We mostly use cloth diapers at home. At night time, I just put a second pad in my baby's cloth diaper so he can last the night without changing. However, for our Christmas holiday I'm planning to use disposable diapers while we're visiting our parents (I don't want to have to take up suitcase storage with diapers). I know disposable diapers are very absorbent. However, can they typically last 11+ hrs at night without changing? Are there special "night time" diapers one should buy for this purpose? Any specific tricks that would be useful to keep him dry at night?

In case it matters, my baby is 8 months and weighs 20 lbs so he usually wears the size 3 diapers in the US.

asked 08 Dec '09, 04:03

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I think you'll find that you won't have any issues using a Size 3 disposable at night. My little guy is 7.5 months, about the same size and easily makes it through the night without a diaper change. We use Pampers Cruisers.

The only thing that could cause issue is if your little one sleeps like a turtle (on tummy with bum in the air) - sometimes gravity can get in the way if they sleep like that.


answered 08 Dec '09, 04:23

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I totally agree with you but we used Walmart Brand and Huggies

(08 Dec '09, 04:33) Mary

I use the Wal-Mart and Target brands.

(08 Dec '09, 04:59) mkcoehoorn

We have size 3 Costco diapers for daycare so I tried putting him one of those for last night and it worked great without any problem. Good to know I don't need to buy special diapers for vacation :)

(11 Dec '09, 15:48) Kiesa ♦

I'm in Canada, and I buy the President's Choice "Green" brand Diapers from Superstore for nigh time sleep. It's almost disturbing how much they hold. And, they keep anything in.


answered 08 Dec '09, 06:16

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good to know, i may have to try those!

(08 Dec '09, 14:35) DazedandConfused

We always found that disposables were able to hold a lot more than cloth nappies. Indeed, at various stages we used cloth in the day and disposables at night simply because the cloth would be soaked in the morning, even with a booster.

There are indeed special "night time" nappies although we never bothered with them - IIRC they're more in terms of pull-ups when potty training than baby nappies, if you see what I mean.


answered 08 Dec '09, 06:32

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I'm guessing the disposables lasting longer is due to the silica gel in them - they can soak up just about anything. We had one go through the washing machine and it weighed like five pounds.

(08 Dec '09, 18:56) ceejayoz

We use cloth in the day, disposies at night as my kiddos are long sleepers and heavy wetters. We have found that Huggies worked best for our son, but pampers work best for our daughter. I recommend that you chose the largest size that will fit your child's weight - for example if the sz 3 fits 15-22lbs, and the sz 4 fits 18-25lbs, go for the sz 4.

If you find that he is wetting through the disposies at night, you might try wrapping them in the diaper covers that you can use for cloth (assuming that you don't only use all-in-ones), or putting him in 2 disposies, but cut small slits in the bottom of the inside diaper - you get twice the absorbency that way. We did both when our son was wetting heavily, both worked well. Using the wrap over top is less wasteful so that was our pref.


answered 09 Dec '09, 02:54

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I guess we're in the minority, in that we use the special nighttime diapers. I use the Pampers brand ones. We used to just put him in a regular disposable diaper overnight, but around 7-8 months he leaked through his diaper several nights in a row. I picked up some of the nighttime diapers, and we haven't had a leak since.

If you do decide to go with the nighttime diapers, I'll warn you that you might not find the size 3 ones in the store. Most stores here only seem to carry size 4 and higher. You can buy the size 3 ones online (e.g. Amazon), but the shipping costs are outrageous.

Even though our son still wears size 3 diapers, I got the size 4 ones for at night. I cinch them a little tighter, and they are fine. More absorbent than the smaller sized ones as well. They're pretty amazing--in the morning, his diaper is so full it weighs a ton, but his bottom is dry as a bone.


answered 11 Dec '09, 04:23

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our 6 month old sleeps 14 hours straight overnight with no nappy probs. We use huggies and find they are the best with keeping baby dry and they never leak for us.

If you find the absorbency not enough, try using the next size up for night time


answered 08 Dec '09, 10:55

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Funny, in my experience the Huggies diapers leak at nighttime and the Pampers brand tend not to! :)

(08 Dec '09, 14:36) DazedandConfused

I am jealous of a 6 month old sleeping 14 hours straight!

(08 Dec '09, 19:39) Michelle

@DazedandConfused: Maybe there's a difference between boys and girls? we have a girl...

(09 Dec '09, 00:40) Lin

I'm with DazedandConfused, we have a girl and also found the Huggies leaked and Pampers did not. Could have more to do with body shape then gender maybe?

(09 Dec '09, 03:37) Tammy ♦♦

Could it possibly be different types of Huggies? In Australia, we have the new ones that have "shaped" legs designed to help prevent leakage. My little nephew sometimes gets leakage and the parents think it's because he has chubby legs and his leg creases create "channels" for the wee to seep through - numerous brands (including Huggies) will still leak with him. In any case, every baby is different and what works for some may not work for others.

(09 Dec '09, 04:18) Lin

Someone made a comment to me that using disposable diapers that are a size bigger than what your child would normally wear help to avoid leaks throughout the night.


answered 08 Dec '09, 14:37

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that was me on http://moms4mom.com/questions/3125/has-anyone-tried-weaning-your-baby-off-of-night-feedings/3129#3129

(09 Dec '09, 00:43) Lin
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