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Tamera Mowry on the Challenges of Nighttime Wetting

Tamera Mowry-Housley, host of The Real and mom of two, partners with #1 Nighttime Protection Brand GoodNites to talk nighttime wetting tips at The MOMS event on July 19, 2017 in New York City.
Photograph by Getty Images for Pull-Ups

Potty-training can be one of the most frustrating milestones for a parent and child. It can be especially frustrating when you’ve finally gotten your child potty-trained during the day, but they continue to wet the bed at night. Tamera Mowry, mother of 4-year-old Aden and 2-year-old Ariah, knows what this particular frustration feels like firsthand.

“I somehow thought that if my son was potty-trained through the day, then he was automatically going to be potty-trained at night, and that’s not the case. Being dry at night is a completely different task,” Mowry says.

Even after this realization, it can be easy to get discouraged during such an unpredictable process. “I thought because of hearing it from my in-laws and my mom and dad that Aden was supposed to be potty-trained at a specific time, I was frustrated because I thought that I was doing something wrong. I had to realize that there are children where it takes them just a little bit longer to stay dry at night, and that I’m not the only one experiencing this,” says Mowry.

Mowry is right in saying that she is not alone in this—not by a long shot. One in six kids experience nighttime wetting; that’s more common than snoring, needing glasses or even needing braces. “Every child has their own developmental timeline,” Mowry says. “I realized after teaming up with GoodNites NightTime Underwear that it’s completely normal for kids to be taking a little bit longer to be dry at night, and that there is a solution out there.”

Potty-training is a frustrating process for everyone involved, and it’s important to make sure that as a parent you’re taking care of yourself as well. “When I relax and I feel good about myself, that kind of trickles down to everyone else. I think as parents we just have to learn to relax," Mowry says. "I know that’s easier said than done, but things will end up working out and it’s going to be OK. Just take it one step, one day at a time."

With the peace of mind that GoodNites NightTime Underwear provided for Mowry and Aden, the actress was better able to unwind at the end of the day and take some time for a little self-care. “I take a nice hot bath, I watch one of my favorite shows, I have a glass of wine or I take a walk. Sometimes you just have to get up and get out,” Mowry says.

The actress’s last piece of advice? “You have to laugh it off. Otherwise you’re going to die—you’ll die of stress!”

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