Sleepless nights are part and parcel of the parenthood journey. But there’s nothing more frustrating than being woken up at 4am, only to find your little one floating in wee.
Here are my top 10 tips and tricks for keeping your baby dry throughout the night and prevent leaking night-time nappies. Dry baby = sleeping baby = happy mommy.
Go up a nappy size
Yes – it’s that simple! This is the first step in solving the wet bed conundrum. If your baby’s nappy is leaking, the first thing you need to try is increasing his nappy size. Ignore the nappy’s recommended kilogram weight guideline – just go up a size and you may be pleasantly surprised!
Double up with a pull-up nappy
Put your baby to bed wearing two nappies (one pull-up nappy over the regular nappy). You may want to use one size bigger for the additional nappy so that it’s not too uncomfortable for your baby. Pull-up nappy pants work best as the second layer.
Try a different brand
Not all nappies are created equal – the various brands differ in fit and shape. So you may need to do some brand switching to find a make that best fits your child’s body shape. In addition to the market giants, some moms swear by the Clicks house brand (purple packet) and Lovies (Shoprite or Checkers).
Stealthy midnight change
We do this every night with #babyjake. Before you go to bed, sneak in and change your baby’s nappy. This might wake sensitive sleepers, so only attempt this if you are certain your child will sleep through the change.
Old-school waterproof nappy pants
Remember those old school waterproof nappy “covers”? They look like plastic granny panties and were used by our parent’s generation over towelling nappies. You can still get them at Pep, and they may offer the solution to your problems.
Go green and join the cloth nappy revolution. This follows the same concept as the waterproof covers from Pep, but are a bit fancier. You don’t need to change to cloth nappies – you can just use the cloth nappy over your regular disposable nappy at night. It’s like using an absorbent, modern-day waterproof nappy cover.
Nappy liner or maternity pad
Sounds bizarre but line the nappy with a pad – this will aid absorption. Nappy liners can be bought from Baby City, but if you can’t find them, use a maternity pad. Some moms swear by using a thick wad of cotton wool.
Limit the fluid intake before bed
If possible, cut back on the bedtime or night-time feeds (age dependent). If you’re bottle feeding, halve the quantity of liquid in the bottle, and if you can, do away with night-time bottles altogether.
Boys tend to leak more than girls. Always make sure that your little boy’s penis is pointing downwards when you put the nappy on. Otherwise he will just wee straight out of the top of the nappy. Been there, done that #boymom.
Use waterproof sheets and linen savers
If all else fails and your little one is still waking up wet, then the only thing left to do is to make the 4am change as quick and effortless as possible. Use two waterproof sheets on your little one’s cot mattress – so that you can strip down the bed quickly, without having to still apply a new sheet. Toss the wet one, and the dry one will be ready and waiting. You can also line the mattress with linen savers. You’ll find these at Baby City or Dis-Chem (in the aisle with the adult nappies).
Dani Silbermann is mom to Jake, and a mommy blogger.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day.