Nighttime Diapering: What You Need to Know

Usually, within the first few days of parenthood, mothers, fathers, and caregivers master the skill of diapering a newborn. While it might seem like there’s not much to worry about or do between diapering a newborn and potty training a toddler, parents often find that nighttime diapering challenges and chronic leaking diapers pop up when they least expect it. If you’re having trouble with nighttime leaks, check out the tips below!

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Size up

One of the easiest responses and quickest fixes to nighttime leaks is simply sizing up in diapers. Even if your kiddo is well within the weight limit for one size, the fact that they’re sleeping in stretches may mean that they are wetting their diaper twice, or even three times, before they wake up in the morning. Diapers are designed to hold enough wetness for a baby to pee once but, at night when they’re wearing a diaper for longer, a larger, sized up diaper can usually handle nighttime wetting without any leaks at all!

Use night diapers

Diapers are designed to be worn until they become wet. At that point, parents typically recognize their babes bulging diaper and give them change quickly. At night though, when stretches of interrupted diapering tend to grow longer, parents should consider using night diapers. Night diapers are designed to hold more wetness than regular, day-time diapers and are worth the extra few dollars they sometimes cost.

Use a waterproof pad on the bed or in the crib

While using a waterproof liner won't help prevent leaks, it will help to reduce the mess when a baby’s diaper does leak in the night. Many parents find that double making the crib with waterproof pads between the two layers of sheets makes for easy cleanup. Easy cleanup is essential for parents who don’t want to disturb their child’s rest as they can simply slip the wet sheet from underneath them without having to remake the crib.

Take your child potty before you go to bed

Sometimes kids wet the bed at night for a long time after they’ve finished daytime potty training. When this happens most parents put their child in pull-ups or other ‘big kid’ diapers. To prevent a child from peeing twice in the same pull-up, consider pulling your babe out of bed to use the potty right before you go to bed yourself.

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Nighttime diapering can be challenging and it may often seem that leaks happen at just the wrong time. To prevent nighttime leaks and help your babe rest peacefully throughout the night, consider putting one of the tips above into practice!

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Nighttime Diapering: What You Need to Know

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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