Preparing to get dry at night

As you may know from my work with DryNites over the past year, neither of my older children are dry at night yet despite having been dry during the day for almost four and two years respectively.  I’ve done the whole “waiting for it to happen in it’s own time” thing but I’ve decided we need to be more proactive with Ben now.  I know the general feeling is that boys take longer with this sort of thing but at 6.5 years old I think it’s time we started to investigate further.

I think the fact that Ben is still happily in pull ups at night means Chlo also lacks incentive to be dry.  I swing between thinking they are both being lazy and thinking that there is something more serious afoot.  The main reason for not pushing both of them at once is, aside from not having anywhere near enough bedding for two or more lots of wet sheets a night, I don’t want this to become a competition if it’s not something they can actually control.  The best possible outcome would be that Ben will be sorted quickly and Chloe will realise that it’s about time she was too and do it herself.  We shall see . . .

My current plan is to remove his night time pull ups at half term to ascertain whether they have in fact been allowing him to be a bit lazy (which I certainly think is part of the problem as I have recently caught him weeing in his pull up before he’d even got into bed!!) or if, as I suspect, there is  more of a genuine reason why he isn’t yet dry in which case we shall seek medical help.  Last time I tried to put him to bed with no pull up on he was wet by the time I went to bed – he hadn’t woken and didn’t wake when I changed his pjs and bedding.  I think he sleeps so very deeply that he’s unlikely to wake up when he needs to go.  However, before I go to the GP for advice on this situation I do need to try him without his pull ups to see what the outcome is.

I told Ben about my plans at the weekend and he wasn’t too sure at first, worrying that he wouldn’t be able to do it and that I would have to keep getting up to change his bedding.  I said that didn’t matter and we would just give it a try to see what happened.  We’ve agreed some rewards (new pjs after a dry week and new bedding after a dry month) and he has decided that he’s going to try extra hard to keep his pull up dry in preparation.

The main reason for waiting till half term is that we’ll both be more relaxed about the broken sleep if we don’t have to get up in the morning.  It also means I should have more chance to wash and dry sheets if this is necessary.  It also means it gives me a little time to prepare; making sure we have enough bedding to cope with accidents.  With this in mind I was thrilled that Little Green Sheep asked us to review their mattress protector.  What perfect timing – I’ll review that along with an update on our progress next month!

*Disclaimer – We have been sent the mattress protector free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions reamin our own*



  1. January 25, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    My niece had the same issue. They were advised by the Dr not to give her anything to drink after 6pm. Then at 10pm they would walk her to the toilet and make her go. Then put her back to bed. She didn't wake up properly and it worked. Eventually they didn't need to do it anymore but in the meantime it meant it was a lot less stressful.

    • January 25, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      Thanks Susan! We've had him on a "no liquid after tea" ruling for a couple of years now to no avail. Interesting I've recently been told that some medical professionals encourage getting them to drink more to stretch their bladder so it can hold more over night. There's so much conflicting advice, it's hard to know which way to turn!

  2. January 25, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    I am really looking forward to seeing how you get on as LP has been dry for 2+ years now during the day but still no sign of her becoming dry at night! x

    • January 25, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      I'll let you know! It makes me feel better to know LP is the same as Chlo!

  3. January 27, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    It's interesting to read this as I've been worrying about trying to get Jack dry at night and wondering if it should be something we should be working more actively on. This has reassured me it's not too much of a pressing issue. Maybe I'll give it a try in the summer holidays when there isn't the pressure of the school run to worry about and the weather is better to deal with any accident related washing that might occur.

  4. January 31, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    I am currently in the same position with my 4 year old. He was dry throughout the night when he was 20 months old but now can not sleep through without wearing a nighttime pull up. I think the problem is that he is such a heavy sleeper that he can not wake up to got to the toilet. We use bed bed mats too.
    Hope everything works out for you.

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