When you first find out that you or someone you love is going to need to use bed pads, it's normal to feel a little awkward about it. Fortunately, the people who market and manufacture them understand that. Thus, steps have been taken at every step along the way to maximize discretion as much as possible. Of course, if your pets happen to be the ones that are going to have to use the bed pads, then you probably feel at least a little less awkward, but you likely still have a few questions. In either case, we're going to try to answer a few of those questions for you.
Bed pads have been around for a very long time. Still, medical news indicates that their use has become slightly more common in the past few decades. Perhaps that's partly because manufacturing processes have allowed them to become at least slightly more affordable. While they were never expensive to begin with, the prices are now so low that it needn't really even be considered as a factor. Perhaps that's one question you had. If so, then there's your answer. What's more, even though they aren't expensive to begin with, they're reusable! The bottom line, of course, is that they are indeed very economical.
Besides just being economical, though, they are beneficial in a lot of other ways. In the case of humans, by keeping moisture away from your skin while you're sleeping, they keep your skin healthier overall. They are effective in this role because of how they're made. Though the top layer is usually made of a blend of cotton and polyester, the bottom layer is waterproof. In between, there is a layer of absorbent material. Technically, the skin care benefits apply to your pets as well. In that case, though, there is also a benefit to you, in that your cleanup becomes quite a bit easier.
As you've seen, these pads don't have to be perceived as the major life adjustment that some people try to make them out to be. Obviously, if you're using them for your pets, they aren't going to be traumatized anyway. You (or your kids) don't need to be traumatized either. In fact, the whole point of these things is to make nighttime incontinence itself less traumatic, and they do that effectively, economically, discreetly, and comfortably. What's more, since they're machine washable, they're not that difficult to clean!