We are big fans of a structured bedtime routine in our house – we first settled Ben into a simple but structured bedtime routine at just 5 weeks old. A regular bedtime routine helps your child to know it’s time to wind down, time to get settled and go to sleep.
Touch wood we’ve never had any problems with getting our children to bed, they have always been good at settling down and going to sleep (though perhaps not so much at staying asleep).
Something which can make bedtimes more stressful is bedwetting. Bedwetting is very common with 1 in 5 of all five year olds wetting the bed on a regular basis and almost 1 in 10 four to fifteen year olds will wet the bed at some stage in their childhood.
Alongside reassuring your child that it’s not their fault and that it’s not unusual to wet the bed, using absorbent sleepwear such as DryNites Pyjama Pants can help to reduce the anxiety and discomfort which comes with bedwetting DryNites Pyjama Pants are designed to be worn discreetly under nightwear, they look and feel like real underwear and have a thin absorbent pad that draws wetness away from the skin.
Recently the lovely people at DryNites held a crafting event to discuss ways in which we could boost our children’s confidence around bedwetting and reduce stress at bedtimes. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend as it was my birthday but it looks like it was great fun!
The DryNites site, www.drynites.co.uk, has lots of advice and information to help you and your family get through this period. It outlines the reasons why bedwetting happens and offers tips on how to cope with it, as well as offering you a free sample of DryNites to help you on your way.
Do you have any experience of bedwetting? I’d love to know how you dealt with it!