgowns are another great option for night training. 


How to drop

the Nap Diapers 

Can you drop the nap diapers but stick with the night diapers? What supplies do you need to set up for dropping the nap diapers? What should your toddler wear to bed? Tips on this and more right here. 

Oh Crap Potty Training
Night Training Supplement

Jamie's night training supplement goes beyond what's in the book, Oh Crap Potty Training, to share ways to set up for night training success. 

Night Training YouTube video by Jamie Glowacki

Be sure to check out Jamie's video on Night Training for more support. 

Is Night Training Really Necessary?

Jamie shares whether you really need to start night training at a certain age and why. Read on right here

What if your child keeps asking and asking to go to the potty at bedtime? 

Jamie shares what you should if you find yourself caught in a Bedtime Potty Pit with potty tries, pushing back bedtime later and later. 

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The Transition from Crib to Bed + Night Training

In this blog post, Jamie talks more about the transition from crib to bed, and if you can night train while your child is still in a crib. 

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25+ Bedtime Books to Settle Down Your Toddler...

pssst, night training tends to look messy when bedtimes are tough to get your toddler to settle down for sleep (that's a sign that your child's circadian rhythm is off)

bedtime books for toddlers
  1. What are Stars? A fun, informative lift-the-flap book about the wonder of stars.

  2. Bear Can't Sleep : Bear's friends try to help him fall asleep in this classic bedtime read. 

  3. Dragon Post : Our most-requested book with pull-out letters to read that add fun to this dragon story. 

  4. I'm Not (Very) Afraid of the Dark : This book is perfect for any kids feeling afraid of the dark, but it's also stunning to look at (the starry sky!) with cool cutouts in the pages. 

  5. Scaredy Squirrel at Night : Scaredy Squirrel's tactics for avoiding bad dreams are sure to bring on some giggles.  

  6. Night Night Busy Town : Bedtime stories with 4 mini books to pull out and read, with tired vehicles settling down for the night. 

  7. Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! : Mo Willems does it again with this cute rhyming book where a cat says goodnight to her friends. 

  8. Night Animals : A cute story about night animals getting scared of each other, until something shines a light on them. 

  9. A Book of Sleep : The beautiful illustrations in this board book, and unusual tips about how animals sleep, make this a bedtime winner. 

  10. Tickle My Ears : This interactive board book invites your toddler to help Little Rabbit get to bed. 

  11. Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! : This hilarious Mo Willems classic is a must-have for any home library. 

  12. What is the Moon? : A book that answers all the why's about the moon (with a lift-the-flap design.)

  13. Nighttime : Peek inside the flaps to find out the wonders that come out and things that happen in the nighttime while we sleep. 

  14. Why Should I Brush My Teeth? : Because if you're struggling with the brush the teeth routine, that affects the bedtime routine, too. 

  15. How to Tuck in Your Sleepy Lion : For tired little lions who don't want to go to bed. 

  16. I Will take a Nap! : Naptime refusals can be met with this adorable book. 

  17. The Going to Bed Book : From the author of Moo, Baa, La La La comes this silly book that walks through all the going to bed routines. 

  18. Sleep Like a Tiger : The illustrations in this book are positively dreamy, and the story itself is so sweet. 

  19. The Moon Jumpers : We got hooked on this old book that celebrates the sweet ways children connect with nature. 

  20. Good Night Yoga : A great way to settle down your toddler (and reconnect at the end of the day) is a little children's yoga. 

  21. How to Bathe Your Little DinosaurA playful how-to book on setting up a bath for any dinosaur-lovers. 

  22. Bear Snores On : I never get tired of reading this classic bedtime book, because the writing and word choice is so witty. 

  23. When Your Lion Needs a Bath : Sneaky ways to get an uncooperative lion to take a bath make this book a silly read.  

  24. Bathtime for Little Rabbit : If bathtime is a struggle for your little one, here's an interactive board book where your child gets to help Little Rabbit (especially when he gets water on his face, ah!).

  25. Petra : Petra the rock is so many things in this imaginative book to help your toddler dream of what they'll make believe tomorrow. 

  26. Little Critter's Bedtime Storybook : You get a few separate bedtime reads in one. Our family's favorite has been the Fussy Princess. 

  27. Brush Your Teeth with Snappy Croc : A playful board book to get toddlers more into the pre-bedtime brushing teeth routine. 

  28. Lights-Out Leonard: In this picture book, you learn about a common problem...not liking bedtime because there's clearly a monster hiding in the bedroom, and how Leonard finds a way to sleep again. 


Do you have a child who gets up too early?


We were kindly gifted an Ooly sleep companion that helps toddlers and young kids know when it's okay to get up. It connects to a free app that you download and then can easily control which color comes on when (for example, an overnight light is one color, a color for early risers can let them know they need to stay in bed, and then a third color can signal it's okay to get out of bed.) You charge it with a USB, and after a 12-hour charge, it can be unplugged for a few days. The charge level can be checked in settings to know when the little owl needs a boost.


The color options are great, so your child can choose the colors they want (makes it fun and helps your kiddo feel in charge). And it's soft to the touch. I live with one early riser who was getting up and out of bed too early, thinking it was time to start the day, and this solved that problem in a matter of two days. We also like to use our Ooly as a lantern for occasional bedtime read-alouds that feel like we're on a camping adventure. 

**Please note: While this Ooly was gifted to me, all thoughts and opinions are my own and I wasn't paid to post this review. We just love ours and thought you might like it, too.

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