The battle to bedtime with a sleep-fighting preschooler is hard enough. Now, thanks to GoodNites NightTime Underwear, occasional nighttime wetting is easily managed and hassle free.
For today’s post I have put together a few super EASY steps for a bedtime routine to help manage nighttime wetting. Since learning about GoodNites NightTime Underwear and accepting that Octavian was not ready to stay dry through the night (yet), I decided I needed to come up with a plan. Keeping many of our previous bedtime routine steps, I have simply added a few new ones. Finally, after more than three years, bedtime and sleep has never been so easy and stress-free.
1. Limit the bedtime beverages.
Assuming my child is healthy and well-hydrated, I usually start limiting Octavian’s water, milk or juice intake an hour or so before bedtime. Of course he is always allowed to drink if he is thirsty, but it probably isn’t the best idea to hand him a juice box 5 minutes before bedtime and then wonder why he didn’t stay dry all night. However, life happens sometimes. For example, soccer practice nights – when the coach hands out full bottles of sports drinks to all the kids after practice and my kid downs the entire thing before I have the chance to say slow down! It’s 7pm, bedtime is at 7:30pm.
2. Consistency is key.
Shower, brush teeth, potty, pjs, GoodNites, reading, song, kisses, cuddles, SLEEP. Ever since Octavian was a baby and my head cleared from the fog of labor and delivery (oh, about 4-5 months later), we have stuck to a routine. He does better (and I do MUCH better) when we are consistent. This is especially true with bedtime. Of course, over the past three years our bedtime routine has changed to suit his needs, but no matter the time or place, we are always consistent. After all, no surprises lead to a much more peaceful bedtime and, ultimately, a much more well-rested kiddo (and mom)!
3. Keep an extra set of jammies and GoodNites Nighttime Underwear in a basket by the bed.
It’s 2 am and your child notices some nighttime wetting. Maybe a lot, maybe a little. Either way, he (or she) wants to be dry and go back to sleep. Whenever this happens, I try to prevent fully waking Octavian by helping him change into dry nighttime underwear and fresh clean jammies as quickly and quietly as possible. To do this I keep a low light near his bed with an extra set of pjs and GoodNites. When he is a little older I am confident that he will be able to change himself, but for now, this makes my job of helping him get back to sleep as easy as possible. It’s definitely not often he wakes up in the middle of the night when he wears GoodNites, but sometimes he just wakes up on his own and it never hurts to be prepared when he does.
4. Keep bedtime happy and worry-free.
It’s okay to reference the potty one last time before bedtime, but after that point, it’s important to not pressure your little one any more about staying dry throughout the night. After all, staying dry through the night is out of his control- and most definitely out of mine. The only thing I can do is set him up for success and reassure him that he is the best thing in the whole world (because in my world, he is).
So why do I love GoodNites so much? Unlike other things I’ve tried, GoodNites NightTime Underwear, the #1 NightTime Protection Brand*, are disposable and specifically designed to fit and provide outstanding protection for young children who are still wet at night. They come in a wide range of sizes, including a S/M size that is perfect for my little one – it fits smaller children who are potty trained during the day, but still wet at night, like Octavian. Even with this amazing protection, they are lightweight and not at all bulky. In fact they’re so comfortable sometimes my son will ask, “Mama, am I wearing Iron Man?” In addition to comfort, they’re easy to slide on and off and they’re so well made that they don’t easily rip or break.
As always, my all-time favorite place to purchase GoodNites is Sam’s Club. If you’ve been a parent for longer than 2 minutes, then you have probably, completely unexpectedly, run out of diapers, Pull-Ups, wipes or overnight underwear for your kiddos at least once.
You can also order online and use drive-through club pick-up or shop in-store with Sam’s Club’s Scan & Go, and get all your shopping done without having to wait in line.