Does your child wake up with a wet diaper? Stop leaky diapers at night with these effective tips.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Procter & Gamble. All opinions are 100% mine.
It’s the sight (touch?) no parent looks forward to every morning: Wet pajamas, wet sheets, even pillows drenched in pee.
For several nights, one of my twins would wake up with wet everything. You can imagine how this painted the mood for our mornings. I’d have to swap his pajamas and cover his mattress with a new sheet and pillowcase… every day. Laundry piled up, and our mornings delayed.
5 ways to stop leaky diapers at night
I didn’t give him a hard time about bed wetting—I knew it was something he can’t help. Still, I wanted to find solutions to stop leaky diapers at night. I knew it was possible—his twin brother woke up dry every morning. So I did some research and found these techniques. And guess what? No more leaking at night! Check it out:
#1: Have your child pee right before going to bed
I don’t know about you, but I force myself to use the bathroom right before I sleep to avoid waking up in the middle of the night. So it only makes sense to do the same for our kids.
Even if my son had peed 30 minutes earlier, I still have him pee again right before he steps in the bath.This is the last chance he’ll get to pee before we put him in diapers for the night.
For you, that moment might be right before you put on the diaper, or before they hop into bed. Try to have them pee as close as possible to their actual sleep time.
#2: Don’t offer liquids after dinner
One mistake I made was offering my kids water well into the evening. I figured water was healthy, they were thirsty, why not?
Trouble is, for many of us, we don’t flush all the liquids out before sleep. I know if I drink tea late at night, I’m guaranteed to wake up and groggily make my way to the bathroom at 2am.
Instead, limit liquids to dinner time only. Of course you’ll have exceptions, like if your kids ran around at the park or it’s blazing hot outside. But make those exceptions rather than part of your daily routine.
The less liquids your kids drink at the end of the day, the less likely they’ll leak through their diapers.
#3: Put your child in footed pajamas
My son had a habit of messing with his pants and diapers while he slept. He’d push them down his hands, or fiddle with the elastic. This would bunch up the diaper and make it much easier to leak.
The solution? I put him in footed pajamas, the kind that zips from neck to toe. He had no way to access his pants or diapers.
#4: Make sure your child is wearing the right size diaper
It’s easy to forget that our kids are growing so quickly. My kids had been wearing the same size diapers for a while. I didn’t even think to check the weight recommendations.
Even if your child is within the recommended weight, experiment with sizing up or down as needed. Your child might need a smaller diaper if the diaper area around his thighs are too loose. And similarly, he might need a bigger diaper if his current one feels tight or heavy in the morning.
#5: Use the New Pampers Swaddlers Overnights
One of the best ways to stop leaky diapers at night? Use diapers designed for nighttime use, like the Pampers Swaddlers Overnights. These diapers have been so useful in keeping our son dry come morning time.
The diapers come in a great fit. They’re comfortable and “Blankie Soft,” so kids don’t scratch or pull at their diapers.
They also provide overnight protection—up to 12 hours! You need a diaper that can last the whole night, especially if your kids are sleeping through the night. These diapers can handle even the heaviest nights.
And finally, they come with a color-changing wetness indicator. Should your child wake up in the middle of the night, you can simply look at the diaper’s line to see if he needs a change.
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Tell me in the comments: How do you help your child stay dry at nights?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of P&G.
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