As many of you already know, my little girl is autistic. While most people are aware that individuals with autism often struggle to communicate, and feelings can sometimes be confusing for them, especially concerning others, there seems to be less awareness of the motor control issues which are often present. In my daughter’s case, this is a big struggle for her. She is actually a very friendly child, has great eye contact and tries hard to do well for her teachers, therapists and myself. She is all about praise and attention, but for all intensive purposes she doesn’t speak, and has trouble with fine motor coordination. Kids with autism also have difficulty adjusting to change more so than typical kids.
These two issues have a lot to do with the reason my daughter is still dealing with staying dry at night. It is already more difficult for her, but toward the end of last summer she woke dry most nights. I thought we were well on our way, but then kindergarten started, and everything went askew. She absolutely refused to use the toilet at school, holding it all day. She started having accidents at home, and was wet again most mornings. Finally, over the past couple weeks, she has started to turn around, even using the bathroom at school once. I thought it might be time, to try losing the night time training pants.
Huggies has a new product called GoodNites Disposable Bed Mats, and we are trying them out. They are absorbent mats that protect a child’s mattress from being soiled when they have a bed wetting accident. The product is already available at most Walmart stores and online at walmart.com. I ordered 3 packs online along with a fun new set of zebra print sheets for my daughter’s bed. I figured, the mats will save the bed if she has an accident and the sheets will motivate her not to have one in the first place. I wanted these right away, and though I could have gotten free shipping on the order, I opted to pick it up in the Site to Store department the next day.
An email arrived in my inbox overnight informing me that the order was ready for pick-up at the store I had selected. It also instructed me to print out the email to be scanned and to bring ID with me for pick up. After school my daughter and I went to pick up her new supplies. Everything went smoothly, and my order was ready and waiting. I must say, I doubt I will order in stock store items this way again. I nearly always have something else I need to pick up when I go in the store, so for me it equates to waiting to check out twice. I definitely will use it for items not in local stock, items I fear may not be in stock if I wait or if someone else is picking it up. While putting in this order, I actually spotted a few items not available at my local stores , that were great deals and I plan on ordering soon.
These thin mats, are the width of a twin mattress, have a waterproof backing and absorbent liner. My daughter has a queen size bed (it used to be my husband and I’s), so the mat doesn’t cover the entire width of the bed. It does cover most of it though. The mats are meant to go right over the sheets, which would make late night change outs so much easier, but since they don’t reach all the way across and my daughter wiggles and rolls around an awful lot, I placed the mat under her sheet. The peel off adhesive strips secured it nicely to the mattress, and I made the bed up for her. She was so excited about the new sheets that I had a hard time getting her to sleep. Eventually, long after bed time she finally drifted out. I crossed my fingers.
The next morning, when it was time to wake her, I tentatively checked her sheets as she was starting to rouse. They were DRY! One day down, many more to come but it was a great start.
UPDATE: We didn’t stay dry forever. I can now report that these are incredibly absorbent.
If you want to try GoodNites Disposable Bed Mats with your child, check them out here on a special page provided by Walmart and grab a $2 off coupon.
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