How to Prevent Diaper Leakage at Night


Once a baby starts sleeping more soundly at night – perhaps even sleeping through until morning – a diaper needs to hold up under these conditions. To avoid wet pajamas and bedding, a diaper may need to have extra absorbency. The leak-prevention measures you take depend on whether you are diapering with disposables or cloth diapers. Both diapering methods have ways to prevent leaks.

Things You'll Need

  • Nighttime disposable diapers
  • Absorbent liner
  • Plastic diaper cover
  • Limit the amount of liquid your child consumes in the evening before bed, if possible. If your child is over age 1 and eating solid food, it’s reasonable to cut back on drinks after dinner and before bedtime to reduce the likelihood that his diaper will leak overnight.

  • Put special nighttime disposable diapers on your baby if standard diapers do not make it through the night without leaking. Nighttime diapers have a design that makes them more absorbent – often up to 12 hours.

  • Add an absorbent “doubling” liner to the center of a cloth diaper to increase its absorbency, suggests Miriam Stoppard, author of “New Babycare.” The liner sits on the center of the diaper and creates an additional layer to absorb wetness. Diaper the baby as usual with a diaper cover over the cloth diaper to prevent moisture from leaking from the diaper.

  • Place a moisture-blocking plastic cover over either a disposable or a cloth diaper. The plastic cover has elastic at the legs and a snug fit at the waist to trap moisture inside the diaper and prevent it from leaking to clothing or bedding.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may wish to diaper your baby with disposables at night, even if you use cloth diapers during the day. Some parents find that disposable diapers are more effective for preventing overnight leaks, according to the Children’s Physician Network.


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