Product reviews: bedwetting

Buy the right sized protective underwear

Pull-on protective undies for kids max out at size 5t. Night time protective undies are rated for 120 pounds, but their 120-pound kids must be not urinate as much as mine!

Without exploring the “Why” or the “How do I fix this” questions, how do you get past, well, the flood? The wet sheets, sleeping mats, couches, ALL OF THAT?

My answer – adult protective underwear. I found an incontinence supply shop and purchased one of everything. Most didn’t offer the protection I was looking for, but one did.

My find: Prevail Extra Absorbency Incontinence Underwear. Size youth/small (waists 20 – 34”) is the size to get if your child has just outgrown child-sized products.

Is this fail proof: no. Did it save me loads and loads of laundry: yes!

Protect the mattress

A good mattress protector is crazy important. The odors of nighttime accidents are not easily removed from mattresses. They can make future nights sleep unpleasant to say the least.

 I dislike protectors that make me sweat, that crinkle, or otherwise make me feel like I’m sleeping on plastic. I want to protect my mattress without giving up my good night’s sleep. I found one I like, and it is on every bed in my home.

JCPenney Home™ Cotton Top Waterproof Mattress Pad 

JC Penney Mattress Pad. Corners are tricky.

The only thing I don’t like about this that, unless you are a skilled bed-maker, getting it on the bed can be tricky. Neither my kids nor my husband can manage it without help. The elastics on the corners have a maddening habit of popping off the 1st corner when pulling down the 4th corner. JC Penney I love this product, but it needs a design tweak!

The JCPenney Cotton Top Waterproof Mattress Pad washes up well in a machine. With the exception of blood stains, these mattress pads always come out clean.

I advise caution on putting these pads in the dryer. These pads don’t feel plasticy, but they do have a waterproof membrane and said membrane does melt if it’s left in the dryer too long. Yes, I ruined one or two of these before I learned to take them out of the dryer while it’s still damp. Every dryer works differently. On mine, I have had success using medium heat for one normal dryer cycle (not timed dry).

Take it out of the dryer still damp, then hang it to dry.

It comes out slightly damp. Then I either hang it on my balcony or put it on the bed damp (with no sheets) until it finishes drying. Don’t over-dry it, and it will last years! 

I do have a second-favorite mattress protector.

Washable Waterproof Mattress Sheet Protector Bed Underpad – Large 36 x 54 inches by Dry Defender

This one does not have the maddening corners that pop off. This pad that lays flat on top of the mattress, no corners required! Downside: it only covers the area of the mattress that is most likely to get wet (as in, it doesn’t protect the head or toe area. If your child moves around the bed a lot, I recommend buying two (putting one at the top half and one at the bottom half of the mattress) or buy a larger size and turn it sideways.

Dry Defender mattress protector in camper

I use this on in the camper bunks, where I simply don’t won’t to crawl in to fight with corners. I also bring these when visiting Grandma.

Alarms can help your child experience success.

Switching to a bedwetting alarm gave me the freedom of only having to get myself up when my son actually needed to go. (More sleep for me, YAY!).

The first alarm I tried was not a success. The unit was difficult to clean, and the urine salts corroded the sensors. One stopped working, I called the company and they sent a replacement, and it did the SAME THING!

I had luck with this unit:

DryBuddyFLEX 3 New 3rd Gen. Long-Range True Wireless Bedwetting Alarm System with Magnetic Sensor & Remote. by DryBuddy

What I loved about this unit is that the alarm was loud enough to wake me up from one floor away. I didn’t need to purchase a second transceiver (noise maker / alarm) for my room. The alarm generally startled my son enough to make him stop wetting. My job was to make sure he made his way to the bathroom to finish doing his job.

Using a bedwetting alarm trains the child to listen to his own body. Waking the child up at odd times of the night does not.

Some parent reviews actually claimed that this alarm cured the “Not Caring” aspect of ADHD and Bedwetting. The kids found the alarm more annoying than a wet bed, so they started getting themselves up to use the bathroom!

The sensor is easy to clean. Urine salts can’t collect anywhere. I have even laundered the sensor (by accident), several times, and it still works.

This DryBuddyFLEX sensor consists of two pieces, the sensor and a magnet. Place the sensor on the inside your child’s briefs and magnet on the outside, directly by the sensor. The strong magnet prevents the sensor from shifting during the night. Even if you don’t have it positioned in the exact right spot, the moisture will travel along the brief and will set it off. 

The alarm plugs into the wall. This is the only thing I didn’t like about the DryBuddyFLEX. It is not set up to work off battery power. Therefore, it isn’t RV camper friendly. If you like to road trip, and you don’t always park for the night where you have a plug-in power source, this alarm won’t work for you.

What products have worked for you? Share your journey. Liz.

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