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4 Real-Life Bed-Wetting Solutions

4 Real-Life Bed-Wetting Solutions

Is your preschool-age child potty trained all day long, but consistently wetting the bed at night? It's a common problem, and there's no shortage of consternation among Circle of Moms members as to why their 3,  4, and 5-year-olds can exercise bladder control for 12 or more waking hours every day, then routinely wet the bed while they sleep.

The answer is often fairly simple.* When kids are in deep sleep, they often don't feel their bladders filling up, and if they don't experience the sensation of fullness, they don't wake up and know they need to go to the bathroom. There's even evidence to suggest that kids who sleep lightly don't wet the bed as often. Regular bed-wetters (who are deep sleepers) often don't wet the bed when they're at a friend or relative's house, precisely because they're unconsciously worried about this and sleeping lightly.

Circle of Moms member Jennifer, whose son wets the bed regularly, reports that her pediatrician says that  nighttime bed-wetting isn't considered a problem until age seven. But even though it isn't a medical problem, neither kids nor parents enjoy it, and tend to welcome anything that might help!


Here are some great ideas for encouraging all-night dryness, all suggested by weary Circle of Moms members who got tired of midnight bedding changes.


1. Don't Withhold Liquids

While the conventional wisdom is to withhold liquids before bed (Ashley S. is among several moms who suggest no liquids for about 2 or more hours before bed), some moms proclaim the exact opposite tactic to be much more effective. (As Circle of Moms Jan G. says, "Cease holding back liquids, in fact encourage water at bed time.") With something in their bladders before sleep, the reasoning goes, kids will have more opportunities to experience fullness while they sleep and to practice getting up and going to the bathroom. RoundUp parenting expert Sharon Silver agrees; in a post about potty training regression, (, she suggests loading a child up with liquids before bed to give him the "opportunity to be successful as often as possible." 

2. Alarms That Beep When Wet

Jennifer's sister bought a blanket that beeps when it gets even slightly wet, and, over the course of about four weeks, this helped her son wake up in time to make it to the bathroom. Amy B. suggests a clip alarm as an alternative: these little gizmos attach "inside the underwear, and go off with the slightest little amount of liquid."

3. A Potty Next to the Bed

Janine H. put a potty in her son's room, right beside his bed, so that if he does wake up with a full bladder, he doesn't have far to go. She also wakes him up before she goes to bed   several hours after he's fallen asleep to remind him to pee, and this has helped a lot in their efforts to stay dry for the rest of the night.


4. Voiding Twice Before Bed

Nicole D. also suggests what her doctor calls a "double-void" asking her little one to pee twice in a row before bed. The bladder doesn't always empty completely the first time around, and this technique has worked wonders for her four-year-old.

Moms are also quick to remind that there's almost always a gap between daytime and nighttime dryness.  It typically takes between six months and a year to fully achieve the transition. So, in addition to these three techniques, which might help speed the process, also remember to have patience. As Brandi K. says, "'When they are ready, they will stop.'"

* Note that if the problem is persistent, you should have your child evaluated by a pediatrician for underlying physical causes.

Image Source: Courtesy of karmekada via Flickr/Creative Commons

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meganelizabeth56747 meganelizabeth56747 2 years

I remember so well how frustrating and helpless I felt to help my son stop wetting the bed. He wet every single night until he was 8 years old. He just used pull ups when he was younger. I kept a no big deal attitude. When he reached age 8 the bedwetting began to lower his self esteem. He worried that his friends would find out and he want to go to sleepovers. So I talked with him about using a bedwetting alarm and we read the book Prince Bravery and Grace-Attack of the Wet Knights. He wanted to try the alarm. I purchased the malem with alarm and vibration. He slept right through it at first -which is typical of a child who wets at night. Typically the childs brain does not recognize the full bladder signal while sleeping. The alarm trains the brain to react to the full bladder signal. So I would wake him. Sometimes several times in one night. But gradually he began to wake by himself. And in less than three months he went from wet every single night to dry every single night. I found a lot of positive information about bedwetting and alarm use at
Also new medical studies have linked constipation to bedwetting, don’t overlook this as a contributing factor. Ask you pediatrician to treat your child for constipation and see if this helps. If not, I would strongly recommend the bedwetting alarm.
Good luck and God Bless!

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hope it helps!

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