Build Confidence: Spending the Night Away From Home & Bedwetting
Bedwetting plagues many children, yet, until my family experienced it I had no idea that 1 in 6 kids age 4-12 wet the bed once or more per week after potty training ends.
I rely on GoodNites to help keep my children’s pajamas and beds dry until they outgrow bedwetting.
At home, bedwetting isn’t a big deal. It’s just something that happens. But the older my children get, the more self conscious they become about bedwetting when sleeping away from home.
Whether your child wets the bed frequently or rarely, the prospect of spending the night away from home can cause anxiety and fear. Today I’m sharing strategies that help my kids feel confident when sleeping away from home.
Make sure your child knows bedwetting is common and normal. It’s not something that they can control, but they will most likely out grow it. Remind your child that it’s just that sometimes her bladder doesn’t wake her brain in time to use the bathroom.
Do you know an adult who once dealt with bedwetting? How about an older friend or cousin. Sometimes knowing she isn’t the only one dealing with bedwetting can go a long way towards making a child feel better about bedwetting.
One of my child’s biggest worries is that someone will see her disposable bedwetting pants in the suitcase, or on the way to the bathroom to change into jammies. Creating a pouch to carry to the bathroom with a pair of bedwetting pants and a pair of jammies is a great way to make bedwetting more discrete for older children at bedtime. No more trying to make sure the GoodNites are tucked between a jammie shirt and pants, and no fear of dropping a pair of GoodNites on the way to the bathroom in front of friends. Plus this pouch is COOL! Keep reading to learn how to personalize an overnight pouch later in this post.
Make a plan for what to do if bedwetting happens away from home, so your child feels prepared. You can pack a plastic bag in her suitcase, so she can discretely pack away wet pajamas. Pack extra pajamas, so she can change without making a big fuss about it
Discretely talk to the adult at the overnight about ways to help your child with bedwetting, such as sending your child to the bathroom one more time late at night.
Consider GoodNites Bed Mats too for sleepover situations. A disposable mat can be slipped under the sheets for an extra layer of protection.
These tips should help your child feel more confident sleeping away from home in spite of bedwetting. Now, let me show you how to personalize a pouch so your child can discretely carry GoodNites and pajamas to the bathroom.
What you need:
- a large cosmetic pouch
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Silhouette cutter machine
- Be Brave or Shine Silhouette files.
Open the Silhouette software and either the Be Brave file or the Shine file. These files are already flipped for use with HTV, if you create your own design for the pouch, remember to flip the design for use with HTV.
Load your HTV, and send the design to the Silhouette. You can cut HTV with or without a cutting mat, but I prefer using my cutting mat.
Weed the design, remember the design should be reversed.
Lay the design on the cosmetic pouch with the shiny side facing up, and the HTV touching the pouch. Now your word should look right, it’s no longer flipped.
Cover the design with a thin cloth, such as a handkerchief and iron the design. Hold the iron over the design for about 30 seconds.
Peel the plastic off the design.
Follow the same steps above for the Be Brave pouch.
Now, pack the pouch with pajamas and GoodNites, toss it in a suitcase and your child is ready for sleeping away from home.
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Do you have an other strategies to help bedwetting kids feel confident when spending the night away from home? I’d love to hear them.
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I am so thankful that my boys night trained really easily! Glad there is something out there for kids who need a little help!
You’re right- those pouches are so cute! What a neat idea to have something smaller to place in their suitcase for things like this. #client
Awww man, So adorable! And helpful. I dig that you included the Ironman ones. So cool
Ah…what helpful tips you offer! And how you created those pouches for their items is amazing! I thought you bought them that way – so cool that you were able to personalize it yourself! Great tutorial, too!
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This is such a cute post because even though I’m not a mom it’s interesting to see things from a mom’s point of view. This is a good and informative post!
I love this so much! My best friend’s daughter wet the bed for many years and it was tough for her sleeping away from home.
Awesome way to boost kids confidence! it is so adorable!
These are super cute ideas. I love the personalized pouches.
Wonderful ideas for helping kids with bed wetting. My child was a bed wetter. The plastic bag for wet clothes is a must.
Great tip! I’m going to put that in our pouch next time she heads to a sleepover!
Those pouches were such a great idea. Personalizing them is cute, too. In this day and age of so much bullying, you have done a great service to all little ones going to their sleepovers.
I LOVED the inspiration on the bag. It is very cool. I remember those days when my kids are little. It is fun when they went potty by them selves and use this diapers.
I agree, the older children get the more conscious they are that wetting the bed. Luckily the cool and funky luggage helps store back ups without blowing the kids cover.
I love the personal touch given in those pouches. Such a great idea to give those kids a boost of confidence to overcome bedwetting.
The pouch idea is so smart. It gives kids peace of mind. I love the empowering message too.
I’ve never had a problem with my kids and bedwetting, even my 4yr old stopped wetting the bed at about 2 1/2 and she’s been dry ever since. I do agree that you need to boost their confidence and don’t let them feel like it’s a bad thing.
Those pouches are adorable. Aren’t Good Nights a great idea?
I don’t know what we’d do without them… a whole lot more laundry for sure!
Aww such a great idea!
These pouches are just what a child needs to overcome their bed-wetting habit, love the colors too!
I don’t have kids, but have friends who have kids at “that age” and yep it’s tough. Love the bag idea you suggested. And the good nights seem like a great idea!
These are such cute little pouches! I love that it helps them be discreet!
Great tips and ideas. Thanks for sharing!
Kids often lose their confidence when they wet the bad. This used to make me feel so bad for them. During the time that the twins were potty training and had accidents, I didn’t know how to make them feel better other than encourage them and tell them to pee before going to bed. It’s tough to see them feel so ashamed. I’m glad moms today have options like this! I love the customized bags too.
Hmm, I would love to offer tips against bedwetting but unfortunately I’m not up to the task. All I remember is that my nephews and nieces are being told not to wet the bed multiple times and that seems to work after a huge while. Haha.
What a great idea to be a little more discreet. We wore them at night forever!
I love the idea of the pouches to hide night time underwear. What a great idea. Hopefully we are past the bedwetting stage but it does happen sometimes.
My two never had an issue with bedwetting, so I can only imagine how the kids confidence levels would be affected by it. Great products and great print outs.
my confession, I was bedwetting when I was a kid and true I was always sent to sleep in my aunt’s house along with my cousins. I don’t know but it was very effective..probably because of the consciousness that I will be embarrassed if I’m not at home …oh, well I was just a kid then hahaha
It is really hard to deal with this problem the kids can’t control, especially as they get older. The pouch is a great idea!
This is such a great idea and the pouch is perfect for sleepovers at friend’s house.
I absolutely love this fun idea, so glad that I found this clever tips, I like this adorable idea.
My youngest dealt with bed wetting for a couple of years. I never had anything that we could send him with like these mats! They’re so great! I love the pouches. My boys need something like that for camp.
So thoughtful, what a great way to boost confidence using those cute pouches!
My girls don’t have a problem with bedwetting, but I can only imagine how tough it could be on a kid. I love that they make products like these that work great for kids.
That pouch is such a brilliant idea…. having gone through this at our house I can attest that the stress they have is real! Thanks for sharing
What cute pouches, and how thoughtful to prepare your kiddos for a night away with a cute bag that lets them get ready without feeling like they have to hide anything. This is a great idea 🙂
This could really help a lot! Thanks for sharing this product/brand with us. Thanks for the good feature/review too!
Nice. Pretty much like transfer paper.
These are great tips! Our kids haven’t really haven’t spent the night away from us, but we often go to hotels and other places. Having something just in case is so important for littles!
The pouch idea is brilliant. As for the product Goodnites, we havent tried it yet but heard a lot of nice reviews.
These are great tips to keep in mind!
We are in the middle of the whole potty training thing right now! We buy Good Nites all the time! Such quality and a even better price
I am thankful my daughter was an easy trainee. 😉 I love your project – I need to do some things with my Silhouette soon!
We got lucky that we didn’t have any accidents training. I love the bags you made, just to have in general!
I have a friend whose son has a bedwetting problem that is related to pre-existing health issues. She struggles with his wanting to attend sleepovers and being embarrassed the next morning. This is a great way to help build his confidence.
These are such great tips and are all so helpful! Love the idea of pouch, very clever! I am sure kids will love it!
how cute and adorable. i also love that they are practical. my friends little one wets the bed and has a hard time when spending the night at friends. this is perfect from her.
That is such a sweet way to comfort them and make them feel a bit better about it. GREAT idea!
A night away from home is always a big deal. I love that there are products out that make it easier and less embarrassing for those with this problem. Love the personalized bag idea, too.
Goodnights are such a good way to help kids who may have trouble with bedwetting. I love the idea of a custom pouch to help give kids the confidence to be prepared. What a great idea and they look like a really fun DIY project. Thanks so much for sharing!