Yep that's what I figured, too, and I was so pleasantly surprised when it worked. If it works for you let me know! I'm curious myself what the success rate is.
5-1/2 yr old still wears dipes at night - Page 2
My son is also five, and he just stopped wearing diapers at night for the most part. He also would wet the bed nightly, but I know he can't control it, so I wasn't too worried. My brother wet the bed until he was almost a teenager, so for all of those years, my parents dealt with it by setting the alarm for about 1:00 am and waking up to take him to the bathroom EVERY NIGHT. I was hoping I wouldn't have to do that with my son!
He just suddenly started having dry diapers almost every morning, so I decided to stop having him wear diapers. He occasionally wets the bed, mainly if he doesn't pee before going to sleep (like if he falls asleep in the car) or drinks a ton before bed.
I know some people recommend restricting fluids before bed, but that never sat well with me. Being hydrated is important, and I'd rather have my son pee the bed than be dehydrated. However, if he drinks a ton, sometimes I put a diaper on him.
I know when he's at my parents' house, my mom deals with the not wanting to change the entire bed thing by putting a waterproof pad (the kind they use in nursing homes that can be purchased at one of those stores that sells medical supplies like walkers and bed pans) on the bed, then folding an extra sheet and putting it across the bed. If he wets the bed, she removes the sheet and pad to wash, but the bed still has sheets and the mattress pad on it. I don't know if that seems a lot easier except that you don't have to change the entire bed.
My son also potty trained late, around 3 1/2, but I've heard that boys tend to potty train late and also can wet the bed for years because their bladders aren't developed enough yet. I think it's normal!
has anyone looked in to food allergies or sensitivies?
my ds has always been wet every night. we ECed. i was searching about it and came across how if a child has allergies or sensitivies they can pee the bed some even have day accidents.
i have cut out the foods i know my son cant handle. cow dairy, beef, all artifical stuff(did years before), when he ends up eating something that contains a trigger he is sure to wet the bed. it may not be that day but up to 3 days later and can be off and on for days.
neato - i'll try sesame seeds w/ my DS, too.
he's 7 and has NEVER woken up dry in his whole life. sleeps like a log. i've tried waking him in the middle of the night to pee but he can't wake up enough and won't pee (and i can't very well make him!). i've been on the "he'll stop when he's ready" plan, too... but if we can get him dry, he'd be so glad. he's planning on skipping a really fun overnight school field trip because he doesn't want his classmates to find out he's still in diapers. Sad!
glad for this thread - thanks for the validation and the sesame seed tip.
My 5.5 year old is a very heavy sleeper, always has been, and she still wets her pullups every night. My younger daughter is a light sleeper and always has been, and she hasn't worn pullups to bed since she was 3 years old and she'd been mostly dry overnight for 6 months before that. Abigail, my oldest, wants to be dry overnight, but I know she just isn't physically capable yet.. I explain to her that her bladder is talking to her brain, but that she can't hear it because she's sleeping so heavy. I told her that someday the messages will get louder and louder and then one day she will hear it and wake up before she pees.
My 5.5 yo is in pullups/dipes at night. He also was my easiest to day train with the potty. He was also dry most nights until we had a big upheaval in our living circumstances.
He's mildly embarassed about the dipes, but prefers them to waking up in a wet bed in the morning and I prefer that to the frustrating of having to strip a soaked bed every morning, hoping I had enough padding in there to save the mattress.
One thing that has helped is setting his alarm for 5.30 am, so that he can get up, pee, and then go back to bed. That seems hellishly early, but he actually likes it because it gives him a sense of control--he gets to jump up and turn the alarm off and he gets the benefit of dryness when he wakes up a few hours later for the day. He's always been very independant and "I'll do it myself" so it's only rarely that I even need to get up and help him wake up.
He's been dry most mornings, but we're sticking with the dipes for a while.
My son is 2....but he has horrible night terrors if he wakes up and has to pee, so we take him every night around 11 PM to pee. He pretty much doesn't even wake up at the potty - I hold him up and tell him to pee, and he does. Then I just carry him back to bed. The upside to that is that he stays dry at night. We still use a pull-up just in case because every time I put undies on him at night, he pees. But when I put a pull-up on him, he stays dry. Weird, huh? Boys are curious creatures, I have decided that. :)
Our son was in nighttime diapers (well, Goodnights) until he was 7 1/2. His body just wasn't ready until then. When he was 7 1/2, I began to get the sense that it was convenience rather than night time incontinence, and I asked him to try it without. He'd also begun waking in the middle of the night when before he'd sleep soundly all night. He asked what would happen if he peed during the night "you'll get wet, the sheets will get wet and we'll have to change things". "Ok," was his response. He tried it, stayed dry and that was the end of it. There's a family history of bedwetting, so I wasn't too worried.