Whether you are a new parent or you are now raising your fifth or sixth child, a crying baby in the middle of the night can be exhausting. More often than not, the reason your little bundle of joy decided to wail his or her lungs out at 2 o’clock in the morning is because they wet through their diaper. They could also be hungry and need a late-night snack to fill their little tummies, but it is always safe to check their diapers first. For this reason, it is essential that your baby’s bottom is covered with an overnight diaper to help you and your child receive a good night’s sleep.
The main difference between daytime and nighttime diapers is the capacity at which they can retain fluids. Daytime diapers are designed to hold less liquid since parents are up and can check on them any time of the day, whereas overnight diapers are made to hold and retain much more fluids throughout the long hours of the night when you cannot regularly check.
Most of the time, parents give their growing children a bottle (or two) of their favorite milk before bedtime. As any person can understand, the more fluids you drink before hitting the hay, the greater the chance that you will either wet your pants or wake up to go to the bathroom.
Switching for regular diapers to overnight diapers for when your child is sleeping may not exactly give you the 8 to 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep you so desperately need, but at least it will help reduce the frequency of which your child wakes up tossing and turning and, ultimately, crying.
The following section of this article will focus on the five overnight diapers that we highly recommend. Your child may not respond the same way as our trial babies did during the testing phase of these overnight diapers, but this should give you a brief guideline of what we think make great nighttime diapers.
If you want your child to have a good night’s sleep while you help do your part to save the world, then the cloth diaper from BumGenius could be for you. Unlike disposable diapers which create waste, this cloth diaper can be used repeatedly for several years. In fact, the stretchy leg and waist bands of this cloth diaper can expand to allow children of up to 35 pounds to continue using it. The secret sauce of this diaper is the partially attached inserts that absorb large amounts of fluid before needing a wash. Speaking of washing, it could not be simpler – dump it in the washing machine and let it dry. As a cloth diaper, it will be slightly bulkier than their disposable counterparts, but since this will be used during the nighttime, it should not make a huge difference. This low maintenance diaper will make you wonder why you have not made the switch from disposable to reusable sooner.
What makes the Ultra Leakguard Diapers from Luvs so special is the leak barrier that servers to prevent moisture from leaving the diaper. The core of the leak guard also absorbs liquids as quickly as they come to keep your baby from stewing in a squishy diaper all night long. Luvs is one of the large brand-name producers of wallet-friendly diapers. The stretch tabs can be released and refastened to suit your moving baby – a feature that is not commonly found in brand-name diapers. If you did not get the perfect fit for your baby on the first try, peel it back and do it again. These cute-looking diapers are just great. If you have not subscribed to Luvs’ line of diapers then their 45-day money back guarantee should be enough to persuade you to try their diapers at least once.
Parents will know that the bladder capacity of a toddler is much greater than that of a baby. Because of this, toddlers need extra heavy-duty diapers to absorb all the moisture they can produce throughout the night. However, parents also know that toddlers are like magicians – now you see the diaper, now you don’t! Bamboo Nature Diapers are all natural, environmentally-friendly diapers that are comfortable enough that your child will not feel chafed or uncomfortable wearing them. Parents of children with sensitive skin do not need to worry about the use of harsh chemicals making contact with their toddlers in sensitive areas since Bamboo Nature Diapers contains no chemical ingredients. However, there are some issues with this diaper, such as defective tabs and their availability in rather small sizes. As your child gets bigger, you will need to leave these diapers on the shelf.
Huggies is another popular baby diaper producer that is famous for making some baby butt-safe diapers. Their OverNites Diapers can keep babies dry for over 12 hours. The secret behind the 12-hour moisture retention is the Leak Lock that keeps wetness away from your baby’s skin, reducing the risk of a rash. The SnugFit waistbands on their diapers offer extreme comfort and flexibility without limiting motion and movement. The little illustrations on these diapers are also fun and cute. These diapers are comfortable to wear, easy to put on, but babies with abnormally large bladders may need to go with another diaper brand and make.
The final product on our pick of the top 5 overnight diapers is the Pampers-made Baby Dry Diapers. These come with a handy wetness indicator on their N, 1, and 2 sizes. The indicator changes colors when the diaper is wet and in need of a change. Unlike many other diapers out there, this type comes with three layers that provide protection for up to 12 hours. Their absorbent gels within the diaper layers keep it thin when dry but hardly expand when wet while retaining moisture. The only issue is that if your child pees a lot during the nighttime and you do not change the diaper in time, the expanded gels can break through the layers of the diaper, leaving a huge mess to clean up.