Beating bedwetting blues for BetterNights

This shop for bedwetting supplies is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and GoodNites, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BetterNights

I was a bedwetter until the 4th grade. I’ve told you that before.  I remember my mom trying all kinds of things.  My body just wasn’t ready.  With my kids, I wanted low expectations for night training because of this. I didn’t want them feeling bad if they had accidents or just weren’t able to sleep in underwear at night. I remember all too clearly how much I hated the bedwetting.  I can still remember dreaming that I was using the bathroom- only to wake up mid-dream to find I was using the bathroom in my bed.  It’s not fun.

With my kids, they all day trained before they were 2, but night came much later for my girls.  My son was lucky and once things clicked, they clicked around the clock.  He’s actually not ever had an accident at night.  Day, yes, but never night.  On my lap? Yes. But not at night! With the girls, my oldest was 5 3/4 before she was able to successfully go all night without wetting.  She hated it, but all of the things we tried didn’t work.  With my littlest one, she’s almost there, I’m happy to say.  She’s turning 4 in about 6 weeks.

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What was recommended to us:

1. No liquids after 3pm. (This just won’t work for us. We all drink a lot of liquids all day, every day, and we tried it for 2 days- I felt so guilty and felt like it did nothing, except that we were depriving her of liquids).

2. Have your child go to the bathroom at least 2x between dinner and bedtime (we do that anyway)

3. Wake your child to use the bathroom before YOU go to sleep (I am OK with this one)

4. Limit your child’s fluid intake with dinner and nothing after.  (This is kind of ok, we don’t give the kids a lot to drink during meals anyway, mostly because it fills their bellies and I want them to fill up on food not drinks.  If it’s not, I will give them drinks after dinner, but minimal amounts)

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So what DO we do?

1. We stay positive.  The kids get frustrated at times and have shed tears many nights but we just keep talking with them about how our bodies do things when our bodies are ready.  NO pressure to be dry at night.

2. Limit fluids towards the end of the day when possible, and also when weather permits.  It’s supposed to be 93+ here the next 3 days and very humid. I’d honestly rather they stay hydrated and deal with accidents and be sure they are well hydrated.

3. Bring them to the bathroom when we go to bed.  This is a big one.  If you have a kid who won’t fall back asleep easily, this may backfire on you.  When they are little enough I just scoop them up and carry them into the bathroom.  Really, when kids are groggy and still half asleep, they are often at their cuddliest, so sneak in a snuggle.

4. No underwear to sleep- my mom always believed it was better to have some “air time” at night and never had us sleep in underwear- it also makes things a lot easier for a very sleepy kid to go to the bathroom, not having to worry about getting undies down in time.

5. Reassurance.  I guess this goes with #1 but I can’t say it enough.  I don’t know anyone who’d choose to sleep in a wet bed on wet sheets, and I can’t say I’d believe a child would make their bed and sheets wet on purpose. So if they have an accident, don’t make them feel worse about it.  Reassure them and don’t make a big deal of it.  As frustrating and annoying as it is for us to wash the extra laundry, and spend the time changing sheets at 4 in the morning when we have a big day the next day, it’s far more frustrating and upsetting to our kids.

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6. Find products like GoodNites Bed Mats or GoodNites Bedtime Underwear (find amoney saving coupon for GoodNites products !) and put them to use.  We are at the Bed Mats stage now, and since my daughter is an acrobatic sleeper, I have 2 bed mats under her sheets.  That way, no matter which was she ends up sleeping, things are covered.  We’ve also had a few sleepovers at our house at this point, and I’ve discreetly added the Bed Mats under the guests’ sheets for “just in case.”  That way if there IS ever an accident, the guest doesn’t have to worry that they’ve ruined our bed and I know I can just change things out super fast.  The Bed Mats are great for sleepovers away from home- hotels, Grama’s house, etc.

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We have used the GoodNites Bedtime Underwear, and like the Bed Mats, I still have some for boys and for girls here at the house just in case we need some.  I’d hate for a friend to be here and have to call home for something like that or have an accident.  I just remember so very well how hard it was being a bedwetter and I don’t want to make others feel that way.  When I was little, we had NOISY rubber sheets to sleep on top of  and/or plastic pants.  There weren’t disposable products nor were there discreet products.  Things were bulky and obvious.  As if the wetting of the bed wasn’t enough!

I’m usually grabbing the GoodNites products when I’m at Target. You know, if I happen to be there.  Or because I’m there at least once a week.  Either way.  But also, I like the pricing at Target, and combined with the coupon (see #6 above) they are an affordable option that helps kids to not feel quite as bad about needing some kind of absorbancy at bedtime. I don’t know how long they will have this, but with each package of GoodNites Bed Mats I have purchased to date, there’s been a coupon inside for your next purchase.

I do like shopping at Target for these because it’s not a special trip, the price is good, and they are easy to find.  I’ve looked at 4 different Target stores for the GoodNites products and each store seems to have them in an upper corner of the diaper/pullups/bedwetting shelves. They are easy to find but not so out in the open that kids need to worry or be upset that “everyone” will know their parents are buying products like this.

How do you help your kids to have Better Nights? 







About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

12 comments… add one
  • I have been pretty lucky with my kids and they haven't ever wet the bed. I am sure glad there are products though that help.
  • I remember the noisy rubber mattress covers! ew!! So glad they have a nicer option these days. We aren't at the night training stage yet but when we are I will definitely need some mats like this. Love how the foreign language says "jetable" - I imagine just "jettisoning" the soiled mat easily after use :)
  • I was lucky, my kids never had an accident, but my sister her little one is 6 and she still struggles... This is such a great idea. I will have to share this with her. I had no idea they have this.. thanks for sharing
  • My son drank so much water. He was thirsty ALL the time which made it really hard to ever reach nighttime dryness. I'm with you about the hydration. I would never deprive them of liquids just because of potty training.
  • We had the absolute longest journey with bedwetting. Thankfully it is finally over. I love your tips, they are awesome! I sincerely wish they had these bed mats back then, I would have bought them by the ton! So glad that they are available for kiddos now, that is great news!
  • night wetting is so hard to manage since it's mostly something they just have to out grow.
  • I went through bed wetting with my son for a while. it can be so challenging. The GoodNites bed mats sure would have come in handy back then.
  • No liquids after 3 PM?! I feel parched just thinking about it and I don't even live in a hot climate! I'm with you, I'd think it'd be better to stay hydrated and maybe have an accident than deprive kids of water. I also wonder how that would help, because it's not like they'd spend the rest of their life avoiding liquids? (But full disclosure that I know *Nothing* since I'm not a parent, LOL) You have the best attitude and are doing everything right by being kind and understanding that it's just a part of growing up and not something for your kids to feel bad about.
  • My 3 year old will occasionally wake up dry, this week I'm going to try her without a diaper and see how things go. I'm thinking though she might not be ready yet.
  • These are such an awesome idea. My son is 3 and having the disposable mats has made life so much easier! Especially when we wake up early to go to work and school and he peed the bed... These make cleanup quicker and easier which I appreciate on hectic mornings.
  • What a great idea! I would imagine that adults with bladder control issues would benefit from these as well.
  • My daughter only had one accident at night after she was potty trained but it was different for my son. I just left him in pull ups during the night when he was training.

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