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Do you have a bed wetter? It can be a real struggle for you and your child when they are continuing to wet the bed even as an older child. Well mama, you are not alone. I know what it’s like to have an older child who still wets the bed. It’s pretty common, but can still be a real struggle. Did you know that 1 in 6 kids (age 4-12) wet the bed once or more per week after potty training is over. I wanted to share with you today some tips that will help your nights be better and hopefully dryer with GoodNites.
You may feel like you’re at the end of your rope when it comes to bed wetting. Maybe you have tried it all, maybe you are losing patience, and maybe you just want a good nights sleep. Bed wetting can be a struggle for you and for your child especially with their self confidence. They can feel discouraged because no matter how hard they try, they continue to wet the bed. At night, your child’s bladder doesn’t wake up their brain in enough time, and bed wetting can’t be controlled or trained away. It’s something that they have to eventually out grow. The most important thing is that you help build their confidence and give them tools to help with the bed wetting. Using something like GoodNites Bedtime Pants could help your child get through this bed wetting stage. Here are my 5 easy sets to a better and hopefully dryer night.
Step 1: Give them support with GoodNite Pants and Disposable Bed Mats:
Bed wetting can’t be trained or fixed, and since we don’t know when they will outgrow the habit it’s important that you are give them something to help them sleep better at night. I like the GoodNite bedtime pants because they still feel like underwear. I don’t want to send my child to bed with an bulky diaper on. Especially if they are over at a friends for the night. The fact that the bedtime pants had Ironman on them helped some also. My little boy LOVES superheros. Don’t worry though they also have girl characters like Disney Fairies. I love them because they are made for kids who are older (4 and up) and can absorb their size mess with 5 layers of protection, but also look and feel like underwear. Allowing your child to wear bedtime pants doesn’t mean they are failing because we know that bed wetting can’t be trained. So let them know that they are there to help support them as they grow out of this common habit. I went to Walmart to get my GoodNites because I feel like they have the best price. I also have a $2 coupon for you while supplies last! If you don’t see the coupon there right now keep checking back. You can find the coupon, HERE
I also make sure I am prepared with GoodNites Disposable Bed Mats. I’ll be honest changing sheets at 2 am is not fun. Not when you have a tired child and a tired mama. Using the disposable bed mats can help eliminate that. They have a waterproof backing to help protect the sheet. The mats actually can absorb as much fluid as a L-XL pair of GoodNites Bedtime Pants! I just peel off the strips on the back so it stays in one place and allow my child to sleep right on top. If something happens at night we can just peel it off and put down a new one. So much easier than having to wash sheets in the middle of the night.
2. Have a good bedtime routine:
Getting a good bedtime routine can really help a child who is bed wetting. It certainly has helped us! First, NO drinks after dinner. This was a hard one to do for us. My son loved to have a glass of milk before bed. But I knew what that meant. I wanted him to be successful and not wet the bed, and limiting drinks after dinner can really help. If you eat dinner early then maybe just limit the to 2-3 hours before bedtime. When we are getting ready for bed we go right to the bathroom. Use the potty and then do our routine. Bath, brush teeth, read a book, and before we head to bed we go potty again. Just in case.
I also do a few things to be prepared for the night ahead. I not only use GoodNites Bedtime Pants and GoodNites Disposable Bed Mats, but I also prepare for more. I always leave out an extra pair of pj’s on the dresser with my GoodNites just in case. I want everything to be easy and quick so we can all get back to bed as soon as possible.
3. Wake them to go potty:
If your child is waking up at a certain time with a wet bed each night or a few nights a week you may be able to catch them before they go. Try waking them and taking them to the bathroom at night. Not carrying them and sitting them on the potty. You want to make sure your child remembers waking up and going. This can help their brain remember the time they woke up and hopefully get them up when they need to go to the bathroom.
4. Stay positive
Make sure you stay positive during the entire experience. You never want to scold your child or make them feel bad for wetting the bed. Instead give them the tools to help keep them dry and be a great support. Encourage them by letting them know that this is a common issue that lots of children deal with. Let them know that this is only a stage that they will outgrow. So with a little patience and a lot of love we can all get through this bed wetting phase.
5. Talk to your doctor.
It’s also important that you let your child’s doctor know what’s going on. Most the time they will say it’s normal and will be outgrown (mine did!), but it could by chance mean something else it going on so it’s important you mention it to them.
I hope these tips help you to get your child on a good bedtime routine with the right tools that will hopefully lead to better and soon dryer nights!