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Our soon-to-be 7-year-old son is a rambunctious little boy at home…yet well-mannered in public and in school…well, most of the time. My husband and I feel we’ve done a great job in raising him. However, right now, according to him, we are the worst parents in the world because we won’t let him play on the iPad all day. Most of the time, when we say to put it up, he does not mind us. When this happens we give him consequences, which means he will not get the iPad the next day. On the other hand, when Brody wets the bed at night we do not punish him for it, and never will. We’ve never made a big issue about his nighttime bedwetting as we know in the end everything will be alright. We just manage with disposable GoodNites® Bedtime Pants from CVS.
I’ve done a bit of research on nighttime bedwetting because I wanted to make sure we were handling Brody’s issue the correct way. What I found is that bedwetting in older kids is common, and that one out of six 4-12 year olds wets the bed at night. I know, and I want you to know (if you don’t already) that it’s not the kid’s fault they wet the bed at night at an older age. I also know that they will eventually grow out of it. We, as parents shouldn’t make a big issue of it as we don’t want our children to be self-conscious about it. I cringe when I read online that moms are having trouble getting their kids to stop peeing in the bed at night or even during the day…and the kid is not even 3 years old. I just hope these moms will not be too hard on their children or themselves if their child still has problems at an older age.
Brody has been asking if he could have a sleepover with his best friends from his Kindergarten class. Not sure about you, but I don’t remember having sleepovers at this age. I know, things are not the way they use to be!! So before school let out for the summer I made arrangements with the moms of 3 of his friends to sleep over at our house later this month. I’m anxious to know how he will handle wearing nighttime disposable pants. I’m sure he won’t mind since the GoodNites® Bedtime Pants look and fit just like real underwear. They also absorb well, so if he is to pee in them, chances are high that no one will know he had an accident. I did make sure to ask each mom privately if their son was having the same issues, as I didn’t want neither of them to feel embarrassed if the child had to wear protection. One mom said occasionally, and the other two said no. So we will see how it goes. Below are a few tips and tricks we have done or are still doing to help our son manage his nighttime bedwetting issues.
Tips and Tricks for Managing Nighttime Bedwetting in Older Kids
First, we need to let our children know that it’s not their fault that they wet the bed at night.
- Buy a cute alarm clock (we bought our son a Minion one) and set it for a certain time in the middle of the night to remind the child to get up and go.
- Get them a cool night-light for their bedroom. (My husband bought one that shows a globe on the ceiling. A little expensive, but our son loves it.)
- Let your child pick out their own nighttime pants of their favorite character such as, boys Marvel or girls Disney GoodNites® Bedtime Pants.
- Always leave a light on in bathroom so they can see when walking to the toilet. With boys, of course you want to make sure they see it!!
- Reward your child when you see pee in the toilet the next morning.
I know this might be a sore subject for some parents, and that you wish you could put that money that you pay for disposable pants somewhere else. Just remember, kiddos have soft hearts that can tear apart easy. It could crush them if parents are too hard on them, and can even cause to lack confidence in themselves. That’s the last thing we would want for our son. I encourage you to do your own research about nighttime bedwetting, so you too, can rest easy tonight…and forever.
We chose the GoodNites® Bedtime Pants brand a couple of years ago because of its 5-layer protection, and the extra absorbent it gives for boys. No matter what position Brody lays in, whether it’s all curled up next to me or all sprawled out on his bed, these pants are designed to protect from leaks no matter the sleep position. Plus, you can not beat the cool designs that are on the front of the pants, such as Iron Man. My son digs that Marvel hero! There’s pretty ones too for the girls!!
CVS is where I buy GoodNites® Bedtime Pants. They have the best selection and are always in stock. The CVS store that’s near us is new and is laid out very well so it’s super easy to find what I’m looking for. Also, I love that I get greeted every time I walk through those doors. The store clerks are super nice and helpful, and I’ve had very pleasant transactions at the pharmacy counter too. Wanted to also mention that I have the CVS app where I get coupons and cash offers on my next purchase – love that!
So, I leave you with this sweet photo of my son sleeping in his Iron Man costume. He does that quite a bit.
Parents, I do hope you rest easy tonight knowing that nighttime bedwetting issues will not last forever, and to know everything will be alright. Just do what I do and rely on the #1 Nighttime Protection Brand, GoodNites® Bedtime Pants at CVS. If you have concerns or even a question or two about bedwetting at night, please leave a comment and I will comment back immediately. Please know, I am going through this as I write this and my son will be seven in November, and there is not a sign “yet” that he will stop anytime soon. Thank you for listening.