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manage nighttime bedwetting {GoodNites}

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The “P” phrase.  Potty training.  It brings about a certain kind of pang in a parents stomach, a cold sweat on the forehead and perhaps a rash of hives on the arms.  I dreaded the onset of potty training with my first child, specifically because I knew my brother had a hard time with bedwetting.  Would my daughter take to it quickly?  Would it last?  My mom did not have the convenience of items such as GoodNites Underwear and Bed Mats, but I do!

GoodNites products offer solutions to help parents manage nighttime bedwetting.  I went to Target to do a little shopping with my big helper.  She was armed with her reusable shopping bag and coupon (find that savings down below).

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Ooo!  Lucky break — they’re on sale.


It’s said parents stop talking about bedwetting past age 5, as the typical potty training age comes to a close, but we shouldn’t end the conversation there.  Many children regress later on (as my daughter did) and more still keep on wetting the bed til middle school.  Somewhere between 5-7 million children are still bedwetting in the ages of 7-12 years old. My brother was one of those kids.

Poor kid.  Poor mom.  My brother wet the bed right up until puberty, making life hard for him and my parents.  Not being able to control his bedwetting (though he tried to stay up all night) my brother’s social life started to take a nosedive.  While his friends were having sleepovers in elementary school, my brother was at home.  It was a pretty traumatic thing for a young boy to get through, missing all those good times.

My mom — oh my poor mother — was changing the bedsheets every night and doing a lot of laundry.  She was making trips to his summer camps, changing out his wet sleeping bag for a matching dry one.  I know most parents wouldn’t have gone to those lengths, but she wanted to normalize his childhood the best she could.  If only she had a little help from GoodNites.

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GoodNites Bedtime Underwear are the most absorbent protection for boys and girls ages 4 and up.  While they may retain the qualities of diapers, they are discreet and look much more like a pair of regular underwear.  For extra discretion, a kid could certainly wear regular underwear over top of the GoodNites.  This may be helpful for self-esteem issues at times like sleepovers and camp outs.

These are not just training pants with cooler designs.  They are 40% more absorbent, offer better protection for bigger kid sleep positions and sizes, and, yeah, they look cooler.  Training pants are for toddlers.  The GoodNites Bedtime Underwear fits kids in clothing sizes 4-14.  They keep the bedding dry all night.  All night!  No middle of the night sheet changing and laundry needed.

goodnites bedtime underwear review

My daughter took to potty training rather quickly, staying dry through the night for a year or two.  All of a sudden at four years old, she regressed.  My husband and I were so shocked when she started to wet her pants again, specifically in the night.  It was a blow to our schedule.

We had never used the toddler training pants with her, as I feel they are too enabling.  During potty training, your kid (I believe) should have to deal with the discomfort of wet underwear after an accident.  Having that icky feeling and having to have their clothes changed is a motivator, a reason to become potty trained. This may not be a popular opinion, however it seemed to have worked out just fine.

But then the regression. 

Something was clearly wrong and we didn’t know what.  GoodNites Bed Mats are perfect for that situation.  It wasn’t every night, but it was often enough that a little bedding protection was needed.  Without a wet bed, she could have slept through the night.

We all could have slept through the night.

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These disposable mats are designed to fit a twin bed. My daughter has a full size bed and the bed mat is more than adequate for her — and she’s a toss and turner.  If you have a real wild sleeper, you could always turn them horizontal and place two on the bed.

goodnites bed mat review

They are just as absorbent as the underwear and feature an adhesive side, which sticks to the fitted sheet.  They stick awesome, even after a night of tossing.  Surprisingly, they are also quite soft, taking on a cloth-like feel that matches the bedding.

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It seems the only advice I ever hear for parents of bedwetters is:

  1. Don’t let them have any liquids a couple hours before bed.
  2. Wake them up in the night to use the bathroom.

I don’t like the idea of either.  My advice to moms dealing with bedwetting kids?  Buy these two products and let it sort itself out, because it will.  Be supportive, positive, patient and reward, reward, reward on dry mornings.  Make sure they have potty time right before bed and keep the potty accessible as possible.  Maybe most importantly, don’t let the other kids tease the bedwetter!  I’m going to keep my advice in mind as my baby boy ventures into the dreaded potty training, which I dread a bit less now.

Purchase GoodNites Bedtime Underwear and Bed Mats at Target, but not before grabbing this $1.50 off coupon!

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  1. July 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm — Reply

    I have friends that woke their child up to potty at midnight…are you kidding me? That’s a ton of work, and if your kid is like mine, I do not disrupt his sleep for anything! Thankfully my older son only wet the bed a number of times, but I can already tell we’re going to need the bed mats for my 2nd son! They look awesome!

    • July 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm — Reply

      Right?! No way I could wake my daughter up once she is finally asleep :) There had to be a better way and here it is!

  2. July 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    These look amazing! What a good idea. We are still working on potty training so I need to look into the bed mats!

  3. July 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    I’ve been really lucky not to have to deal with this, but then again, it took my son until he was almost 4 to be potty trained anyway! These look like great products to help manage bed-wetting!

    • July 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm — Reply

      I hear boys are harder than girls and that’s what I have coming up next! *nail-biter*

  4. July 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    I sure don’t miss those days. But, wish they would have made these 19 years ago!! LOL

  5. July 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm — Reply

    Glad to see someone talking about this because there are many kids that still wet the bed after age 5. We shouldn’t be ashamed or feel that as parents we failed. It just happens.

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  8. February 13, 2015 at 11:51 am — Reply

    Hello All.

    I just wanted to chime in here. I wanted to disagree with the comment about how wet pants and bed is a motivator. Bed wetting isn’t due to a lack of motivation. I wanted to get dry from day one. Having grown up a bed wetter I can tell you, it’s no fun waking up to wet bed and sheets shivering at 2am because you wet the bed. Thankfully for me, I was 13 when it started and was old enough to be able to take care of my bedding myself. But I hid my bed wetting from my dad. My parents had divorced a year before the bed wetting started and my dad worked a lot leaving me home alone just before school, and until 6pm after school. So it wasn’t hard to clean up the accidents without him knowing. I was terrified of my dad finding out.

    My brother had wet the bed till he was 9 and I saw how the family treated him. Calling him a baby, threatening to put him back in diapers, made him sleep in the bath tub. Not counting the spankings. I didn’t want any of that. So I hid my wetting and went out of my way to do it. Thankfully we had a in-apartment washing machine at the time. So to do a load of laundry before school was easy. The bed was remade before I left for school, no one the wiser.

    Then one day I decided to give diapers a try. I just barely fit into the size 6 diapers. They were not tight, but snug. But because they were intended for babies, it meant getting up half way through the night to change it. This was back in 1994. Before Goodnites. I had tried to no drinking fluids and using the bathroom before bed. Didn’t help. I had 1-2 wettings almost every night. And I was the king of excuses to not go to sleepovers. The one time I didn’t get out of it, I stayed up all night and went to bed when I got home. My dad found the pack of diapers only once. He called me into the living room and asked why I had them. I was speachless. He started screaming again when I didn’t answer and yelled “I am NOT raising another f****ing baby!”. He threw the diapers in the trash and sent me to bed. I was far more careful with where I hid the pack of diapers from then on.

    I continued to hide the bed wetting until I was 20 when a friend finally convinced me to see a doctor about it. Turned out I had several things at once causing the wetting. Stress being a big one. Having just gone through my parents getting divorced, new home, new school all at once. Being placed with my physically abusive dad over my mom who was psychologically abusive herself so probably wouldn’t have been much better. I was also being abused at school by both kids and staff alike (special education schools that had permission to put their hands on students and went on power trips). My ADHD also played a role in the wetting due to not getting the signals I had to go. I was diagnosed PTSD at age 20 that I had at age 10 but never was noticed. Despite the nightmares and flashbacks which caused accidents. Then to add to the mess my wetting got worse in 1996 after a incidence of child abuse to my spine left me paralyzed for a short time but the injury caused nerve damage. The bed wetting went from 1-2 accidents at night to a steady 2. And in early 2000 is when I began to develop day time accidents and had to start wearing diapers during the day as well.

    In my case, I had a lot of issues working together to cause the problem. Had I not been afraid to come forward, perhaps things would have been different with treatment for the different issues. But what I can say is regardless of the cause of bed wetting, no child wants to wake up to a wet bed. And trust me when I say continued wetting is due to lack of motivation. As I said, I wanted to be dry from day one. But no matter how bad I wanted it, it just didn’t happen.

    Here I am going on 20 years of dealing with this issue, can anyone say it’s still happening and sight lack of motivation? I sure don’t like checking in for a hospital stay to pull out a diaper and have a nurse tell me “Diapers! Aren’t you a bit old to still be in diapers?”. First I would expect a nurse to know about incontinence. But second I don’t like the comments any more than a kid likes hearing “again?!” from his parents. No one wants to wet the bed. And a kid wants to be dry just as much as the parent does. Anyway, sorry for the long reply. Just had a bunch to say. Thank you.

  9. kristen
    September 25, 2016 at 8:37 pm — Reply

    Feeling a bit guilty. My son 11 is going on a sleepover. He very occasionally wets the bed. He is worried that he will wet the bed at his friends house and asked me to buy goodnites which I did. I gave them to him and told him he should wear them and try them out so he can be sure they don’t leak. Now I have second thoughts on that in case it becomes a habit.

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