My 7-year-old still wets the bed. It used to worry me a lot. She would wear nappies. I would prod her in the night to check whether she was wet or dry. I would try to wake her up to ask whether she needed the toilet. I was ashamed and rarely talked about it to other mums.
As soon as I accepted the fact she couldn’t feel it happening at night and she simply wasn’t ready to be dry at night, it felt as if a weight was lifted off my shoulders. Switching from nappies to DryNites® also changed things for us. She wasn’t wearing nappies any longer. Instead, she had her own highly absorbent underwear.
Beanie has been using DryNites® for about four months now and she absolutely loves them. She calls them her ‘pyjama pants’ and won’t let her younger sisters use them.
They are designed to look and feel like real underwear, and she likes that. They absorb a lot of urine, and she does pee a lot at night, believe me! They really help her manage that bedwetting phase she doesn’t seem to be growing out of.
What do we love most about DryNites®?
- They have five layers so there’s definitely maximum protection.
- They are age-appropriate (Beanie has just turned 7).
- They’re discreet and they have stretchy sides, which make them easy to take on and off to go to the toilet.
Can Children Be Trained out of Bedwetting?
My little girl is 7 years old. Like a lot of parents, I really thought she could be trained out of bedwetting. She can’t.
Bedwetting is a developmental phase. It is a normal part of growing up and it will pass with time.
Did you know that bedwetting affects more than 900,000 children and young people in the UK?
Beanie is not alone!
By the age of 12, 97% of children will have stopped wetting the bed, and most children will naturally grow out of the bedwetting phase in their own time.
What is it Like for Beanie?
My little girl is a very clever little girl. She is sporty and oozes confidence. She’s so happy in her own skin she doesn’t actually care about the fact she needs DryNites® at night. She still goes for sleepovers and she doesn’t mind her friends seeing that she’s wearing DryNites®. I am so proud of her self-confidence and no-nonsense approach to everything.
What is it Like as a Parent?
I have said that before: I didn’t use to deal really well with Beanie’s night-time wetting. I would moan when I was washing her bottom in the morning. It felt like I was trying everything yet she was making no effort to stop peeing in her sleep. I I even shouted at her a couple of times. I even declared last year: “We won’t go to Disneyland Paris if you keep wetting the bed.” It made no difference. She couldn’t help it!
I think it’s crucial for parents to understand that. My past reaction is something I’m really ashamed of. I wasn’t a particularly good mummy about it. I wasn’t happy with her and I was making her feel guilty for something she had no control over.
I’m glad DryNites® asked me to work with them. They have taught me that bedwetting is not something you can be trained out of and I think it’s a really important message. Because bedwetting is not something people tend to talk about, there are misconceptions about it and when you’re not informed, you just want to fit within a mould, be like everyone else. Need a bit of a reality check? Bedwetting a normal part of growing up. Beanie is fine.
It will pass with time and hopefully, with the right tools and the right knowledge, we’ll be able to manage that night-time wetting.
Bedwetting can be stressful, but knowing she can’t help it makes it easier to relate. She’s not doing because she’s lazy or she wants to annoy us. She’s wetting the bed because she can’t help it. My 7-year-old still wets the bed (well, her DryNites®) and she’s fine.
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