Bedwetting: Do Bedtime Routines Help?

Bedtime routines can differ for many children. Some ask for books, some ask for kisses and hugs, and some ask to check for monsters under the bed. Each child has a different priority, but children should have a simple and consistent bedtime routine, particularly if your child wets the bed. A bedtime routine can be really powerful; it teaches your child’s brain to know when a particular activity needs to be done before going to the bed. Creating a bedtime routine for bedwetters can be very helpful. For e.g. if you read to your child at bed time, have them use the toilet before you tuck them and begin reading. Follow the same routine as consistently as you can as it will form the habit of using the toilet every night before going to bed.

Here are some tips to help you get started on generating your bedwetting child’s nightly routine.

  1. Taking a warm bath. Taking a bath helps your child unwind and relax as bedtime approaches; they are more likely to be calm and not frazzled by the abrupt bedtime.
  2. Using the bathroom. Void before going to bed can help reduce accidents early on in the night and increase the ability to fall asleep without a full bladder. Once your child has fallen asleep, wake him or her up before you go to bed, to use the bathroom by his or herself rather than carry them to use the bathroom.
  3. Removing technology. In this day and age, everyone owns a smart technology. Your child might have his favorite game or video he or she enjoys watching, but making sure it is put outing of sight at bed time to make a comfortable sleeping arrangement.
  4. Reading. Reading helps your child bond with you. Nighttime reading doesn’t always have to be about bedwetting, but reading a book that talks about bedwetting might help in making your child understand that bedwetting is common and treatable, and it’s not his or her fault. Some books may also give you ideas for positive reinforcement and ways to better managing bedwetting.

A bedtime routine tailored to your child will help them understand the importance of a routine. Routines help children feel secure and learn responsibilities such as using the bathroom when needed to help avoid wet beds or cleaning up or changing into clean clothes after a bedwetting accident.