Potty Pager and Bedwetting Alarms

Ever wonder what is potty pager or bedwetting alarm? How an why does it work and why do some  parents  recommend you get one? Read on to find out.

It is not unusual for children to struggle with nighttime bedwetting even up to the age of 5.  A bedwetting alarm may prove to be the answer that helps your child traverse night time potty training successfully.

How does potty pager or bedwetting alarm work?

Potty pagers and bed wetting alarms cost typically between $50 and $150 dollars.

A pager or alarm has a sensor that responds to moisture. The sensor gets attached to the child’s pajamas or underwear. When the child starts to urinate at night, the alarm – usually a sound, vibration and/or lights – goes off. This also “neatly” wakes parents who can help their child get to the bathroom to finish urinating.

Eventually the hope is that the child will do this independently, but in the first few weeks it’s perfectly normal for a child to need some guidance and positive reinforcement.

Why it works


Vibrating systems may not be suitable for younger trainers, but offer wonderful privacy for an older child who finds themselves still struggling with nightly accidents.

As the routine of waking up and going to the bathroom continues, it trains your child to recognize the feeling of a full bladder and the need to urinate.

Note, however, that experts recommend continuing to use the alarm system for several weeks after your child has been dry for about a month at night. This reinforces the behavioral training and decreases the chance of relapse, particularly with older children in the 6-8 year old range.

Those night time potty training devices work cooperatively with humans psychology (akin to Pavlov’s work with dogs).

You are not nagging your child, and your child becomes an active participant in his or her nighttime potty training success

Why do many parents like it

  • They seem to have a high level of success, often within 2-3 months.
  • The overall design is quite simple.

How it looks

Many models have a simple design.

  • There’s a wire that goes between an alarm and the sensor.
  • The alarm often attaches near the shoulder of a sleep set so it’s close to a child’s ears.

This may, or may not, work for very deep sleepers. Sometimes opting for a wireless version works better because the child has to get UP to turn it off. An alternative to sound alarms is vibrating ones that act somewhat like shaking your child on the shoulder to rouse them.

Depending on the brand, some systems are designed to vibrate near the lower abdomen so that there’s no question of the association between urination and the vibration. For children who seem impossible to wake, there are systems that offer all three options that may be enabled at the same time.

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