GoodNites, Sleep Tight: How We Tackled Nightmares

Sunday, August 14, 2016

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Summer was so good to us.  We had an abundance of sunshine filled days, warm weather and just absolute fun together.  My favorite part of each day was when we would all wake up and decide where we would go or what we would do for that day.  The daily goal was to wear these kiddos out.  If they went to bed tired with dirty feet and heavy eyes, it was a win for this mom.  But unfortunately sleeping hard means one thing - we don't wake up for potty breaks.  We actually SLEEP THROUGH them so there was lots of extra laundry and middle of the night sheet changes for this tired mama.  Cohen's been potty trained for years, but I recently learned that your child's bladder doesn't wake their brain up in the middle of the night.  This problem happens a lot more than one would think!  Actually, 1 in 6 kids ages 4-12 will wet the bed at least once a week after being potty trained.  But in the scheme of things, I really didn't need to be getting up with anymore kids in the middle of the night because Remy was enough for the moment.  I turned to GoodNites, the #1 Night Time Protection brand to help this tired mama get at least a few more moments of uninterrupted sleep.


I had been wracking my brain on how to deal with this problem for the time being.  The problem stemmed from a few things but I knew that the culprit was late night thirst quenches.  I mean the kid plays hard so there was no way I was going to deny him a drink.  Usually we limit drinks past 7:00 pm to avoid this problem altogether.  But again, I wasn't going to dehydrate my child nor keep him from burning off steam on the daily.  Cohen also had been waking up in the middle of the night with nightmares and then would ask for a drink, which doesn't help our situation much either.  However the bedding and clothing changes in the middle of the night were a struggle.  Cohen is a big Kindergartener now and wearing baby diapers are out of the question.  Plus I would never do that to him at this age.

On a recent diaper run to Walmart I decided to check out the different options that GoodNites offered for our situation.  As a busy mom, I love how Walmart offers the best variety of solutions and value for bed wetting management, including a $2 coupon (while supplies last-so keep checking back for it!)  Immediately I was drawn the to GoodNites Bedtime Pants which are made for both boys and girls ages 4 and older with outstanding protection for any sleeping position.  These pants look and feel like real underwear and help them maintain a sense of privacy and self-esteem even in an uncomfortable situation like this one.  The GoodNites Bedtime Pants are more absorbent than leading training pants with five layer protection, offer new zoned protection where boys and girls need it and move like underwear.  I also grabbed some GoodNites TruFit Underwear because these too look and feel just like real underwear yet use a disposable insert to help provide the ultimate nighttime protection.  Plus I loved that they were machine washable so I could throw them into the wash and reuse them again if needed.




I also decided that I needed to tackle these nightmares to see if this would help solve a bit our nighttime issues too.  Cohen has always been a concrete kind of learner - like he needs to physically be able to see or do something in order to learn from it.   I had the simple solution of making a Monster Spray that I would keep by his bed.  Therefore if he woke up and was scared he could spray it before calling one of us to his room or before he came running down to ours.


Monster Spray


You Need:
--One (1) spray bottle
--Water
--Lavender Essential Oil
--Optional - Decorations for Bottle

How to Make It:

1.  I began by creating and laminating a label for my bottle.  (I'm a teacher.  Of course I have a personal laminator.)  Here's the printable you can use for yourself!
Monster Spray Label 

2.  Fill the bottle with water and add 5-10 drops of lavender into it, depending on the size of your bottle.  I used lavender because of the calming effect and the gentle scent.



3.  Add your label and decorations.


4.  Show your kiddo how to use and spray those monsters away!



Cohen and I talked about how we can use our Monster Spray to get rid of anything we may be scared of at the time.  I told him he had to use the spray first before running to our room.  Our agreement was that if he was still scared even after he used our Monster Spray he could come down and get me.  After about a week of giving Cohen his Monster Spray the middle of the night wake-ups really decreased.  Not only was it great that I didn't have to get out of bed with him, but he also wasn't asking for water which has really helped with the middle of the night accidents.  Now if only there was a spray I could use when I wanted my kids to nap at the same time...


I'm sad that summer break is over for us, but I know this upcoming school year will be full of just as much fun!  The best part of my job is that I get to spend these extended breaks with my kiddos, creating these memories we will remember for a lifetime.  And now that we have tricks to tackle these nighttime problems, we are ready for the new school year!

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How do you manage nightmares with your kiddos?

xoxo,



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