To put my DD back in night time nappies

(42 Posts)
1Veryhungrycaterpillar Thu 13-Jun-13 06:38:08

DD will be four in a couple of months and has only come out of night time nappies in the last month, she has started wetting the bed in the last couple of days, she has a cold so I don't think that's helping. I don't want to take a step back and for her to be upset but I'm thinking of putting her back in the nappies as she and her DS who shares her room look exhausted

CityTiliDie Thu 13-Jun-13 06:42:24

Our DD is 4.5 and still in nighttime 'nappies'.

Its not a problem for us or her.

She was dry during the day quite early but is rarely dry at night and we do not make a fuss about it as this can increase anxiety and make the problem worse.

Just let her wear them at night without saying anything.

She will grow out of it eventually.

Its no big deal.

1Veryhungrycaterpillar Thu 13-Jun-13 06:58:41

It's not a problem for me, I just don't want to upset her by going back to them as she associates them with babies since I had her her baby brother. She was dry at night so that's why she came out of them, I don't see anything strange about a child so young still wetting at night time but just need a way to reintroduce them as she's very anti, maybe some character pull ups would help?

TwasBrillig Thu 13-Jun-13 07:03:33

We use pull ups (currently dora or princesses.) so she feels different from the baby. I tried to convince her they were like pants and she should try to go to the toilet, not use them etc. . . She doesn't poo in them but wakes up wet. Gets upset if I call it a nappy though.

1Veryhungrycaterpillar Thu 13-Jun-13 07:14:30

I'll avoid the N word then! Thanks x

TwasBrillig Thu 13-Jun-13 07:25:40

Good luck :-)

mumofweeboys Thu 13-Jun-13 07:32:36

We started usimg pull ups for night time.once we got ds day trained. We called them night time pants and he got a star on.his chart if they were dry in the.morning

mummymeister Thu 13-Jun-13 07:33:57

the only issue really comes when they start main stream school rather than nursery. some schools and clubs like rainbows and beavers do overnight camps. Your DD definitely would not want to be going on any of these if she is still in overnighters as kids can be really cruel. no need to worry too much about it yet but worth speaking to a HV if she isn't dry at night soon. 4 isn't that unusual but 6 or 7 is and could suggest a problem. have you tried all the usual tactics like no drinks after tea time?

1Veryhungrycaterpillar Thu 13-Jun-13 07:36:10

Weirdly the first two times were after a bath so we thought she may be drinking to much bath water!

MammaTJ Thu 13-Jun-13 07:37:12

At 6 my DS is far too old for nappies but still wets the bed. He wears 'night pants' instead. wink

1Veryhungrycaterpillar Thu 13-Jun-13 07:48:23

Has anyone tried Brollysheets? If so are they any good?

valiumredhead Thu 13-Jun-13 08:10:21

I agree with city.

mamachelle Thu 13-Jun-13 08:31:56

i can totally sympathise with this, my 9 yr old takes medication for bed wetting and i think the 4.5 yr old is going the same way.

perhaps let her get over her cold and see how she goes before you decide whether to put her back in pull ups? and if you do feel its better for her to wear them at night then 'big girl night pants' or similar name will take the edge off for her.

we tried everything to try and keep the girls dry at night but couldnt tie the wetting to anything, there was no pattern to it. The school nurse stepped in age 7.

good luck, im sure she will grow out of it soon smile

luckymamaoffour Thu 13-Jun-13 08:48:13

I just slip a nappy on my 4 yr old once she's asleep. Wld this be an option or wld she be upset when she woke up with it on? What about putting a towel under her so you can easily change it at night?

BarbarianMum Thu 13-Jun-13 08:51:31

I wouldn't, but what we do instead are use those disposable bed mats. They're brilliant.

Benby Thu 13-Jun-13 08:57:53

Hi I would let her wear them my dd1 is 3.5 years and wears pull ups at night, they are dry every morning but if we take them off her at night she gets anxious and keeps looking to go the loo even though she doesn't need to.
She never normally needs to go the loo during the night but if she does she wakes herself now. I just let things happen in their own time so far and I will do the same with this I will leave the pull up off when she is ready. I also let her drink as normal too up till about a half hour before bed ( she drinks alot ) because I read it has nothing to do with how much they drink but more to do with their bodies being ready to be dry and it can take up to age 6 for this to happen so I wouldn't worry just yet.

fromparistoberlin Thu 13-Jun-13 09:43:32

we call them "night pants" too

but they are nappies, have you seen how much night pants cost!!!

DS is 5

no dramas

wonderingsoul Thu 13-Jun-13 11:58:52

both of mine in night time pants. 4 and 7

they where both dry in the day from 2 , 4 year old has never been dry at night, even though nethier have a drink at night or 20 minutes before bedtime.

7 year old was dry for 5 months when he was4 but had a massive terbleance in his life, and he went back to wearing pants at night. he is starting to have more dry nights then wet. but my point is i was worried about him. and was told

7-8 is still "normal" for wetting at night, due to a gland that helps controll still matturing, so doctors wont look in to it or see it as a problem till there 7 or older.

iv tried all sort, to ignoring it, stars. rewards etc the best thing iv found is to just ignore it, if they have a dry night a well done but nothing more. also calling them big boy pants not nappys help alot.

you can get special sheets to put under them instead of pull up if you didnt want to go down that route and you say she been dry for a bit.?

Jenny70 Thu 13-Jun-13 12:18:24

My 5.5 yr old was night trained last year for about 3 months, then "regressed" over christmas - we got a brolly sheet which was AMAZING, decreasing washing loads ++. He doesn't wake at all when wet, so no sleep interupption, but after 60 days of wet every night, I put him back in nappies - I couldn't cope with the washing etc.

After 2 nights with a cold, I'd be persisting without resorting to a nappy, it is a backwards step and I have no idea how we go forward from here, but it works for us now to have him in nappies - and fingers crossed one day soon he'll be dry again.

Get a brolly sheet and brave it for another ?week after she's completely well.... good luck.

itsblackoveryonderhill Thu 13-Jun-13 12:25:22

Could you not buy a pair of the reuseable training pants, such as these....

compare.ebay.co.uk/like/350810881683?var=gv<yp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar&_lwgsi=y&cbt=y&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=65&ff19=0

I don't know how absorbent they are, but at least they don't look like a nappy.

itsblackoveryonderhill Thu 13-Jun-13 12:28:56

Oh and I just wanted to add, that my DD, who is 4.6 and was dry during the night before being dry during the day at 2 exactly, will normally wet the bed at least once or twice if she is ill. I think it is because she is in such a deep sleep due to the illness that she sleeps through the sensation of need to go and subsequently wees.

She/we normally don't know until she wakes in the morning and she's absolutely sopping wet through due to her pyjamas absorbing the wee.

So, I'd see how she is for a few more nights, maybe put a disposable pad down and if you need pants or pull-ups go back to them.

Could you 'lift' her (take her to the loo) at your bedtime, just while she is poorly, and then stop when she is better and see how she does?

We used to do this with ds1 (who had a big night time wetting problem) and it saved us a lot of laundry, and got us past whatever the problem was, and we were able to give it up. We did do it for a long time, but he did have a long term problem - you would hopefully only have to do it whilst she is poorly.

ShoeWhore Thu 13-Jun-13 12:35:01

Ds3 is nearly 6 and still wets the bed sometimes - we tend to go dry for quite a long time followed by anything from a few days up to a week or so of wet nights. Sometimes I put him back into night nappies when this happens - it's not great for any of us when he wakes up wet!

Not being dry at night is not something that should be worried about at all until at least 7. My older two went to Cub/Beaver camp recently and there were a few children still in nighttime pullups - it was all handled very sensitively, not an issue at all.

mamachelle Thu 13-Jun-13 12:46:34

wonderingsoul - the school nurse can refer you to an incontinence clinic when your child is over 7 (the age that the part of the brain that sends the hormones to the body to tell it to slow down urine production should be fully functional) we went down this route and the nurse at the clinic was lovely and made dd understand why it happens etc.

dd puts two tabs under her tongue every night (they dissolve in bout 2 secs) and hasnt wet the bed on any night that she has taken them. As a result she is able to sleep through the night without waking up wet or me having to wake her to change her and she can also sleep at friends houses without any embarrassment etc

sorry if that sounds preachy or rude but just thought i would let you know

mamachelle Thu 13-Jun-13 12:51:16

wondering- sorry, ignore last post just seen that you said more dry than wet.

i will stick to just reading from now on smile

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