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Nighttime wetting can be one of the toughest challenges for parents during potty training. Once you’ve made it through the initial training, and finally have your children out of diapers and in big kid pants, dealing with accidents at night can become tiresome. (So can washing sheets!) It took our oldest daughter until she was 5 1/2 years old to finally wean from her GoodNites and stop nighttime wetting.
Now with our youngest daughter though, we have a few tricks up our sleeves! At only age four, she’s already staying dry a few nights a week. But what most forget is children can’t always control bedwetting. At night, a child’s bladder doesn’t wake their brain in time to use the bathroom. And while we can try to “train” this behavior away, the truth is, kids just have to outgrow it.
But what we can do is help limit and manage bedwetting, and train kids that it’s OK to use the potty in the middle of the night. We can also inspire self confidence and self-esteem in our little ones by allowing them to get dressed by themselves for bed, and wear underwear at night. Here are some of my mom-tested steps that have helped us get through this tough phase!
how to really stop nighttime wetting
- Limit Liquids – It sounds simple, but in reality it’s hard to say no to those sweet faces when they ask for just one more sip of water before bed. But limiting liquids has really helped our littlest stay dry a few nights a week, and she sleeps 11 hours! We eat dinner between 5:30-6pm, and the girls can have milk and a cup of water at dinner. But nothing afterwards.
- Encourage Potty Use Before Bed – We always ask the girls to use the bathroom right before bedtime.
- Take Children To The Bathroom When You Go To Bed! – That’s right, before I go to sleep at night, I take our daughter to use the potty in her sleep. She’s usually only half awake, but at 10 or 11pm she’s still dry. When I do this consistently, she’s dry in the mornings. This really helps boost her self-confidence!
- Put Nightlights in the Hallway and Bathroom – We’ve lined our hallway and kid’s bathroom with nightlights, so when she wakes in the middle of the night she’s able to find the bathroom herself.
- Use GoodNites Bedtime Pants , GoodNites Bed Mats, or GoodNites TruFit Underwear – Our oldest daughter loved GoodNites Bedtime Pants and their GoodNites Bed Mats. She called them her big kid diapers! Now our littlest agrees!
We picked up some Cinderella themed GoodNites Bedtime Pants and the GoodNites TruFit Underwear at Walmart recently while we were grocery shopping. Emylia loved all the characters, especially IronMan and the Disney Fairies, but this was her choice! She also loved the underwear option, as she’s tired of wearing “diapers”. I was impressed with all the varieties at the store and GoodNites is the #1 night time protection brand. Our other brand leaked so we were looking for a more absorbent training pant with stretcher sides that fit like underwear! Plus the waterproof backing prevents leaking, bonus!
When we returned home that night we used the GoodNites Bedtime Pants for the first few nights and they worked great! But Emy couldn’t wait to wear the GoodNites TruFit Underwear. They look, feel, and wash like real underwear, and didn’t leak! They have patterns for both girls and boys, and come with disposable inserts to keep pajamas and sheets dry all night.
I was actually a little worried we’d have a leak, but was super impressed with the outstanding nighttime protection. And I’m happy to report that I’m back to washing sheets just once a week!
If you’d like to try these awesome training pants you’re in luck, GoodNites is offering a $2 coupon for Walmart purchases while supplies last. Please keep checking back for more chances to get the coupon! And if you would like more help with causes and solutions for nighttime wetting, check here!
Don’t be discouraged parents, 1 in 6 kids ages 4-12 wet the bed once or more per week after potty training ends. And as we’ve learned, every child is different. You’re not alone, this too shall pass. Hang in there, rest easy, and let me know how it goes! You can reach me on my Facebook page!