Well, after putting it off for a few weeks, I’ve finally decided to start my training. To be honest, I was looking for a weekend when I knew I would have time and little else that needed to be done so I could focus on the training. And voilá, Memorial day weekend was just around the corner, and now here we are. I’m actually pretty anxious (in a good way) to finally get this training started, and I can only hope it goes well!
I figured I would take this time to give a few last pieces of advice, and my general game plan for those who wish to follow in my footsteps. First, as you can see, I bought a bed pad. I think one of the things that was holding me back was the worry that I would leak and ruin my mattress. Leaks are bound to happen when you wet the bed, and even though I do have a mattress protector, I didn’t think it would hold up against a full-blown leak. Enter the mattress protector. I purchased it from NorthShore, and it definitely eases my mind as far as leaking is concerned. Second, if you’re wearing disposable diapers, try not to sleep on your side. This is the best way to leak, even with a fresh diaper. Luckily for me, I find it rather uncomfortable to sleep on my side while padded, so this isn’t really an issue.
Now, for my general plan every night:
- Drink a sizeable amount of fluids before getting ready for bed. I’m not really good with definite amounts, but in general enough that I know I’ll have to pee later, but not enough that I’ll be peeing every 5 minutes for the foreseeable future.
- Make sure I go to bed with the intent of being in bed for at least 9 hours. This way, even if I have trouble falling/getting back to sleep, I should still be well rested the next day
- Before bedtime, change into a diaper, or a new one if I’ve been wearing that day. Even though I have the ped pad, I still don’t want to leak.
- Listen to the bedwetting hypnosis file from My Little Lullaby (found here:https://mylittlelullaby.com/product/wetting-the-bed/). At best, this will help me become a bedwetter almost instantaneously. At worst, I get relaxed before falling asleep with the idea of becoming a bedwetter at the forefront of my mind. Win-win if you ask me.
- Set an alarm for 3 hours after I get into bed. When this alarm sounds, I’ll walk up, drink water/juice/whatever from my full sippy cup sitting on my nightstand, and try to let go of anything in my bladder. I’ll try to do this with as little movement as possible, so that I don’t become fully awake, and can easily fall right back asleep. This also normalizes the act of peeing while laying in bed. The drink is to re-fill my bladder so that I’ll likely have to pee again during the night.
- If I wake up later in the night, try to pee without moving or thinking too much about it. Again, I want to normalize going while laying in bed so that it will begin to happen naturally and with no input from myself.
- Wake up, inspect the damage, and get ready for the day.
I’m going to try out this routine for the next couple of weeks and see how far my progress gets. If I don’t feel like it’s working, I might switch things up, but that’s for a later date.
Goodnight and sweet dreams.