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5 Things You Can Do To Make Sure Your Child Feels Zero Shame About Wetting The Bed

Plus, a perfect nighttime solution.

by BDG Studios
Courtesy of Ninjamas

No one likes a wet bed — let’s just get that out of the way up front. Whether you sleep cool or hot, or prefer a soft or firm mattress, one thing literally everyone agrees on is that we like to be dry (even waterbeds went out of style in the late 80s!) So if you’ve got a bedwetter, we know the struggle is real. The good news is that while bedwetting is totally normal for kids all the way from potty-training age up to middle school, there are steps you can take to make sure that your child feels comfortable and confident all night long, with the help of Ninjamas Nighttime Underwear.

Remind Them It’s 100% Normal

Wetting the bed may not be fun, but it’s extremely common. One in six kids will experience bedwetting, and there are many normal physiological and developmental reasons: stress, heredity, a small bladder, overactive kidneys, deep sleep cycles that prevent the body from waking up in time… the list goes on. One of the best ways you can help your child conquer any shame around bedwetting is to remind them that there is absolutely nothing wrong with them, and that the bedwetting will not last forever (seriously though, it won’t).

Keep Them Comfy With Nighttime Underwear

If you’re picturing big bulky overnight training pants, the kind we’re used to seeing in commercials where a metric ton of blue liquid gets poured into the crotch until it expands to the size and shape of a blimp — stop right there. Ninjamas, like their namesake ninjas, are sleek, stealthy, and always ready for discreet action. Most importantly, they’re designed for bigger kids, not babies (check out the "for kids" section on their website, with cute comics that make wearing nighttime underwear seem not only OK, but actually cool). Traditional bedtime pants can make kids self-conscious, but Ninjamas look like real underpants to boost self-esteem, and come with patented leak- and odor-proof technology to wick away wetness and keep kids feeling fresh. In other words, what happens in Ninjamas stays in Ninjamas — so your child can attend sleepovers with confidence.

Resist the Urge to “Fix It”

For better or worse, we live in an era of parenting in which advice for every type of childhood challenge or so-called regression fills our social media feeds. But to make kids feel confident, we should avoid treating bedwetting as a serious problem that needs urgent fixing. (For extreme cases there are bedwetting “alarms” and prescription medication, but those can often cause more anxiety than they cure.)

Start with simple, supportive steps to lower the odds of an overnight accident: limiting liquids before bed, making sure they take regular bathroom breaks throughout the day, and putting them in Ninjamas overnight. Talk with kids about their fears surrounding bedwetting as a way to reduce stress and, by extension, reduce accidents. We may live in a culture of quick fixes, but slow and steady wins the race to dry sheets.

Make Their Beds Impenetrable To Stains

One unwelcome side-effect of bedwetting is the extra laundry — and extra work — it can create for already exhausted parents! Luckily, there are a wide variety of affordable waterproof pads and sheets out there that will keep you from having to re-make the bedding every day. Investing in a waterproof mattress cover and an absorbent pad to place between your child and their sheets or duvet can not only save you a few laundry loads, but it can help kids feel more secure, too. Remember, part of the shame of nighttime accidents is the worry that parents will be upset. The more safeguards you can put in place to reduce mess, the better for everyone.

Meet Them Where They Are

We know that every kid is unique, and that means that how they deal with bedwetting will be, too. If you have a 4-year-old who’s new to potty-training, it’s going to be a different journey than the one you have with your 10-year-old who’s suddenly having accidents because they’re stressed about middle school. Luckily, Ninjamas come in sizes to comfortably fit kids from 38-125 lbs, and are the only nighttime underwear with OdorMask™ Technology to keep them waking up feeling “Ninjawesome!” As an added bonus, the Ninjamas website has great tips for dealing with bedwetting at any age. Bedwetting is hard on parents and kids alike, but with a little patience and some backup from a few ninja sidekicks, trust us: this too shall pass.