A.B. asks from New Glarus, WI on March 22, 2008
Son Soaking Through Diapers at Night
I am a mother of a wonderful almost 2 1/2 yr. old boy. My problem is that he frequently soaks through his diaper at night. I have tried to remedy the situation by purchasing diapers the next size up (currently in a size 6...no where to go from here!), and only giving him water after 7 pm, so he isn't tempted to drink too much. His bedtime is around 8:30 or 9pm and we change his diaper prior to putting him to bed. I have read (somewhere) that around this age, most kids start to wake up dry and that is one of the "signs" that they are ready to potty train. Well, we are far from that!! Sometimes he is not super wet -- but many mornings I have to wash all of his bedding and that is getting tiring. Any suggestions anyone? I have tried several brands of diapers, and none seem to be able to hold it all in! Does anyone know of another brand that may work, or other bedtime solutions?
So What Happened?™
Hello everyone. Just wanted to thank you all so much for the information and advice. I will definately be making a purchase of night-time diapers and/or Pull Ups -- we'll just see which works best for us. :-)
For those who suggested potty training, my boy just does not seem very "ready" yet for that -- he really has no interest in going on the potty, doesn't tell me when he needs a diaper change, etc. We have had the potty chair out for MONTHS now and he will sit on it once in a while (at my prodding) -- but never with any results! And yes, he for sure knows what it is for. :-) I think maybe he is just starting to be able to tell that he is even going to the bathroom (in his diaper), lol! He'll be making "the face" and I'll ask: "oh, are you pooping?" and he'll say no! I also tell him that he cannot pee in the bathtub (he LOVES to take a bath), or the bath is over (giving him the option to sit on the potty chair prior to the bath) -- and he still does quite often even though it brings on a negative consequence. My plan is to train him (hopefully) after the baby is a couple/few months old and the weather is warm this summer -- we will get some "big boy" underpants and hang out in the backyard with the potty chair at the ready! Hopefully that will work. Right now, besides him not being ready, my husband is out of town 3-5 days/week, so I'd really be on my own and I'm honestly not prepared myself to tackle this alone right now, cleaning up accidents in the house, etc.
Anyway, thanks again for all of the great advice. And to Joni, the woman with the very big and tall 19 mo. old -- oh my gosh! I feel (empathise) your pain!! With kids in general being bigger these days, I wish they'd go past size 6 -- esp. for folks like you with very big (tall) little ones! Maybe some of those Pull Ups with the velcro sides would work for your child? Right now, my son is about 36-37" tall and 29 lbs, so his size is not our problem...just diaper absorbancy! I think maybe those nighttime diapers may be our answer. :-)
M.K. answers from Fargo on April 02, 2008
Have you tried the nitetime diapers that Huggies makes? My twin sons had the same trouble, being boys it came out the top. We used the Nitetime diapers and haven't had that problem again.
E.B. answers from Milwaukee on March 24, 2008
This may sound weird but well I also had that problem with my kids and i would put a maxi pad in the diaper to help soak up some of the wetness. I had very few problems after that.
K.S. answers from Milwaukee on March 24, 2008
Have you tried night time diapers? I know Huggies makes them, and I used to use them for my daughter and they seemed to hold a lot more than the regular diapers.
S.N. answers from Minneapolis on March 24, 2008
I am in the same boat - 2 1/2 year old son with little to no interest in potty training and a diaper that must weight about 20lbs in the morning. I switched to Huggies Overnights several months ago and they work great. They are a bit more expensive but do go on sale at Target and a Huggies coupon works on them too. It beats washing bedding and kids daily!
C.H. answers from Minneapolis on March 23, 2008
Yep, the Huggies overnites or Goodnites pullups are the best for not soaking through, but I'm just letting you know where to find them...Walmart! (I couldn't find them at Target or the grocery store).
J.M. answers from Davenport on March 24, 2008
I've had the same problem, but it seems like if I give him milk in his cup before he goes to bed, he doesn't soak through....not nearly as much anyway.
C.K. answers from Des Moines on March 24, 2008
My suggestion is that you try to potty train him...he is definitely old enough....and it will help him know what he is doing and maybe at least slow it down. I have done daycare in my home for 28 years and only had one child who wasn't potty trained by the time she was 3. Wouldn't it also be nice not to have 2 in diapers. It might be a good time to use the words "Big Brother" and with positive words get him to want to go potty...even though you are running it a little close to having a new baby in the house.
K.D. answers from Sheboygan on March 24, 2008
Try a pull up night time over the top of a diaper. Extra protection. My son didn't potty train until he was 3yrs old and even though he is trained during the day he still will wake up wet in the morning. I am not sweating it at all. He will get it....but the nite time pull ups do work great! But if your son is soaking a diaper I would double up for sure.
K.O. answers from Minneapolis on March 24, 2008
I used to change his diaper (even when he was asleep) before I went to bed. This usually got us through the night (and used Huggies/Pampers size 6). We also potty trained him at 2 1/2 (well, my Mom did which we were on vacation) and that's helped him hold more in at night (still poops only in the diaper when sleeping -- oy!).
K.B. answers from Duluth on March 24, 2008
Just a quick thought, Have you tried putting a plastic diaper cover over his diaper at night, that might help cut done on the lanudry. Juat a thought.
N.H. answers from Minneapolis on March 24, 2008
We've had the best "luck" with Huggies Supreme on our 26 month old boy.