The Child Who Wees for Britain

25 CommentsThursday, 31 July 2014

If you have a child that's a heavy wetter, you know exactly what I'm talking about here. It's something you don't notice when a child is in disposables, but you certainly do once they are in real nappies. In my experience, however, most people think their child is a heavy wetter. Personally, I just think we don’t really appreciate the liquid in = liquid out equation while a child is in disposables. Remember that wet nappies are a GOOD thing, in that they indicate that your child is well. The problem comes when the wetness turns into leaks.

The secret is to try different solutions in turn:

  1. The first step is to check that the nappy has been put on properly and that the nappy and wrap are compatible with each other (eg Proraps are too slim to hold a shaped nappy, because they are designed for pad folded ones). Also, make sure you are fully covering the nappy with the wrap, not leaving bits sticking out.
  2. Next, check that you are adding the right amount of absorbency - it's no good putting a child to bed in a nappy with no extra boosters, for example.
  3. Make sure you are changing the nappy frequently enough for child's circumstances.
  4. See if there are any patterns. If your baby is the kind that drinks in a bottle then wees it all out straight away, make sure that the nappy you expect to get very wet is padded up appropriately, or get into the habit of a short nappy change specifically to cover this period.
  5. Take a look at your child's diet: are they simply drinking too much liquid? If it's milk (and it's above the recommended amounts for your child's age), it may be that you can gradually cut down on the milk to recommended levels and increase the food. But be very careful here - taking in plenty of fluids is a habit you want to encourage for the future, because very few of us drink enough (tea and coffee don't count, as they are diuretics), and fluids - especially water - flush out toxins from the body. Really, you should only be making adjustments here if your child is both drinking excess milk and is light for their age, as this may indicate they are getting too many of their calories from the wrong source. Before taking any action, you could discuss the issues with your health visitor.
  6. Still on the subject of liquid, but this time juice. If you always provide juice, toddlers will frequently want their mug refilling as soon as they empty it, which will have the obvious effect on the bladder. Bear in mind that, as they approach toilet training they will no longer be doing lots of little wees which are easily absorbed, but will be doing occasional full wees. Any nappy, including a disposable, is going to be hard pushed to absorb these quickly enough if liquid intake is excessive. A good tip is to offer juice only at mealtimes, and to provide water at other times during the day: your child will drink if (s)he is thirsty but not for the sake of it.
  7. If you are using pad folded nappies, consider investing in larger or better quality ones which provide more absorbency, or just adding a booster pad. Make sure you are using a good enough wrap and that there is enough room between the nappy and wrap to ensure no edges stick out - it may well be worth going one size up in wraps for night nappies, as these will be larger due to boosting.
  8. You can always get a few booster pads, which provide extra absorbency without being too thick. If need be, you could add more than one, but that is unlikely to be necessary in a day wrap. The Nappy Lady even sells fleece-topped ones, so removing the need for a separate liner.
  9. In my experience, terry is a much better material for holding onto urine than flannelette is, and fitted nappies have more capacity than pad folded ones - which is why they are bulkier.
  10. If you need to add extra boosting in a bulky night nappy, try adding it between the nappy and the wrap, rather than inside the nappy. This will keep the nappy (assuming it is shaped or pinned) snug against the child’s body, rather than opening up larger leg holes.
  11. If all else fails, you have four options: extra padding, larger wrap, more frequent changes or a change to a better nappy system. Sorry, but you're just unlucky! E-mail me with the details and I will try to advise you further.

Emoke Kolumban
Wednesday, 28 September 2016  |  15:24

Hi Nappy Lady,
For my 2 year old I use Charlie Banana and Bumgenius but they both leak. I don't add any extras as they look already small on him. He is a tall boy I suppose. What can be Done? Cb I use for the day, Bumgenious for the night, with an extra Cb pad sometimes. Please help

Thursday, 29 September 2016  |  12:46

Hi, Bumgenius is normally a daytime nappy and not normally one we recommend for night time use. Bumgenius make lots of nappies so we'd need to know which your exactly using.
If you're getting leaks in the day time make a note how long it is between change to leak as this can tell us a lot about what the problem might be. If you're leaving them on close to 3hours they are likely to just be at capacity and you need to either change or add boosters (changing would be our preference). If leaks are closer to 30mins this could be run off and we'd need to find out why for you.

Thursday, 29 September 2016  |  12:42

He does sound like a heavy wetter. Your most absorbent combination you're using is the bamboozle. If you've only been using Peenut wraps try a Motherease airflow. If you're still getting a leak with an airflow wrap then the answer is more boosting. Motherease wraps are the most reliable of all wraps on the market, so a leak with one of those always points to the nappy needing more boosting.

Friday, 4 November 2016  |  16:58

Hello I am hoping you can help please. We are using Bumgenius v4s and constantly having leaks around the legs of my 8 week old baby. The leaks happen after about 2 hours. I am using the newborn microfibre pad with a little lamb bamboo booster. I am new to cloth nappies so not sure whether it is me not fitting them properly or if we need more absorption. What else do you suggest to boost please?? It is making my husband want to stop using cloth. Thank you

Wednesday, 23 November 2016  |  19:46

Hi Jenny, You need to change to the main bumgenius insert. The newborn insert should only be used for the first few days and not normally beyond 8lbs.

Joanna Brown
Thursday, 12 January 2017  |  15:48

Hi Wendy,

Do you have a suggestion for a slim size booster to use with a miosolo at night. They are fine in the day, but my large 21 month old frequently wakes up damp and the nappy + mio brand booster is soaked through. It will have to be something fairly slim fitting though as I can only just do up the miosolos with the booster in as it is as he is so large around the tummy. Thanks for the advice.

Friday, 13 January 2017  |  21:51

Hi, I don't know if you had a reply by email but seeing you're talking about totsbots and the peenut wrap, I wanted to share my thoughts and experience with you (my son is 18months and in reusable since day 1) I use the totsbots bamboozle stretch most of the time, it lasts for hours but I use a motherease wrap with it. I have a totsbots stretchy wrap and I find it... crap. I love the Peenut system, I use it during the day, I have a few wraps, I always put both pads and since I don't have enough pads for all my wraps, I also use a terry square that I fold to fit in. Well in my opinion and experience, those lovely wraps don't last more than 2hours (if soiled) ! If I leave it more than that, you can be sure the sides are wet and transfer onto the clothes. Same with all the totsbots wraps or the easystar nappy. Therefore I only use them when I know I'll be changing my son within 2hours or that he might not wee. If we go out, he's in the bamboozle stretch with the detachable pad folded inside, or a motherease with a bamboo pad folded inside, but always with a motherease wrap. They last forever, and with an extra pad, they go through the night for a good 10hours !
So my advice : use a mother ease wrap (or another one but even the Nappy Lady advises to use that brand) and keep your peenut nappies for short time !
Hope it helps !

Thursday, 19 January 2017  |  18:46

Hi Laurine, The Motherease are by FAR the best wraps on the market. They don't have the most exciting patterns but they are the best and stop leaks. Our first choice of wrap will always be a Motherease. The new trim airflow wraps are great if you want a smoother look.

Laura Davison
Saturday, 7 April 2018  |  20:04

Can you use a motherease wrap over the tots bots peenut pads? Struggling with the same leak issue as mentioned above. Leaking before Iíve even washed them and had chance for tots bots to blame me for my washing method!

Saturday, 7 April 2018  |  21:35

You can put an additional wrap over the top but it reduces breathability. I'd always look at level of absorbency first as peenut is an economy system and might just need boosting.

Friday, 13 January 2017  |  21:57

Ah well sorry, I saw the reply below after posting...
I'll just say that all the totsbots wraps, easy star or peenut system are not working for my 18months old son either, after 2 or 3hours the sides will be wet and leak. They're good for short time, while the bamboozle stretch or any other nappy can last all night so a very long time if combined with the motherease wraps, but the Nappy Lady already said it, my bad.

Monday, 6 March 2017  |  11:47

The bamboozles are far more absorbent a nappy than all in ones but you could add boosters to your all inones for the daytime. All in ones shouldn't be used for nights.

Thursday, 19 January 2017  |  18:43

We don't recommend all in ones or miosolos for night time as it's hard to get enough boosters inside without compromising on fit or over stuffing the nappy. If you put too many boosters in the miosolo you make the fabric convex rather than concave ie it's fuller in the middle meaning wee rolls out to the leg holes and leaks. The most reliable solution is the bamboozle stretchy with additional boosters and a motherease airflow cover.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017  |  15:27

Hoping you can help me. My son is just 6 months old. We have been using disposable nappies. Every night his nappy leaks. It's literally bursting. This has been happening since he was three months old. We've tried every disposable nappy brand on the market but to no avail. I can't get him more than 4 hours at night until he is saturated, with wee all over his clothes and the bed. We change the nappy at 6.30, 10.30 and usually when he wakes with a leak around 2.30am.. Even if there's no leak I change around 3am and it's bursting. By 7am the nappy is exploding again. Needless to say I'm going slightly crazy...I was wondering whether a non-disposable nappy would be better, and if so which one and how do I ensure super extra absorbency at night - which pads would you recommend?

Wednesday, 26 April 2017  |  14:32

Hi Victoria, Yes we help lots of people with this problem. Cloth nappies are always better (you knew i'd say that didn't you!) the reason is you can match the level of absorbency your child needs rather than being limited to what a disposable can offer. The best night time option is the bamboozle stretchy with additiona little weeds booster and a motherease airflow wrap over the top.

For some people who still don't want to swap to cloth but want to stop the leaks you can also put a cloth nappy booster also the little weeds booster into a disposable. In the morning you wash the booster and throw away the disposable.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017  |  16:26

Hi there

I am using Bamboozle Stretchies at night time with nappy booster liners inside and my 8 month old is waking up in the mornings sopping wet and has now developed a nappy rash. I use motherease nappy wraps and they are very good. no leaks but the nappy itself is soaking wet when she wakes up. she sleeps through the night from 18:30 to about 06:00. Not sure what to do!?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017  |  9:41

I would add an additional booster and put this on the outside between nappy and wrap. I'd also start using the motherease staydry liners as they keep baby ultra dry and are the driest liners i can find.

Emily Harman
Wednesday, 28 March 2018  |  10:24

Help haha
I'm pretty sure I have a heavy wetter and I can't seem to solve the nightime equation!
He wears bamboozle with the clip in booster, 1 hemp booster and 1 Zorb booster- the best of each world right? Nope. He lasts maybe about 6 hours in it before leaking out and being soaked! I've tried a different combination of boosters, bamboo on bamboo, bamboo and hemp, just hemp, Zorb and bamboo you name it I've tried it! I tried adding another booster but then the wraps don't fit because my son has skinny legs I have to keep it a snapped down a rise but it then doesn't cover the top and obviously then wicks onto clothes. He leans out of disposables too so I'm not surprised. I tried doing a night time change but it really stresses him out. Any advice?

Saturday, 7 April 2018  |  21:37

Not all boosters are created equally. People often then bamboo or hemp is going to be fab but it depends on the level of absorbency it offers. Little lambs boosters hold 95ml whereas some cotton ones we have hold 200ml+ All depends on how many layers are made up in the booster. Try a little weed booster around the outside of the bamboozle plus 2 of your little lamb bamboo boosters inside the nappy. The wrap is another very important part. Use a motherease airflow wrap as not only are the awesome quality and ultra reliable they are a really roomy wrap that allows enough room for lots of boosters.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018  |  7:45

Where is the best place to put a booster with a bamboozle? We got a sandy as recommended. Itís so huge on my son already and Iím worried adding more will make it too big. Weíre new to cloth and he soaked through the bamzoozle last night and it started leaking out the wrap when I picked him up today.

Friday, 24 August 2018  |  13:57

Hi Lora, I'd put it between the nappy and wrap so that the additional booster doesn't affect the fit of the bamboozle.

Jessica Ideson
Thursday, 28 March 2019  |  22:11

Hi Wendy,

I don't necessarily have a heavy wetter, but I've noticed we're getting leaks sometimes even though the back of the nappy is dry. I think she does mega wees that don't have enough time to soak through into the rest of the nappy and so come out the sides. I'm getting so tired of damp vests and trousers! I use a combination of wizard duos and miosolos as I don't have enough of the duos for full time use. I hope to get her going with EC soon which may be good for if she's saving up her wee, but need to do more reading as I have no idea how to fit it in around activities and life! Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do/use in the meantime to combat this leaky problem?

Thanks in advance, Jess

Thursday, 23 May 2019  |  15:04

A hemp booster closest to the skin with no liner will absorb fastest

Esther Howard
Tuesday, 8 December 2020  |  17:08

I am new to cloth nappies and have been gifted bumgenius originals. My little boy is 12 weeks old and we are constantly getting leeks. He drinks milk like there is no tomorrow. I was wondering if you would recommend a booster and if so which ones?

Tuesday, 5 January 2021  |  14:54

The Ella's House bum boosters are excellent and fairly slim too

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