What to do with a full diaper in the morning?

Emily - posted on 03/18/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daugher is 21 months old, and lately she's been waking up with either an extremely full diaper that leaks through to her pajamas AND her sheets, or it's completely dry. I've been told that if it's dry, then that's a sign that we should start potty training. But then I get confused when she wakes up with a full diaper. We've started to limit her water intake near the end of the night. I don't think there's anything wrong with her, I mean, her pee is normal colored, doesn't smell or anything. I just wanted to know what we should do about the full diaper, like, go up a size? Get those nighttime diapers? Or just start potty training? I'm sorry if I sound naive, this is my first child, I'm in my early 20s, and my mother is out of town. Thank you in advance for your answers!

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Melinda - posted on 03/18/2010

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I love the Huggies overnight diapers. I go up a size in them, so my son normally wears a size 5 and in the overnights, he wears a 6. No leaks ever, even with a HUGE diaper in the morning!

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Amy - posted on 04/17/2010

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My older daughter was like that too. I bought the overnight diapers, they work really good for me. I also tried to limit her drinking, but it doesn't always work all the time. Maybe try to have her sit on the potty before bed...maybe after the bath or after brushing. Even if she doesn't go it still gives her a chance to go.

Mindi - posted on 04/15/2010

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I like the Pampers night-time diapers. Since we have been using them we haven't had any leaks. Sometimes it does help to go up a size. I am sure that Huggies are just as nice but they make my daughter's bottom break out.

Yvonne - posted on 04/05/2010

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My daughter does the same thing..sometimes there completely full and sometimes there dry. But then again she does drink alot of water.
I did read about toddlers having dry diapers that they might be ready to be potty train. Signs will be if toddler has dry diaper for long periods of time, if toddler starts hiding when its time to poop and actualy tell you that they poop.
I use Huggies Little movers brand because I notice that my daughter didnt wake up with the sheets all wet even when the diaper was completely full. And when she used Pampers brand I notice that they just dont absorb as Huggies do.

Pamela - posted on 04/05/2010

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My daughter does that too. Our pediatrician told us to go up a size and wait until she was consistantly dry for about 2 weeks before starting to train. Little variables like bedtime changes, or juice instead of water can affect the urine output. I hope this helps...but sounds like you are in the same spot I am...Waiting! LOL

Shannon - posted on 03/26/2010

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I have had this problem with my son and started using night-time diapers for him. I love them and have used Huggies, Pampers, and Fisher Prices all with sucess. Also increase diaper size increase absorbancy. You are not naive either....the only way to ever find the answer is to ask the question! Good Luck!

Cindy - posted on 03/25/2010

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That happens sometimes to my son too. I just bought the nighttime diapers they are still full but at least hes not soaking through the diaper. If the diaper is fitting your daughter properly you don't want to go up a size because then they won't fit right and she will pee out of them. It doesn't hurt to introduce the potty by any means I have shown my son the potty and he sits on it he doesn't do anything (unfortunately LOL) but its a start. You don't want to push the potty on a kid thats not ready because then it will take that much longer. Luckily you have a girl and they seem to potty train WAY easier then boys!!!

Dolly - posted on 03/25/2010

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I bought diaper doublers on Amazon and put one in his nite time diaper. He wakes up with a full diaper but his pj's and sheets are not wet.

Brianna - posted on 03/24/2010

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I have the same problem!! I am going to try the Huggies overnight diapers. Hope that works!

Antasia - posted on 03/21/2010

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The overnight diapers work great. A lot of children who are perfectly ready for potty training might do great during the day but still have problems at night. You might also want to try to get up in the middle of the night to change her. My son went through this stage , and I found it easier and less of a headache to lose 5 minutes of my sleep and change him at night then to have to change sheets, etc every morning.

Michelle - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son has used the potty twice at night in the last 3 weeks. He usually has a full diaper in the am but it varies, but it also goes through his pjs and bed sheets. I have thought about putting a bigger size on him but wasnt sure until i have read the posts here. I have thought about the pull ups but thought he was too young .

Kathryn - posted on 03/18/2010

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Diaper wise- I have used the nighttime diapers on my son since he was a little over a year, no problems with leaks since then. Yes, it could also be a sign you need to go up a size, just buy a smally bag to see if that is the issue.



Potty training- Most of the time with potty training, kids can stay dry all day (with suing the potty instead of the diaper) but when it comes to the night, they have trouble. If you want to start potty training go ahead but it probably (depends on the child) won't help night wets until later.

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