Disclosure: This post has been generously sponsored by GoodNites with helpful tips for dealing with nighttime wetness, however, my opinion is as always, my own.
Parenting doesn’t come with a manual and sometimes as parents we don’t have all the answers. I have 5 children all with distinctly different personalities as well as abilities. That is not unlike every one of us. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses. However, night time wetting is not something that any of us have control over. As a parent, I can’t potty train it out of my kids and they can’t stop it on their own. It is something that they outgrow in time.
My three older children were very different in the potty training department, 2 of 3 had a hard time accepting the fact that they needed to be out of diapers before they started school, not unlike my soon to be 4-year-old now, and nighttime wetting for both went far into the later years. One of them was completely trained day and night, on their own at 18 months. I have a feeling that my next one to finally kick the diaper, may also be late in the nighttime training. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. Their little bodies sometimes need a little more time to grow.
We have been using the GoodNites brand here for many years, so working with them to bring you some great tips for understanding nighttime wetting was an easy thing to say yes too. Here are some tips from the wonderful makers of GoodNites, who have just introduced a smaller size of XS for younger kids to help to make the transition from potty training easier. One thing I have always done is limit fluids after dinner. I know that drinking a lot of liquids later can also contribute to nighttime wetness.
Some great things to remember from all of that is, that nighttime wetting cannot be trained. It is something that is outgrown. Have a “non-reaction” reaction. Your child already feels awful that they wet the bed so you need to reassure them that what is happening is normal and that you aren’t upset with them. You can help cut back on wet bed sheets and mattresses by using GoodNites at bedtime. They help your child feel more secure and helps have positive effects on your child’s self-esteem and it eases stress too. Even older children feel more at ease and comfortable saying yes to a sleepover knowing they are protected. Always support your child through this difficult phase and soon enough, nighttime wetness will be a thing of the past.