I recently spotted a new bedwetting alarm on the market: it’s called the Night Ollie.
First I wanted to check that this wasn’t another reseller from China with another rebranded low quality alarm/monitor which we do see a fair few of (and they are usually worth avoiding).
Good news – this is a legitimate company who designs and manufacturers their own alarm in Australia. The creator of Nightollie is a 30-years-experienced nurse with experience working in continence and with families who are affected by bedwetting children.
She has seen first hand the negative effects of bedwetting on both the child, and the family who are trying to eliminate it. She has also seen the benefits that come for the whole family once a child’s bedwetting problem has been solved.
Night Ollie is confident that their bedwetting alarm is going to eliminate bedwetting in most children. They have a guarantee policy that I must say is impressive. It’s simply this:
Dry nights in 8 weeks or it’s free
So let’s look at the Night Ollie bedwetting alarm:
First, this is a sound and vibration alarm.
Not all alarms now include vibration, but it’s a useful additional feature to have along with the important alarm sound that is responsible for waking your child and/or you during the night so your child can go to the toilet, and not wet the bed.
The Night Ollie doesn’t allow you to choose between sound or vibration alert – they both activate together.
Like all bedwetting alarms, the Night Ollie is essentially a training device. Over a period of weeks it gradually trains a child to naturally wake up (and go to the bathroom) when they have an urge to urinate.
Along with the alarm, you get an 8 week online support program.
While this program isn’t as extensive as the TheraPee program (which doesn’t have a specific time limit), it makes it easy to track progress and encourages your child to stay motivated.
Night Ollie comes with a mat that is part of the moisture detection system. This is a different strategy from some of the other popular bedwetting alarms like the DRI Sleeper, which uses a sensor that needs to be attached to the child’s underwear. The mat is a preferable option for some families who would rather not have to attach a sensor. The Night Ollie mat is quite large, at 35″ x 21″.
There is a downside to a mat detection system – it can take longer to detect urine and probably won’t set off the alarm at the very first droplet of moisture. Again, this is purely a personal preference and it certainly doesn’t mean your child needs to soak the mat before it activates the alarm. In-underwear sensors also have their downsides, particularly when they move out of place or are not placed in a perfect position to detect moisture.