Night-time accidents and bed wetting are a normal part of growing up and something that all children will experience at some point during their childhood. It can be a frustrating and stressful time for both kids and parents, however it doesn’t have to be. Here are 5 top tips that could help make this season in your family’s life one that is smooth and hassle free.
1. Treat it separately from daytime toilet training
Is your child actually ready? Many people assume that because their child is ready for daytime toilet training, they are also ready for no nappies at night. However, that is not the case. There can be 2-5 plus years between when a child is toilet trained to when they stop wetting the bed. Did you know that 15-20% of 5-year-olds still wet the bed at night and 1 in 10 early primary aged children?! This usually indicates an immature nervous system where their bladders cannot hold a full amount of urine for a prolonged period of time. Rest assured, this usually corrects itself with time. Other possible reasons for night-time bed wetting include genetics, being a deep sleeper and underlying health issues. The last reason is uncommon but still possible so if in doubt, see your local health professional.
2. Put a potty in their room
This might sound strange, but hear me out! It is quite unnerving for a child to get out of bed on their own, especially in the middle of the night when it is dark and often cold. Taking a trip to the bathroom can seem like a mammoth task for a little person. So if there is a potty right next to the child’s bed then getting out of bed to go to the potty seems much less of an effort. Don’t forget to put a little waterproof mat underneath the potty to catch any half-asleep midnight spills! The single without wings Bed Mates are perfect for this.
3. Make sure there is light
If your child is not digging the potty idea, then try this one! Having a dark hallway or house can be very intimidating for a little person in the middle of the night. By leaving the toilet light on, and even some dim night lights to lead them there, it can be a huge comfort for children and sometimes the difference between getting up to go to the toilet…and not!