Ahhh, bedwetting while traveling. I kinda just dropped that on ya, didn't I? Yup. Happy Friday, we're talking about pee! Seriously, though, this is a question that a LOT of readers have emailed me about. We travel so often with such little kids, and this is the burning issue on everyone's minds when they've finished the potty-training phase and they're staring down the barrel of a vacation.
What if my kid pees on someone else's expensive, fancy, fluffy white sheets?
I'll just address that head-on. Bedwetting while traveling has actually happened to us. Want to know what I did? I rinsed the kid off, brought him into my bed, and fell the heck back to sleep. When I went to assess the damage in the morning, I stripped the sheets back and was relieved to find a pretty hefty pad protecting the mattress. Makes sense, really, because I'm sure people make way bigger messes in hotel beds than my one kid with his tiny bladder.
Anyway, I pulled that pad off and tossed it in the corner with the rest of the bedding, and I left the maid a hefty tip. Problem solved.
It wasn't an experience I really wanted to re-live, though, so I started packing a few things to help minimize the impact of bedwetting in the future and make the whole nighttime experience smoother for all of us.
4 Things you Need to handle Bedwetting while Traveling
First up, pack some GoodNites NightTime Underwear. I know that you're finished up potty training and this may feel like a step backward for some of you, especially if you've already implemented traditional undies at night. Trust me, though, travel shakes up everyone's routines and you'll want a trustworthy barrier there just in case your kiddo reverts back to bedwetting while traveling. Plus, a lot of kids continue nighttime wetting long past when they become dry during the day. I used to try to force this “habit” on my kids at night, but after talking with a couple experts at length I realized that the mechanics of waking up at night to go to the bathroom is purely a physical development thing. It takes time! Our 4-year-old wears GoodNites every single night and our now-6-year-old still wears them when we travel.
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Now that you're prepared for any bedwetting while traveling that may occur, the big thing is to keep building a confident and happy attitude toward bedtime. We try to maintain our routines from home when we travel, doing the whole bathtime-and-a-book thing as consistently as we can. I load up the tablets with new ebooks, and the boys love to practice reading stories to me.
We also bring a mini stuffed animal for each kid. Yes, I have pocket-sized versions of their favorite stuffed animals from home (or as close as I could find on the internet) so we save space but they still have some consistency. For kids who are super-attached to that one lovey or blankie, don't forget to pack it! Comfort items are such a critical thing when you're on the road, especially when you're trying to maintain a sense of normalcy at night.
Last but not least, I bring some cozy jammies for the boys. Even if they usually just sleep in their nighttime underwear, sometimes hotels have fun little activities like s'mores or fireworks-watching or an evening movie by the pool, and I don't want them to miss out on the opportunity or wind up feeling out of place being in regular clothes at a pajama party. It's all about making travel FUN, with minimal stress.
Do you have any must-have items to help deal with bedwetting while traveling?