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Good Tips for Nighttime Diaper Overflow

My daughter sleeps through the night, and has been since she was six weeks old, for which I am deeply appreciative! However, her pjs are almost always wet the next morning. Other than waking her up at about midnight to change her, as she goes to bed at 7ish and sleeps until 6ish, does anyone have any advice to keep her dry? Do they make super night-time diapers?

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I always used a diaper insert. It always worked great for me. Not everyone sells them. Look for them where you buy diapers or get on line and research the nearest store that does. Good luck

For us, that was always the biggest clue we needed to go up a diaper size. We did not do overnight diapers, just regular ones. But that may be because the overnighters seem to be a new thing. ;)

My daughter has been sleeping through the night since she was 3 weeks old. Aren't we the lucky Mom's. Everyone wants to know my secret....Anyway my "secret" to keeping my daughter dry through the night are diaper pads. I use one every night and she wakes up with a wet diaper but dry clothing. Here's the web site to order them..www.diaperdoublers.com they are called diaper doublers. You can only buy them by the case 180 inserts for $48.94. Some stores do sell them. Good Luck.
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Not sure if anyone suggested this already but I cloth diaper and I use microfiber dish towels as inserts for my diapers, maybe at night you could just put one inside her diaper to help with catching more wettness. They are super absorbant. Stash them on a seperate plastic toate or something with a lid and wash them with a mild detergent like All free and clear with no fabric softner and no dryer sheets to help them maintain the ability to absorb moisture. Just dont use them for dishes later LOL

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There are nighttime diapers available. For my sons, I would fold a cloth diaper and tuck into the front of their regular diaper. This usually caught any excess. If she is leaking through the legs, you should try a different fit of diaper.
Good luck!

My second son was a super wetter and the huggies night time diapers worked great! I would put him in it right before I put him to bed...after his last nursing.

Pampers Baby Dry. Worth every penny!

Hi M.,
There are diaper doublers that you can use; they are resuable cotton inserts that absorb nighttime wetness. You can also use a diaper cover that holds moisture in. I carry covers at www.trianglediapercompany.com

we always had great luck with Pampers Baby Dry for nighttime. Huggies leaked for us. Pampers Baby Dry were the only diapers that worked for us. Good luck.

if the overnight diapers don't work, consider buying the plastic diaper covers...they even have the ones that are lined. You can buy them in a variety of sizes. They worked well on my daughter...I just bought the cheap gerber ones from Babys R Us or Wal-mart, but you can buy the high end ones on many websites that sell cloth diapers. I hope this helps.

Hi M.! When my children were younger we used Huggies Overnights and loved them. They are much more absorbent than regular diapers but they can be hard to find. I usually found them at Target or Babies R Us. Grocery stores don't usually have them. Good luck! I hope you find them and they work for you.

It's been a while since I've been in the diaper stage (our youngest is 11) but I do believe they do. When I had babies they also sold some kind of insert you could put in the diaper to help absorb overnight. I assume that they still make them.

We switched to Huggies Overnights around this age. And went up one size from our daytime size. I just put them on tighter and that worked for a while. Eventually though my son would still pee through these too, so we started adding inserts to his nightime diapers - I buy them at Babies R Us, they are actually in insert sleeves for these earth friendly diapers - they are in a manilla colored packaging. sort the middle ground between cloth and disposable diapers. Anyway we use the small size inserts and fold them in half long ways. Not the cheapest solution but works like a charm.

In the "old days," we used cloth diapers with plastic pants over them. At nighttime, I folded an already-folded (you buy them that way) diaper into thirds and put it in the center of the outer diaper, then put the "plastic" panties over all. I do like the suggestion, if you use disposable diapers, to buy a few cloth diapers that are sewn into thirds, then fold them in thirds the other way and put them inside the disposable diaper. You might have to get a size larger in the disposable. To save money, why not try the "nighttime" diaper first before investing in cloth diapers. BTW, cloth diapers make incredibly good dust rags eventually! Recycle!

I always used a diaper insert. It always worked great for me. Not everyone sells them. Look for them where you buy diapers or get on line and research the nearest store that does. Good luck

Sometimes using the next size up will help, and I think there is a type of insert that you can get to put in the diaper for extra absorbtion.

Yes, they do make night time diapers and special overnight diaper liners. However, maxi-pads are cheaper and work just as well. Just line her diaper with it, and it will help absorb the overflow.

Try putting on two diapers. That's what we always did at night for our little girl. It works.

Hi M., we used Huggies Overnight and they worked great for us. I hated waking up and my daughter having wet pj's on. She is alomost 3 and we used them up until now, they go up to a size 6. Now we use Huggies overnight pullups. I was at Target and noticed that Pampers has come out with an overnight/travel diaper. I would try either one and I am sure they will help.
Good Luck
A.

I use cloth diapers on my son, and the best thing I found was to use a wool diaper cover over his diaper. I have never tried these over a disposable but I assume it would work. They are pricey but I have found mine invaluable. Aristocrats is a good one that has double layers for extra absorbancy. Wool absorbs the leaks (so it may be damp but not wet) and has antibacterial qualities so you just have to let it air dry for it to be clean. There is no need to clean it more than once or twice a month unless it gets soiled.

Hey!

They do make night time diapers, but I find that they are so expensive. I found some inserts that we put inside his regular diaper. They use to be called Diaper Doublers, but I think they are called something else now. I find them at Babies R Us. They were 30 for about $3.50. Also, when we ran out of these we used Kotex Overnight feminine pads, and they worked ok too. I hope this helps and saves you some money.

S.

Try Pampers Baby Dry or go up a size in diaper, Pampers now has a new super absorbing diaper for night time you could try as well. Congrats on getting her to sleep all night!

I use Huggie Overnights, they start at size 4. I used them on my older daughter when she was about your daughter's age. (I used size 5, back then). She never leaked through them. Now my 5 month old is wearing them in a 4 and no leaks yet!!! I find them at CVS or SuperTarget.

I say try Huggies overnights too. I used cloth diapers with my oldest daughter and like the other mom mentioned, you can make them as layered as you need. Otherwise, I would choose to put those big canvas pads under her and thank God she's such a good sleeper! Good luck to you!

The same thing happened with my son. I was advised to go up one size in the diaper at night. It holds a little more and seemed to work. For me personally, it also needs to be Pampers. When I've used other brands, they've leaked. Hope this helps.

J.

My daughter has been sleeping through the night since she was 3 weeks old. Aren't we the lucky Mom's. Everyone wants to know my secret....Anyway my "secret" to keeping my daughter dry through the night are diaper pads. I use one every night and she wakes up with a wet diaper but dry clothing. Here's the web site to order them..www.diaperdoublers.com they are called diaper doublers. You can only buy them by the case 180 inserts for $48.94. Some stores do sell them. Good Luck.
Mom of Three

use plastic pants ... they work great!

M., congrats on the little one! I have to say the only diapers I could find that kept my girls from waking up in a puddle were Pampers. I tried all the cheaper brands and had a terrible time with them. Although, when my son came along the only ones that worked for him were the cheap walmart brand. Pampers caused him to leak. Hope this helps!

Huggies Overnights have worked great for our daughter. We use 1 size larger than her daytime diaper. She has not wet through the overnights since we started using them about 8 months ago.

I have a 2 year old and a 6 month old. Unfortunately my 6 month old does not sleep thru the whole night, but if I have to change her diaper she won't go back to sleep. I started putting my 2 year old's #4 diapers on her, and she no longer leaks! I use 7th generation diapers, but I think huggies or pampers makes "nighttime" diapers too so you won't have to buy a larger size. My sister in law uses them. Good luck!
Becka

I have two boys, one just turned a year old and the other is almost 5 years old. Both of them had that problem (leaking diapers with sleeping 10-12 hours at night). The only thing I found that fixed it was going up to the next size diapers. My 1-year-old wears size 4 diapers (Pampers), however, he only weighs about 19-1/2 pounds and the weight range for size 4 diapers is 22-37 pounds (size 3 diapers are for 16-28 pounds).

I've always heard that the top of the diaper should be above the waist band of pants/clothes to prevent leaks. Size 3 for my 1 yo isn't even close to the waist band, it is way below. Size 4, however, is just above the waist band. Not sure if this really works as a rule of thumb, however, going up in size on the diapers always did work when leaks started happening.

I have the same problem with my 8-month old. I hate to wake her up when she is sleeping so soundly. Plus, I don't want her to get used to getting up in the middle of the night.

A lot of people have suggested using Huggies over nights. Tons of people swear on them. Unfortunately I can only find them in sizes 4 and up and my little one needs size 3. I also have a three year old who is disabled and still in diapers. I have taken to double diapering Madyson at night. I put one of her diapers on and then one of her older sisters. I know it is awful, but it works.

Good luck!

For us, that was always the biggest clue we needed to go up a diaper size. We did not do overnight diapers, just regular ones. But that may be because the overnighters seem to be a new thing. ;)

We put 2 diapers on my son when he goes to bed at night to catch any excess. Works like a charm and if it appears the outer diaper didn't get any "use" I usually just let him wear that one through breakfast until he gets his clothes changed. It's not so expensive to double up since you only have to do it at night, and it saves a ton of time on laundry! Also, after dinner he has only water or watered down juice. For some reason milk/formula seems to make him pee more overnight. Good luck!

Hello!

I had the same problem with my son. I used Pampers Ultra Absorbent Cruisers. I have only found them at BJ's and they come in a white and green box. They are a little more expensive but they do the trick!!! Good Luck :)

Huggies has some great overnight diapers but I'm not sure how small they make them. We use size 5 currently for my two year old. Before I discovered these I would buy the next size up for night which held more given you can adjust them to be snug enough. You could also try putting waterproof pants on over her diaper. Let us know what works. Enjoy the sleep at night!

I use Pampers Baby Dry diapers. They hold a TON, and pull moisture away from baby's skin. They also have an outer coating that keeps her clothes from getting wet.

Good Luck!

Huggies Overnights are the best! I have used them for years for my now almost 3 year old.

My granddaughter used to do the same thing, the only thing we found that worked was we used the next size up of diaper for nighttime, it did the trick, we rarely had a problem overnight. Hope it works for you as well. Good luck!

Huggies overnights- they worked like a charm with my daughter.

You may want to consider using cloth diapers for overnight. There are "pocket" style diapers that allow you to choose how much stuffing the diaper needs.

Wool diaper covers may also help. They are made from very soft wool and they have the lanolin added back in - the combination of the wool with the lanolin on it make a wet-resistant barrier, and the wool will absorb a bit on its own too if there is tons of diaper leakage.

The other thing to try would be to change her in her sleep. If she sleeps very soundly you might be able to change the diaper at some point during the night (when you go to bed, when you wake up for a late night drink or potty break, etc) which may keep her from being wet in the morning.

Good luck!

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