Do you change your little one's nappy during the night?

Liz - posted on 04/05/2010 ( 52 moms have responded )

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My 16 month old daughter is starting to make a habit of soaking through all her nightwear and cot bedding in the night. I've resorted to changing her last thing before she nods off and then again when I go to bed (about half 10 ish) but then she wakes up and is impossible to get back to sleep. I feel so cruel disturbing her in her sleep, but if I dont do it, I'll only be changing all the bedding and all her clothing as well about half 3 in the morning. I dont know why this is happening. Any1 else going through this problem? What do you do? She plenty of room in her nappy so I dont think its a case of an ill-fitting nappy. Please tell me there's a away out of this :(

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Deborah - posted on 06/06/2010

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They make night time diapers. I have found that huggies goodnights work really well. I definately wouldn't recomend changing the diaper during the night unless she is waking up and fussing about it.

Tiffany - posted on 06/05/2010

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My 18 month old used to soak his whole bed.I would change him before I went to bed but he would still wet thru everything.So I just switched diapers and limit how much he drinks before bed.Especially since he likes to take his sippy cup to bed.I love the Huggies overnight. They work great especially when we are traveling.

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Maybe invest in some old fashioned Piltards? The plastic covers that went over cloth nappies. Or try a different brand of Nappies and trial which works better at night.
If this still isn't working I know there is a cover (for toilet training time) that slips over the mattress and sheets. It covers say the torso and bottom area of the bed and is water proof. So if the nappy does leek it could save you changing all the sheets. You can find it in Big W and Target.

Nisha - posted on 04/16/2010

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I really feel for you - that sounds awful for both of you! I use Huggies Superdry and River can go for over 12 hours with the same nappy. He doesn't have any drinks during the night though apart from the odd sip of water - he has a bottle of milk around 7 and goes to bed about 8 but he is in the same nappy from 630pm till around 7am the next morning (fresh nappy after bath and then thats it till morning

Carol - posted on 04/16/2010

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i also put aomihe on a bigger nappy at night but also maybe put a looser vest on at night as it might be squashing the diper and if she is lying in her back all the wee is being pushed to the front

Meredith - posted on 04/16/2010

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My son is doing it to and he is 17months old. I am going to Babies R Us this weekend to see if I can get "diaper doublers". They are cheap and work great. We used them with our oldest son when he was little . The look like a big thick maxi pad or depends but are a lot cheaper. The packaging is light blue with clouds and pink words (at least it used to be). They work great.

Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2010

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My son did the same thing at 16 mths. and he takes the sippy cup throughout the night. I definitely agree with changing to nighttime diapers. Huggies (nighttime-15 hrs of dryness) has worked best for me.

Tiffany - posted on 04/14/2010

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we were having that problem with our 17 month old, so we are using the overnight diapers, we haven't had any problem since we switched & since they cost more we only use them at night & still use her regular diapers during the day.

Mirrhya - posted on 04/14/2010

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This might sound bad, but we bought a bunch of those puppy training pads. It is really warm in our apartment (neighbors insist on cranking the heat) so all he wears to sleep is a t-shirt and a diaper. So all I had to do was change his diaper, whip out the puppy pad and replaced both. He usually slept through the whole procedure.

Sam - posted on 04/13/2010

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I had the same issue with my son. We opted for Huggies Night Time diapers. Ever since we put him in this diaper at night, we have not had any more problems with him soaking through his clothes. Hope this helps.

Amy - posted on 04/13/2010

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Try limiting drinks before bedtime. Make sure last bottle/milk/juice/water is at least 1 -2 hours before bedtime. I realise that bottle before bed may be a sleep association for her so I understand this may be tricky. If so maybe just reduce the size of the bottle (say half as much) and make it just after dinner rather than just before bed? Also look up http://www.slumberdry.com.au/ and think about getting two. That way if she soaks through you just swap them over and no sheets to strip as it goes on top of the sheets. Also good when you get to toilet training stage.

Nancy - posted on 04/13/2010

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Buy overnight disposible diapers! Huggies makes them and they are the only way to go, not sure if they make them where you are but they work great for us!

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I am going through the same issue with my 16 month old son. We were using a normal day diaper until a lightbulb went off in my head. Now we use the 12 hour dry disposables by Pampers. I take it these are night time diapers as opposed to the others (Cruisers) or Huggies which we use during the day. So far so good as long as we time the diaper right we have had alot less bed sheets and nightwear to clean.

Jen - posted on 04/12/2010

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We were having the same problem! We limited her liquid intake about 2 hours before bed and put her in a size bigger diaper for the night. Also using the "old school" rubber pants might save a few washing of the sheets. Good luck! Never hurts to talk to the doc too!

Khara - posted on 04/12/2010

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huggies overnight are great and sometimes they do need a size higher.. also a friend of mine has put 2 diapers on.. just make sure you put a hole in the one soo it can absord both.. i have never done that because the overnights work great but she swears but it.. i wouldnt wake her up to change her... it hink that will distrub her sleep cycle and a mama needs her sleepp hee hee.. try the overnights see if they wwork... or the double diaper thing.. let us know if anything works...

Carrie - posted on 04/11/2010

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I started using night time diapers for my daughter, and she has not woken up wet once. I use Huggies brand and one size larger than she normally wears.

Kasey - posted on 04/11/2010

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I have actually went to the Night Time Pampers and also a size bigger, that might help!

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I'm not sure how you can stop this problem, maybe a smaller drink before bedtime?
I quite often have to change my sons nappy when I go to bed. Usually he's done a stinker and if I don't change it he does wake up crying at some stupid hour. Most nights he settles again quite quickly, but I try to change him with out waking him. I change his nappy in the cot by lamp light. If he does wake I only speak a few reasuring words, then leave the room as soon as I have done. It may sound cruel, but it works. If he cries I let him for a couple of mins, he's usually so tired he forgets what he's crying about and goes back to sleep. Hope this is of help.

Brandy - posted on 04/11/2010

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OMG yes. My son has been soaking through as well, every morning I have to strip all his bedding and put him straight into the bath. I've tried several different diapers, and all have failed. As sad as this may be, I am so happy I am not the only one going through this! I was just talking on the phone this morning with my mother and she told me to try limiting fluid 2 hours before his bed time. If that doesn't work, I'm gonna have to get him up and change his pants when I go to bed around midnight. Good luck to you all.

Tacye - posted on 04/11/2010

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We had this issue too. We've moved overseas, but if I was in the US I'd buy Huggies Overnites diapers (higher absorbency). Instead we've had to put her in a larger size regular diaper than she wears during the day. The larger the diaper size the more absorbent capacity it has. You just need to be sure it's not too big otherwise it won't fit right and then she'll be leaking for another reason!

Jenny - posted on 04/10/2010

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We change our sixteen month old right before bed (around 7pm) and then again around midnight if he needs it, which he usually does. He did really good with the overnight diapers and had dry sheets in the morning. Luckily he isn't too much trouble to get back to sleep so we still normally use regular ones most nights... maybe give the overnight ones a go?

Lisa - posted on 04/10/2010

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My 16 month old also starting leaking through during the night and I did as the other mothers in the previous posts, I purchased the next size up. It's worked great so far.

Emily - posted on 04/10/2010

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my daughter is 17months old and while i have not had this problem in a long time, when i did she was 9 or 10 months old. I cut out her night time bottles and she doesnt get anything after 7:30 which is when i change her final diaper. we use pampers baby dry or cruisers sometimes and have never had any problems with them. i have heard that the overnight diapers do help. My daughter doesnt get a bottle in bed hasnt since she was 9 months old. That was a bit of a challenge but she sleeps better and wakes dryer as well. Good Luck

Nikki - posted on 04/10/2010

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I think I am probably reposting what others have said, but 1) try a nighttime diaper-I have heard they work wonders. I used them with my first son when he was a bit older, and they did help. 2) Consider changing brands of diapers if the nighttime ones are not a good fit. Both of my boys leaked through Huggies overnight and had to go to other brands (although we did go back to the huggies overnight ones later with my oldest, as I mentioned, and they worked). 3) The layering sheets and waterproof crib pads is a wonderful plan-it saved us many sleepless nights with baby number 1. If he soaked through, he usually didn't wake up until it was cold, poor thing, but I would change him, wipe him with a warm, soapy cloth, strip the first layer of bedding and lay him back down. He was back asleep within 5-10 minutes of waking.
By the way, just as a thought...have you tried cheaper diapers at night? I ask this because my baby leaks through huggies and gets a rash from pampers, but Luvs have worked perfectly. I never even tried with my first son, i assumed since they were cheaper they couldn't work as well-but they have been perfect for Braden.

Kristy - posted on 04/10/2010

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I had the same problem with my son. I had to invest in those nighttime diapers. Now I don't have that problem anymore. I buy the Huggies Goodnights , but I'm sure any night time brand will do. They are made to hold more.

Monica - posted on 04/10/2010

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My son had the same problem I started using the Pampers NightTime diapers and it worked no more wet baby or bed!

Amber - posted on 04/10/2010

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My 17 Mth old just started doing that so what I did was stopped giving him anything to drink past 7pm (He will drink and drink till the cows come home if I don't take the cup away) and I always change him before he goes down. And all of that seems to really work! Being in a bigger size does help too. Good Luck!!!

Natasha - posted on 04/09/2010

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I have Nilah's pampers right next to the bed so in the middle of the night I check her and change her pamper. If I dont turn on the light (which I never do) she doesn't wake up...

Dawn - posted on 04/09/2010

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My daughter was doing the exact same thing. I switched her to the nighttime diapers in a size bigger. worked out perfectly. No more mess.

Claire - posted on 04/09/2010

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I had this problem with a certain brand of nappies (H) I changed to tesco nappies and the problem went away! Says to me the nappies arent good enough! i tried changing nappies to a bigger size like has been suggested to you but this was no help as it continued happening! i would change to tesco nappies i really recommend them, i didnt want to use them to begin with because my daughter is my first and i wanted to spoil her and i thought using a great brand nappy would be part of this but in all honesty the tesco ones are better! Let me know how you get on!! x

Mary - posted on 04/09/2010

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We had this problem regularly with our 16 month old and fixed it by buyin next size up in pampers baby dry nappies and limiting his drinks after 4pm. He has one cup of drink with his tea at around 5-6pm and then his 7oz bottle at 7ish! Works a treat for him!

Angie - posted on 04/09/2010

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Try putting 2 diapers on her at once so that she won't soak thru if you haven't tried the nighttime diapers. It works really well for my daughter.

Dawn - posted on 04/09/2010

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I had this problem with my first. I ended up buying the really good diapers (I like huggies) just for bedtime and use the storebrand diapers for the rest of the day. I also started buying a bigger size for night and it fixed the problem for the most part. You could also try cutting down on liquids in the evening in hopes of less elimination. I have also heard of inserts that you can buy to put in the diaper so that it has extra absorbtion.

Jazi - posted on 04/09/2010

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OMG - I am SOOOO sorry I wrote all that. please forgive me. i'll shutup now

Jazi - posted on 04/09/2010

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My son has this issue - it started for us around 9 months. No matter what diaper we used he would leak like a sieve. he's now 17 months, and we are STILL dealing with it. Tricks that work. Huggies overnighters - they are a godsend. either in the same size or a size up depending on how they fit. (currently my boy is so skinny he still fits in 3s - my neice at 13 months is in size 5) they hold much more, stronger elastic at the legs and waist for leak prevention and price wise - comperable to your regular huggies price. (walmart is your friend for these! get coupons from huggies then use when walmart has diaper sales) with all the reasearch I did on diapers - pampers swaddlers for newborn through size 2 - or when they start to scoot/squirm/slide. then a switch to regular huggies. the diapers designed for "movers" with the narrowed crotch don't hold nearly as much, leak much to easily and cost more than the regular old style. and I just had more issues with store brands/pampers and luvs. Even the "earth friendly" disposables were not mommy friendly. Plus - if you use regular huggies - Costco is your friend on this front. Costco is also great for baby wipes as long as you're not allergic to aloe. if you're allergic to aloe baby wipes are a HUGE danger - after months of searching, using nitrile gloves to change diapers we finally found ONE brand of wipes from Pampers that did not have aloe in it. And we have not found it since. (Bordouxs Butt Paste - Origional is the BEST for diaper rash treatment and prevention BTW) fewer chemicals and ingrediants then ANY other ointments or creams out there. goes on well, doesn't seperate in the tube, smells great without being overpowering, NO ALOE, NO PETROLIUM,

Well, as for dealing with nights of flooded cribs. I'm disabled and it makes life complicated. So while my son's crib is just across the room from me, in the night I can't just wake up and go over to him. The stratagy we've developed that seems to be working is this.

Make up the crib with 5 - 6 layers of fitted sheet then water absorbing moisture blocking pads between each sheet. They're cool because the pad sucks up the urine to hold it in place so it doesn't spred though the entire top layer of the crib and soak everything that is there. such as a stuffed toy with electronics that plays soothing bedtime music and can't be just thrown into the washer with the sheets.

The each day he has dinner around 7pm with his final 6oz milk. bath at 830pm, where he normally guzzles down at least a cup of water when he drinks from the faucet pouring in, by dunking his face fully into the water 20-30 times, (we're talking FULL immersion here nose to the bottom of the tub in 8" of water) - out of the tub, dried off, given his allergy meds, put into his huggies overnights and pj's, handed a 6oz bottle of cool water and off upstairs to bed he goes with either daddy or sissy between 9 & 930.

I am up till around 130 - 200 before I go up to bed, when i can take my last doses of pain medications (which make it so I don't wake up at all for 10 hours) scoop him up and change his diaper, (he normally sleeps right through it - or goes right back down afterwards with water in teh bottle - if he doesn't go back down - I end up with a sleeping buddy) I strap on my CPAP, tighten up my braces so they don't come off in the night and attempt sleep.

My Partners get up around 6am, and around 645 one comes in to proad me awake enough to take my morning medications. aka open soda & pre-dispenced meds, hand me soda - place meds in my other hand, remove my mask and make me take meds - then replacing my mask back on me. (I tend to sleep through the entire thing) They then change Zander's diaper. and he goes back to bed - he normally sleeps till around 10am, when my stepdaughter comes home from school for lunch. She wakes me up - I change his diaper and we start our day.

the cost of having him sleep till 10am in the am is that I don't have the benifit of an afternoon nap most days. But this works for us. It has us on a schedule. And on the days where I can't function, I have a backup in the form of another roomate/friend that lives on the first floor who on the days that zander wakes early or won't go back to sleep at 7am -will take him downstairs and watch him till I am able to function enough to care for him. I thank God for her everyday! Without her I would not have my son. I don't think I could live if I didn't have my son with me and my partners (his father and our wife) my stepdaughter (wife's teenager) and the roomate/heartsister who I am glad to say is my son's Godmother and will be sure that if anything happens to me will ensure that he is raised with a proper faith, belief and respect for all religions, Those of our household (5 different ones) His, and every other persons religious choices.

Jazi

Jen - posted on 04/08/2010

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i didnt use to with the pampers can go 12 hrs with them even tho he dnt sleep through anyway but at the moment i had to get tesco own n there rubbish he peed rite through my blankets

Louise - posted on 04/08/2010

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I have never had a leaky nappies with any of my kids. Is your daughter drinking an enormous amount of fluid in the evening? My daughter has her last drink an hour before bath time and sleeps in regular huggies nappies and we have never had a problem. The only other thing I can think to do is put on two nappies one the right size and one a size larger until this phase has past. Sorry I can't be more help. Good Luck!

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I have a few suggestions. 1) Buy waterproof crib pads - at least two (one to change to if one needs removal), 2) Limit the amount of liquids she drinks 2 hours before bedtime - perhaps give her crackers to soak up the extra moisture, 3) Line her diaper with a sanitary pad (cut the backing off so the urine can soak through to the diaper), 4) Look into nighttime diapers (we got them for our son and they hold a bit more than the regular kind). Hope these ideas are helpful! Good luck! (oh, and I wouldn't wake her ... let her wake on her own. If my son wakes & cries at night, we usually wait a few minutes before going in. Most of the time he falls back to sleep.)

Kathi-Lyn - posted on 04/08/2010

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switch to nighttime diapers.. and limit the amout of drinks you give her before bed

Kayleigh - posted on 04/08/2010

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i had that problem liz wiv my daughter at 14mnths. i just give her her last drink after dinner and ive noticed a big difference.no more wet beds hope this helps./

Jackie - posted on 04/07/2010

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I also started to have this problem when my son was about 16 months old. We bought Pampers Extra Protection diapers and they worked wonders. No more pee soaked baby anymore.

Nicole - posted on 04/07/2010

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oh my goodness, the same thing with my son. It's pretty horrible because in the morning he is soaked in pee, and he has started getting a rash on his legs.
I have bought three different types of diapers , but it doesn't seem to be working. Basically all I can do is hope I wake up 2 -3 times during the night and I have to give him a bath every morning right when he wakes up . My family doctor told me I should try and not give him his milk in the evening, but he won't go to sleep if he doesn't have a bottle an hour or so before bed. The good news is at least you know your baby is hydrated, and that is always good : )
sorry I couldn't be more help, I'm going crazy myself with the super peeing situation.
Take care.

Kris - posted on 04/06/2010

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I have a cousin who's child had this problem as well. She purchased night time diapers in a larger size and has not had any soaking through since then. Her daughter has bottles through the night, so she was getting very wet.

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