There are moments within the maelstrom of fall when I feel like I am in that elusive village. In those minutes while I wait for the kids outside their class, outside CCD, or at the soccer fields, I’m surrounded by other busy moms.
We chat. Ask and give advice. Share our lives. We get a taste of the village.
It was during one such encounter that a friend mentioned her youngest child’s bed wetting issues. I remembered those bedwetting nights so clearly. They sucked.
As with stomach bugs, night time coughing, and my daughter’s arthritis pain, I sought out sanity-saving solutions.
“Those are tips for mothers that should go on your site.”
I agreed. These tips aren’t ways to stop your child from bedwetting or ways to find out why they do it.
In our case, it was a phase that my child eventually outgrew.
Instead, these are tips to minimize the time spent cleaning up so mom can get back to sleep.
So here they are:
3 Sanity Saving tips for moms with bedwetting children
Tip #1: The “sandwiched” sheets.
The worst thing about bunk beds is how hard it is to put sheets on them. I learned early on that changing the sheets with a tired and wet child whining next to you is no fun.
So I bought these waterproof pee pad things for the beds.
I use two or more fitted sheets and the same number of pads. The first layer is a pee pad on top of the mattress. The second is the first fitted sheet. Next put down another pee pad (making sure you position it where the child is most likely to wet the bed) and the put the second sheet on top.
Now when your child pees, you can simply strip the first sheet and pee pad and put your kid back to bed.
This method works 80% of the time.
It doesn’t always work well for kids that roll around and do acrobatics in their sleep.
Tip #2 Enzyme cleaner.
You know the acrobatics I just mentioned? You’d be amazed at how some kids have an innate ability to pee at the edge of the pad. Our pads are almost the size of a twin bed. But it’s happened.
Before I had human babies I had fur babies. My fur babies had accidents on the carpet when they were puppies. I used Nature’s Miracle because they were next to the puppy pads at the pet store.
The spray worked on dog urine and it works on people urine too! The enzymes break down the proteins in the urine and help eliminate the smell.
For stains on a mattress, my friend Katelyn from What’s up Fagans has an amazing mattress cleaning method.
Tip #3 Use GoodNites.
These bedwetting GoodNites are sized for older children. I like that the kids shown on the box are not babies or toddlers. Shame is a strong emotion for little ones that can’t control their bladders while they sleep. Bedwetting is fairly common. (If excessive or suddenly occurs regularly in a fully potty trained child, mention it to your pediatrician.) Bedwetting can have emotional consequences on little kids.
I found this at the Walmart Neighborhood Market. I recently shopped there for the first time and love the smaller “grocery store” feel of the market stores! Want to try GoodNites? Grab this coupon for GoodNites and this wipes coupon too for good measure!
I view bedwetting in the same way I view throwing up in bed. Nobody wants to puke or pee in their bed. If my child could help it, he would go to the bathroom.
What tips do you for bed wetting? When society makes it difficult to find “a village,” searching for help on the Internet is the next best thing. What sanity saving bed wetting tips do you have to share? Post them in the comments and help another poor mom get through this phase. P