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By the time my 5th child was born, I figured I’d seen it all. I had girls and I had a boy, so I thought I knew what to expect from both sexes. I had potty trained older kids, I had transitions kids from crib to big-kid bed, I had sent kids off to school.
His first few years were fairly uneventful…unless you count that time he went downstairs while everyone was still asleep, opened the fridge door that was hard for me to open, and then somehow gulped down an entire bottle of his sister’s antibiotics (the pink stuff) which had a child safety lid on it.
That was his first trip to the ER. None of the other kids had EVER tried a stunt like that.
Yes, somehow AJ, my #5, was destined to teach this mama that I never know it all, no matter how many kids I have. He has kept me on my toes, constantly surprising all of us with the funny things he says and does.
Just this weekend, he was out with Dad and tried to ask him something. Dad replied, “I need to think for a minute.” AJ’s response was, “You should go to the bathroom. Lots of people think better in the bathroom.”
Speaking of the bathroom, AJ really threw me for a loop after he was potty trained. He learned to go potty during the day just as easily as the other kids (which, really, is NOT an easy thing for moms….) but unlike his older siblings, AJ didn’t “learn” to stay dry at night. Since my older kids seemed to simply “grow out” of wetting the bed, I figured that would happen with AJ as well.
AJ is now 9 1/2, an extremely smart 4th grader, and still a bed wetter.
About a year after he was in underwear full time during the day, I asked my pediatrician about his night-time wetting. I was worried that I was doing something wrong, or worse, that there was something “wrong” with AJ. At that visit, and every other subsequent visit to the pediatrician, the doctor has assured me that nothing is wrong and that he will, eventually grow out of it…just a little later than the other kids.
Bedwetting and Older Children Facts:
- An estimated 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4 and 12 in the United States suffer from nocturnal enuresis, more commonly known as bedwetting (based on a GoodNites® brand study)
- Bedwetting is a medical condition and should not be taken lightly
- Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that psychologically, children who wet the bed do not want to participate in fun activities, such as sleepovers, because of fear and embarrassment
- Bedwetting is a fairly common condition that a child cannot control or be trained out of
- 43% of parents incorrectly believe that bedwetting can be “trained” out of a child
- 41% of parents of bedwetters describe it as frustrating
- 51% of parents are looking for a better overall bedwetting product
- More than one-quarter of parents express anxiety about their child spending the night somewhere and wetting the bed
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When he was 3 and 4 and 5, it wasn’t a big deal to AJ that he still wet the bed, but as he got older and realized that most of his friends were wearing regular underwear at night, I could tell that he felt self-conscious. When he has gone on camp-outs he has tried to hide the fact that he has to sneak away to put a diaper on. At home, we have tried to make him very comfortable. We’ve reassured him that it’s not his fault and that he is not doing anything wrong. But as much support as he gets from home, I’m sure he would not have such a positive reception should his peers find out.
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Sarah Griffin says
My tip would be to make sure you are taking the child every 15 min to try the potty
We used a timer from my phone to help potty train my son and it worked out very well.
megan tilley says
I haven’t had to potty train yet. As a child I was scared of the dark.
My sister is trying to potty train my niece. My niece is adamant about wearing pull ups. For some reason I manage to get her to wear big girl pants and not one accident. I tried to see if she had to go potty. It appears she’s scared of the toilet. Cried when I tried to get her to sit on the potty. :( Looking for ways to help.
My daughter is 2.5 and right now our biggest problem is her fear of the potty. I can get her to sit on it with her diaper on, but not bottomless:/
Gail L. says
M&Ms worked for our grandsons, since it was the only candy that they got. I think they just got one for going in the potty.
Terry Maigi says
One thing that really helped my daughter was using treats and a sticker chart! We let her pick out the candy and stickers at the store and it got her really excited to start!
Sarah Hayes says
i say be consistent and let the child lead
Cassandra Eastman says
My tip is to be patient and wait until you know they are ready!
amy pugmire says
I have always been scared of spiders and snakes and the dark every since I was a young child.
Sonya Morris says
For my girls, I just put cute undies on them and they caught on really quick. I don’t know what I am going to do with my 18 m/o little guy because I hear boys are harder to potty train.
Leigh Anne Borders says
Do not give up. Provide encouragement and incentives to train.
Laura J says
Well, Carter is 4 now…and has been fully potty trained during the day for awhile, but he does wet at night. I really do not have any tips….as we are still working on the night potty training.
Kerrie Mayans says
When I was a kid, I was very afraid of spiders and other creepy insects.
We make it a game with lots of cheering and all that for getting to potty on time.
Ellie W says
My middle son was a bed wetter. His problem was he was such a sound sleeper that he didn’t wake up in time to get to the bathroom. I started setting an alarm clock for 2 AM every night by his bed. After about a month he no longer needed the alarm clock to wake up anymore.
Lisa Brown says
I was so afraid of the dark as a child; needed a night light all the time
Don’t put too much pressure on the kids, it’ll be easier for them to learn how to use the potty if they are ready
Barbara Montag says
I always say praise and patience – thank you.
amanda whitley says
potty training tip is to be persistent. it gets frustrating but dont give up. use a reward system
Heather Hayes Panjon says
My Potty Training Tip Is To Use Charts With Rewards To Track Progress And Encourage.
i would say try to stay positive about it
The last time I potty trained was when I was a Special Education teacher and the best thing that worked for a few of my students was playing music while they were on the toilet.
Tabathia B says
I would reward my daughter with m&m’s if she was successful
steven weber says
reward them with M&Ms when they go potty.
My little boy is so stubborn! I know he can do it, but I can’t get past his stubborness.
Thomas Murphy says
Try to make potty training fun, make a game out of it.
Amanda Sakovitz says
I was afraid of being embarassed.
Jessica Beard says
Patience is the key to potty training. Keep a schedule and use a reward system.
I tried to stop at regular intervals for times of sitting on the potty and we would read a book.
I used one of those dolls that wets when I was potty training my daughter. It seemed to work.
I was afraid of public speaking.
Kelly D says
We had a grab bag of little rewards for our children after they used the potty.
shelly peterson says
We used a reward system which has always worked well.
We used rewards. A sticker after each time and then something big once they filled up the sticker chart. Also, we waited until she was ready.
Jessica To says
I rewarded my son with treats when he would use the potty.
My advice is to not put pressure on the child – he/she will learn at his/her own pace but be diligent in practicing/trying.
Janet W. says
One tip is to have a reward system set in place and stick to it! We used M&Ms for my oldest grandson and he responded well to that and quit having accidents because he wanted an M&M so badly! Also, have lots of patience as they will eventually get the hang of it!
My tip is to praise your child and reward him for using potty
Gina M (Wild Orchid) says
We bought our son new superhero underwear as motivation to potty train.
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Mary Happymommy says
When we potty trained our sons, we used Cheerios as targets.