What is a bed wetting alarm, and do they work?
Night time potty training is distinct from Day time potty training, but there are tools to help you, one of these being Bed Wetting Alarms. And yes, bed wetting alarms really do work, and are considered to be among the best and most effective means of stopping bed wetting in children.
A bed wetting alarm is a moisture detection sensor attached to a sleeping child’s underwear or pajamas. When moisture is detected it triggers an alarm, generally attached to the shoulder of the child’s pajamas by Velcro, that is loud enough to wake up both the child and parent. For older children a silent vibrating alarm is available that will only wake up the child.
When should you use a bed wetting alarm?
In the normal course of events most children will stop wetting their beds by the time they are 4 to 5 years old. If the child continues to wet their bed at 6 or 7 years of age, then is when you may want to consider getting a bed wetting alarm.
Initially, unless the child is a light sleeper, it is often the parent who is first awakened by the alarm, who then goes and wakes up the child and sends/takes him or her to the bathroom. Needless to say, you will need to have clean, dry sleepwear for you child to change into afterwards.
How long does it take to train a child to stop bed wetting?
The whole process generally takes about 12 weeks, although it may vary somewhat depending on the child.
For the first 4 to 6 weeks you may find yourself having to wake up your child when the bed wetting alarm goes off. By then the child should begin waking up to the alarm on their own.
By the 12th week you child should be waking up on their own to go, either that, or holding it till morning.
When your child has been able to stay dry through the night for 5 weeks, then you can stop using the bed wetting alarm.
Top Five Recommended Bed Wetting Alarms
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While there is no one perfect bed wetting alarm for everybody, some are better than others. Here are five recommended bed wetting alarms that get high marks from customers.
#1 DryEasy Bedwetting Alarm
This product comes with a selection of 6 different Sound Alarms and a Vibration Alarm. You have options of sound only, vibration only or sound plus vibration.
This product is FDA registered and CE certified.
With multiple alarms to choose from, if the child begins to tune out on sound you can always switch to another.
The clip that attaches it to the child’s underwear is a little tricky to use, but once attached it is very secure will not pull away. Some users have noted that the alarm continues to go off as long as the sensor is wet.
#2 Wet-Stop3 Kit
This is a bedwetting Enuresis Alarm with Waterproof Bed Pad for Boys and Girls.
This product is FDA Registered ISO Certified, CE Safety Certified, Health Canada Registered
Designed for deep sleepers, it has variable sound alarms to keep the child from becoming use to a particular alarm and a vibration alarm.
It has a small easily attachable wearable sensor that clips to the underwear with alarm that attaches to the pajama top.
The mattress pad is waterproof and hypoallergenic, comfortable and machine washable.
#3 TEQIN Bedwetting Alarm for Boys, Girls
This bed wetting alarm gives you a choice of sound and vibration alarms or a combination of both.
The clips are easy to use, easy enough that the child can quickly learn to attach it themselves.
#4 Smart Bedwetting Alarm
This product is for deep sleepers. It can automatically cycle through 8 Sound, Light, and Vibration Alarms to prevent the child from tuning out any particular alarm. It is also possible to select sound or vibration only
#4 Detachable Bedwetting Alarm by MoDo King
This product gives a choice between both sound and vibration alarms. The detachable line makes it easy to shut off the alarm and clean it.
This unit is designed to help kids over age 3 to stop wetting their beds, with a special moisture sensor clamped on the child’s underpants to go off at the first sign of urination, and the alarm to awaken the child to go to toilet. The line is detachable which makes it easier to stop the alarm and clean it.
With adjustable bands and denticular clamps the alarm and sensor can be worn comfortably and securely through the night.
#5 Smart Bedwetting Alarm
This product is for deep sleepers. It can automatically cycle through 8 Sound, Light, and Vibration Alarms to prevent the child from tuning out any particular alarm. It is also possible to select sound or vibration only modes.