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Bed wetting is a huge problem for many children, and not just for the young ones. In fact, one of out six 4-12 yr olds wets the bed. This was a topic during Disney Social Media Moms conference last month. It was so sad to witness the anxiety and fear that this problem causes for many young ones.
My son is four now and he is totally potty trained. Well, he was. Lately he’s been having accidents in the middle of the night. We have found a way to turn things around with a few simple tips.
Limit liquids at night
A good rule of thumb is to cut off food and drink for about an hour before bed. Of course if my child is very thirsty, I’ll let him have a sip or two but in general we stop eating and drinking by 8 o’clock.
Frequent potty visits
No matter what your child says, have him try to use the bathroom just before bed. Get her used to waking in the middle of night for a potty break if possible. Eventually, the need to use the bathroom will provide a natural wake-up call.
Celebrate a dry night
You can certainly reward with a fun day at the park or a new toy, but a being a cheerleader will do. Children love to see us get excited. Have a dance party! It’ll make your child feel proud they he or she was responsible for the fun.
Whatever you do, don’t punish
Your child does not want to wet the bed any more than you want to deal with the cleanup. Try to avoid attaching shame to the problem. Instead, focus on the aforementioned advice. Encouragement is key.
Some people say that bedtime pants encourage regression. I disagree. We have been using GoodNites® Bedtime Pants from CVS as a “just-in-case” but my four year old’s end goal is to sleep without them eventually, just as he is fully trained during the day.My son and I shopped for them at CVS last week. This is a great solution for us because we’re still going through the same steps as if he were wearing underpants and GoodNites® Bedtime pants look and feel like real underpants. The odor absorbing five-layer protection prevents stinky wet sheets in case my little guy forgets to get up to use the potty.
Designs for boys include Marvel’s Iron Man and camo print and skateboards and for girls they have Disney’s Cinderella or hearts and butterflies.