Pros: Really works, inexpensive
Cons: Clips may be difficult for a young child to work
My 8 year old son almost never had a dry night. After he outgrew Pullups we started using Goodnites which certainly work great but don't solve the problem. My son was missing out on sleepovers and was getting increasingly embarrassed about his problem.
I talked to the doctor several times over the years. He said my son would likely outgrow the bedwetting by the time he was 6 and he didn't want to take any action until then. When my son was almost 7, I again asked the doctor if anything could be done. His recommendation was to try drugs even though the problem usually returned when the drugs were stopped. I reluctantly agreed to try it. With the drugs, he never had a dry night in a week and I saw no need to try that any more. When he turned 8, I decided something had to be done. I started researching on the internet and found sites saying that alarms were harmful and counseling was required. Well, I didn't buy that and finally found a site with several alarm selections that sounded promising. I think the alarms were between $69 and $89. I had the order almost completed when I decided to check Epinions and saw the DryNite reviews. I have to admit the cheap price really sold me. I went on eBay and saw a whole page of the DryNite alarms (all new). Some had a BuyItNow price of $18.99. All had free shipping. I decided to bid and try to get it cheaper. Unfortunately, the one I bid on was one a desperate parent was set on getting and the price was bid up to $25! I just took the BuyItNow option and bought one for $18.99. It arrived within a few days.
The alarm was simple. There was a small cloth pouch that contained the battery and alarm (battery not included). There was a clip on the pouch that attaches to the shoulder of the child's pajamas. That puts the alarm close to the child's ear. Wires connect from the battery and alarm to another clip that attaches to the front of the boy's underwear. For simplicity I had my son just wear a t-shirt. We clipped the bag to his shoulder, threaded the wire down inside his shirt, and clipped the other clip to his underwear where it was sure to get wet. Since my son was 8 he had no trouble doing the clips himself. I'm not sure if a 6 year old would be able to work them. Of course the object is for the alarm to wake up the child when he wets so he can go to bathroom and therefore get trained to wake up when he needs to go.
I'll tell you about the rest of our setup too. I bought a mattress pad protector which I thought was going to be an absorbent pad. When I got it home it was more like a piece of a flannel backed vinyl table cloth. It was about 3 by 5 which was long enough for me to tuck in on each side of the bed so it wouldn't move around. I put it on top of his sheet and I put a beach towel, folded once, on top of the pad. When the alarm went off, we grabbed another beach towel, put on clean undies and threw the wet stuff in the laundry room to be dealt with later.
The first few nights I heard the alarm from my room. I got up to help and usually found my son already waking up. I had him clip the alarm to his shirt to make it quit going off (there is no off button). He left it clipped to his shirt while he went to the bathroom and changed underwear. Then we put on the new beach towel and he clipped it back to his dry underwear. We never had a problem getting the alarm to go off.
There were a few nights that I didn't hear the alarm. My son always got up and took care of everything without any help. There were a couple of nights that I didn't check how he had the alarm hooked up. He clipped it too low on his shoulder so the bag was hanging down on his chest. One night I happened to be awake when I heard a faint chirping sound. It was the alarm, but my son was laying on it and his body greatly muffled the alarm. I had to wake him up that night. Clipping it up high on the shoulder eliminates that problem. There were a couple other nights that I woke him up when he was sleeping very soundly, but the alarm was loud enough that I think he would have heard it eventually.
After 2 weeks I was a little discouraged. My son still hadn't had a dry night. A few days later we went out of town. I was determined that staying in a hotel wasn't going to derail all our work so the alarm went with us, but for simplicity I took along the GoodNites. We hooked him up same as usual but then had him slip on a GoodNite. There was no alarm that night. I told my husband the GoodNite must have wicked the wetness away before it got to the alarm, but when we checked my son was dry! A week after that he was still dry. I think I will have him wear the alarm a couple more weeks to be sure, but we are just thrilled!