In The No-Cry Potty Training Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Child Say Good-Bye to Diapers, author Elizabeth Pantley writes that "potty training is about daytime toilet habits. Nighttime dryness is a totally separate subject...it is achieved only when a child's physiology supports it - you can't rush it."
In fact, did you know that "half of all three-year-olds and 40 percent of four-year-olds wet the bed several times a week. Also, 20 to 25 percent of five-year-old children and 10 to 15 percent of six-year-olds don't stay dry every night"?
With those statistics in mind, it's important to stay relaxed about nighttime dryness/bed wetting. Take the necessary precautions, clean up messes calmly and with a smile, and eventually your little one will wake up dry every morning.
To help bring peace to your home and to avoid ruining your child's mattress, it makes sense to invest in a mattress cover. Protect-A-Bed offers "ultra thin mattress protectors that are available in all bed sizes including cribs for babies."
We used a Protect-A-Bed mattress cover on our bed while we were co-sleeping with our daughter and our daughter has a P-A-B AllerZip cover on her bed now. It is so nice to know that if any messes are made, we can simply take off the cover and stick it in the washing machine the next day. No wet mattresses, bad odors, or chemical cleaners needed!
The AllerZip encasement not only promises "superior protection against bed wetting," but it also "protects against allergens such as pet dander, pollen and mold."
This cover brings new meaning to the phrase "don't let the bed bugs bite." If you put this cover on your bed, you can change that phrase to "the bed bugs can't bite you now." Or you can refrain from using that odd (and slightly disturbing) phrase at all - which is what we do.
WIN IT! Two winners will win a Protect-A-Bed AllerZip mattress cover in his/her choice of size. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post prior to Monday, April 7 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). The winner will be announced and contacted on Tuesday, April 8. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winners are #116 Susan Chester and #163 Jane K. Congratulations!