I have had our three older children daytime potty trained by their second birthdays (in three days). I am planning on training our youngest child in two months (she is 19 months). Still… I have one nighttime bed wetter.
He just can not stay dry at night. I have heard that there can be a medical issue behind it, at times, and so while we wait for our appointment with a urologist next month, I am doing these things to help us help him for now…
I do these things especially if our child is going to sleep at someone else’s house.
1- Limit drinks three hours prior to bed. (This is a great tip for all ages… I suggest this in my night-time potty training post, too.) If he has to have a drink, I only allow milk, because it doesn’t seem to go through him as quickly. If your child is going to a sleepover, simply explain to your child why he should not have a drink before bed (increases chance of accident), even if everyone else has something. Tell him to simply say “No, thank you. I’m not thirsty.”
2- If the sleepover is at our house, we take him to the bathroom before we go to bed, around midnight. He will be pretty much asleep and probably will not remember the next day (our other boys never remembered).
4- Use a plastic bed cover to protect your mattress (it is a plastic fitted sheet). You can pick these up for a few dollars at the store. I clean ours with cleaning spray. We still use a diaper at night. We keep this on our son’s bed constantly. You can’t pack one for a sleepover, but I did want to just throw in this tip!
5- Pack extra clothing & a plastic bag, just in case. Tell them what to do (go to the bathroom, change, put your other clothes in the bag and stick them into your sleepover bag).
6- Have a code word. If your child does have an accident or gets nervous, give them a code word to use (I always had one). Let them call you or send you a text, if they have your phone or took an iPod, using the code word. This word would be discreetly used in a sentence like “It is looking very FOGGY mom.” You would hear that & know that your child was ready to be picked up ASAP.
7. Use Huggies Goodnights®.TRU-FIT®.for sleepovers and when your child has friends over. (Pack an extra one in their bag, too). Don’t worry because they look like underwear, so no one will know that your child is still in a diaper. They are just a soft fabric underwear that works with disposable protection to keep sheets and PJ’s dry all night. You can protect your kids from accidents and embarassment. You can find out more about them here (and get a coupon) It can allow your child to have comfortable nights.
I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.