Preparing 5-6 Year Olds for Bedtime
The bedtime guide
A good routine at bedtime will help to relax and prepare your child for the night ahead. It’s important to create your own routine that works for your family, but try to incorporate the following elements:
|Bath time fun||A bath before bedtime will allow your child to unwind through play. Warm water, some bubble bath and chatting about the day’s events are the perfect way to relax.|
|Soothe the senses||Soothing strokes and cuddles can be very comforting to a child who may be worried about staying dry for the night ahead.|
|Dressed for bed||DryNites® Pyjama Pants provide unbeatable overnight protection for a good night’s sleep. Designed to look and feel like normal underwear, they’re simple for your child to put on under nightwear.|
|Dim the lights||Make your child's bedroom cosy by keeping the lights low to read stories, sing songs, talk or have a cuddle before sleep - all good ways of taking the attention away from bedwetting.|
|A last drink||Try to limit drinks - especially fizzy or caffeinated - in the last hour before bedtime. But make sure that your child takes on sufficient fluids throughout the day (the recommended daily fluid intake for children is 7-8 cups per day).|
|Last wee||Encourage your child to visit the loo one last time before bed, as this will help minimise potential accidents as well as reassure them that they have taken a positive step towards a drier night’s sleep.|
|Happy thoughts||Think positively. Don't talk about the last bedwetting incident. Instead focus on the pleasures of bedtime like sharing time together, laughing, talking and relaxing.|
In case of an accident...
If your child does wet the bed during the night, be prepared by having clean pyjamas, DryNites® and bedding to hand to make the clean up as simple as possible.
Soothe your child with warm towels, gentle sounds and dim lighting while you help them get changed if they are upset about the accident. Lots of reassurance for children who express concern about bedwetting will boost their confidence and help them go to bed feeling happier and more relaxed.