Don't let a wet diaper disturb your baby's sleep
Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD
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 right
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
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
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Many moms report an important increase in comfort AND sleep when they
started using reusable nappies.
One of them is Taru, as she very happily
announces in week
12 of Silja's diary!
If you have been using disposable diapers, and find that your baby
wakes up at night because of a wet diaper, reusable cloth diapers are
definitely worth the try.
The may be just what you need to help your baby with sleep through the night.
right before bedtime
Change your infant into a fresh diaper
right before bedtime, even if the previous one has not
been on for long.
Ideally, changing diaper will be part of your bedtime
routine, one of the last things you do before bed.
Not all babies like being changed - yes for some it is even a nightmare
- but once they get over that it can be a special moment too. A tender
quiet moment where you pamper her and gently wind down.
- Don't change
at night feeds when not really necessary
parents are advised to change diapers at each feed. This is indeed a
good idea generally but it's OK to be a bit more relaxed about it at night.
Changing after a nightly feed will wake up both you and
baby completely. So, unless necessary, do not change her at
Experiment here too: if you don't change after feeding, but
she wakes up all wet half an hour later, you haven't really won much.
In all, making sure you have the
best fitting and best absorbing nappy and change into it
at the right times is as simple as it is helpful to get the best sleep
for you and your baby.