Bedwetting Alarm For Nighttime Potty Training

In your search for potty training aids you may come across a bedwetting alarm. This nifty tool emits a sound or a vibration when it detects moisture. The basic idea is that, over time, when a child hears the alarm and wakes up that it alerts them to go to the bathroom, and hopefully finish emptying their bladder there. In effect, these alarms depend on behavior conditioning.

If you think this sounds like a good option for your little munchkin, there are several considerations in your final purchase.

First, do you want an alarm that’s part of a bed pad, one that has special briefs or one that works in combination with a child’s familiar underpants? This choice depends heavily on what you feel will make your child most comfortable and responsive.

A child who is a deep sleeper might remove an alarm from their clothing without ever really waking up. By comparison, the only way to turn off a wireless bedwetting alarm is to get up and turn it off. The wireless alarm sends sound from a distance and typically offer a volume control. The clip on unit has a sound system that attaches near a child’s shoulder so it’s close to the ear without any option to change the sound level.

Best Bedwetting Alarms

Here is a look at three bedwetting alarm systems that are readily available on line and at children’s stores. The two most popular choices are

  1. "The Chummie" - whose manufacturers  claim it as the “World’s most advanced bedwetting system.” The product combines vibrations, sound and light into the alarm program. Cost wise, it’s on the higher end of bedwetting alarms, but the excellence of the customer service department seems to offset that.
  2. The Malem Ultimate Selectable Alarm with vibration claims it is clinically effective for bedwetting problems and eligible for FSA (flexible spending accounts).
  3. Wet Baby Alert- Penguin Bedwetting Alarm.

Chummie Premium Bedwetting Alarm

Malem Ultimate Bedwetting Alarm

Wet Baby Alert

 It also offers protection against irritation when the inevitable accident occurs. A flexible sensor adapts to the child’s body and is held in place with tape.

 The sensor is a clip-om style that offers vibration, light and sound that helps wake deeper sleepers.

The system comes with a one year warranty and has been registered with the FDA.

With a $13.73 price tag this nighttime alarm is much more affordable then the Chummie and the Malem. 

Parents who like the Chummie comment that it’s an effective helpmate for older children who struggle with bedwetting too.

The sensor is big enough for sensitivity and small enough for comfort. 

The box includes:

  1. a progress diary
  2. owner’s manual,
  3. battery
  4. achievement certificate to reward success. 

Hint from parents: use this initially for training during nap time then work up to night time training so it’s more familiar.

On the down side, having to tape the sensor to the outside of a child’s underpants can prove less than secure (and you can’t put it inside the pants as sweat will cause an alarm).

  • Some parents find the alarm isn’t loud enough to wake heavy sleepers
  • the tape sent with the system doesn’t hold securely
  • the sensor cord frequently pulls out of the alarm unit.

Parents who purchased this and liked the product said that it met or exceeded its claims of success within 11 weeks and that it’s very simple to use.

Some combine the clip on alarm with overnight pull ups so that when accidents happen, cleanup is much easier.

Initially the alarm may startle some children, but stick with it.

In time, they’ll get used to the sound.

The key seems to be leaving the alarm going until the child physically reaches the toilet successfully.

The only real criticism was that parent felt the instructional element was lacking and the safety pin that holds the system in place isn’t overly effective.

When listening to parents talk about this alarm system it almost seems that it was designed to help wake up them up to get their child to the toilet rather than wake the child.

Some parents were concerned that the product did not appear to have FDA approval, which send up a red flag.

Parents who gave the Wet Baby Alert high marks liked the price point (much less costly than other similar products).

They also appreciate that there is no need for tape or pins or clips – the sensor just goes right in the child’s underwear.

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