Good Nites and Rubber Pants

September 11, 2009 2 min read

RO writes to ask about her 6 year old son who wears a disposable diaper like Goodnites to bed every night. He wets so much that they leak so she has him wear rubber pants over the top. She wonders if the rubber pants and pull-ups are preventing him from getting to night time dryness.

I am frequently asked this question, especially by parents who have more than one child in Good nites or other disposable underwear. Keeping children dry and sheets clean can be frustrating for parents so using disposable pull ups and plastic pants can certainly help with this.

Until a child and their family are ready to move to the next step, this can be a huge time saver. Wearing Good Nites and other waterproof protection is certainly important in situations where laundry facilities are not handy or sleepover/ camp situations where being discreet is of utmost importance. It's a great advantage to have these products available.

If you begin to notice that your child is waking up with a dry pull-up more often, trying a challenge of a couple of weeks without protection is recommended.

During this time, using a waterproof mattress underpad, which is a waterproof pad that lies on top of the sheet, is prudent. Overlays are a fabulous product for decreasing laundry load and keeping children comfortable.

If wetting occurs, you simply remove the overlay, replace it with a clean one, and have your child go back to a dry bed. When your family is ready to take the next step toward dryness, a great time to transition to cloth underwear is when you begin using a bedwetting alarm.

The bedwetting alarm senses the moisture from the underwear, alerting parents and child that wetting is occurring. A bedwetting alarm is an effective tool to help your child's body make a change in the way it responds to a full bladder.

If your son persists in having nightly wetting with the pull ups over the next few months or year, he is a great candidate for using a bedwetting alarm to help him get to dryness.


2 Responses

Renee Mercer, CPNP
Renee Mercer, CPNP

November 25, 2019

Each child is different but you can try various training methods. If it seems that he is having difficulty knowing when he is wetting, you could try a moisture sensing alarm to alert him and you when the wetting is happening. If loud noises scare him, you can use a Recordable alarm, in which you can record a message to be played when wetness is first detected. Over time, the message will encourage his body to stop the flow of urine. He should always be taken to the potty when the message plays. Initially, his cooperation could be rewarded. Then “beating the buzzer” by using the potty before the alarm. https://bedwettingstore.com/products/malem-ultimate-recordable-bedwetting-alarm

Sheila
Sheila

November 25, 2019

I have a 4 year old with a disability and toilet training has been a problem. Would you suggest I keep him in disposable pull-ups or can I move him to other training methods?

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