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Leaking Pull-ups - Need Advice

My son is potty trained, but still sleeps in a pull-up. (nap times, no pull-up, just night time). In the last few weeks, he's taken to sleeping on his stomach. When he does this, his pull-up leaks if he goes in the middle of the night. The pull-up isn't soaked, so it's not an overspill problem. In fact, they're usually close to dry - but the bed is soaked!

We use the Huggies pull-ups - not sure if they are a specific type - just the big box from Costco. Has anyone had the same problem? What did you do? Are there any brands out there that work better? It's only a problem when he sleeps on his stomach.

(I don't need advice for getting him to stay dry all night - he has some health issues at this point preventing that from being an option or goal - I just need a solution to the leaking.)

Thanks in advance for any and all advice!

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Thanks for the tips! Looks like I'll be shopping this weekend - trying different sizes may be the key - thanks to everyone!

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My daughter sleeps on her stomach too and also uses pull-ups at night (although 90% of the time they're dry). Every once in a while, if she does pee in her sleep, the sheets are totally dry and only the pull-up is wet. We use Pampers Easy-Ups. I don't know if it's a Huggies vs. Pampers thing, but we always had problems with Huggies diapers leaking, too.

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Hi S.,

Huggies has a "GoodNites" brand of overnight pants. I've never used them, but my sister-in-law did for her son and said they worked great. I believe there is even separate pants for boys vs. girls. Hope this helps!

Good luck!
Jacqueline

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I like the Overnight Pull-Ups. Have you tried putting on two pull-ups? That may help? Also, www.pottytrainingsolutions.com sells something called a "pod". It looks like a maxi-pad that you put in underwear to bridge the gap between pull-ups & panties. You might get some of those and try putting them into the pull-up as an extra absorbancy layer. I believe they also sell those old-fashioned plastic pants-- putting those over the pull-up may keep the contents inside the plastic if not in the pull-up.

Good luck!
A.

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My son still wears overnight diapers as well. I have had problems with leaking with various types of pull up diapers. I never have problems with Huggies Overnights. That is the brand I recommend.

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Oh my gosh....that has been happening to us, too. I've just put my son back in diapers at night. I have found much better success with the Good Night brand of pull-up from Walmart. I use those for naps. But, yeah, washing sheets everyday was just a nightmare.
Good Luck,
P.

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A few moms I know have used maxi pads in their child's diapers to prevent leaking. Maybe that would work in the Pull-Ups? I'd recommend the super absorbency.

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We used Overnite pull-ups and they did not leak!!! Hope this helps.

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My daughter uses "good nights" and that helped us tremendously. :) You might give them a try. They are a little more expensive, but oh so worth it! :)

Good luck! I know it can be really trying! :)

C.

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Our son still wears "pull-ups" at night. We've been through this issue several times. Each time, it was just a matter of going to the next larger size so the pull-up would sit high enough on him (remember boys "aim," so he may need some clearance above what you might think :-) ). I sometimes felt like the pull-ups went ridiculously high on him when we would first switch sizes, but it worked! If your son is already in 4T-5T pull-ups, it might be time to switch to size S-M Goodnights (what our son wears now). Yes, they're more expensive, but it's worth it to not have to wash linens all the time! Don't worry about the "weight" guide...we've always had to switch a little bit early for nighttime use because of leakage.

If the next larger size is TOO big (won't seal around him) then I'm not sure what to suggest...

B.

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I would say either use a diaper or a product I found called diaper doublers.

A diaper doubler looks a lot like a maxi pad, but it doesn't have the layer to keep the fluid from going through. The thing it would do for you is keep the doubler up against him and slow the flow to the pull-up (pull-ups absorb more slowly than a diaper). We used them with my first son and they worked wonders. The only place I could find them was Tom Thumb, so you might look there.

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Since we have switched to Goodnights the sheets have stayed dry.

M.

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Hi S.,

I have a 3 year old who also sleeps in Pull Ups at night. Have you tried the Pull Ups overnights? You can find them at WalMart. I used to have the same problem and have not ONCE leaked using them. THey are much more abosorbent but not bulky. The drawback is that you can't buy them in bulk at Sams/Costco, this is annoying, but WORTH it not to have to wash the sheets everyday. I wish they would have made these when my older son was potty trained. I hope this helps!!

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Huggies has an "overnight" pull-up that I use with my daughter and I have never had a leak. It says overnight on the package, instead of just the regular type. Good luck!

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I had the same problem with my son. The pull-ups seemed to be too big for him and they didn't fit tight enough where they needed to fit tight. If I switched to a smaller size, it wouldn't hold enough and therefore it leaked. So pull-ups quickly became not an option for him. They really need to redesign those things to fit all kids! I ended up just putting a diaper on him. I hated to do it but in the end it was the only thing that worked for him. Hope everything works out for you!

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We had the same problem for a while then realized that as we pulled the pull-up on, it aimed him up. We just made sure to always check and make sure he was aimed down and didn't have any more problems! Switching to a larger size pull-up for us wasn't an option because he's always been tall and thin. Aiming was the issue.

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One of the brands makes a night time pull-up. Don't remember which, but they have Buzz Lightyear on them. They are different from the Huggies "overnights" because they come in regular pull-up sizes. I believe the Overnights are intended for older/bigger kids who still wet at night because they seem to only be in big sizes.

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My daughters pull ups used to leak at night as well. I found that the Pampers Easy Ups fit a little more snug. They have night time pull ups I think, I'm not sure of the sizes though.

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One thing I heard before from moms is to have his privates pointing downward into the pullup. You may have to adjust him after he puts it on but that may help.

Check out the size issue as the other mom said and if needed, put a pair of regular underwear on on top on the pullups (if your son will let you that is) to keep things snug.

I've always liked pampers products better (apparently they are the least allergenic) so you may want to give them a try. Perhaps you can get a sample from pampers.com.

Btw, I'm sure you already have these but there are plastic fitted sheets that you can put under your regular fitted sheet so that the mattress is protected. Additionally, I used to put a thick towel under him when I was training my son so that the leakage would be localized. There were times when the towel was the only thing I had to wash.

Good luck.

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My daughter sleeps on her stomach too and also uses pull-ups at night (although 90% of the time they're dry). Every once in a while, if she does pee in her sleep, the sheets are totally dry and only the pull-up is wet. We use Pampers Easy-Ups. I don't know if it's a Huggies vs. Pampers thing, but we always had problems with Huggies diapers leaking, too.

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Hi S.,

Huggies has a "GoodNites" brand of overnight pants. I've never used them, but my sister-in-law did for her son and said they worked great. I believe there is even separate pants for boys vs. girls. Hope this helps!

Good luck!
Jacqueline

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My son did this also. Most pull ups were kind of big for him as he is very lean and tall guy. I found that using Pampers easy ups in the smaller sizes solved the problem. You could also use disposable diaper doublers as an insert to help soak up the wetness. You can get them at Albertson's.
Hope this helps,
C.

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Goodnites by Huggies.
They are wonderful but they run big. If he is younger then 3, you want to get the Small!!
Also make sure his "little pee" is sticking downward and not sticking out of his diaper. I know that sounds obvious but I dealt with the same problem and some nights it was because I hadn't adjusted him before leaving his room for the night. Now that I buy the Goodnites, we don't have to wash his sheets everynight! LOL

Good luck,
V.

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