How to stop bedwetting using an alarm

Using an alarm is by far the most effective way to end a child's bedwetting. When you know why the alarm works and how to use it, your child will have the best chance of success.

Why do bedwetting alarms work?

You may think an alarm just tells you when your child wets the bed. In fact, it does far more.

A bedwetting alarm powerfully boosts a learning process called conditioning. Conditioning is learning to react to a feeling without thinking - in this case, waking to a full bladder.

When you use a bedwetting alarm as directed, your child starts waking just as they pee. Soon, they're waking to the feeling just before: a full bladder.

To make sure your child will learn this way with their alarm, read and follow the alarm instructions carefully.

How long does it take?

You'll know your child has beaten bedwetting when they have 14 dry nights in a row. When using a bedwetting alarm as directed, most children overcome the problem in 3 weeks to 3 months.

Why choose a DRI Sleeper alarm?

DRI Sleeper is unique in so many ways. Here are our top 5:

  1. Small: DRI Sleeper eclipse has the smallest, thinnest, lightest moisture sensor of any alarm. It's more comfortable for your child, so they're happier using it.
  2. Safe: Most bedwetting alarms have metal moisture sensors. Ours are made of conductive plastic to avoid skin reactions.
  3. Sensitive: We designed our moisture sensor to respond rapidly to liquid. This helps your child learn not to wet the bed more quickly.
  4. Speedy: Our alarms are delivered quickly, so you can start helping your child feel great about dry nights sooner.
  5. Supportive:
    • We offer all customers a free phone call or video conference with our in-house bedwetting advisor. With years of experience and close relationships with medical specialists and psychologists worldwide, we can help with even the most unusual problems!
    • You'll gain access with your purchase to our growing collection of online resources that make ending bedwetting easy: progress charts, drinking schedule, Relax and Remember MP3s, night toilet training guide, advice for children at different ages, and more.

Buy a bedwetting alarm

Choose an alarm from the DRI Sleeper range

Where does the alarm go?

Our alarms have small, conductive plastic moisture sensors. There are two types:

  • DRI Sleeper excel is a wearable alarm clipped to a child's nightwear. The sensor is attached to a cord plugged into the alarm.
  • DRI Sleeper eclipse has a wireless sensor. The alarm doesn't need to be attached to the sensor - it can be up to 11 metres (35 feet) away.

Placing the moisture sensor

For both alarms, place the moisture sensor in your child's underwear. There are several ways to make sure it stays in place. You could put it:

    1. in between two layers of snug-fitting underwear.
    2. into an opening cut in a minipad (women's sanitary pad) or panty liner in the child's underwear.
    3. into an opening cut in the inside crotch of a diaper (nappy).

Watch the sensor placement video demonstration

Tip: Try to avoid diapers. High absorbency can prevent children feeling wet, which may slow down their learning. Instead, use a waterproof mattress protector like a Brolly Sheet.

Placing the excel alarm (with cord)

DRI Sleeper excel's moisture sensor is plugged into the alarm. Take the cord up inside the nightwear and clip the alarm somewhere near the neckline, for example, to a pyjama collar or pocket.

Placing the eclipse alarm (wireless)

The DRI Sleeper eclipse alarm has a range around 11 metres (35 feet).

Usually, parents place the alarm on their child's bedside table, but for deep sleepers, it sometimes helps if the alarm is with the parent. Another option is DRI Sleeper eclipse with two alarms.

Practice with the alarm before bed

Alarm practice is vital in helping children understand the alarm's meaning and learn to respond.

Responding to the alarm during the night

When the alarm sounds, make sure your child has fully woken. Gently wiping their face with a damp cloth works well. If your child is very hard to wake, try our deep sleeper tips.

Alongside the alarm: what else helps?

Solving bedwetting makes such a difference to a child and their family. Our experience is the fastest way to get there is to use these techniques with the bedwetting alarm.

Night toilet training

These skills, attitudes and practical steps help make sure everything is in place for your child to overcome bedwetting. Here are some examples:

  • Keeping a diary of when your child wets the bed.
  • Regular routines around bedtime, including relaxing and peeing before bed.
  • Reward programs, like star charts, leading to rewards for dry nights.
  • Having a good attitude around the bedwetting: staying calm and treating it as normal.

Imagination

A child's imagination helps them learn, so it can help them stop bedwetting too. Here are some ways to use their imagination to beat bedwetting:

  • Children are often motivated to stop bedwetting when an event like a sleepover, school camp or holiday is coming up. At these times, ask your child to imagine how much more they would enjoy these events if they didn't have to worry about wetting the bed.
  • When your child needs to use the bathroom during the day, ask them to wait just a few moments and instead lay down on their bed and close their eyes. Ask what picture comes to mind when they feel their full bladder. Children come up with all kinds of amazing images - from footballs to fish tanks! Having a picture to go with the feeling can help them wake from sleep when it happens.

Listening for learning

Children and teens are often able to learn better when they're calm and relaxed.

That's why we developed our 20-minute Relax and Remember MP3s . These tracks reinforce the alarm response and develop awareness of a full bladder during sleep. Relaxing speech and music lets them drift off while they learn.

The two tracks are designed to meet the different needs of children and teens. We recommend they listen every night once they start using the alarm.

How to get more help

We know every child is different. Please contact us with your question. We're always happy to help.

What next?

 Learn more about our alarms

 

Not ready for an alarm? Download our free Night Toilet Training Guide


"It's now 6 weeks since his first dry night. He is the happiest and proudest kid on earth. I'm still pinching myself that it worked."
- Debbie
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It’s been fantastic

Hello, I have a dri sleeper bedwetting alarm I have been using with my seven year old son for ten weeks now. It’s been fantastic as except for the first two weeks we haven’t had a single wet bed.

Well done - that is a terrific effort!
We have seen a massive improvement

Hi Karen,

We have been following all of the advice in your email for the past five weeks and we have seen a massive improvement. After the second week he was dry for six nights in a row, the following week the alarm went off four times (only once during the night) and his underpants were only wet a small amount. The following week the alarm only went off once and again only his underpants were wet. We are currently in a stretch of six nights dry and hoping for this to continue.

Thank you so much for your assistance, any advice is greatly appreciated.
Kind regards

Natalie

That’s great news. Yes keep using the alarm until he has achieved 14 consecutive dry nights then he can stop using the alarm.
this alarm has already worked after about 2 - 3 weeks usage!

Hello Karen, I can confirm that this alarm has already worked after about 2 - 3 weeks usage! Can’t rate this highly enough and our 6 year old boy has basically gone from being wet every night (without fail) to now getting up on his own accord and going to the toilet in the night and being dry (pull up free!) in the morning! Even held wee in till the morning on a couple of occasions over last week! Incredibly effective product and will obviously be giving 5 stars on Amazon shortly (which says something as very rarely leave product reviews!)

Kind Regards

Richard
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Congratulations Richard! Thanks for the feedback.
Cured!!!! Thank you.

Cured!!!! Thank you. I was dubious as to whether it would really work. It took a while to persuade our 5y/o to try it as she was VERY attached to the night nappies. The first 2 weeks were very hard. Up every night. But I could see some small progress in the second week as she began to wake up. Week 3 a lot better. Week 4 we started having dry nights. We’ve only had one bed wet since she was dry and that was at 9pm and we think due to a bad dream. Now she gets up to go to the toilet or waits till morning. So happy. It was well worth the perseverance and all the extra washing. No more nappies for us! She still won’t give up the alarm yet, but that’s no issue.

Perserverance is the key. Well done Deb!
He is the happiest and proudest kid on earth. I'm still pinching myself.

My 7 year old son has NEVER been dry in his life. Every night he was SATURATED and leaked through pull ups through the bedding.

It was his decision to order his alarm from your website as he was desperate to be dry and 'normal'. We ordered the DRI Sleeper excel.

From the first night he was dry he has NEVER had an accident since. He raced around the house with joy, saying 'my brain has woken up, my brain has woken up!!!!'.

It's now 6 weeks since his first dry night. He is the happiest and proudest kid on earth. I'm still pinching myself that it worked. In reflection I wish I'd gotten the wireless version but it still did a great job.

Words can't express how this has changed our sons life and ours. We have given away all his pull ups and we are all well slept. I can't thank you enough.

Thanks for sharing your story with us. This will be very encouraging for other parents.