How to Stop Your Kids from Wetting the Bed

Do you think it's time to stop your kids from wetting the bed? For many kids, this process doesn’t start until they are school age. Other kids are ready to stop wetting the bed before they reach kindergarten. In my household the boys took a much longer time that the girls did. Madison at age 3 is fully potty trained, has been for quite some time now and can go to bed without wearing diapers. If you think your child is ready to start the process, here are a few tips you can use to help them stop wetting the bed at night.

Monitor Drinks

The more your kids drink before bed, the more likely it is that they’ll need to use the bathroom. This means that they’re also more likely to wet the bed. In order to stop your kids from wetting the bed, start monitoring drinks, especially before bed time. Set a limit for the amount of drinks your child can have in the evening and try to eliminate sugary drinks during this time. About an hour or two before bed, eliminate drinks altogether so that they have enough time to process their drinks and use the bathroom before laying down.

Set an Alarm

Many times, kids wet the bed because they don’t realize they need to use the bathroom while sleeping. You can help train their bodies to wake up at the appropriate time by setting an alarm and waking them up yourself. Start by setting an alarm about halfway through the night and make your child use the bathroom at this time. If your child is dry, then this is a great time to continue setting an alarm. If they are already wet, you’ll want to set your alarm an hour earlier to catch them before they wet the bed. Continue this until you find the perfect time to wake them up. Eventually, your child’s body will become trained to wake up independently so that you don’t have to set an alarm anymore.

Toss the Pull-Ups

Pull-ups are great for keeping your child from making a mess in the bed, but they can also contribute to the bed-wetting problem. Just like diapers, pull-ups are designed to pull the moisture away from your child’s body. They can hold a lot of fluids before they become uncomfortably soggy. Because of this, many kids in pull-ups don’t even realize that they’ve wet the bed until it’s too late. By tossing the pull-ups and sending your kid to bed in underwear, you’re allowing your child to feel the moisture right away, which can help them wake up and use the bathroom before making a huge mess. Be prepared, however, for a couple of messes before your child gets used waking up on their own. Make sure their mattress is protected with a cover. You can also place a towel underneath your child to make cleanup a little easier.

Talk to your Pediatrician

If you’ve tried everything and your child is still wetting the bed, don’t be afraid to talk to your pediatrician. Some children have small bladders and others can’t control the urge to urinate while sleeping. Because of this, your kids might need a little help from your family doctor. Your pediatrician can recommend a treatment plan to help your kids stop wetting the bed, including different medications that can help with the process.

Let's discuss: When did your children stop wetting the bed? What did you do to help them along the way?

Annmarie John


  1. <My oldest wet the bed for a while there and what I did was wake him up to pee before I went to bed for the night and that did the trick.

  2. I felt very blessed that we didn't have this issue. Son was really easy when it came to potty training. Now sleeping through the night that was a whole different issue.

  3. I know it can be frustrating. I had a nephew that had a bladder that was just not ready to go all night even when he was in elementary school.

  4. I count my lucky stars every day that I didn't have to face this issue. I can't imagine how frustrating it can be for both the parent and the child. Glad they have products available to help make night time easier.

  5. Great advice. My 4 year old still wets the bed. I need to set the alarm and try waking him up!

  6. Great Advice .. in addition to this list I would like to add "limit playtime/types of playing" I have no idea what the science is behind this but I think that when kids play super hard and rough during the day it leads to wetting the bed at night

  7. I like your ideas. We should have tried setting an alarm like that. It didn't take use that long but these ideas would have helped.

  8. We are really struggling with potty training our almost 3 year old girl. Such a Pain! Hoping we can get it under control!

  9. Potty training can be tough. I agree that pull-ups can hinder training and I used to use a waterproof bed cover with regular potty training bottoms for my kids.

  10. My youngest took a lot longer than the other kids did. I'm not sure why, but I stayed consistent and let him go at his own pace.

  11. These are great tips. I try to work hard to monitor my kids' drinking schedule, especially when it gets closer to bedtime. We still deal with this from time to time. Thanks for the tips!


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