Need a Good Overnight Diaper Solution for a Heavy Wetter

Updated on October 26, 2009
A.E. asks from Vernon, VT
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My 8 month old son weighs about 21 pounds and is just an angel. He is currently wearing a size 5 diaper (pampers) during the day which works great. The problem is at night. He sleeps 7 pm to 7 am and I have yet to find a diaper that can hold all his urine at night without soaking his pajamas and bed. I have tried size 6 diapers and huggies overnight diapers in size 5. Without waking him up to change his diaper in the middle of the night, does anyone else have other suggestions or solutions that have worked for them?

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Thank you everyone for your responses! I got so many great ideas! What has worked the best for my son is #1: folding down the front waistband inside the diaper and #2 double diapering. He has been dry the past few mornings! I don't think I would have ever thought of these ideas on my own so you all saved me a lot of hassle (and money trying new diapers!)

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S.B.

answers from Providence on

Depending where the leakage is... we used to put a thick overnight maxi pad in my son's diaper for nighttime when we were having frontal leaking issues. We placed it right inside the front band' touching his belly - worked like a charm!

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A.H.

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Pampers Cruisers Ultra are available at BJ's. I know Target has a version as well. We LOVE them and I don't have to change the bed every morning. FWIW - DS is now 30 lbs and in sz 4.

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S.G.

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Buy larger diapers for overnight and long car rides. It works!

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M.B.

answers from Portland on

I use the Huggies overnight. They are super absorbent and my son rarely leaks anymore. I loved the pampers swaddlers but I found as you go up in sizes, they become less absorbent. I am now a Huggies mom. My son wears the little movers during the day and overnights at bedtime! I hope this helps!

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A.H.

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Pampers Cruisers Ultra are available at BJ's. I know Target has a version as well. We LOVE them and I don't have to change the bed every morning. FWIW - DS is now 30 lbs and in sz 4.

M.C.

answers from Hartford on

my son is 9 1/2 months and 21.5lbs and sleeps 12 to 14 hours at night, so trust me i know what you are talking about!! What works for us is Pampers makes something called premium absorbency diapers. they cost a bit more but if you are only using them at night, it should be fine. For whatever reason, huggies has never worked for us so we stick to pampers and it seems to work out. Good luck!!

M.G.

answers from Boston on

A., try putting a pastic pant over the diaper... i remember using them when the kids where sick.. they helped a lot...Also, put some pads in between the bed and the sheet and you wont have to change the underpads... a friend suggested once a heavy palstic table cloth that has material on one side (maybe $5-7) that will help protect the bed too. good luck.

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M.R.

answers from Boston on

there's a new type of pampers - cruisers premium absorbancy. A little more expensive, and I thought it was just a gimmack, but they do hold more pee than the regular cruisers. I don't know whether it will work for your situation, but it couldn't hurt.

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X.C.

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Have you tried just folding the top front part of the diaper back in? Get the diaper one size up if necessary, but fold it in so the very top edge of the diaper is now back inside the diaper against his belly (about an inch is all you need). We found that trick alone to stop the leaks. Boys wet in the front of the diaper and we found if we didn't fold it, the pee would just leak out the top and his bum area would be almost dry. When we folded it, the pee couldn't leak out so went back down and around the bum area which kept the pee in. Can't hurt to try anyway - doesnt require expensive diapers - just folding one you already have!

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K.S.

answers from Boston on

Lots of baby powder : )

K.G.

answers from Burlington on

My sister had the same problem, and used 2 diapers, so you might try a 4 on him, and a size 5 or 6 over than. hoep this helps. Congrats on the sleeping that long, I would give many wet sheets to trade for some sleep like that! :)

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T.D.

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Try putting a prefold cloth diaper in his disposable. Or if your interested in cloth try wool soakers (you could always put a soaker over a disposable too). Wow, 7 to 7?! That's a long time. You might not find any solution for that long of time.

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R.K.

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Try a size 6 huggies or if you can find them pampers is now making an overnight diaper plus they also make these premium cruisers that are extra absorbent. We use pampers baby dry they are supposed to be good for 12 hrs if you have a problem with him leaking w/ those put a smaller size under a larger size and we always had less leaking if I put a onsie under the pjs.

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L.M.

answers from Springfield on

Have you tried 'double-diapering'? It worked well for ours - put the size 5 diaper on first, then put a 6 over it. Sometimes we were able to reuse the outer diaper if it was a slow night. There are also diaper inserts you can buy, it's like a maxi-pad for babies. Maybe you could just try a maxi-pad!
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D.B.

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I agree about trying a maxi pad or, even better, a bladder control pad, which may be more absorbent all over.

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J.M.

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Try the overnites in size 6 (they can be hard to find). Also, put them up higher in front and lower in back than you would during the day - he's not going to poop. Even the overnites don't carry the urine all the way to the back. Good luck - the next step we're going to try with my son is pull ups.

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M.S.

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We have good luck with Huggies overnights, but when we run out we use two regular diapers. Maybe you could try a regular diaper with two overnights, then try two overnights if that doesn't work. Congrats on the sleeping, though -- 12 hours! What a gift :)

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C.M.

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My son had this problem too! I wound up using the GoodNites pull-ups style diapers. They were tough to get on as is, so I would cut the side open, slip it on, and then use a piece of duct tape to seal the diaper. Sounds extreme, but a dry bed and jammies in the AM was worth it!

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C.B.

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My son (10 months) was waking every morning soaked... we tried everything with no luck. We tried cloth diapers, Huggies, Pampers, Luvs, etc. etc. Then a friend of mine suggested the Target brand (they are called "UP and UP" and the box has an arrow on it)...
They work! I'm not even kidding you!! Cheaper than the rest, more absorbent, cute (blue and green polka dots) and I swear to you no leaks!! I now recommend them to all my friends. I will travel out of my way to Target before I spend more money on lesser quality diapers ever again! My boy is in a size 4 (23-37 lbs)and we get 82 diapers for $13 and change...
I believe they are the BEST diaper out there! Yeaaaa
Target!
PS I'm not sure if you are local or not but I would even be willing to let you have a diaper or two to try if you want to...let me know!!

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B.R.

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Pampers has a new Over night diaper that they just came out with that has seemed to work for my son :) So i would suggest that.

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L.G.

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diaper doublers. the best product ever. and then unilever stopped making them. i swear i considered buying the manufacturing equipment from them.

i searched the internet and bought a case from a store in....Alaska. I wish I had some left over to give you; but really, they're just like maxipads. so try putting one of those in there ea. night. once i started the diaper doublers, i didn't have to change the crib sheet every day and that was certainly nice. good luck.

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D.M.

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My daughter went thru a phase like this and we cut back on the amount of liquid 1.5 hrs before final diaper/PJ/bedtime, which helped tremendously.

S.B.

answers from Providence on

Depending where the leakage is... we used to put a thick overnight maxi pad in my son's diaper for nighttime when we were having frontal leaking issues. We placed it right inside the front band' touching his belly - worked like a charm!

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