What you need to know about your child’s bed-wetting phase + WIN Huggies hamper worth R1000

Bed-wetting phase

You might be a parent who is looking to support your child through the bed-wetting phase, or you might be on the opposite end, feeling frustrated and slightly hopeless with the whole situation.

Just know that you are not alone. Research shows that up to 10% of South African children aged between 4-15 years old experience bed-wetting. Even though bed-wetting is common, it is not spoken about openly due to the embarrassment that often comes with it. I remember one such embarrassing incident in my own life, I must have been about 8 years old, when I wet the bed at my cousin’s house. I remember having to lie in bed and pretend to be sleeping, while waiting for all my cousins to wake up and leave the room to watch TV, so that I could quickly get rid of my mess.

I dont usually share information from press releases, but when Huggies DryNites sent me these useful tips as well as samples of the DryNites, I figured it was too good not to share it. Here we go!


Bed-wetting is involuntary

The first thing you need to know is that bed-wetting is involuntary, which means that the child does not know that they are wetting the bed. It is advisable to be as supportive as possible while your child navigates this already stressful situation. Being punished for something they can’t help, will only cause self-esteem to decrease and stress to increase.

There are numerous reasons for bedwetting, with one of the main ones being the physiological development of a child. As we all know, children are unique and each child develops at a different pace. In my case, I had accidents until I was about 8 years old, but my son last had one before he was 5 years old.

Some other common reasons for bed-wetting:
• Delay in bladder reflex development, meaning your child’s bladder is not signalling the brain to wake up.
• Their body might not be producing enough anti-diuretic hormone, which slows down urine production at night, so that we don’t have to wake up as much
• A delay in bladder development can result in lower bladder capacity

It’s not just about drinking too much fluids before bedtime

Limit your child’s intake of sugary or caffeinated drinks a few hours before bedtime, but they should be allowed to drink water as this doesn’t affect whether or not your child will wet the bed.



Potty-trained children can still wet the bed

If your child wets the bed, it doesn’t mean that they haven’t been properly potty trained. Urine control during the day is completely different to what goes on when your child is sleeping. In most cases, it will rectify itself in time and is nothing to worry about.
Your child could be a star bathroom goer while they’re awake, but it is nobody’s fault if they wet the bed while they’re sleeping.


Children don’t wet the bed because they are lazy to go to the bathroom

Blaming your child for bed wetting will only make the problem worse. Remember that your child has no control over the situation and probably feels incredibly bad about it. Many parents go the opposite way and try to star-charts or rewards systems for dry nights. The best thing you can do in this situation is to remain calm and supportive, while helping your child manage their bed-wetting. Understanding the problem goes a long way in terms of maintaining your child’s confidence levels.


Bed-wetting products can improve sleep quality

Huggies DryNites Pyjama Pants have been shown to improve sleep quality, boost confidence and reduce stress, as it makes bedwetting less of a big deal. They are a discreet, comfortable and absorbent form of bedtime protection. They can be worn under pyjamas or a nighty and come in designs suitable for age and gender to make them look and feel just like underwear. Your child can slip them on unnoticeably at bedtime and then throw them away the next morning.
DryNites Pyjama Pants allow your child to sleep on their usual sheets to ensure that both you and your child enjoy a much better night’s sleep. They also give your child some control over the situation, especially if they have reached sleep-over age. DryNites Pyjama Pants are currently available at selected retailers nationwide.




These are the tips that I found most useful from the information I received, but this is not a comprehensive information of potential bed-wetting. You can however, find more useful tops when you visit the Dry Nites website.



I’m excited to be giving away three hampers worth R1000, which include the following:

  • Branded blanket
  • Over Night Back Pack
  • R150 Mr Price Voucher
  • Pack of Huggies DryNites


To enter leave me a comment, telling me why you would love to win!

If you have any bed-wetting stories to share with me or other tips you have found helpful, I would love to hear them too!

NOTE: Giveaway terms and conditions apply! 


Modern Zulu Mom

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    1. Thanks for the article, I feel so much after reading it and knowing that I am not the only one going through this challenge is a huge relief. I have a daughter who is 8 years old who still wet the bed and I won’t lie it has been quite depressing for me because after my divorce I had to move to a bachelor apartment and I currently share a bed with my daughter and this means I have to wash the sheets every morning and sometimes I wake up wet too. I would love to win because this will help bring my daughter’s confidence because I see how disappointed she becomes when she wake up wet and this mean our room will smell fresh and clean.

  1. I have two toddlers, both getting potty trained and my son has recently been wetting the bed. This would come in so handy!

  2. Firstly thank you for a wonderful post interesting and enlightening to read and for the giveaway love to win for Little Emily she just started potty training and this prize will be well used and greatly appreciated.

  3. Wow I wish these were around when my daughter was going through this. It eventually passed. I would love to win this for a friend who’s son has this problem, he has just turned 7. Thanks 🙂

  4. I’d love to win cause my 4 year old daughter is having some bed-wetting problems. At times it seems like we winning and others it’s just hopping from one bed to the other in an attempt to get some sleep.

  5. I’m so happy that you’re sharing this with us. I have a 9 year old nephew and a 10 year old niece who are seriously struggling with bed wetting. We have tried everything. This has really lowered their self confidence, this means no sleep overs for them. We’re hoping for a turn around before they hit their teens.

  6. I’d love to win because we started potting training earlier this year and we still have a few accidents at night now and then.

  7. I would really love to win this for my son, as I am in the process of potty training him and this will really come in handy at night.

  8. I would really love to win this because as a first-time mum bed-wetting can really be scary at times I’ve read a lot of tips on how to handle bed-wetting and I think I’m ready since we also starting potty training with my daughter this would be an awesome hamper for my daughter.

  9. Our challenge came without warning and it was too sudden for words. Our little girl was successfully potty trained with a few years of dry sleeping. Then out of nowhere, we were changing pyjamas and sheets daily. We also thought it may be late drinks to not been awoke at night. So we limited drinks and put on alarms to wake her but nothing helped. A thorough medical check couldnt find anything physically wrong with her. Thats when we started our daily talks, affirmations and love with her. We began to asure her of our love daily as it was evident she was embarrassed. It was not over night but a lot of effort and time speaking positive to her that things began to be positive and improve. She is now growing so well and she conquered. Now we potty training our 4th baby and moving into nappiless nights step at a time. Though we are having some wet messy nights still at this time, we are very much determined. It would be great to go through the journey with huggies as a partner.

  10. Wow awesome read! Thanks for those tips and pin point that it’s a child fault to accidentally pee on the bed I really get upset when my 3rd child wet the bed while potty training because my first two never give me hard time now my knowledge increased thanks to you we can’t control the situation. I would love to win these for my toddler my fourth child which is potty training at the moment I would love to try and recommend them as well as all my friends get child same time and we all struggles for this stage. I enjoyed reading your blog all the time ❤️❤️❤️

  11. This is an amazing giveaway. I would reallly love to win this for my babygirl. I would love to give Huggies dry Nights a test as we have not used them before? thank you for the great information above, I truelly enjoyed reading.

  12. My challenge has been Zano being too independent. We got the day right finally but evening time she refuses to put on diapers. I bought a pack of dry nites recently recently which she loved because of the feel and look of it. She loves the indepence of waking up and taking off the diaper herself so they would help alot in terms of that.

    At times she makes a mistake at night and wakes up so embarassed the next morning, When does it get easy ?

  13. Sooooo…How amazing is this blog Thando! So proud of you, and yes I am only paying attention now because Im a new mommy(9 months deep) and it’s been a trip. Having read your blogs from the jump has actually eased my heart to know that I’m not perfect and I’m allowed to make mistakes, and that each journey for mommy and baby differs. I’ve put myself under so much pressure in the past 9 months, and reading your blog has just made me question that notion…Thank you! Also good to know that when I get to this stage of bed wetting I’ll have a pretty good idea of how to handle it lol! ?❤

    1. Aah Lindz, welcome to mommyville and thank you so much for visiting the blog! Yup, soack up all the tips Mama xx

  14. Thank you so much for these useful tips. I was faced with bedwetting with one of my son’s. He would hide it away until I found where he had hidden his trunkies under the bed. Clearly embarassed and thought mommy would be upset. It carried on for a long time. It’s for this reason that I kept him away from sleepovers even Sunday school camps and school camps. Bedwetting is not something people talk about. I truly appreciate this post and has given me more insight to what the possible cause was. Would love to try the DryNites.

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