Last week, my three year old daughter, Jay and I spent a gorgeous day with the DryNites team, some fellow bloggers and Former Great British Sewing Bee finalist Tamara Melvin, learning how to make a pyjama bag, dreamcatcher and paper plate shoulder bag.
It was great fun for everyone involved and after a shy first few minutes, J was in her element, gluing and sticking, pinning and cutting, grabbing extra ribbons, helping turn the sewing machine wheel and generally having fun.
The little bag we made and took home is adorable and surprisingly easy to make, with a handle, lined main pouch for PJs and a front pouch for a DryNites, it is now hanging in her room and will go with her when she attempts her first sleepover at her grandma’s this Easter. At three, J loves anything that makes her feel ‘grown up’, so keeping this bag stocked with fresh supplies is a job she’s delighted to take on.
The dreamcatcher activity is another sweet way to help build nighttime confidence. It’s designed to comfort to your child by hanging in their bedroom where it can be imagined to catch bad dreams in its web, while good dreams slide down the feathers safely into the room. Learning to get up in the night independently is a big step for some, so anything that makes them feel comforted in that way is a lovely idea, I think.
DryNites commissioned Tamara to create this series of craft projects to inspire nighttime confidence in children and get mums talking about the often taboo subject of the bedwetting stage.
“As a mother of two, I’ve experienced the bedwetting stage first hand and, although it was short-lived, I didn’t really know how to manage or approach it. It can be a difficult and anxious time for children, and crafting is a great way to inspire confidence – especially at a time when they might be feeling confused or embarrassed about night time accidents. Making a pyjama bag with your little one is a great way to encourage them to use their initiative at bedtime, therefore helping to boost their confidence.”
This makes a lot of sense to me. It’s so common to have a period of bedwetting between completing daytime potty training and achieving 24 hour dryness, but it’s rarely spoken about. And the ‘secondary bedwetting’ stage, where a child may return to bedwetting after a period of dryness is also common, often triggered by a stressful event such as starting school or the arrival of a new baby, but this is even more rarely discussed so can come as a surprise to parents and children alike.
DryNites offer a simple solution because they’re ‘pyjama pants’ not nappies – they don’t look like nappies, they don’t get in the way of nighttime toilet visits, they are designed with a capacity appropriate to the age of the child, and they take away the embarrassment and disruption caused by a wet bed – something that affects almost 600,000 children in the UK every year. I think it’s a great way to help build and maintain confidence through a stage that needn’t be upsetting for little ones.
For more information about how you can support and build nighttime confidence with your children, visit www.drynites.co.uk
This is a commissioned post for DryNites. Top set of photos © AJ Govind