Co-sleeping can be a wonderful blessing for children and parents… but sometimes families have to work around a couple challenges to keep everyone sleeping soundly.
Before I had children, I never would have imagined I’d opt for a family bed. But when Julia was about 5 months old, after weeks of worrying about it, I finally decided to co-sleep.
When Sophia was born, Julia was two and a half and still sleeping in my bed. I worried some more, but decided to figure out a way to make a family bed work.
Since the start, I’d followed all sorts of safety precautions including placing an extra firm king size mattress on the floor and removing any extra bedding and pillows.
But there is an extra wrinkle when three of us share the bed… bedwetting can be extra uncomfortable.
As I mentioned before, Julia regularly wets during the night and if it weren’t for GoodNites® Underwear, I don’t know how we’d make co-sleeping work.
While soon I expect my daughter Julia, who just turned six, to decide to move to her own bed, she doesn’t seem ready yet. And frustratingly, her bladder doesn’t seem to be ready to make it through the night either.
I am so relieved to be parenting in a time where I can connect with thousands of other mothers online who understand and accept that my six year old and my three year old still want to share sleeptime with their Mommy and that my six year old can’t stay dry during the night.
A few nights ago, my three year old, who almost never has nighttime accidents, fell asleep a little ahead of schedule, without fully emptying her bladder, and ended up soaking the sheets. As I dried her off and mopped up the mess, I felt relief that I don’t have to deal with wet sheets every night.
Very soon my little girls will both be in their own rooms, sleeping in their own beds and we’ll hardly remember bedwetting. But until then, I’m glad our family bed stays dry.
Disclaimer – We are working on a paid campaign with GoodNites® Underwear to spread awareness and information about enuresis, also known as bedwetting. I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments about the product.