Nighttime prayers for toddlers

Teaching your children some bedtime prayers is a great way to get them to enjoy this quiet time speaking with the Lord before nighttime. Here is a look at some of the most popular and simple bedtime prayers for toddlers that rhyme.

Prayer #1

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”

Prayer #2

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD

Prayer #3

“Our Father, Who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil

Prayer #4

“Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray to God my soul to take.
If I should live for other days,
I pray the Lord to guide my ways.

Father, unto thee I pray,
Thou hast guarded me all day;
Safe I am while in thy sight,
Safely let me sleep tonight.
Bless my friends, the whole world bless;
Help me to learn helpfulness;
Keep me every in thy sight;
So to all I say good night.”

Prayer #5

“How we praise and thank You for the precious little lives of all new-born babies, little toddlers and young children, knowing that each one is special to You and was known in Your heart, even before conception.

Thank You that You have scheduled every day of each little life.. and we praise and thank You for the special plans and purposes You have for every single new-born child – for all babies and infants.

We pray Your loving protection over all babies and their families and pray that many may be brought up to know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. Give parents and grandparents and all those that are in any way connected with young babies the wisdom and grace to care for them in a loving and secure environment.

Guard and protect, guide and provide for each innocent little baby and protect their the hearts and minds from a society that has grown far from the God Who created them and sent His Son to die – so that they might life – this we ask in Jesus name,


Prayer #6

“How we praise and thank You for our precious little baby and all the joy that he/she has brought us, and so Father, into Your hands we commit our precious little one and pray that You grace and love would surround him/her and that You would keep him in good health and strength and protect from him from the diseases and illnesses that can be so troubling for a young child

We pray not only for physical health and strength and a strong, healthy body but also for mental well-being and emotional stability.

But also Father we bring before You the spiritual well-being of our precious child. We pray that he would grow up learn to know and love the Lord Jesus personally and come to accept Him as Saviour.

Lord we pray that You would endow this little one with health in every area of his development and thank You for what You are going to do in his life – and we will give You all the praise and glory. This we ask in Jesus name,


Prayer #7

“Dear God,

You made me,
To jump for joy,
To sing happy songs,
To run fast,
To climb high,
To spin and twirl.

You made me
To dance with excitement,
To clap with thanks,
To laugh lots,
To shout loud,
To be a brilliant me!”

Here is a great lullaby of bedtime prayers. This is a great collection of prayers that will help encourage your child to give thanks to Him and receive blessings before bedtime.

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Hi Amy-

You’ve helped me before when we were potty training our daughter and about to head out on a trip (Potty Training and Travel).  Now that our daughter has been potty trained for about a year, she is STILL peeing in pull ups during naps and nighttime.  It’s driving me insane.  In the last week, four nights in a row the overnight pull up exploded and all those stupid gross gel crystals were EVERYWHERE.  Its creating way too much laundry and cleanup, and that gel crap irritates my daughter’s skin.

So how how how in the world do we get her to stop peeing overnight?  During naps?

She is occasionally dry when she wakes up from a nap, but usually that’s when I have to actually go in there and wake her up for some reason.  Which is telling me that when she wakes up on her own, she’s peeing then.  I’ve considered putting her back in cloth diapers (which we used when she was small) for naps, but that requires me to have to actually dig out the box they are in.  Plus I’m wary that she’d be annoyed by the wetness and just not sleep, and I need that naptime!

Her bedtime is 8pm, so should we stop allowing drinks at 7pm? 6pm?  I have no idea. Do we wake her in the middle of the night to go pee on the toilet? Cloth diapers overnight?

Do I just wait this whole thing out?  And in the meantime do tons of laundry and keep throwing my money away on stupid pull ups?

Thank you!

You don’t mention how old your daughter is right now — doing some rough math from the column you mentioned would put her at two and a half? ish? — but for the record, I have read statistics about kids and overnight bladder control and…well, they aren’t the most encouraging thing for those currently in the waiting-to-ditch-the-pull-ups trenches. Basically, it can take until age five or even six, for some kids. (Thank you, Google, for here it is: 66 percent of children under three can control their bladders at night; approximately 85 percent of children under six can do so, which means about 15% of five-year-olds will still have accidents in bed and that’s perfectly normal — their bodies just haven’t yet developed the necessary link between bladder and brain that will wake them up when they have to go.)

So a year after daytime potty training, at still under three years old, sounds pretty normal to me. Noah didn’t overnight potty train until closer to three and a half. It happened much earlier with Ezra, at just under three, but I don’t think it was because of anything we *did.* His body and brain were ready — not to mention he VERY QUICKLY figured out that potty breaks were an acceptable stalling technique at bedtime and would come out of his room over and over again to go and go and go so once he went to sleep, there was NOTHING left. And then Noah would wake up and climb out of bed to use the bathroom and Ezra figured out he should follow suit.

BUT. Since you suspect your daughter is actually staying dry while she sleeps but is waiting until she wakes up to go, perhaps it is worth seeing if you can gently encourage her to break that habit. Personally, I would definitely ditch the pull-ups. They aren’t serving their intended purpose here, which is to mimic underwear that can contain the occasional accident but still allow the child to, you know, pull them up and down by themselves. Your daughter is using it as a straight-up diaper, and they aren’t diapers. Obviously. They explode and leak and cost a ton more money than your average disposable diaper, so you’re basically throwing money at something that’s not at all appropriate for what it’s being used for. The marketing has us all trained to think that all potty-training kids should wear pull-ups, when really, they serve a specific purpose for a specific segment of potty-training kids, and that’s it. (They’re great for a kid who consistently pees in the potty but is maybe delaying the pooping part, for example, or as a back-up during long car rides.) But if your kid isn’t actually treating them like underwear at least some of the time, why bother?

So there are two possible approaches here: One is to go cold turkey and see what happens. Is she going after she wakes up simply because she can go in pull-ups? If she realizes that oh no, there’s nothing to prevent a full-on bedwetting disaster, will she get up at use the potty? I’m on the fence about this one for you since it doesn’t sound like the exploding leaky pull-up disasters bother her all that much, but I offer it up because that is what worked for us with Ezra, who was pulling a similar my-bed-is-cozy-I-don’t-feel-like-getting-up routine in the morning. Once we removed the safety net, so to speak, he figured it out real quick.

The other is to put her back in the cloth diapers and see what happens. Noah night-trained fairly soon after I got fed up with pull-ups and started putting him in the one-size cloth diapers (but of course that could have just been a coincidence given his age). Your daughter might object to the “babyishness” of them and make a concentrated effort to prove she doesn’t need them. (I’d implement a sticker chart or token system at the same time, giving her a goal of keeping the diaper dry for a certain number of naps, then nighttime.) She might not notice the difference until she goes and be bothered by the wetness, as you fear, but which will bother you more — a temporary nap interruption for a few days? Or continuing on your current course of leaks and laundry?

If absolutely neither of those things happen, then you have your sign that she most likely just isn’t physiologically ready to night potty train. Which is fine! Put her in something that won’t leak at night for your sanity’s sake and revisit the topic in a month or two.

No matter what, it IS a good idea to limit liquid intake before bed — at least an hour, maybe two. Always make her use the potty as close to bedtime as possible, and then strictly enforce the no-drinks policy after that, since it will give her the best chance at success. If she has a consistent waking time, set your alarm for about 10 or 15 minutes before and wake her up and escort her to the potty, to help her break that going-after-waking habit. Lots of praise and encouragement. Remember: Nighttime potty training is a COMPLETELY different animal than daytime potty training, since you’re relying on an important physiological development instead of just your child’s temperament and interest in being a big kid. It WILL happen, I promise.

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Camden has been daytime potty trained for several months now.  I usually put diapers on my kids at night until they have well proven themselves to be able to hold their pee.  Naptimes I am too trusting and about 30% of the time Camden has an accident.

Finding a nighttime solution for Camden (he will be 3 on January 3rd) can be quite challenging.  Some nights he pees a ton, others the diaper is almost dry.

This is where having a million different brands of random inserts can be helpful.

Last night Camden wore a Ragababe 2 Step system with 4 inserts laid in.  And naturally this was a morning where the diaper was barely wet.  All that wasted stuffins.

Every night I stand at my diaper shelves and contemplate what to put on Camden.

Here are my current choices.  Next to them I will write whether or not they hold up to massive pee.  The inserts I keep on hand are Geffen Baby Newborn Quick Absorbers (hemp and cotton), Ragababe (organic cotton and bamboo) doublers, and Hemp Babies doublers.

  • Anne Marie Padorie AI2 w/ hemp insert + doubler.  This is one of the best systems.  Only once did Camden leak and it was a flood so not sure what diaper could have held up.  It’s all about the inserts.  The hemp insert trifolded and combined with a doubler or two holds a lot of liquid.
  • Thirsties Duo AIO w/ doubler stuffed in pocket.  Absorbency-wise this system is 100%.  But, it leaves deep red marks on Camden’s legs.  One night we had a sad episode.  The tag was sticking out and laying against his skin.  Because of Camden’s high ammonia pee the soaked tag highly irritated his skin and left small sores.  Needless to say, in the middle of the night Camden was crying for his diaper to be changed.  Lessons learned: tuck tag in and make sure diaper isn’t on too tight.
  • Ragababe AIO w/ doubler.  About half the time this combo is enough absorbency for Camden.  If I lay in (or stuff in) 2 doublers it is absorbent enough but is a bit of a snug fit with the size AIOs that I have.
  • Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter  w/ included 2 microfiber inserts + doubler.  100% on absorbency and fit.  This system is pretty much the perfect nighttime solution for both my boys.
  • Little Fancy Pants w/ hemp doubler + Rumparooz cover.  The cover seals the deal when using an LFP or any fitted for that matter.  A fitted diaper plus doubler can hold a lot of wetness.  I have lost (most likely I left them in Texas) my favorite covers, Sweet Pea, so I am using my next favorite, Rumparooz.  I prefer Sweet Pea because they stretch so well and fit over any fitted.  I like Rumparooz because of the thick TPU, gussets and front elastic.  Rumparooz don’t adequately fit over a one-sized fitted therefore leaving exposed diaper which usually gets something wet.

I try to always put on a pair of wool pants for pajamas and an extra barrier.  There have been many times when the wool kept the bed dry.

I’ll admit that lately I have been more unsuccessful than successful at choosing nighttime cloth diaper systems for Camden.  The only positive thing about lots of accidents is I’ve gotten good at cleaning mattresses.

What are you using for your heavy wetting toddler at night?

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