Despite being dry during the day from a very young age, Harry's been having trouble with getting dry through the night. Since Christmas, he's been dry all night when wearing a pull up which has given him so much confidence, yet when he decided to recently take the plunge and wear his boxers all night, he had an accident, and it really upset and embarrassed him. It took him a while to want to try again, so when he did, I wanted to be prepared and invested in some Huggies DryNites Bed Mats. They are fairly reasonable value at around £3 for 7 in a packet, but I purchased ours at a Sainsburys Baby Event, so they were much cheaper than this which was even better.
The bed mats come in a large rectangular plastic packet, which has the blue Huggies logo and writing at the top, a picture of a child in bed, and a cartoony style picture of the mats at the bottom. I think the packaging is very good and discreet, and they look like a nice child-friendly product. The mats are all folded flat, but it's easy to remove one without pulling them all out of the packet. These mats are large enough to virtually cover the top half of a child's single mattress, and are a great size at 145cm x 80cm. There is plenty of space either side to tuck them under the mattress so they won't move about in the night and disturb your little one's sleep, and they aren't that thick that your child will know its there either.
When you use the mats, they don't seem too bulky which is great, and they are easy to put on the bed. Simply fully unfold the mat, place it underneath the bed sheet directly on top of your child's mattress, ensuring the large flaps and tucked underneath, put the sheet on top and you're good to go. Make sure you put the waterproof side face down onto the mattress so that any urine is absorbed by the softer cotton like top of the mat. When the mat is under the sheet, there is no crinkly noise or anything at all, you wouldn't know its there at all, and I think it's a great idea if your child is a bit nervous about going through the night for the first few times. Harry was happy with the protector, especially the fact he couldn't feel it and it was just a much needed layer of protection, especially as you don't want the mattress being soaked and smelly after night training.
After his first night which sadly wasn't successful, the protector had really done its job. The urine had been absorbed fully by the bed mat, the bed sheet wasn't wet at all to the touch so had dried over night and the mat had kept it dry after that which was fantastic. I simply popped it off in the morning and threw it in the bin, and stuck a fresh one on the bed. I was really impressed by how well the mat had functioned, and that it hadn't left Harry soaking wet all night as well. There was a bit of an odour after but the product doesn't claim to do anything about that so that's fair enough really! However, they do the job that they promise to do which is keep urine away from the mattress, and are disposable so you don't have to worry about washing and drying overnight.
If you use these every single night for a period of time, they are going to work out quite expensive, so I wouldn't recommend these until your child is growing in confidence and has had a period of dry nights in their pull ups or nappies. As Harry doesn't drink much before bed and goes to the toilet before he sleeps, he never wees much in his sleep so I can't comment on how the mat would handle with a larger accident, but for smaller ones, they are perfect. Harry needs it there as a confidence booster to know its not the end of the world if he does have an accident, and when he's dry, I can just leave it there under the sheet until it has to be changed, so for us they are a cost-effective, and confidence boosting way of helping Harry get through the night without accident! I'd definitely recommend them, although as I say I'd keep them for the end of the night-time training!
Huggies DryNites Bed Mats are available from most supermarkets and baby retailers for around the £3, although prices do vary.
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I have recently entered the dreaded bed wetting stage with my daughter. She has been dry in the daytime for a couple of years now but not dry overnight. Up until a couple of months ago she was wearing pull-ups in bed but now the pull-ups are gone and we are well on our way to dry nights.
I had been under the illusion that children get dry in their own time, but then I realised my daughter was rapidly approaching 5 so I thought it was time to start encouraging her to be dry overnight. Bed wetting is a really awkward time as it's hard to teach a child not to urinate overnight because in the words of my daughter 'I'm asleep so I don't know'. Her pull-ups had appeared to be slightly less wet than usual and this is when I thought she might just be ready to start combating bed wetting. My advice to other parents is don't listen to anybody else - if your child is ready, you will know.
My first and only bed wetting aid has been Huggies DryNites Bed Mats.
Huggies DryNites Bed Mats are designed as 'matress protection for children 12 months and over'. They are unisex and don't have an age limit. I personally wouldn't recommend bed mats for very young children/early stages of bedwetting (pull-ups are much more effective and inexpensive for this) - they are most suitable for older children/more established stages of bed wetting.
The bed mats are a really large size (145 x 80 cm) and completely cover the width of a toddler bed and single bed. They are supposed to be placed across the bed, rather than long ways. There is plenty of space either side of the mats to tuck them underneath the mattress so they don't move about during the night.
They come in packs of 7. The underside of the mat is a plastic waterproof material and the other side is a soft quilted material. The bed mats make a rustling sound when you get them out of the pack and put them on the bed, but they don't make any noise once in use. The waterproof side should be placed face down on the bed and a bed sheet should be placed over the top. The bed mat cannot be felt when in use and makes no difference to the comfort of the bed.
Huggies Bed Mats have worked really well for us. My daughter has taken to them very well and has been trying really hard to stay dry overnight. At first she was having around 2 dry nights out of 7, but now she has around 5 dry nights out of 7 (which means we're only using about 2 mats per week!) - I don't think this would be the case if she was still wearing pull-ups in bed. She has even started waking herself up to go on the toilet.
She doesn't mind having the mats on her bed, infact she quite likes it because it makes her feel like a 'grown up girl'. The mats absorb urine very well and you can clearly see if the bed mat is or has been wet - sometimes it's really obvious if her sheets/pyjamas are wet and stinky in the morning (lovely) but it's not always obvious if she has done a small one early on in the night, so we have to have a peek at the mat to find out. Unfortunately the mats do quite smell when they have urine on them, but no more than you would expect.
She doesn't get distressed (or sore) if she wakes up and her mat is wet, although she does feel slightly disappointed (which I think is good thing as it gives her more drive to be dry the next night). We also make sure she doesn't have a drink after 6pm and goes to the toilet before bed time. We also use rewards in the form of a chart - each time she is dry she gets a smiley face on her chart. If she gets so many smiley faces she gets a surprise - usually a toy of some sort. Willpower is needed from both parents and children!
The downsides to Huggies DryNites Mats are that they don't soak up all urine - if my daughter has a particularly bad night and does a few wee's, there tends to be a faint scent of urine on her mattress. It doesn't happen often and it's never too severe, but it's still not very nice. The second downside is that bed sheets (and usually duvet covers) are not covered by the bed mats and will need to be washed after each accident. It's quite a long and messy process, so be prepared! As I've also already mentioned, bed mats are not best suited to early stages of bed wetting as they may not be effective enough at absorbing and will work out very costly.
Huggies DryNites Bed Mats are available in most supermarkets and generally cost around the £3 mark for a pack of 7. Based on our experience I am happy to recommend.