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Night Time Bed Wetting? No Need to Worry

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Last Updated: 2/22/2021
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Potty training is part of life with a young child. Once you hit that amazing milestone and your child stays dry during the day, it’s time to celebrate — even if they're still experiencing nighttime wetting. While it may feel like an inconvenience, bed wetting at night isn't usually something to worry about. Nighttime dryness happens when children's bodies are ready for it.

Night time bed wetting is a developmental, completely normal phase. In fact, 1 in 6 kids deal with it as they grow up, and it won’t help you or your child to get upset about it. Achieving nighttime dryness is a completely different process from learning to use the potty and cannot be trained. For most kids, a dry bed will come in time.

Still, many parents will do almost anything to help their kids stay dry at night as they’re wondering “When will bedwetting stop?” Laura Richards, a mom from Boston, Mass., took her son to the bathroom numerous times during the night. But that didn’t work.

“After multiple consultations with [my son’s] doctor, we all determined that since there was no underlying medical cause, the night wetting was indeed developmental,” she says. “His brain had to catch up with his body. I think he was such a sound sleeper that what would normally wake someone to use the bathroom didn’t, in his case.”

Without warning, his bedwetting suddenly stopped. “He was dry for a night and then it continued. He clearly just needed extra time to mature and develop, just like it takes some kids longer to learn to read.”

While she waited for her son’s body to develop and bedwetting to end, she explored the best protection for bedwetting to keep her son comfortable. Like many parents, she chooses Goodnites® NightTime Underwear.

She learned that Goodnites® NightTime Underwear are specifically designed to deliver protection for children who wet at night while they’re sleeping. They provide 40% more protection than training pants, and they can save you from constantly changing pajamas and sheets.

Leslie Elia, a mom from Ohio, knows they work. Both of her daughters quickly trained by day with no wetting at night, but then her son came along. “He was daytime dry at 21 months, which is early, but a nighttime bedwetter until he was eight,” she says.

Her son would be dry for several nights and then go back to wetting the bed. Leslie’s son used the disposable underwear until he was consistently dry all night long. Her advice to other parents? “Be patient and loving and know that it will eventually pass,” she says. “We just had to wait it out.”

These articles are not a substitute for medical advice, consult your doctor as needed.