The Difference Between Bed Wetting and Potty Training

bed wetting mats Last month, I told you all about one of my new favorite products: GoodNites bed mats. All three of my kids are potty trained, but each still has bed wetting issues…which means lots of frustration (and laundry!) all around.

What’s important to remember when it comes to bed wetting is that your child cannot physically control it – there’s nothing that you or your child can do to make it not happen. Sure there are preventative measures that you can take (like not letting them drink anything a few hours before bed), but it still could happen. It’s not something they can control.

GoodNites: The Difference Between Bed Wetting and Potty Training


Many people get confused about the difference between potty training and bed wetting, so let’s clear it up here:

Bed Wetting –  Nocturnal enuresis is commonly called bed wetting. It is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which bladder control (potty training) usually occurs. A child cannot be trained out of bed wetting; it is something they will outgrow naturally.

Potty Training – The process of training a young child to use the toilet.

As you can see, there’s no comparison of the two. Potty training is a learned function whereas bed wetting is an involuntary function. A child can control one but not the other. A child cannot learn not to bed wet, but they can learn to use the toilet.

Bottom line: if you have a child, or like me children, who have issues with bed wetting, I encourage you to be supportive of your child until he or she outgrows the condition naturally as your child continues to develop. Easier said than done, I know. But it will happen eventually. I have family members that it took until they were between 8 to 10 years of age, but it did happen.

I also encourage you to give Goodnites a try. You can save $2 on a purchase of GoodNites bed mats by visiting Trust me, you won’t regret it…they have been a lifesaver in our house!

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of GoodNites. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


  1. Cady did not stop wetting the bed until she was way into six, maybe even seven, years old. James will be five next week (sob), and he still wears a pull up at night. My husband was a bed wetter, and it is just something I've never really worried about. I figure when their bodies develop enough they will stop. Until then there are enough things on the market to help them (and me) through it. Jennifer recently posted..Facing the MusicMy Profile


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