Saturday, October 24, 2009

Someone Enlighten Me - Are Goodnights Worth It?

I have a 3 1/2 year old.  He's potty trained, but not at night.  Unfortunately, he seems to be leaking a lot of diapers lately.  I went up a size on him, and no help.  Should I splurge on the "Goodnights"?  I'm not sure if they are worth the money.  Although, with the aggrevation of changing and washing sheets 4 or 5 times a week is probably worth the price - and then some.  Got to start looking out for Goodnight coupons and Huggies deals...

9 comments:

Terre@savingyourgreen.blogspot.com said...

Becky,
If you have not already I would advise to change some of your routines before bedtime for your 3 year old. I have 3 children and only one had a bed wetting concern. I started first by eliminating all liquids about three hours before bedtime, and ensuring that going potty before bed was done. I am sure you have already tried those things, and if so move on to waking him up to go potty at one point in the night. Set your alarm for 2 am say and wake him up so he can go.
If that does not sound so good then you could try what my mom did for me. She tells me that I wet the bed and then woke up every time because I was all wet and wanted my sheets changed. It sounds mean I guess but I don't remember it so it could not have been too bad, but my Mom made me change my sheets and wash them, put them in the dryer, and remake my bed but the kicker was I had to stay awake for the whole process. She said I whined and cried and sometimes fell asleep but she kept waking me up until I was done and the magic for her was that I never ever wet the bed again. So she finally got a good nights sleep!
I should maybe change the names in that story to protect my self from teasing, oh well. LOL
I did use a goodnites type of product only when my child whom wet the bed was staying over at someone elses home or when we were in a motel and I didn't want to leave wet sheets. I would not say they are worth it any other time, because just like pull-ups if they don't feel wet they will never learn, and in the end it would be a waste of money because you would have to consider purchasing them for a very long time.
Another thing you might want to consider asking your child's doctor, because there may be a concern you are not aware of.
I hope all this helps.
I do enjoy your blog, and hope you keep up all of your great work.

MaryAnne said...

No idea about Goodnights, but I have seen disposable diaper doublers occasionally in grocery stores, that might be another way to go. I'll happily pay extra for a good night's rest...

I have noticed my 3.5yo stays much dryer if we make sure she goes potty right before she falls asleep, but I'm guessing you already do that.

Anonymous said...

I'm the same Backy. My soon to be four year old sleeps so deep it's been hard to night train her .. even with waking her up etc ... I've been thinking about the goodnights too, especially with the target deal coming up.

My pediatrician told me not to to worry or listen too much what others have to say (about age etc), apparently it's normal (yep normal) for girls to finally be dry at age 5 and boys age 7 ... it's all to do with the brain development and physical awareness ... all we can do is plod on as parents ... but I can't wait until we are done all together with the cost of these things! :)

I went straight from diapers to panties in the day ... we tried at night and she isn't physically ready. You cannot force a child to be ready ... and night training is VERY different from day. Again it is more to do with the capabilities of brain function.

I have been a daycare director and preschool teacher and helped day train countless of kids, but when the brain is asleep ... it's asleep! LOL

Let us know if you switch and if they work any better! Good luck!!

Queenbuv3 said...

My daughter is 7 1/2 and still needs pull-ups at night. I have tried the cloth pullups with "waterproof" covers, they are not waterproof and they did not help her wake up when she started to pee in her sleep. It did not help her after months of waking up wet to stop peeing in her sleep. I think she is just a really deep sleeper and is going to have to grow out of it at her own pace. I am cheap but sometimes I'm willing to pay for convenience. Having to get up in the middle of the night and change the bed and wash the stinky sheets in the morning sucks. I love the Goodnites and would recommend them.

Lena Trombly said...

Becky, I would highly recommend them. Your son will stop wetting the bed when he is ready. I don't believe in forcing the issue. If you don't want to change and wash sheets every day then I say yes they are worth the money. My son was a "big" boy and he outgrew regular disposable diapers way before he was potty trained. I used them during the day too. I would encourage you to try cutting down on the drinking before bed if you have not already done that and make sure he goes in the potty (assuming he is potty trained) before putting him down for the night. I have an opened but almost full package I would be glads to send you if you want to try them. I have been holding on to them for a while now and hoping someone could use them because they are not cheap.

Anonymous said...

i used pull ups at night for my son... he stopped wetting at night just recently (an at times still has an accident). i had to eliminate liquids one hour before bed, then had him go to the bathroom about 3 or 4 times within the hour or hour and a half prior to bed. i've never tried good nites, because pull ups worked just fine. good luck!

Missy T. said...

Becky- My little one is a major major night pee-er and no diapers seem to hold his night time 12 hours worth of urine except Pampers Cruisers. Also more expensive than Luv's and the coupons aren't as good as Goodnights but they appear to hold the urine away from his skin and they hold ALOT of urine. Goodluck with whatever you chose to go with! Missy

Bargain Becky said...

Thanks for all the comments! I think I'll try a pack of Goodnights - although I'm at about 4 days of a leak free streak (I'm jinxing this now).

SwapSavers said...

When my son was 3 he would wake up with a wet diaper even though he was potty trained. I finally just took the diaper off at night and guess what??? He didn't wet the bed and never has 1 1/2 years later!! So go for it and take the diaper off--you may be surprised. Good Luck.