Both my kids potty-trained young, and were quickly dry overnight. In both cases, I went for the radical potty-training trick of never putting a diaper back on the kid after the first time she peed in the potty. We had few accidents, by day or night.
After we moved, when my oldest daughter was four, she went through a bedwetting phase. This is a totally normal response to stress.
Most families have to deal with bedwetting at some point, whether it’s a chronic problem or a short-term one caused by stress or illness. Usually the problem solves itself as kids grow, but it can be frustrating to handle in the interim.
Babble has a new Bedwetting Guide for families dealing with wet sheets in the middle of the night. We’ve gotten the ball rolling with some great professional advice, but the real gems are in the comments. Head over and share your own stories, anecdotes, and tricks.
After the cut, read how my family dealt with our season of wet sheets, and my daughter’s own ingenious solution.
Our parental approach was pretty standard: we talked it over with my daughter in a calm loving way. I put a waterproof mattress pad on her bed, and stocked up on inexpensive twin sheets so we could change them often. We went to the local cloth diaper boutique and bought her a few pairs of big girl night-time pullups.
My kid’s approach was somewhat different: she blamed it on the cats. We had several conversations that went like this:
“The cats peed in my bed last night, Mommy!”
“Oh no! Are you sure it was the cats?”
“Yes! And they also peed in my panties!”
What hilarious or practical stories can you share for dealing with bedwetting?
Photo: Just Jennifer