We just want to let you know that with the use of the Wet-Stop3, our 8 ½ year old son has mastered nighttime bed-wetting in 2 ½ months! He had only an occasional dry night prior to the use of the alarm.
I thought for quite a while before purchasing this alarm. Or any alarm. Wondering how long it would be before I would recoup the cost of the alarm vs. continuing to buy GoodNites. My 5-year old daughter is such a deep sleeper, and wet the bed every single night, so I really had my doubts. But I happened upon the WetStop3 and the price was lower than other brands I had seen. So I decided to roll the dice and buy it. I am SO GLAD that I did! This alarm has all the bells and whistles of any other brand - both vibration and beeping sound, small size, and functioned perfectly. For the first few days to a week my daughter often completely emptied her bladder before it woke her. But soon she was stopping midstream and getting to the bathroom to finish. And very soon after that she was getting up before the alarm even went off. I think the whole process took about 3 weeks. I had prepared myself for it taking SO much longer. And with no accidents at all, she quit wearing the alarm at just over one month from when we started. I was amazed! I'm still amazed at how well it worked - that's why I'm writing this review. This is the first time I've ever been moved to write a review. Needless to say I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ALARM!
My son has been using this little device for almost 3 months and I want to tell you that there has not been a single bedwetting accident since he got it. This thing really works and it has paid for itself in laundry.
For the last six months, I have enjoyed, rather than dreaded , going into her room in the morning, and smelling the fresh laundry soap smell of her sheets. No perfume could ever be as appealing!
First of all, I (mom) am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, so I have some experience giving advice on bed-wetting. Most references that I have show that night time bedwetting is considered "normal" until 6 to 7 years of age and that boys are typically more difficult to train than girls. That being said, I now have my own 4 1/2 year old boy that is extremely distraught in the mornings when his Pull-Up is wet. First, I borrowed one of the Malem alarms that we have to loan at work (the cheaper $89.00 one that does not vibrate) and found that if I allowed my child to sleep with this one, he woke up screaming and terrified due to the high-pitched audible alarm. Needless to say, our entire family of four was then awake until everyone could calm back down. In addition, the safety pin that is on the Mardel alarm tore a hole in the two sets of pajamas that we used with it.
Now for the good news. For less than half the cost of the comparable Malem alarm, The Wet-Stop 3 is AMAZING. Over a one month period, my son of 4 1/2 years has gone from wetting his pants 2-3 times per night, to wearing regular underwear and being dry all night long. In addition, there is a magnet attached to the vibration/audible alarm (there are 3 settings, either vibration or audible only, or vibration and audible together) that folds over the neckline of the pajamas, so no pins and no holes in the clothes. This is how we used the alarm:
First: we talked about how it worked and let him feel what the vibration felt like on his collar bone by dipping the computer chip in a cup of water. Once he was convinced that the alarm would not be deafening in the night, he was excited about wearing it.
Week 1: The first 4 nights, we allowed our son to sleep in a sleeping bag on the floor in our room. The first 2 night of this he woke up soaking wet, with the alarm going off, woke me up, and I helped him changed his Pull-Up and reattached the alarm. The second 2 nights, he woke up slightly less wet and finished urinating in the toilet, then we changed his Pull-Up. An important point, it was difficult enough for me to disconnect the clamp from his Pull-Up and hold the alarm reset button in, much less having a young child do this alone. The last 3 days of the first week, our son slept in his room, but came to wake me when he was wet (albeit, just barely) to reset the alarm and finish urinating in the toilet.
Week 2: 3 of 7 nights, the Pull-Up was DRY, the others we finished in the toilet and resent the alarm and went to bed.
Week 3: DRY for 7 nights in a row, still wearing the Wet-Stop 3 and a Pull-Up
Week 4: So far, we are 2 days into week 4 and our son is wearing regular underpants with the Wet-Stop 3 attached. So far, haven't had to change any sheets!!!!! He wakes up with a smile from ear to ear and that is worth all the money in the world.
As with anything new, consistency is the key. Don't get discouraged after one or two days of wet pants. Keep at it and encourage your child with every step. Congratulate him/her for waking up to the alarm, for coming to get help, etc. Remember, this is behavior modification, not punishment, and not magic.
I hope this review is helpful, and that your family has as much success as we have experienced. Good Luck!
L.Heiser via Amazon.com
The bedwetting alarm is the most successful tool one can use to overcome bedwetting, and the new Wet-Stop3 should be a leader in its field. The device is easy to use, goes off when it is supposed to, and makes it hard for children to shut off the alarm and inadvertently go back to sleep. I highly recommend this product for children who want to become dry at night.
Howard J. Bennett, MD
Author of Waking Up Dry: A guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting, Featured on Amazon's "100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime" list.