Our 3 year old Katie has been potty-trained for some time now, and although our nighttime potty training adventures are getting a little less “exciting” than they used to be, we still have the occasional accident at night or during naps, and it seems like we’ll have a week or two where it happens frequently.
Especially as I get bigger in the belly with this baby, changing the sheets on Katie’s twin bed, (a bottom bunk) is getting to be a big pain, and no matter what, if you’re doing it every other night, it’s beyond frustrating to have to completely strip the bed and start over, (especially if the accident happens in the middle of the night!)
I don’t know about you, but changing a complete set of bedding at 3 am is not my idea of fun.
When I heard about the Brolly Sheet, I got excited! It’s a simple solution to the whole bed-wetting issue. This waterproof sheet protector is super absorbent, holding up to half a gallon of liquid, (my toddler has a big bladder, but not THAT big, so we’re covered.)
The 100% cotton quilted top is comfortable and soft, and there is no crackling or rustling, unlike so many waterproof mattress solutions. The waterproof backing is made from PUL, the same material that is used for modern cloth diapers, and is more breathable, quiet and comfortable than many waterproof mattress covers.
There are five different colors to choose from, (more fun than your standard white mattress protectors!) and they are easy to use. It is recommended to wash the Brolly Sheet before use for softness and best absorbency, (and, good news: you can put it in the dryer, too!) You simply place it on top of the bottom bed sheet and tuck the wings in under the mattress.
While I love the concept of this product, we have had some frustrations with it. About 50% of the time that an accident happens, Katie will have wiggled around so much during the night that she has totally rumpled it up, or even shoved it all the way to the end of the bed, (or decided to sleep under it, like a blanket *sigh*) and the accident wouldn’t completely miss the bed. This is frustrating, because it means the Brolly Sheet is often just making one more piece of laundry for us, not the reverse, as intended, and at $44.95 per sheet, it seems like an iffy investment.
We’re still working on figuring out how best to prevent this, and just simply telling Katie that she needs to leave it alone and sleep on top of it seems to be helping, (she’s a smart kid.)
Having at least two of these would be best, obviously, so that you can have one on the bed and one possibly in the laundry. They are well-made and I suspect will last through all our kids’ potty-training years, but my more frugal side has a hard time justifying spending that much on a mattress protector that works some of the time. It’s not 100% fail-safe, which means you still need some kind of waterproof mattress pad underneath the sheets, so it’s not like it saves you having to buy something else, and you will still have to wash the complete set of bedding at least occasionally, (at least in our experience.)
When it does work and the accident is completely on the sheet, it is wonderful. It does, indeed, have great absorbency, and it is a cinch to yank off, and…voila! The bed is clean and ready for your kid (and you!) to get comfortable and back to sleep again, no matter what ungodly hour it is.
I can’t tell you how amazing that feeling is, after so many nights of trying, bleary-eyed and half-awake to get all the sheets off and find another set of bedding in the dark (all while trying to not wake up the party-animal 18-month-old in the same little bedroom.)
Brolly Sheets is generously giving one away to one lucky Mama Chocolate reader!