Bedwetting is a lot more common than most parents think. In fact, 900,000 children and young people in the UK are affected and it is a normal part of growing up.
Beanie has never been dry at night. As a parent, I simply remind my 7-year-old that it will pass with time and she just wears DryNites® every night. It doesn’t bother her in the slightest. In fact, because the pyjama pants are designed to look and feel like real underwear and she’s never known anything different, she is absolutely fine.
Beanie is not affected in any way by the fact she is not dry at night. She has always said she couldn’t feel the pee coming out at night, and she really doesn’t! Acknowledging that something is out of your control certainly helps when it comes to dealing with it.
Now it’s all nice and simple for us at home. What about when she’s away from home? Managing bedwetting away from her comfort zone is another matter entirely, isn’t it? How do you help your bedwetting child deal with it during holidays, sleepovers or school trips?
I would never want my daughter to suffer the embarrassment of wetting a bed in someone else’s house, or when away on a trip with school friends. It would probably knock her confidence. To avoid that, and make her feel safe and secure as she leaves, I would help her prepare for it.
Some things to consider as you are planning a night (or more) away from home:
- Be patient. Even though bedwetting can get frustrating at times, it is no one’s fault and can’t be helped. Tips to sort it out will probably help in the long term, but it might take a long time, so don’t expect it to be sorted before the night(s) away.
- Make it really clear to your growing child that you understand and do not blame them for wetting the bed.
- Sleepovers and school trips are the best parts of growing up! Give your child the confidence to take part by giving them reassurance you will help them prepare for it.
- Talk to the parents or teachers prior to the trip, so that they are aware of the situation, and can make it a little bit easier for your child. It could be pre-agreed that there are plastic bags and a bin in the toilet your child is going to use. They can then dispose of their DryNites® discreetly.
Practical tips for dealing with bedwetting when away from home:
First of all, be prepared. Don’t make life harder than it needs to be for you or your child. A change in routine can cause regression in the best of cases, so if your child regularly wets the bed, make sure you are as prepared as can be for nights away. Going away is supposed to be a bit of a treat, not an added stress for anyone involved.
Do you fancy looking for a washing machine to clean bedsheets and drying a mattress with a hairdryer whilst on holiday?
No? I wouldn’t either.
Sleepover and School Trip Must-haves:
- A sleeping bag
- DryNites®, hidden at the bottom of the sleeping bag so they can wriggle into them discreetly.
- A small torch so they can make their way to the toilet in the night.
- Wet wipes, for a quick clean in the morning.
- A strong plastic bag, so they can put the used DryNites® and wipes in, tie a knot and put it all back in their backpack for disposal at home (rather than their friend’s bin). If on a trip, they can get rid of the bag each morning in the bathroom bin.
- A couple of extra plastic bags, just in case clothes get wet or they have a little ‘accident’ during the day.
- DryNites Bed mats are absolutely brilliant! I place ours between the mattress protector and the fitted sheet, so when the bed gets wet, you simply have to get rid of the bed mat and wash the fitted sheet. DryNites® Bed Mats with Stick & Stay Put are designed to ensure overnight confidence. Click here for more information
- An extra fitted sheet
- Wet wipes
- A couple of extra pairs of pyjamas
- Plastic bags
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DryNites® but all photos and opinions are my own. For a free sample and to find help and advice on managing the bedwetting stage, click here.