Monday, 15 April 2013
Does your child still wet the bed?
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Ruby mastered potty training very quickly and painlessly. We had a target to work to - she needed to be nappy-free by the time she started playgroup at aged 2 and a half, and as she was really keen to go, it was a great incentive for her.
We had very few accidents and she quickly moved on to the 'big' toilet with no problems whatsoever.
Unfortunately, it made us a bit complacent. She's never been a good sleeper, and after suffering years and years of broken nights, we were very reluctant to push the night-time dryness too early.
So, although she's been out of night time nappies for well over a year, now at the age of 5 she still wets the bed on a regular basis. At least twice a week I'm trudging upstairs to strip her off, wash her down, fumble about for new sheets and bundling laundry into the washing machine in the middle of the night.
It's not fun for any of us.
The Drynites bed mats have been a godsend for us, saving our mattresses on countless occasions - especially now they come with sticky strips which means they stay put to the mattress under even the wriggliest child. However, even though they protect the mattress we're still often left with wet duvet, sheets and nightclothes. Repeatedly washing and trying to dry a duvet all over the winter months has been a real challenge.
We got into the habit of 'lifting' her to go for a wee before we go to bed at about 11pm, as well as insisting she goes before bed. We've restricted her fluid consumption in the evenings, but still it's happening.
It's not uncommon - around 1 in 4 children aged between 4 and 5 still wet the bed regularly.
When we recently wet on holiday, she was so anxious about it that I bought some Drynites pyjama pants for her to wear. I have to admit, I was worried that it might be a step backwards, but the thought of a wet mattress and bedclothes and no laundry facilities gave me the horrors and would have been a total nightmare.
She wore the pull-on pants happily enough, and actually seemed to be more relaxed and confident. On all 4 nights she slept right through and the pyjama pants were still dry in the morning.
So these have now become a regular feature. I'm reading up on how best to deal with the issue, and I'm hopeful it will just be one of those things she grows out of. There's lots of helpful advice on the Drynites site and also on the Netmums site about bedtime routines and coping with bed wetting. You can also request a free sample and try the PJ pants out.
Do you have any advice? Have you experienced and cracked the bed-wetting issue?
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