We have a 5 year old daughter, L. Her development is normal, she is a bright, happy girl with perfect daytime continence. She has no problem using the toilet entirely unattended.
However, we have a problem. When we first stopped putting L in nappies (diapers) at night (at approx. 2y 9m), she would wet the bed in the early hours of the morning (4-5am), and then find it impossible to get back to sleep after bedding and clothing had been changed. This did not make for fun days, so we started taking her for a 'dream wee' every night, at our bedtime (around 10pm).
This fixed the early-morning-bed-wetting problem, but of course like so many short-term fixes, it created a longer-term issue: we have now been doing this every night for over two years, and we don't know how to stop without major incident.
The problems are:
- The older L gets, the physically harder it is to lift her, carry her to the toilet, and carry her back to bed
- She's getting to the age where sleepovers at close friends might be desired, and while we've been happy asking family that she stays with to lift her, we wouldn't want to ask her friends' parents
- We don't want to be doing this indefinitely!
Having read other similar questions 1 2 3 I can sort of see that the answer is going to be "stop doing it and suck up the handful of nights where she wets the bed, she'll soon get the idea". And that's fine if that's all there is, we have waterproof undersheets that do the job - BUT is there any more 'graceful' approach possible, that doesn't involve her wetting the bed at all?
ps: L is now so habituated to weeing at this time of night that she basically doesn't wake up at all during the process. When we talk to her about it, she denies any knowledge of it happening at all...