I am responding to DT who asks if his 7 year old son can continue to use pull-ups with the alarm. Many families ask me this question. I don’t recommend this for a couple of reasons.
First, this is the perfect time to transition to cloth underwear. There are a few children who are aware that a disposable back-up is in place and use this as a “crutch”. Using waterproof washable mattress overlays over the sheet make middle-of-the-night and morning cleanup easier and still allow your son to wear cloth underwear. Once wetting occurs, he can simply remove the wet overlay and replace it with a clean one. In the morning, just the overlays require washing.
Secondly, the alarms are all designed to be used to detect a small amount of wetness from cloth. Most of you know how quickly disposable pants wick moisture away from the skin. Alarms sense the moisture more quickly and your son will become more aware of the feeling of wetting if disposables are not used in conjunction with the alarm.
In just a few weeks, you’ll be glad about all the money you’re saving by not buying disposables and your son will be glad to see only tiny wet spots as he gets up to go to the bathroom. Overlays, in sizes that fit a twin, full or queen bed, are available on the bedwettingstore.com. These are specially made for us and are not readily available in retail stores. The ones with the tuck-in flaps on the sides are best for children who move around a lot when they sleep.