Acorn DisclosureDear Diary,

Before my daughter started preschool, she started using the potty. She quickly caught on, thanks to the rewards system, sticker chart and Minnie Mouse potty. Nonetheless, I packed a change of clothes just in case she had an accident. I applauded her at preschool pick up when she would run up to greet me wearing the same clothes I sent her to school in. For months, she was accident free. Then, she experienced a potty training remission–had to Google that term, because I wasn’t sure what went wrong! All of the sudden she was wetting her pants–sometimes twice a day. Her teacher told me she wasn’t the only one who had a setback. Her father told me this was normal for co-parented kids. My ex and I share custody, so transitioning every month may have cause some stress. Lately, she hasn’t peed on herself, except at night. When she wakes up in wet sheets, she’s upset. Perhaps she thinks she failed. Perhaps she thinks she’s no longer a “big kid.” So instead of changing sheets and wiping tears every night, I’m tucking her in with Pampers UnderJams and teaching her how to beat bedwetting.

Here’s are five tips to beat bedwetting and boost your child’s self-esteem.

Limit Liquids

1. Limit Liquids After Eight

My daughter’s bedtime is 8:30 p.m., so after eight, she isn’t allowed to drink anything. She hydrates at dinner and drinks milk during her story time. So, she shouldn’t be thirsty. That doesn’t mean she isn’t surprised when I turn down her request to fill up her cup.

Potty Printable

2. Go to the Potty

Even if my toddler tells me she doesn’t have to go to the bathroom, I instruct her to try. And nine times of of ten, she tinkles! Recently, I created a potty training chart to reward her for possessing potty powers! (Soon, you’ll be able to download this chart and more for free on the site!)

Beat Bedwetting 2

3. Assemble a #ConquerBedwetting Arsenal

My daughter feels secure when surrounded with familiar objects, such as her favorite blanket and stuffed animals
. Bedtime underwear also boost her confidence. That’s why I recently picked up a pack of Pampers UnderJams. She likes that a big kid is pictured on the front of the package, because in her own words, she’s my baby but not a baby! UnderJams are designed like underwear to let the skin breathe. Plus, UnderJams absorbent Night Wear features Night Lock™ ultra-absorbent core to help for a dry morning. There’s also a low waist, so only my daughter knows she is wearing them, which is important to her so she can fit in with her older cousins at sleepovers with Grammy and Pap Pap. And ComfortWear is made of a quiet, cloth-like materials for privacy.

4. Shine a Light

Light the way to the potty. Be sure the the path to the bathroom is well-lit and clear of toys or other things that might block your child’s path. Many young children wait until the last minute to go to the bathroom, so every second counts.

5. Have the Talk

Every time my daughter has an accident, she is embarrassed or upset. I hug her and tell her that everyone has accidents. That she’ll have less and less as time goes on. As a parent, I had to educate myself about bedwetting (or enuresis). You can educate yourself  on Pampers’ website, which features expert advice, informative videos and a downloadable children’s book.


 Hey DFTM Fam–What’s your advice on how to #ConquerBedwetting? 


About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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