Getting my children out of nappies has been one of those prime examples of how two children, raised the same, fed and watered the same, and living parallel lives can be so very different. Ameli took over four years to come out of day time nappies, and we had many accidents. We tried reward charts and incentives and everything we could think of, but it was very stressful for everyone. We stopped potty training her a number of times, waiting to try again later.
Aviya, on the other hand, pretty much said no thanks to day time nappies just after her 3rd birthday. She just preferred to go to the toilet. (We did find out at one point that Ameli had a medical condition making it harder for her to determine when her bladder was full or not, but mercifully that’s now resolved, which has probably helped her achieve nappy-free status with a lot more ease.)
We do still use DryNites® at night though, because the way I see it, it is more cost effective for my pocket and my sanity than having to wash endless sheets, or worse, trudging down to the laundromat with a wee-stained duvet at £12 a pop! And night-time wetting is just another part of growing up, just another milestone.
Bedwetting may be a perfectly normal part of growing up and affect almost 600,000 children in the UK every year. But when you’re dealing with it, it can be hard.
This night time phase is an interesting one too: most mornings the girls wake up dry, but there are still those where they don’t, and for the sake of those, the way it makes them feel, and the way it makes me feel (we never have a shortage of laundry waiting to be done!) it’s worth it. At least it makes them feel confident in their abilities.
In fact, Ameli wakes up in the morning and announces ‘day number x’ of being dry. It’s been a great confidence boost for a child who has always had toilet-issues due to medical reasons.
DryNites® pyjama pants offer discreet, age-appropriate protection to help children feel as grown-up at night as they do during the day, and while they may not be able to recognise the urge and rouse themselves at night yet, having a little help isn’t a bad thing.
If you’d like to try DryNites® pyjama pants for yourself – your child, of course – you can request your free sample at www.drynites.co.uk and they’ll send you out a mini pack.
We’ve found the DryNites® pyjama pants to be really good, especially since my two are crazy sleepers. I’ve often thought of taking a photo a day of their sleep poses! The DryNites® don’t swell up with the chemical smell as much as others do, and they are easy to take off in the morning – the girls do it themselves. At the same time, they don’t come off during the night, so that’s a bonus.
If you do find that they still leak – we haven’t, but different body shapes could see it happening – then you could also use the DryNites® Bed Mats under the sheet to protect the bed. My girls sleep in a double bed together, so we have four of them under the sheet to protect most of the surface of the bed. At least that way if we do have an accident, it’s just the bedding that needs cleaning. The bed mats have four removable strips to reveal a sticky layer. It’s not superglue, it does come off, but it provides sufficient cover for the rare occasions – we’ll certainly use them when we’re a lot more confident of dry nights.
DryNites® Confident 24/7 campaign aims to provide parents with helpful tools and advice to boost their child’s confidence and overcome challenges such as bedwetting. Don’t forget to request your sample at www.drynites.co.uk.