Pee. I can’t get it off my mind, lately. I don’t know if it’s my hyper-sensitive, pregnant nose…but, every time I go into my little girls room, I smell it. Gross, I know. I promise, I’m not gross…just she is. I think the little terd had been secretly peeing on her carpet. We’ve got super thick shaggy carpet, so it’s easy to miss a wet spot…but not anymore. This pregnant nose is finding spots all over the room. Yep, picture it…me, on all fours, face to the ground…sniffing, sniffing, sniffing…like a dog. Speaking of dogs, you would think I must have one! This is exactly why I don’t need a pet…I’ve got kids. They shed, they pee on the floor, make lots of noise, make messes and ruin your stuff. Okay, okay….I love them, it’s just been a rough day. Ugh…and the Beard Man is expecting me to be “in the mood” tonight. Don’t you love that? They expect you to be all hot and bothered without any effort from them?? I have a headache, must be from all this pee huffing.
Back to pee, I just finished paying a carpet cleaner to come TWICE to get that pee smell out of Audrey’s room. Both times, it smells lovely while he’s here and the carpet is wet with chemical smell. A few hours after he leaves…the smell has come back. So, I’ve been in the room spraying every flippin’ kind of deoderizer/lysol I can find and scrubbing the guts out of the carpet. And, I must say…that has worked the best so far! However, I would never ignore my trusted friend, the internet, when I’m in need of some great advice. I set out to find the “best odor remover” available…and after reading lots of reviews…this is what’s in the shopping cart…(I’m trying more than one, I’m desperate.)
When I read the reviews on OdorZout, I knew this was my next action plan. “Wow,” “Amazing,” “Excellent,” are written all over…one lady said that she would marry this stuff! Now, that’s true love.
OdoBan also has lots of lovers. People swear this is the best for removing pet urine smell from carpet…and essentially, I have a pet…her name is Audrey.
Pee on the floor isn’t my only problem. Try, pee on the bed. Audrey’s diaper will leak, Isabelle just takes off her diaper randomly and pees in the bed, Caden and Shane will dream that they peed and, oops…they did. I would be surprised if you can’t relate. I totally understand kids pee places other than the toilet, but it’s hard to be super cool with changing their sheets and making the beds over and over again when I’ve already got enough laundry to do. Isn’t laundry sooooo depressing?!? Anyway, I just ordered myself another coolio thing that will hopefully make life lots easier…
It’s a sheet protector! Someone is a freakin genius. Here I’ve been only using a mattress protector…but, now I’ve got a sheet protector too! It has a non-slip grip on the underside to help keep it in place. So, if junior pees in the bed at 2 in the morning, all you have to do is remove the sheet protect, throw it in the laundry room and go back to bed. Why did it take me so long to discover this?? I think I ended up getting this version cause it was a few bucks cheaper and still got great reviews…(it’s also a smaller size that I thought would be easier to put on and off of the kiddos beds).
Update 1/12 – I have a new favorite sheet protector. I prefer THIS ONE, because it tucks in on the sides. It stays in place way better than my other ones did.
So, how to keep this pee under control?? For the little ones, I can’t stress enough how much the DVD Potty Power helps Audrey. (See my potty training post, and this one, and this one) It was after her little sister was born that she decided to wreak havoc on our home. Potty Power really helped motivate her to be “big” and any time she has ever lost motivation, I just pop it back in the DVD player.
This is a cute story to read your little one about a girl who has to motivate herself to stay dry so she can switch up to the top bunk and watch the fireflies. Her older sister won’t let her until she can go for 7 nights without an accident…The Princess and the Pee.
Never humiliate your child (or allow it from older siblings.) No amount of scolding will stop them, in fact…it will likely make it worse! Don’t call them names and shame them…they’re kids! It’s normal for them to have accidents. In fact, bed wetting is considered “normal” until age 6. After 6, random accidents can still be expected, but for chronic bed wetting it is advised to see a pediatrician (and get a bedwetting alarm.) Obviously, have them stop drinking a couple hours before bed time and go to the bathroom right before they climb in. Be encouraging (and use mattress AND sheet protectors!)
What if your older child still wets the bed?? If this was the case in my home, there is no doubt I would try a Malem Bedwetting Alarm. They’re pretty pricey, but just read the reviews…they are perfect! Everyone says they should have bought it sooner and can’t believe what a difference it has made in helping their child (or grandparent, in some cases.) The sensor clips to the outside of their undies and is activated by moisture. Between lights, sound, and vibrations, it will alert your kiddo that they need to get up and go. Many people like to get this book on how to stop bed wetting to go along with their new alarm. If you choose to take your child to the doctor, they will likely recommend that you try this…
For about half as much money, you can get one of these alarms (they also get mostly perfect reviews, key word = mostly…but, they’re cheaper!): Bedwetting Alarm Wet-Stop3.
Anyway, I’ll let you know which carpet deodorizer works the best…it sounds like both choices are well-loved, so we’ll see. Good luck!