Rebekah - posted on 08/06/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
My son is four and a half. He's been potty trained for a long time, but still hasn't completely gone dry overnight. He did for a while back when his nights were a little shorter (due to napping during the day), but now that we've dropped the nap and his night is a bit longer, he rarely has a dry night.
So he wears a pull-up to bed, which sometimes contains the leaks, and other times doesn't. I have a washable waterproof pad under his sheet so it doesn't soak into the mattress. Its annoying to have to strip it all and wash it, but it works for now. My main dilemma now is that we're going on vacation in 2 weeks and staying at a bed and breakfast. I don't want to be burdened with having to wash/air dry the waterproof pad and having to bug the staff with wet sheets at the B&B. The best alternative I could find at the store was disposable bed pads which I would just toss after use instead of having to launder them. Not great for long term, but more convenient for the 3 nights we'll be away. Any other good ideas about how to contain leaks? By the way, in the past, I did try putting a maxipad in his pull-up for more absorption, but I'm not convinced it was entirely helpful. It still runs out the top. I also tried a diaper underneath and a pull-up over top, but it still can run out the top/legs. Maybe I'll just wrap him like a tortilla in the waterproof pad! LOL
I know someone is bound to suggest restricting fluids...I have tried that, though with not much apparent result. The other difficulty of that is that now in the summer, we are out playing hard until bedtime and it doesn't seem right to limit fluids with all of his activity. I don't let him guzzle fluids...I do put limits on it, but leaks are still happening. When we go on vacation, we'll be at the beach and I don't want to risk dehydration.
Any other creative ideas or products out there that I might not have heard of? Thanks!