The hard part is, while you’re going through a certain phase, you feel like perhaps it will never end—whether it’s night waking with your colicky baby or dealing with the terrible two’s (that—let’s face it—don’t quite go away until your child is… oh, about four?) every phase seems to last long and sometimes, you’re at a loss about what to do.
One phase that was challenging for me as a mom was getting through the bedwetting phase with my youngest son. Even after the age of four, my son would sometimes wet the bed in the middle of the night. Although I kept repeating “This too shall pass” as we were going through the phase, it didn’t make things that much easier when I was waking up at 3 o’clock in the morning to a sad and wet child.
If you’re a mom with a young child who is going through a bedwetting phase right now, I’m here to tell you you are so not alone. And you know what else? This is actually way more common than you think. It’s actually something that happens to about one out of six children over the age of four. It’s just a normal part of childhood—just like getting through the all the other (sometimes annoying) phases. Bedwetting is something your children will outgrow, so bear that in mind. It’s not easy, that’s for sure… that’s why coffee is such an important part of most parent’s morning routine.
In some cases, children over the age of four who are still wetting the bed might have a miscall condition such as Enuresis, which is involuntary urination. This is not something you can train your child out of, and of course, if you're concerned or noticing a pattern that’s not normal with your child, you should see your doctor for peace of mind and reassurance.
On the nights that my child would wake up to wet sheets, I did my best to smile through the frustration, and let my child know that it was going to be alright. We’d quickly clean up and change the sheets, even in the dark. I always made it known that I was not upset with my child, and I told him not to worry, either. My goal? Getting him back to sleep as quickly as possible.
As a mom, it’s great to have support, and to know that we're not alone. If you’re going through this phase, remember it won’t last forever, and there are certainly things you can do to help your child have a more peaceful night of sleep.
Make sure your child is going to the bathroom before going to bed, and limit fluid intake before bedtime, too.
Every phase passes, so whatever you're going through, know it won't last forever. And know that your child needs love and support more than anything else. You got this!
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