This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies®. All opinions are 100% mine. It might seem odd to say, but your diaper situation absolutely affects whether or not your baby or toddler will have uninterrupted sleep.
My firstborn was a girl and that all went really smoothly. No leaking diapers, no interrupted sleep, all pretty seamless. Like the rest of the women in my family she was efficient.
I have since then had 3 boys and they were a tad trickier. Each time I forgot one of the golden rules of putting diapers on a boy, and with each one they’ve experienced interrupted sleep due to diaper issues. Luckily the fixes are easy, but I’m sure you can agree that being awoken in the night from a fussy baby or toddler who isn’t even hungry – but just has a leaky diaper – is the height of frustration. Both for them and for you.
When Huggies® sent me a box of diapers to use and review I immediately knew that I’d talk about this very issue because for the past four years it’s been near and dear to my heart! Here’s hoping this helps you in surviving the newborn phase and beyond.
1. Quality when it counts.
All diapers were not created equal. Not even close. Now, not everyone can afford to – or chooses to – buy the highest quality diapers all the time, and that’s fine. However, I highly recommend using high quality diapers like Huggies® with super absorption at night.
Why? Because you’re talking about hours and hours of protection that diaper needs to give without leaking. While lower quality diapers might do the trick during the day when you can change frequently, you don’t need bodily fluids of any type leaking out the legs at night. It will wake your child up, make them feel very cold, and even possibly give them a cold if they sleep in wet pajamas for hours. This is especially important if your baby or toddler doesn’t need to wake in the night to feed, therefore you don’t really want them to wake at all.
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2. Anatomical positioning.
Perhaps this was obvious to everyone but me, but I simply could not figure out with my firstborn son why his diaper kept leaking. 45 minutes of great sleep then BAM, diaper leak, awake baby. Some kind soul who felt sorry for me asked if I was sure to position his anatomy down in the diaper so that when he urinated it was actually absorbed and the light bulb went off.
If you put on the diaper and push his parts upwards, then when he pees during the night the urine will go upwards and thus leak. Position the little man’s little man down then put on the diaper and problem solved!
3. Double up or size up.
If you cloth diaper then consider adding extra inserts at night to prevent leaking. If you wear disposable diapers, use a high quality diaper at night and consider going up a size. Since the goal is for them to sleep as long as they can at night and not wake up just for a diaper change, giving a larger diaper at night will help stop this. Now don’t go up so large it can’t fit snugly around the leg, but usually one size up will still fit well enough not to leak if it’s a good diaper i in the first place.
4. Change at dream feed.
Currently my 2.5 month old is able to go the majority of the night without a diaper change. If the diaper isn’t dirty I don’t change at every single night feed because changing (especially during the winter) is a great way to fully wake them up which is not the goal here.
I am sure to change the diaper at the 10:30 or 11:00 pm feed and it’ll usually last until he wakes up for the morning at 7:30 am or 8:00. Now, this is because he doesn’t feed often between those two times, but still. What you want to avoid is a 5:30 am baby or toddler with a leaking diaper who then refuses to go back to sleep.
5. Less liquids before bed.
In the same way you’d not want to give too much liquid to a child you are training to go without a diaper at night, for toddlers it’s a good idea to cut back on liquids after dinner. If you put your toddler to bed with a bottle or sippy cup (which there is nothing wrong with, of course) it will likely result in them waking up with a leaky diaper unless you’ve gone up one size in a good quality diaper.
Huggies® actually has new technology that promotes even dryer diapers with less chance of leaking. The Huggies® Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers at Walmart.com have a leak lock system with quick-absorbing layers for up to 12 hours of protection (which coincidentally is how often most children need to sleep at night). Sizes 1 and 2 actually have wetness indicators on the diapers themselves which means you can monitor it and be sure to change during those early hours (3 am feeds, for example) so they’ll make it through until morning. They’re sold exclusively at Wal-Mart in stores or online and I highly recommend registering for diapers (not lots of newborn sizes, though, go to size 1). Aside from meals, diapers are my favorite postpartum gift. :)
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