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Wet diapers are part of life with a baby. But when wetness and discomfort start stealing your baby’s precious sleep (not to mention your own!), it can be a real problem.

If you’re constantly waking up to find your child’s diaper has leaked or have little bedsheets and pajamas filling up your laundry basket every day, it’s probably time to consider overnight diapers.

Your baby will be dry for longer periods of time with overnight diapers. These diapers are built with extra absorbent materials and leak guards so they can last the entire night without a diaper change, which is something that is often missing from daytime diapers.

As your baby starts to sleep longer (it will happen!), and you don’t need to wake them for feeds, you’ll probably start to notice their diaper no longer can hold all the nighttime pee.

“If you change your child’s pajamas and sheets frequently because they soaked through their diaper, it’s a good sign that you’re ready for overnight diapering.”

While many diaper brands don’t start offering overnight diapers until size 3, if you find you need a little extra absorbency before then, you can use booster pads in your regular daytime diapers to help you get through the night without leaks.

You will want to consider a variety of factors when searching for a diaper.

  • Cost. Overnight diapers are almost always more expensive than regular diapers. However, overnight diapers should cut down on the need to wash all those wet pajamas and sheets.
  • Materials. Overnight diapers can be made from a range of materials, from cloth and bamboo to wood pulp and synthetics. You’ll want to make sure that you’re comfortable with whatever materials (or chemicals) are present.
  • Absorbency. In order to make it through the night, make sure your diaper has multiple layers of absorbent material — and some leak guards! If the brand you choose isn’t holding your little one’s pee all night, you may want to keep experimenting with other overnight diapers.
  • Fit. If the overnight diaper doesn’t fit right, you may find yourself with a lot of leaks. Look for brands with adjustable tabs, a wide range of sizes, and any additional features that ensure a comfortable fit for your baby.
  • Skin reactions. If your baby has sensitivities, be sure to check the diaper’s materials before use. Rashes or irritation means it’s time to try another diaper brand.

We used the same factors when choosing the best overnight diapers. We know that parents are the best judges when it comes to diaper performance, so we put a lot of thought into parent reviews.

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $.30 per diaper
  • $$ = $.30–$.50 per diaper
  • $$$ = over $.50 per diaper

Best overnight disposable diapers

Pampers Baby-Dry

  • Price: $$
  • Pros: available at lots of stores, Skin Health Alliance-approved, and can buy in bulk for a price reduction
  • Cons: not the most environmentally friendly and not organic
  • Material: hypoallergenic, free of parabens and latex
  • Absorbency: up to 12 hours with LockAway Channels and Dual Leak-Guard Barriers
  • Best for: parents already using Pamper diapers on their baby during the day

The diapers from Pampers hit all of the marks. They come in a wide range of sizes, so important for finding that perfect fit, and they claim to keep baby dry for up to 12 hours with LockAway Channels and dual leak-guard barriers.

“These diapers are praised by parents for the amount of pee they can hold, even though they aren’t necessarily an eco-friendly or organic overnight diaper option. They are easy to find at most big retail stores and can be purchased in bulk for a significant price reduction.”

Best overnight cloth diapers

AlvaBaby Cloth Diapers

  • Price: typically around $6 per cloth diaper
  • Pros: you can add or subtract inserts for customized absorbency, lots of snaps make the sizing customizable, and over time these can be cheaper than disposable diapers
  • Cons: you’ll need to spend time washing, and the upfront cost is higher (especially if you decide not to continue using cloth diapers)
  • Material: cloth (polyester, microfiber)
  • Absorbency: customizable depending on the number of inserts you choose to use
  • Best for: those who want to use cloth diapers on their baby

The exteriors of these cloth diapers are made from leak-preventing polyester, while the inside contains two places to hold absorbent microfiber cloth inserts. This means you can customize the absorbency to your needs and add more for overnight protection.

As your child grows, you can continue to find the perfect fit with the snaps on these diapers. Cloth diapers can be an investment in the beginning, but they can be a good investment in the long run.

The downside: These don’t necessarily save you on the laundry front. And a few parents note that while these are sturdy, they’re not necessarily leak-proof for overnight use. For your best bet, one mom recommends these five-layer charcoal bamboo inserts from the same brand over the inserts that come with the diapers.

GroVia Buttah O.N.E. Reusable Baby Cloth Diaper

  • Price: averages $25.95 per diaper
  • Pros: includes both hook and loop and snap-closure options, comes in a wide range of colors, and has two different absorbency pad options
  • Cons: expensive upfront option and requires a lot of laundering
  • Material: cloth (polyester, microfiber, cotton)
  • Absorbency: includes one large and one small snap-in soaker for customization
  • Best for: tose who like options with their cloth diaper

The cloth diaper can be changed in a number of ways. The diaper has hook and loop and snap-closure options. It has a large and small soaker pad to choose from. It comes in a range of colors so you can match it with your mood.

It will cost a lot upfront but it can save money in the long run since it fits children between 10 and 35 pounds. Users commented on how soft the diaper was.

Best eco-friendly overnight diapers

Honest Overnights

  • Price: $$
  • Pros: uses eco-friendly absorbent materials, subscription service is offered, and hypoallergenic
  • Cons: not the cheapest option and not available at as many stores as other options
  • Material: sustainably harvested fluff pulp and plant-derived materials
  • Absorbency: up tp 12 hours
  • Best for: those who want an environmentally friendly disposable option

Honest Overnights have a lot of the qualities you are looking for in a disposable diaper.

Using wheat, corn, and sustainably harvested wood pulp, these diapers are designed with a more eco-friendly absorbent core than many other overnight diapers on the market. (While Seventh Generation’s Overnight Diapers are considered more eco-friendly, parents have commented that they just aren’t as absorbent.)

“If you have a sensitive-skinned baby, the Honest Overnights that come in contact with your baby’s skin are made from soft, plant-based materials.”

DYPER Bamboo Baby Diapers

  • Price: $$$
  • Pros: hypoallergenic, subscription service is available, and compostable options exist
  • Cons: not the most budget-friendly and sizing is a bit tricky/different than other brands
  • Material: free of chlorine, latex, alcohol, perfumes, lotions, parabens, sulphates, and phthalates
  • Absorbency: comes from the Bamboo Viscose
  • Best for: those who want a compostable option

“The compostable options they offer are impressive. The brand acknowledges that compost isn’t possible for everyone, but they still say that bamboo diapers can be composted at home. TerraCycle will pick up the diapers for parents to sign up for Redyper.”

The diapers are made of bamboo. They can be purchased in one-off packs or as part of a subscription service.

Some users suggest starting with a small pack to confirm the size you want, since the sizes are different from other brands.

Best overnight diapers for heavy wetters

Huggies Overnites

  • Price: $$
  • Pros: available at a wide range of stores, hypoallergenic, and have extra sticky tabs thanks to the Double Grip Strips
  • Cons: not the most environmentally friendly option and no sizes under 3
  • Material: no fragrances, chlorine, or latex
  • Absorbency: up to 12 hours with Dry Touch Liner and Double Leak Guards
  • Best for: heavy nighttime wetters

Parents rave about the diapers from Huggies for being super absorbent and lasting through the night for heavier wetters.

The tabs are extra grippy to make it easy to fit, and the quilted inner liner claims to keep your baby dry for up to 12 hours. They are also made without chlorine or latex.

Best budget-friendly overnight diapers

Luvs Triple Leakguards

  • Price: $
  • Pros: budget-friendly, includes Triple Leakguards, and available at a wide range of stores
  • Cons: not the most eco-friendly option and there have been quality control issues
  • Material: no parabens or latex
  • Absorbency: up to 12 hours with Triple Leakguards and Nightlock Technology
  • Best for: those looking for a budget-friendly overnight option

“These diapers are budget-friendly and don’t compromise on absorbency, which is why they’re called Ultra Leakguards. Many parents claim they will absorb 12 hours of pee.”

“Some unhappy customers online complain that quality control has been an issue for them. The materials and packaging aren’t winners in the eco-friendly or skin-sensitivity departments.”

Best overnight pull-ups for toddlers

Goodnites Bedwetting Underwear

  • Price: $$$
  • Pros: easy to pull up and down for potty training, specially formulated for the urine flow of male and female bodies, and feel less like diapers for older kid’s confidence
  • Cons: not the most budget-friendly option and S/M is a combined size
  • Material: not advertised
  • Absorbency: includes 5-Layer Protection and Double Leg Barriers
  • Best for: potty training toddlers

If your toddler is currently potty training or just not ready to go all night without a diaper, these bedtime undies will keep them dry while feeling like a big kid. The stretchy sides allow for easy pulling up and down if your little one has to go in the middle of the night, and leg barriers keep pee in if they have an overnight incident.

“The best feature? These are formulated to fit both genders, with more absorbency in the key places. They come in discreet packaging that makes them feel less like diapers, which will help boost your toddler’s confidence.”

Best booster pads

Sposie Booster Pads

  • Price: $$
  • Pros: can work with almost any diaper or training pant, hypoallergenic, and made of cruelty-free materials
  • Cons: extra cost in addition to their regular diaper and adds extra environmental waste
  • Material: latex-free
  • Absorbency: doubles up the absorbency of your regular diaper (up to 8 ounces of fluid)
  • Best for: giving your child’s regular diaper a bit of extra absorbency

If your child is leaking through their overnight diaper or you think their daytime diaper could make it through the night with just a little extra support, a booster pad may be the way to go.

“You don’t need to worry about fit when you add the swosie booster pads to your training pant. These booster pads are free of chlorine, latex, and fragrance. booster pads have only real drawbacks? The work on your end to insert them adds to the environment’s toll.”

Best overnight diaper splurge

Coterie Diapers

  • Price: $$$
  • Pros: available in a wide range of sizes, hypoallergenic, and subscription purchasing option available
  • Cons: a less budget-friendly option and not available at the same stores as other options
  • Material: free of fragrance, lotion, latex, rubber, dyes, alcohol, heavy metals, parabens, phthalates, chlorine bleaching, and optical brighteners
  • Absorbency: absorbent core made of sodium polyacrylate and chlorine-free wood pulp from sustainably managed forests
  • Best for: those willing to splurge for a softer, more absorbent diaper

If you want a diaper that is soft and absorbent, but still has some plushness, you can get a material with 3D advanced webbing from Coterie. There is a size for every little one in the newborn to size 6 diapers.

The company does not do animal testing. The absorbent core is made from sustainable materials.

“You may want to take advantage of the subscription purchasing option if you don’t normally find these in the stores where you would find diapers.”

Best for bedwetters

Goodnites Disposable Bed Mats

  • Price: $$$
  • Pros: no need to worry about different fits, uses the same technology as Goodnites Bedwetting Underwear, and includes adhesive strips help to keep the mat in place overnight
  • Cons: not the most budget-friendly option and you’ll still need to wash urine-soaked clothing
  • Material: not advertised
  • Absorbency: uses the same technology as Goodnites Overnight Bedwetting Underwear
  • Best for: older children who are mostly potty trained, but have occasional accidents

If your child is getting older and mostly potty trained, they may not want to wear a diaper to bed. The solution? A bed mat.

The disposable mats are designed to fit perfectly on a twin-sized bed and are made with the same absorbent technology as Goodnites overnight bedwetting underwear. They include strips to help keep it in place overnight, and they are an eligible purchase.

“It is recommended to use this product on cotton or flannel sheets. The mat won’t protect against urine-soaked clothing, so you’ll want to be prepared for that.”

Wondering how the different overnight diaper options compare? It is easier to decide on a chart.

Name Price Sizing Disposable/Cloth Absorbency
Pampers Baby-Dry $$ newborn-size 6 disposable up to 12 hours with LockAway Channels and Dual Leak-Guard Barriers in sizes 1-6
Alvababy Cloth Diapers with Inserts Averages $6 per diaper one size fits all (6.6-33 pounds) cloth customizable depending on the number of inserts you choose to include
GroVia Buttah O.N.E. Reusable Baby Cloth Diaper Averages $25.95 per diaper one size fits all (10-35+ pounds) cloth includes one large and one small snap in soaker for customization
Honest Overnights $$ sizes 3-6 disposable up to 12 hours with sustainably harvested fluff pulp and plant-derived materials
DYPER Bamboo Baby Diapers $$$ newborn-size 6 disposable made with Bamboo Viscose
Huggies Overnites $$ sizes 3-6 disposable up to 12 hours with Dry Touch Liner, Double Leak Guard, and Double Grip Strips
Luvs Triple Leakguards $ newborn-size 6 disposable up to 12 hours with Triple Leakguards and Nightlock Technology
Goodnites Bedwetting Underwear $$$ sizes 3-20 disposable 5-Layer Protection and Double Leg Barriers
Sposie Booster Pads $$ one size for newborn-size 3, one for sizes 4-6, and one for 2T-5T disposable, but can be used with both cloth and disposable diapers doubles up a normal diaper’s absorbency (up to 8 fluid ounces)
Coterie Diapers $$$ newborn-size 6 disposable absorbent core made of sodium polyacrylate (SAP) and chlorine-free wood pulp from sustainably managed forests
Goodnites Disposable Bed Mats $$$ 2.4 feet x 2.8 feet disposable uses the same technology as Goodnites Overnight Bedwetting Underwear

What to look for in overnight diapers

The best overnight diaper for your baby will fit snug. The weight and size information provided by diaper manufacturers is important to remember.

You want to make sure that whatever diaper you choose has enough absorbent materials and that you are comfortable with whatever chemicals or other materials are used in the diaper. If your child has sensitive skin or allergies, you should consider choosing a diaper that is not too wet. You may want to choose a diaper that is non-allergenic.

Make sure that whatever diaper you choose is within your budget. An extra 20 cents a diaper can add up over several years, and your little one will likely be using overnight diapers for a while.

Switching or trying out diaper brands

Wondering if you have found the overnight diaper of your dreams?

  • “Don’t over- invest in the beginning. Buying a smaller pack of diapers is a good idea before you stock up on a huge pack. You can always buy more later if you make sure the fit works for your baby.”
  • If you are finding yourself with a lot of leaks, consider testing out a smaller size or brand. It could be that you need a different fit.
  • If you have tried disposable diapers but are still having leaks, you may want to consider a cloth diaper that has a different leg and waist hole.
  • Adding a booster pad for night time is a good idea for children who are not ready for a size 3 overnight diaper.
  • As your child ages and starts potty training, you may want to consider training pants and/or disposable bed mats. Not only can this be confidence-building for your little one, but it can make middle-of-the-night bathroom trips easier.

How to use overnight diapers

“Many brands of diapers don’t offer overnight diapers below size 3. If your child is sleeping long enough to fill their diaper before then, you should buy a booster pad. These pads absorb more pee. The pads can be put inside the diaper.”

If your child is going to be in an overnight diaper, put it on the same way you would their daytime diaper. Extra or the thickest pads are required for cloth diapers.

One thing to keep in mind is that many children are potty trained during the day before they are ready to go without a diaper at night. They may not want to put a diaper on for bed. These cases might make sense with overnight training pants or a disposable mattress pad. You should encourage your child to go to the bathroom before going to bed.

Can I use overnight diapers instead of training pants to potty train at night?

You can use overnight diapers or training pants to train to potty train. There is no one right answer.

“One benefit to overnight diapers is that they don’t leave you with wet sheets to clean in the morning, which is a benefit to overnight diapers. Training pants don’t typically hold as much liquid as they should, which means a child will feel more wet and wake up when they have an accident. This knowledge of when they pee can be useful for you.”

What are prefolds, and how useful can they be?

cloth diapers have three panels They have extra layers in the center for more absorbency. They are made of natural materials and can last a long time. Learning how to fold one of these diapers can be intimidating for new parents. They can be bulkier than other diapering styles.

How many reusable diapers do you need?

You will need additional diapers for the inevitable poop or surprise leaks if you plan for at least one diaper for each 10- to 12-hour period. If a diaper can hold 10 to 12 hours of pee, it is advisable to change it whenever a child poops.

If you are tired of your baby waking up with a leaking diaper, it may be time to invest in some overnight diapers.

“It is worth spending a few more pennies to save time and energy, but it is not worth the hassle of a good night’s sleep and a happy baby in the morning.”