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Talking to Your Child About Bedwetting Away from Home

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Last Updated: 2/8/21
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Planning a vacation or getting your child ready to sleep at a friend’s or grandparent’s home always comes with some stress. And if you have a child who wets the bed, you and your child may both feel a bit of added pressure. So how can you prepare — whether it’s baby’s first time away from home or you have a 10-year-old child ready for a big sleepover?

Preparing for a Night Away from Home

When your child is traveling, there are some extra considerations to keep in mind. However, it is possible for parents to plan and ensure stress-free nights away. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Pack extra supplies. Knowing that bedwetting could occur, be sure you have an extra set of pajamas packed. Some disposable wipes can be a good way for older kids to clean up discreetly too. If you have an older child, consider buying two sets of the same pajamas. Then no one will notice if they change during the night.
  • Help avoid messes. Goodnites® NightTime Underwear for toddlers or bigger kids can help your child feel more secure. They might even help any bedwetting accidents go unnoticed. If you’re concerned about wetting the bed at a hotel, you may also want to bring along some Goodnites® disposable bed mats.
  • Talk to family or friends if you’ll be staying with them. Have a casual conversation with whoever you’re traveling with, especially if you’re visiting friends or relatives. It’s a good idea to let them know ahead of time so there are no surprises and everyone feels looped in. 
  • Think about whether you’ll share this information before sleepovers. If you’re planning for bedwetting and sleepovers, consider whether you should discreetly mention the possibility of bedwetting to your child’s friend’s parents. If you do, be sure they will keep it confidential so your child can be sure they won’t be teased.
  • Talk to your child. It’s also important to have a conversation directly with your child so they know what to expect.

Part of being a kid means enjoying trips away from home — whether it’s a night at grandma’s house, a week at camp, a long weekend with family or a sleepover with a friend. Kids should be kids and fully enjoy these moments of childhood, so there’s no reason your child can’t enjoy these experiences just like any other kid.

Talking to Your Child about Bedwetting

Before they go, take some time to sit down and have a conversation. Listen to any concerns they might have, and do your best to clearly explain what will happen if they wet the bed. Remind them that it isn’t a big deal and they shouldn’t be ashamed. These conversation points can help:

  • I’m so excited for you to (add details about trip).
  • Since you’re spending the night away from home, a few things are going to be different and your nighttime routine might change a little bit. 
  • We’ll make sure you know where the bathroom is since you’re still going to go potty before bed like you always do and put on your Goodnites® NightTime Underwear. You can wear them on the trip just like you do at home. We’ll pack them along with everything else you use at home before bed: your toothbrush, your pajamas and (mention anything else that’s part of your routine like a favorite stuffed animal).
  • If you do have an accident at night, remember that, just like here at home, it’s no big deal. 
  • Remember that accidents happen and it’s not your or anyone’s fault. 
  • Eventually you’ll be able to stay dry at night all the time, but for now I just want to make sure that you’re comfortable and confident so you can have a fun trip. 
  • If an accident happens, just let [me/your relative/friend’s parent] know so we can help and you can return to having fun like you always do!

Parents and children may feel a bit of added pressure when traveling, and there are definitely extra considerations when planning trips with a child who wets the bed. But with some smart planning and good communication, you and your child can enjoy stress-free nights away from home.