If I woke up in the middle of the night cold and wet with pee-soaked bedding, I would be pretty upset. Your baby doesn’t like it any more than you would.
Finding the best overnight diapers to help your baby sleep comfortably are so important. Not just for your baby, but also for your sanity.
Waking up night after night to change a wet diaper gets real old real quick.
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Do Overnight Diapers Make a Difference?
In a word, yes. Overnight diapers are designed in a way to allow for the extra fluid that your baby will release at night.
Nighttime diapers have more superabsorbent polymer that can allow them to hold 10-12 hours worth of urine. You want this added protection to help your baby learn to sleep in longer stretches.
If his diaper is constantly waking him up, then he won’t ever be able to learn to sleep through the night. Don’t let that happen, get the overnight diapers.
What to Look for in an Overnight Diaper
When deciding on which overnight diaper is best for you and your baby, there are three main things to consider.
A good overnight diaper should offer 10-12 hours of wetness protection. If it doesn’t then it is most likely not meant to handle that level of wetness.
If it doesn’t specifically say “overnight” on the package, read the fine print and see the recommendations. Most diapers are meant to be changed every few hours and should say so on the package.
Overnight diapers are made differently and should tell you how long they’re meant to last.
Some diapers are great for cheap, and some diapers are expensive and awful. My general rule of thumb is to look for something somewhere in the middle.
Just know that the more specific you are about your diaper type or material, then the more expensive they are likely to be.
For instance, brands that are made without any chemicals and are hypoallergenic will probably be more expensive, but they may be the better choice for your baby if your baby has sensitive skin since cheaper options may cause irritation due to the materials.
You want the diaper to fit snugly, but still allow your baby to move and be comfortable.
All diaper brands have a weight suggestion on the package with some overlap for the next size. If you find that your little one is in between sizes, then you can move in either direction depending on what you need.
For me, my son is so skinny, that I’ve always had to keep him in the smaller sized diapers for longer than normal because we just have too many problems with the larger diapers not sealing very well.
Though we miss out on the extra absorbency of a larger diaper, we don’t have as many leaks due to an ill-fitting diaper.
Do what makes the most sense for your baby. The sizing guide is just that, a guide.
Hands down my favorite overnight diapers are the Pampers Baby Dry.
The regular diapers I had been using just weren’t cutting it at night and we were having some leakage issues. I found the Baby Dry diapers and never looked back.
They offer 12 hours of protection, and I find that they pull the liquid away more so than other diapers that I’ve tried in the past.
Because of that, they tend to swell up much faster than other diapers so I don’t like using them during the day, but they’re perfect for us at night.
My son has been wearing them for nearly a year and I don’t think we’ve ever had a leak.
Another great Pampers option is the Swaddlers Overnights. They offer up to 12 hours of protection as well with the added benefit of being super soft.
The Pampers Swaddlers are some of the softest diapers around and can be much gentler on your baby’s sensitive skin.
If your baby tends to have issues with diapers rubbing on his skin, then you may want to consider trying out the Swaddlers.
If your baby has very sensitive skin, or you’re looking for an eco-friendlier option, then the Honest Overnights are the way to go.
Honest diapers don’t include any chlorine processing, chemical bleaches, fragrances, lotions, or latex. They’re hypoallergenic and oh so soft.
The one downside of the Honest diapers is that all that extra care in production makes for a slightly higher price tag.
They are a great option though still offering 12 hours of protection and for younger babies or babies with skin irritations, these are an excellent choice.
BumGenius Freetime – Best Cloth Diaper
If you’re looking for a cloth diaper option, then the BumGenius Freetime is the way to go.
They’re designed to be as effective as traditional disposable diapers with a leak-preventing polyester exterior. They’re capable of fitting babies 8-35 pounds.
It’s also a one-step cloth diaper, which means that there’s no stuffing involved. Who has time for all that extra work? I know I don’t.
If you have a hardcore heavy wetter and need some added protection that a diaper just can’t provide, then the Sposie Diaper Booster Pads are what you need.
They’re designed to go inside any size diaper to give some added absorbency to help prevent leaking.
These are also great for tummy sleepers, especially boy tummy sleepers that need a little extra protection towards the front of their diapers.
The one drawback of the Sposie Pads is that they don’t wick away moisture quite like a regular diaper would. If your baby is one that can’t sleep with a wet diaper, then you may need to add in some extra tricks to help deal with the wet diaper situation.
Nighttime Diaper Hacks
Sometimes it doesn’t matter what kind of diaper you use, you’ll still have some trouble. So here are a few tips to helping make your nights as easy as possible.
Double Up the Bedding
One of the best things I ever did for myself was to double up the bedding in my son’s crib.
Basically, you want to layer the bedding. Mattress pad, sheet, mattress pad, sheet, etc. This won’t necessarily keep you from getting up at night, but it will help you get back to sleep faster if you have a leakage situation and need to change the sheets.
Just pull the top layer off and you’re good to go. It saves so much time at night!
Put the Diaper on Backwards
If you have a tummy sleeper and are having issues with it leaking in the front, you can put the diaper on backwards.
The back of the diaper is typically more absorbent than the front and may offer you a bit more protection from a wet baby fiasco.
Correct Diaper Placement
Did you know that the ruffle on the diaper is actually important? The inner ruffle that lies next to your baby’s legs is actually to help keep leaking from happening.
Making sure that that ruffle is pulled out when you put the diaper on is a big step in helping solve your overnight leaking issue.
Just run your finger under there after you put your baby’s diaper on to make sure that it’s flipped out properly.
You also want to make sure that the diaper is tight enough. There are actually little lines on most diapers that show you where the tabs are supposed to fit. If it is too far off from this, then you should look into the size diaper that you’re using. It may not be right for your baby.
Penis Pointed Down
I cannot stress this enough. If you have a boy you must ALWAYS make sure that his penis is pointed straight down in the diaper. If you don’t, you will have leaks. Every. Single. Time.
I definitely learned this lesson the hard way, but once I made sure that his penis was pointed the right direction, I stopped having issues.
If you have a heavy wetter that just needs some extra help, doubling up the diapers can help.
You can even make the outer diaper a size up to give you a BIG boost in absorption and comfort.
If your baby is in between diaper sizes, then always go with the larger size at night. The larger diaper will allow for more liquid so you’ll have less of a chance of leaks.
It’ll also give your baby a bit more room to allow for good airflow to keep the mess away from his sensitive skin.
Overnight Diapers vs Regular
Deciding which kind of diaper you should use on your baby is very much so up to your baby. It all may come down to what is most comfortable for your little one.
Choosing the best diaper style, especially the best overnight diaper, is just like trying any new thing with your baby. It will probably take some trial and error to see what works best for you.
So, give the recommendations a try and see how they work.
Have you tried an overnight diaper for your baby? Did you notice a difference? Leave me a comment below or join the conversation in our Facebook group.
Until next time!