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Hi, was just wondering the ages of your children who no longer need to wear a nappy / pull-up to bed at night? My DS is 3 years 9 months and his pull-up is still saturated every morning. I have tried many things such as cutting down on evening drinks, getting him up to go, putting him on toilet (with sometime success!) when he gets up for his 2am cuddle, throwing him right into it and just letting him wear undies, which resulted in a weeks worth of 2-3 accidents a night. I just don't think he can hold yet and am wondering is this an ok age to still be wetting at night?
Me Lisa 25 :rolleyes:
DH Steve 25 :cool:
DS Harley 3 :yelclap:
Yes, perfectly normal to still be wetting the bed at that age, in fact, 15-20% of 5 year old still wet the bed. If he's still wetting the bed at age 7 (by which time his bladder should be big enough to hold a night's worth of urine), there are various alarm systems that can be used to wake him when he starts to wet, and have a pretty good success rate. Until then, mattress protector and a pile of towels next to the bed, so he can chuck one over the wet spot and go back to sleep without disturbing you :)
Yeah, I agree with zactyl, it's completely normal. Although I know what it's like to feel like "surely this shouldn't be happening anymore!!" DD is 4.5 yrs old, and isn't dry at night yet. Oh, once or twice when I've gotten her out of bed at midnight to put her on the toilet, then she was dry in the morning. It used to really worry me, and stress me out, but I've learnt (yay thanks bubhub!!) that it is normal, and stressing about it doesn't help anyone.
We actually have stopped using Pull-ups, I've just decided that it's an unnecessary purchase (and at about $1 per Pull-up the cost does mount up!). I've become a cloth nappy enthusiast for this new bub (due in 6.5 weeks!) and to "practice" I've started putting Vallerie in "night knickers" instead of putting a Pull-up on her. We've got some absorbant knickers (made of terry towelling, i think they were called "training pants" when we bought them) and, using the same basic concept as cloth nappies, I put absorbent material and a nappy liner in the knickers. I have some cotton flat-nappies, and I just fold it up as compactly as possible (without being too bulky for her) and put a micro-fleece liner on top. That stops the moisture from coming back up onto her skin. The "pad" is soaked in the morning, but her bed isn't. I still have the waterproof sheet on underneath her normal bed sheet, but with our new system we've had no problems! :thumbsup:
I think (well, actually I'm kinda hoping!) that our new way of doing things will also be a bit of a catalyst towards getting her to be dry at night. It's said that cloth-nappy baby's self-toilet earlier because they're more aware of the wetness etc in their nappy - I'm hoping this will be the same for Vallerie.
I was stessing out about this as well, especially when I have heard family members comment about the age their child no longer wet the bed /was completely toilet trained etc.
Cade is 4 .5 years as well and still has accidents, and he has always been a BIG wee'er :D I tried the no evening drinks, going to the toilet before bed, getting him up at a late hour to go to the toilet.
All of these worked but sometimes they don't.
I stopped putting him in pullups at night when he turned 4, for the cost, but also because he is very concious that he is a "big boy now" he was getting very upset about wearing them as he thought they were nappies.
I'll continue to get him to go to the toilet before bed to form this habit and also stop his evening drinks. I try to be matter-of-fact about it now so I don't stress him out about it.
Good to see that here are others with the same thing going on :thumbsup:
hi,well it so happens that my little boy aged 4 and a half is still wetting the bed most nights.i am a nurse and actually asked our continence lady yesterday waht she suggests as i am sooooooo over washing.she said that they don't even try to treat until school age as if they are still wetting the bed now it's because they are in such a deep sleep,the bladders messages that it is full is not getting through to the brain.she said she would send some info so when i get it i'll put it up.i use matress protectors,towels underneath him and make him go before bed.i guess we can all rest assured they won't be doing it forever (i hope)!.
Its great to hear that others are in the same boat and that my situation is quite 'normal!' Looking forward to hearing the info from the nurse.
Me - Lisa 25 :)
DH - Steve 25 :thumbsup:
DS - Harley 3 :yelclap:
We're also having the same prob. Luke is 5 in June and is still soaked at night. I also asked a continence adviser as I am a nurse and she said the exact same thing as above. She said they will do it when ready and not to panic until 7!!!
My friends daughter has just stopped at 8yrs.
We are surprised with Luke as he has been dry in the day for about 2 1/2 yrs now and took to it in the day really quickly. We have gone back to wearing drynites as he wasn't even waking up when he was wet and on a few occassions the wee had actually dried as the nights had been so warm, and he hadn't woken. We found its hard enough to get all the laundry done without having sheets every day too.
My daughter will be 5 in August. Up until recently she still had a night nappy, whereas her younger brother had not had one since about the age of two and a half.
She had the very rare occasion where her nappy was dry at night.
I had forgotten to buy her anymore nappies :o , so we just said to her give it a go at night without a nappy. I thought I was going to be in for a few nights of changing sheets in the middle of the night, but she hasn't looked back and no bed wetting :fingerscrossed: I did offer her one of her baby sisters cloth nappies. She wasn't impressed.
Now I only have one left in nappies. :smiliedance:
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