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Bedwetting can be a difficult situations for kids, specially older kids. My daughter struggles with bed wetting and at home we have a bedtime routine that includes not drinking anything before bedtime, going to the bathroom before bed and motivating her to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Still she is a very heavy sleeper and she often has accidents.
Traveling with a child who wets the bed has it’s own challenges. I remember a time when staying at a hotel or at family or friend’s house was stressful for me and for my daughter. But it’s been a couple of years now and we have found that all we need to do to remove that stress element from our travels is being prepared and arming my daughter with confidence.
Tips for Traveling With A Child Who Wets The Bed
- Be prepared. My daughter would sometimes get stressed about traveling and wetting a hotel bed. Because she uses GoodNites® Bedtime Pants every night she does not have to worry about wetting the bed. You never know if you will get stuck at an airport overnight without your luggage so we always have Disposable GoodNites® Bedtime Pants with us on the carry on luggage. We also always bring plastic bags so we can throw the soiled GoodNites® Bedtime Pants in the trash in hotels or anywhere else without my daughter or any of us having to worry about the smell of urine.
- Reassure your child that it’s not their fault. Bedwetting is common. One of out six 4-12 yr olds wets the bed. Share this information with your child and let them know that they are not alone as this will reduce any stress or anxiety bedwetting may be causing and help them rest easy.
- Stick to your child’s bedtime routine. Even when we travel we try to stick to the kid’s bedtime routine specially when it comes to eating and sleeping.
- Take into account time changes. If you are traveling to another time zone take into account those time changes and be prepared. Sometimes the time changes makes it harder for your child to sleep or getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom which in turn may increase the probability of bed wetting. Talk to your child about this changes and how these may affect him or her so that she knows what to expect.
- Give your child some privacy. When we travel we do our best to get a separate bed for my daughter as opposed to having her sleep with a sibling. This reduces the stress for her as she does not have to worry so much about someone else noticing that she had an accident. If we are staying at a friend’s or family member’s home we always bring her own sleeping bag and an inflatable camping mattress so that she can sleep on her own and does not have to worry about her getting stuck sleeping with a cousin or friend in the same bed.
- Make your child feel comfortable. Waking up with a wet bed is a really uncomfortable situation not just physically but psychologically and this can have a huge negative impact on a child’s self esteem. We tried many brands of bedtime pants and we found that they are not all created equal. We’ve been using GoodNites® Bedtime Pants for a few years now as their 5 layer protection system is more absorbent than the leading training pant. They are easy to put on and off and very stretchy which means that they fit my daughter comfortably and prevent leaks no matter what position she sleeps in letting her rest easy. The GoodNites® Bedtime Pants are very thin and practically invisible under your child’s pjs and my daughter really likes the fun designs.
- Have a plan and discuss it with your child. Driving all night to get to a destination or taking the redeye flight can present challenging situations for your child. It’s important to talk about the what to expect and the steps you will take to ensure your child is not faced with a situation that will make him or her feel uncomfortable. We are taking a transatlantic redeye flight next week and we already have a plan in place. My daughter will be wearing loose and comfortable pants that will “hide” the GoodNites® Bedtime Pants she will be wearing on the plane. We have a stop at another US airport before getting on our plane to Morocco so she will change into her GoodNites® Bedtime Pants at the airport bathroom where I can help her as opposed to having to do it alone in the tiny plane bathroom. We have also packed wipes and an extra change of clothes in our carry on in case there is an accident. She knows exactly what to expect so there are no surprises and this has given her peace of mind regarding our trip.
We usually pick up my daughter’s GoodNites® Bedtime Pants at CVS. There is no need to wait in line; we can run in quickly and grab her GoodNites® Bedtime Pants and get out. At CVS there is usually not a lot of people in the store which helps her feel better as she used to be worried that we would run into someone at the supermarket and that a friend would notice that we have the GoodNites® Bedtime Pants in the shopping cart.
For more tips and tricks on how to tackle bedwetting and help your child rest easy be it at home or while traveling click HERE. You can also check out the GoodNites® Bedtimes Pants website where you will find lots of useful information about bed wetting.