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“GoodNites” for Moms and Kids #HuggiesWalmart

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.

Goodnights Disposable Bed Mats

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.

ordering Goodnights disposable bed mats online from Walmart

Ordering GoodNites disposable bed mats online from Walmart was easy.

zebra sheets

Funky fun zebra sheets (displayed on a GoodNites Disposable Bed mat). I will have to build her headboard for her now.

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.

new bedding

She was very excited about her new Zebra sheets.

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.

ready for a good night

The excitement kept her up, but also seemed to motivate her.

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.

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Huggies. #HuggiesWalmart #CBias #SocialFabric. All experiences and opinions presented here are my own.

 

Comments

  1. says

    What a great product. The disposbale bed mats are the perfect next step. I think this product will help children feel better and little more ike a big boy or girl. Congrats to you daughter for making so many great strides forward. I’m a Special Education Preschool Teacher, so I can understand how challenging some of these skills may be for your daughter. But, she has a great mom who is attentive to her needs and is steering her in the right direction. :-)

  2. says

    We aren’t to the night time underwear stage with our potty training but I will keep these in mind

  3. says

    Thanks for this info Robin! I feel like little man is ready for this stage, because he had three dry nights with his pull ups (that he only wears at night) so I’m ready to try underwear but don’t want to ruin the mattress. Your daughter is such a beauty!

    • Robin Gagnon says

      Good luck with Little Man, he sure does sound like he’s about ready :)

    • Robin Gagnon says

      They say girls usually have an easier time. Even though my daughter is a little older than typical, from what some parents with kids on the spectrum have told me, she has progressed in this area quicker than many of the boys.

  4. says

    My son has autism too. I understand a lot of what you are going through.

  5. says

    It took my daughter a long time to train at night these would have come in handy.

  6. says

    I wish these had been around when my kids were little! I hope your daughter has continued success with staying dry at night!

  7. says

    What a great idea! Your daughter is gorgeous, btw!

  8. says

    I love Huggies, and your daughter is so adorable!

  9. says

    These are great! I wish I had known about them when mine were little b/c there were many times they leaked through their diapers.

  10. says

    Yeah for your little girl! I would use these now since sometimes my son’s diaper leaks and since we cosleep, it can often be a big mess.

  11. Francesca says

    It’s great that products like this can help kids and their families! It’s great to see that you keep a positive attitude and work one day at the time! Thanks for sharing wil definitely use it to take my babies to the next stage :)