How do you make Pull-ups? I have an eight year old who is still wetting the bed at night. The price of store bought are getting expensive. Please Help!
Beth from Bloomington, IN
By Debbie Dzurilla  11/07/2007
Perhaps someone else will have an idea for making pull-ups. Can your 8 yr old still fit in them? My daughter is 9 and finally she's staying dry. We have been using Goodnights on her lately for sleeping. They come in two sizes. I would buy them at Wal-Mart and if you go to the Goodnights website they usually have a link there to click for a dollar off coupon. I don't think I'll have to buy anymore. We will finish up the bag we have by still putting one on her as a precaution and she reuses if they are not soiled. In the past 2 1/2 weeks tho she has only been wet twice. She is waking up in the night and going or she is able to hold it till morning. We knew she would grow out of it so we never tried medications, alarms and such. With some kids it just takes longer. Anyway, I hope someone here has instructions for making pull-ups but by the time you buy supplies and spend your time making, you might as well buy them. Another source is a warehouse club where you can buy a large supply.
By Debbie Dzurilla  11/07/2007
I got to thinking about it.....if your child only needs a pull up at night....that's just one a day....is it really worth your time to make something? A pkg of Goodnights maybe costs $8-$10 at Wal-Mart. I do not recall how many is in the pkg but if you have a coupon it's cheaper and I figure you'd be spending maybe .35 a day if that....to me, not much when you consider what happens if you don't use something....then it's changing wet sheets and laundering and maybe having to wash the bedspread and mattress pad as well plus your child lays in a wet bed. To me it's money well spent. I've had to spend the money for a long time. My daughter day-time potty trained a long time ago but still have had the expense of something to protect at night but I wasn't about to wash sheets and change her bed every day....saving the little bit on the pull ups per day wouldn't be worth it to me and I don't know what you could make homemade that would be cheaper. Perhaps tho there will be some posts that will help you in that department. I just kept buying them and hoping she would grow out of it.
I grew up with a sister that wet the bed till she was 13 and there weren't the nice products available like there are today. I watched my Mom strip her bed daily.
By Linda in Alabama (Guest Post) 11/08/2007
When my children were young (before pull-ups, and almost before disposable diapers!) I would put training pants on them at night and then put plastic pants over that. For an 8-yr-old, maybe you could make some very thick underwear (maybe sewing extra material where the wetting would be onto ready-made underwear) and I would assume you could find some soft plastic that you could make some plastic pants, putting elastic around the top and around the legs.
By Joyce  11/08/2007
I have heard that if you start giving the kids Magnesium it should help with the bed wetting.
By Mary (Guest Post) 11/08/2007
Bed wetting at this age is from the bladder being to small to do all the work during the day. I think its easy on the sodas or tea if at all and no fluids after 7 before bedtime.
They don,t do this on purpose and it is a medical condition. Give them your love and understanding and your support. Never give them shame. It will also help them.
By Crystal (Guest Post) 11/08/2007
My son also wet the bed long after the usual time of quitting. I took him to the chiropractor for adjustments. They also gave him a supplement chromium (misspelled). It was amazing he quit wetting his bed making my life so much easier and his self esteem sky rocketed. I used to put double sets of sheets with plastic type pads in between to help that in the middle of the night wetness. Instead of fusing about his accidents, I just taught him how to change the sheets himself so that it relieved some of the tension created by the situation. Good luck.....
By beth  11/09/2007
Thank you all for your feedback. I will take everything into consideration.
By (Guest Post) 11/11/2007
Try waking up your child to go to the bathroom before you go to bed, depending on what time he wets the bed. If he is wetting later in the night, try setting an alarm at the time just before he wets. This way he can get up and go to the bathroom forming a new habit. Also cut off all liquids around 5:00 or 6:00 depending on his bed time.
I hope this helps.
By Tammy  11/20/2007
When my son was about your son's age, I asked his pediatrician about his bed-wetting. He said to get a bed-wetting alarm. It worked great! It has a moisture sensor that you attach to his underwear and when he begins to urinate, it sounds an alarm. It's worth checking out. It took a couple of weeks but eventually he stopped wetting the bed.
Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the one we used. You should be able to do a search online.
Hope this helps!
By Kim (Guest Post) 06/19/2008
Ok I like the idea of using washable underwear. I would go out and buy washable underwear in the next three sizes up and I would layer them on your child at night. These will be washable and you will eventually have to buy the next three bigger sizes as he grows anyway and it maybe cheeper buy now than it will be in the future due to costs going up globally. Don't forget the good old plastic matress cover.
By pam 04/21/2009
My kids sleep like dead men! My son is about to turn 8 and wakes up dry 1-3 nights/week. His sister did it too and after 14 years of diapers and pull-ups i am ... disgruntled with the prices. My advice -i was always a name-brand buyer, believing others would be inferior in quality - is to open your mind and shop around. I began using the Dollar General brand last year (21 briefs for $7.50). They rose to $8.75 last fall so I migrated to Walgreen's brand (21 for $8) and during all of April they are BOGO 1/2 off! So I stocked up - That's $6 for 21! They work just as well - and my son can fill-er-up like none other!
My daughter fought this battle until she was 9 or 10, after YEARS of chronic (and varied) problems we drove hours to a specialist and found that she had an undersized urethra - she wore pull-ups, then xs depends (she was taller than me by age 10).
If your kids are fast growers, if they take ADD or ADHD meds, if they take certain allergy meds, melatonin, clonidine, etc. It could be anything - except cheap or easy for you!
I think one of us should start an exchange program; ppl always end up with a package or two left once the baby is done with diapers or we are done with pull-ups. There should be a place we could post them and donate them to one another locally - just a thought! All you moms with 4 loads of sheets/week - Keep The Faith!
By Susan  05/18/2009
I used to use the thick training pants (underwear) and put a plastic diaper cover over them. The kind you use for cloth diapers. This worked well for us when my son wet the bed at night. Good luck!
By Cindy 06/22/2009
As we speak I am having this same problem with my son. He is 7 and going to be 8 this year. My husband had the same problem as a child.
I just went to the store the other day and picked up some washable diapers, a water proof bed pad and some briefs that are 2 sizes to big for my son. I am planning on cutting and sewing the water proof pad and some of the diapers in the underware. This way I can wash them. Good Nights are getting to costly for us also. I got this idea from looking up making your own washable menstrual pads. I hope this works.