Leak Proof Night Nappies

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

 

How to create your perfect leak proof night nappy combination

The most reliable, bombproof night nappy is always a two part system of a fitted nappy with a separate waterproof wrap. A natural fabric nappy will offer most absorbency; consider cotton or bamboo, or even hemp for heavier night wetters. All-in-one and pocket nappies are generally not suitable for night time for most babies, as even with boosters they don't hold enough for all night wear.

The perfect formula for your leak free night nappy is:

High absorbency fitted nappy
PLUS booster
PLUS reliable waterproof wrap

Use this as a starting point to choose from the wide range of nappies available to find the perfect combination for your baby.

Our favourite high absorbency night time nappies are:

Tots Bots Bamboozle Stretch NAPPY
£7.79  -  £15.99  (251)
Bambeasy Popper
£14.49  (4)

Add your night time booster(s):

Mother-ease Sandy's Boosters
£4.00  -  £4.99  (51)

Finally add your night time wrap:

Mother-ease Airflow Wraps
£9.99  -  £17.99  (420)
Petit Lulu PUL Pull Up Cover
£6.25  -  £15.50  (57)
Bambinex Onesize Nappy Wrap
£12.50  -  £12.99  (23)
Disana Woollen Nappy Overpants
£10.00  -  £15.00  (54)


Newborn Night Nappies

Initially, you may be able to use your daytime nappies at night as well, since you will be changing frequently at night feed times. For that in-between stage when baby is sleeping a little longer, but not yet ready for a bulkier special night nappy, consider a newborn fitted nappy such as the Bimble or BamBams. A Little Lamb size 1 booster or Bambinex booster are a nice small size to fit a newborn nappy without adding too much bulk. Suitable newborn wraps would be the Motherease airflow or the Rumparooz newborn.

If you use Muslins, you can simply fold two muslins together (lay one on top of the other before folding) to give you double the absorbency.
 

Newborn night time nappies are:


Night Nappies for Heavy Wetters

What if you have an Olympic night wee-er, and you still have leaks even using a good nappy and all the best boosters in the world? Consider the Baby Beehinds Night Nappy. This is a specialist night nappy designed to cope with the most heavy duty night wetting. Due to this, it is VERY bulky, but offers the best night time absorbency we have come across.

Baby BeeHinds Night Nappy
£25.99  -  £26.99  (24)

 

Night Time Nappy Advice

It is not generally wise to leave a newborn/younger child in one nappy all night (of whatever variety) while they are still having frequent night feeds. While they are still fairly young, babies tend to poo around feed times, so leaving them in the same nappy all night may cause nappy rash to develop. Also, a child still being fed large volumes at night will wee a lot more than a child who is sleeping through. Even the best cloth nappies cannot cope with this volume of liquid without a change. Once baby is sleeping longer stretches at night, or no longer pooing overnight, this would be when you'd consider switching to a good nappy to last the whole night time.

A cloth nappy for night use is much bigger than a disposable, but it's worth bearing in mind that it will stay the same size throughout the night, where a disposable will have swollen and become heavier by the next morning due the chemical reaction of urine on the sodium polymer crystals, producing a gel.

A child no longer having night feeds can easily sleep through 12 hours in the same nappy, as long as it has enough absorbency. You may find you need to add a good, highly absorbent booster to give you the capacity you need. Place a night time booster at the front (folded) for a boy or between the legs for a girl. Alternatively, to make the nappy less bulky at any particular point, you can lay the boosting along the length of the nappy.

When you try your first night nappy, you can reduce your own anxiety by putting in two boosters instead of one and - when you are happy that this is reliable against leaks - you can try with just the one. Placing one booster inside the nappy and one on the outside (between nappy and wrap), will keep the nappy nice and trim for your baby and less likely to compromise the fit on the legs.

Please be reassured it's quite normal for the whole nappy and/or booster to be fully wet by the morning, as the whole nappy is the absorbent part. Many babies are not at all affected by having this wetness in contact with their skin, but you may prefer to add a fleece liner to act as a stay dry layer to keep baby's skin feeling nice and dry. The Mother-ease Sandy's Staydry boosters are an excellent option as they act as both a booster and have a stay dry layer on one side.


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