Our son is just over 5yrs. We have been without night nappies for about 12 mths, but the only method that appears to be successful is to wake him between 10:30 & 11pm for a wee, this usually keeps him dry. If we didn't he would usually be wet in the morning. I'm concerned that we may be creating a bad habit (or routine) by having to wake him from deep sleep to go. Should we stop waking him and let him pick up the bladder signs himself. I was a bed wetter until about 7 but my wife was dry much earlier.
waking your son at night to take them to the toilet may help in reducing the number of wet beds, however this should only be done if it does not result in disrupted sleep patterns for you and your son. You need to keep in mind that in most cases this approach will not teach children to wake-up on their own and go to the toilet. If you do decide to continue with this method it is sometimes helpful to vary the times in which you wake him so that his bladder does not become conditioned to emptying at a particular time. Really when it comes to the management of bedwetting I often recommend to parents that they do what works for them and their child – each case is unique so what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. Bedwetting does run in families with about 44% of children experiencing bedwetting if one of their parents also wet the bed as a child. The good news is that this also allows you some insight into when his bedwetting may stop, as the strongest indicator of when your son will attain nighttime continence is the age at which you yourself did. If another two years of waking him up at night seems a little overwhelming you could always try an absorbent pant like DryNites which would allow him to sleep through while maintaining a dry bed.