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Hello and Happy Monday! This is the very first post in a new series I’m calling Momming Monday. Consider this our virtual playdate where I tell you about some of the crazy going on this week with my kids. This week’s edition is about potty alarms….
To start at the beginning, both my daughters (aged 4 and 6) wet the bed. And we’re not just talking the occasional accident. EVERY night, they wet the bed. For the sake of laundry and my sanity, they both wore diapers to bed. But they would even leak through those some nights and I would still have to wash all the bedding. Super gross and frustrating for all.
I made the decision about a week ago that I am not buying diapers anymore. I’ve been buying diapers for 6 years, and I am over it. And we are going to kick this bedwetting habit, so they can get bunk beds. At the advice of my SIL, I bought matching potty alarms and the madness began.
The potty alarm is a pager like device with a sensor attached at the end of a cord. The sensor clips on the underwear and the pager is clipped on the pajamas around the shoulder. When the sensor detects wetness, it vibrates and beeps to wake the child up, so they can run to the bathroom.
First night, the alarms went off three times before Tom and I even went to bed ourselves. And they ended up in our room in the middle of the night, so upset about the alarms and terrified to fall asleep, that Tom slept on their floor so he could hold both of their hands. Very dramatic. The second night, Violet (4 year old) just took hers off after we put her to bed. And last night, they both took them off…
So I bought diapers today. They have panic attacks at the mere sight of the potty alarms. I am not sure of my next move, but this is so not working and I am having to do SO MUCH laundry. The only real progress we’ve made through all this is that they take off their wet pajamas and change into new ones, instead of being content sleeping in pee pajamas.
Anyone else go through this with their kiddos? I don’t want to scar them. I was hoping the appeal of bunk beds as the reward would be enough. I honestly don’t even know what I am going to do at bed time tonight. Any advice???
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