My DS has never had a dry night. We tried a couple of times last summer to ditch the night nappies but every night I ended up changing the sheets at least twice. I've not been in a rush to try again but his three year old sister is dry at night so this evening he asked again to try. I made sure he went to the toilet twice before bed (He went to sleep around 7.45/8). I decided I would wake him at 10 and take him to toilet. But he was already wet! What would you do? I've changed the sheets and he's refused to put a pull up on. Should we try it for a few nights and see how it goes? I'm not hopeful ☹
DS2 will be 8 in September and is very rarely dry at night. I went to the GP last summer and was told until he's 9-10 it's not too un-normal (if you see what I mean) so I shouldn't worry and they wouldn't do anything. DS1 was dry at night by the time he was 7 I think...
When my ds was 8 there was at least three other children in his class not dry at night and the dr considered it normal until 9yrs ish. There is a great charity called ERIC who have a website with lots of useful information. With my ds there was a definite genetic link and he was a very deep sleeper. We saw a specialist continence nurse when he was older and got the hormone on prescription and then an alarm. He was dry just after his 10th birthday.
Some things that help - lots to drink in the day except black currant squash and tea/coffee, no drinks 1 hour before bed (but for ds it was 2 hours), getting them to help change the bed but no cross ness about wet beds.
My two older sons weren't reliably dry at night until 8 & 9. Their little brother was dry day & night at the same time, at 2 & a half. They are all different.
I used to double layer the bed with a plastic sheet between so it was easy to pull off the wet sheets & get them back to bed quickly. At 8 & 9 they could manage this themselves & wouldn't wake me during the night.
Someone else said it already above & I totally agree - never be cross about a wet bed, just be matter of fact & reassuring.
It's totally normal to not be dry at that age. Once the hormone kicks in his wee will become more concentrated and have a smell to it. All three of my boys were later than our daughter. Ds1 10 when started having dry nights still wet occasionally until he was 13ish ds2 dry around 7 still regularly wet (1-2 week) until he was about 11 and ds3 is 5 and nowhere near dry.
Thank you all for these replies and the reassurances. My husband woke him at 1am to go for a wee which he did but he was still wet again by 6.30. I will leave it a bit longer if he's ok with it. I have been on the ERIC website before and seem to recall it saying that although normal you have to try now and then without the nappies. And to try for a week. We've never made it to a week on previous attempts.