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Overnight Diapers

Hi, My 13-month old son has soaked through his diaper and pjs the last four nights and as a result has been waking up at 5:45am. Needless to say, I'm not happy!!! I have been using the Huggies Overnight diapers and they're just not working for us......His diapers are the correct size. I've had a few people ask me if it's time to upgrade to the next size, but that's not the case. I even tried moving up his last bottle last night and waited 30 minutes before putting him down for the night and he still peed through his pjs. Are there any overnight diapers that you'd recommend? Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you!

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Thank you all so much for all of your suggestions......It's wonderful to know that there are other moms out there that have had similar experiences. I especially like the suggestions of using the diaper doublers. I think I'm going to run out today and get some, so that I'm prepared for tonight. Thank you again :-)

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I now have a 18 year old and a 16 year old and a 14 year old but if this was me I would try using the smallest size pull ups that are available. Pull ups hold a lot of water. S. Medley - ____@____.com

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My son is almost 11 months old and same thing happened to us recently. We switched to Pampers Baby-Dry and (knock on wood) he has leaked since.

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I now have a 18 year old and a 16 year old and a 14 year old but if this was me I would try using the smallest size pull ups that are available. Pull ups hold a lot of water. S. Medley - ____@____.com

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My son is almost 11 months old and same thing happened to us recently. We switched to Pampers Baby-Dry and (knock on wood) he has leaked since.

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I had this problem and I finally went to the next size, even though, by size my son did not need them. It worked. The diapers are bigger, so therefore hold more. You can't go more than one size bigger or they'll leak. Also, when putting them on, make sure to make them tight. Best of luck and try this, you maybe pleasantly surprised.

Thanks for asking this. I had never thought to try something different. Our son pees through his diaper almost every night and has done it for about six months. We've kinda gotten used to washing the sheets everyday! Who knew there was something you could do about it!!

We have good luck with Diaper Doublers, they are in a blue pack and I have seen them in Giant and in Babies R Us. Like a previous mom said, they look like a big maxipad without the sticky side. you stuff one in his diaper and it absorbs the pee. The other thing you may want to think about is what time is his last bottle and is it necessary? Maybe transition him into just getting his fluids with his dinner and having a cuddle time without bottle before bed? Believe me, I know how frustrating this problem is, my son was up at 5 A this morning and I knew before going in there what the problem was, my husband put him in a regular diaper and he was soaked front and back.

I have just always changed my girls' diapers during the night. When I get up to go potty, I check their diaper while they are sleeping, and if they had peed at all, I give them a change. They never wake up, doesn't bug them. Then just situate them back with their blankets and whatnot and they are good to go. That way, I never had to deal with leaky diapers by morning. Some nights I checked, and never had to change. Other nights, I have had to change them a couple of times. (And in those cases, I could definitely see how their diapers would be leaky by morning if I hadn't changed them). Hope this helps some.

We've always used cloth diapers. The BumGenius 3.0 is pretty amazing. My son is a heavy wetter...we changed his diaper part way through the night until we bought these. We use two of the terry inserts at night. He always stays dry.

Other things I like about these...you can wash them in hot and they're adjustable (a series of snaps allows them to fit newborn to toddler).

Hi K.,

Why are you using overnight diapers are the regular diaper not working for you? Your son is still very young he should still be able to use the same diapers you use during the day. I also have a 13 month old son and a 3 year old, I never changed from day to night diapers and I never had that problem. I feel that the regular diapers actually absorb better. I do use Pampers Crusiers I don't know if this might make a difference, but if you would like to try them. I hope this helps you.

I work full time and care my two boys in the evenings.

Good luck,

Diaper Doublers are great! Its a little maxipad-like insert that you put in the diaper. They can be found at Bloom stores and are pretty cheap!

I haven't ever had good luck with Huggies, so I've never tried the overnight diapers (or any other overnight diapers for that matter). I've heard of putting two diapers on (one over the other) to help from leaking during the night. My friend tried this after I mentioned it to her and hasn't had any leaks with her daughter since. HTH!

You might want to add a Depends or Poise pad inside the diaper to absorb the excess urine.

We like Pampers Baby Dry. If he still leaks, I would recommend moving him up a size even if the weight range doesn't match up. That helped with us when he was a little younger and started leaking. He is now 14 months and I'm getting ready to move him to the next size again.

Good luck.

How did it go over the weekend?

Our daughter was always a Pampers kid, Huggies never fit her right. We always had to move her up a size in diapers long before she hit the size limits just to get enough absorbency. Wet jammies and sheets were usually the first indication that she needed to move up a size in diapers, at least for night time.

If the doublers don't work, I'd try different brands and sizes.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Hi K.,
When my son was that age he began soaking diapers overnight as well, and for us it was "a phase" that passed. Meanwhile, during that time I used to change my son's diaper once in the night while he was sleeping and that seemed to help, kept him try, plus sleeping longer in the morning as a result.
Also, I experimented with different diapers and I found Luv's to out perform Huggies and/or pampers (and they are a good price).

I hope this helps.
K. L.

This started happening to my daughter when she was consistently on her stomach to sleep. I didn't use "overnight diapers", but someone recommended pulling the diaper higher in the front and lower in the back at night so that there is more of the absorbent part on her stomach which is where she was leaking. I don't have a boy so the anatomy might play a part in your son's problem. Positioning the diaper like that seemed to help and I don't remember the last time she soaked her jammies :) This might help you...

Believe it or not I found the commercial to be true: Luvs are the best! They're very absorbant and cheaper! Also, you may just want to try a bigger size and don't go by the weight on the package--my daughter was always very small but when she started leaking I went up a bigger size and it solved the problem. Also, one of those waterproof pads OVER the sheet is great, then you don't have to do a complete change in the middle of the night, just whip off the pad. Good luck!

I totally agree with using the diaper doublers, they have been really making life with my boys dryer. If you can't find them at the store I found them on this site: http://www.nwenteral.com/Detail.bok?no=18.


We had the same problem with our son Nicholas, who is now just 3 (still in diapers...grrr) and now our six month old boy Aidan. A friend of mine recommended Doublers. They are just like a big maxi pad kind of but the whole thing is soft and long and doesn't have any sticky stuff on it. I get them at Bloom or Giant and I think even Safeway carries them. They are by the wipes at Bloom and Giant and they come in a very generic looking light blue pack (just like pads) We have used them every night and still do for Nicholas who again is 3 and now for Aidan and only occasionally they are damp but never wet through enough to bother them just a little stinky. They come in a pack of 30 so they last us a month, very good $4.00 investment, as the overnight diapers never worked for us either!

Hope this helps!

I've used something called "diaper doublers". I've only seen them in Food Lion. Kind of just like a little pad. So that might help provide some extra absorbency. I have used them for overnight with regular diapers and that does to the trick for me.

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