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If there is one thing that I have learned from having twins, it has been that children truly do develop at their own individual pace. It was fascinating to watch how my twin girls (now 4) achieved milestones at different times. One walked at 10 months old, the other not until 13 months old. The one that was not walking was talking, and the one that walked didn’t have any words. Each one had a strength they were working on, and it wasn’t always the same thing at the same time. As parents, we understood that and accepted it.
Fast forward 3 years and my four-year-old girls are much more aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. While we understand that they will develop at different rates, they do not get this. My one daughter is really good at writing her name, while her sister is still struggling. She gets upset and it can be hard to explain why this is to a four year old. Another example is with bedwetting. Both girls did really well with potty training at 3 years old, but nighttime bed wetting started to occur for one of my daughters. She’s very aware that it’s not happening to her sister and it has been frustrating for her.
As a mom, I’m worried about the issue, but I’m more worried about my daughter’s confidence and finding a way to handle the situation until we get past this common problem. Did you know that one out of six 4-12 year olds wets the bed? If you and your child are dealing with this, you are not alone! The important thing is to manage it at home with comfort, confidence and helpful routines. So how are we doing this? How are we managing this issue with twins, where one is struggling and the other is not? Below are some tips that are helping us handle the issue:
Keep a Consistent Nighttime Routine
Make sure bedtime, and the time leading up to bedtime, are consistent for both twins. I don’t single out my one daughter as not being able to do something just because she wets the bed. So, for example, neither of them can have liquids after a certain time.
PARENT TIP: If you get the whines that they are thirsty – try small ice chips! I use our fridge dispenser for crushed ice and let them have a few chips. It’s fun and erases that thirsty feeling!
Our Nighttime Routine:
*Free Time After Dinner
*Brush Teeth, Take a Bath, Potty
*Pajamas On/GoodNites® Bedtime Pants On
*1 Book/Hugs & Kisses/ Lights Out (and in my daughters’ case – hall light on!)
Encourage and Reassure
Since my daughter is a twin, she knows her sister is not struggling with bed wetting, so she needs encouragement and reassurance that everything is going to be okay. We let her know that her body is still growing and that everyone is different. We praise her for good nights and her sister gives her a high-five, too!
We read children’s books on self-esteem, confidence and embracing differences to help them understand that they are different and that’s okay! To take this one step further, I had my twins create a “Collage of Me” with things found in magazines that represent them, their likes and strengths. We then displayed and celebrated the many ways they were the same and different. They enjoyed creating these and even helping each other come up with ideas, therefore embracing each other’s qualities.
Help Your Child Rest Easy
Help your child Rest Easy Tonight. I want my daughter to feel the same rest, comfort and ease when she goes to sleep that her sister does. Disposable GoodNites® Bedtime Pants are the #1 Nighttime Protection Brand. They help set the stage for a peaceful night’s sleep with 5 layers of protection. GoodNites® Bedtime Pants are more absorbent vs. the leading training pant.
Why GoodNites® Bedtime Pants?
- The super-stretchy sides help to fit a variety of body sizes and shapes and are designed to protect from leaks in any sleeping position.
- Odor absorbing, outstanding pajama protection!
- Protections where boys and girls need it the most.
- Designs your kids will love, including Marvel’s Iron Man (S/M) or camo print and skateboards (L/XL) for boys and Cool designs including Disney’s Cinderella (S/M) or hearts and butterflies (L/XL) for girl
- GoodNites® Bedtime Pants look and fit like real underwear. The fabric is soft and quiet, too.
Having something that is similar to her sister, who wears underwear to bed, is really important. Now, we have smiles when we get ready for bed. No tears and worries that her sister is wearing underwear and she is not.
Have a Conversation
We talk about it – and her twin sister congratulates her when my daughter stays dry. We ask how my daughter feels and answer any questions she has. We let her be involved in the strategies that we’re trying to implement – like planning a nighttime routine or picking up GoodNites® Bedtime Pants at CVS. My daughter was captivated by Disney’s Cinderella on the front since she’s only 4 and still crazy for princesses. (This will not necessarily be something older children would be comfortable with).
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