You can see the excitement in your child’s eye. They’ve been invited to a sleepover and tonight is the night! Yet there is one fly in the ointment which you’re both worried about – bedwetting.
How do help your child to manage both the wetness and the embarrassment? Should you say anything to the parents who will be looking after your child? How do you approach the subject of bedwetting at a sleepover with your own child? Don’t stress, we’ve got the answers to those questions and more!
Managing Your Child’s Bedwetting at a Sleepover
There are no two ways about it. Bedwetting is embarrassing for kids, as well as being both annoying and worrying for parents. However, it is also an incredibly common problem with 15% of five year olds and 10% of seven year olds still wetting the bed at night.
Researchers have found that genetics play a part in explaining why some kids achieve night time dryness later than others. If both parents were bedwetters, their children have a 77% chance of bedwetting for longer too. It is also known that if a child has a small bladder or is a heavy sleeper, bedwetting is more likely.
Some of the best ways to help your child manage their bedwetting at a sleepover include:
- Explain you understand, that you are not angry – bedwetting is normal and while it is annoying, it is not something your child does on purpose. Tell your child that you understand it is not their fault and you are not blaming them.
- Encourage your child – tell them that they can have a sleepover, either at their home or their friend’s home. Let them know you will work with them to manage their bedwetting discreetly.
- Provide them with the right products to help – often older children refuse to wear night time disposable underwear. They see it as something babies would wear. Instead you could offer them a few other products to help:
- Brolly Sheets – these can be slipped under the bottom bedsheet or on top of the sheet to avoid wet sheets.
- Sleeping Bag Liners – used inside the sleeping bag or instead of a bag, with just a blanket on the top.
- Pack extra clothing, underwear and plastic bags they can pop any wet clothing into. A note attached to their pyjamas can help remind them to go to the toilet before bed.
- Chat quietly with the parents your child is staying with. Explain what your child does or doesn’t need help with. Ask them to limit fluids before bedtime and remind your child to visit the toilet.
Discretion is key when it comes to bedwetting. Drawing attention to it does not make it go away, nor is it helpful. Positive reinforcement and kind words do much more towards helping your child transition to dry nights at home and during a sleepover.
Brolly Sheets – our iconic bed pads, with or without tuck-in wings
Sleeping bag liners – cotton wrapped waterproof membranes protect your child’s sleeping bag