A wet diaper
is a top cause of night
wakings. Use simple tricks and help your baby sleep
through the night in spite of nappy-wetting, including using simply the
right size, extra layers and cloth diapers.
is not the issue, nor the appropriate term for a young baby, they
are not supposed to be dry at night yet. But a tiny nappy really can
get overfull, wetting baby's clothes, covers and bed ...
But most of all, even for a newborn, a
wet diaper can feel very
wake her up.
Feeling uneasy because of the dirty nappy, she will usually cry
to settle herself again.
You can't avoid baby filling her nappy at night but here's what you
can do to maintain optimal sleep:
Use the right nappy
Use an extra layer
Try cloth diapers
Change right before bedtime
Do not change at night feeds if not really necessary
Wet diaper checks
If your baby wakes frequently with a dirty nappy and/or soaked
check and try the following:
The best way to keep your little one as dry as
possible is to use the right type of diaper for her.
All babies are different so there is not one brand and model that will
be best for all. So, look
at your baby and experiment.
Try out different brands.
Often absorption increases with price but
that does not always mean that the most expensive are best.
If you do find you need the most expensive ones for the night, you may
be able to go with cheaper ones for during the day.
goes hand in hand with fit too, and a slightly different
model can make a huge difference.
Choose your baby's
diaper size based on the manufacturer's guidelines.
it's worth experimenting here too. Some babies will do better with a
size up or below their 'official' size.
As your baby grows, she will move on to the next size, but may also
shift to a different model.
If your baby's
best nappy still is not enough, you can simply wrap an extra absorbing
layer around her.
That way, if the diaper leaks, you win some time before her clothes and
covers get wet.
Use cotton cloth or a well absorbing towel for this. Remember to fix it
safely: simply tuck it in around the diaper and make sure baby still
Cloth diapers, or reusable
nappies not only can be more economical and eco-friendlier than
nappies, but they can offer great
absorption and fit to