Every parent with a newborn knows that they have to put up with poo and pee most of the times, and it is every parent’s wish that the diaper used on their baby will contain poo and pee. Parents also dream, hope, and wish that the diaper used on their child will magically hold every pee and poo from leaking, but it isn’t that simple.
This guide will show you how to prevent urine leakage from diapers, and parents should be aware that the quality of diapers used is very important. At the same time, your diaper wrapping skills is also vital to preventing urine from leaking.
Parents need to b prepared and learn the right way to wrap diapers around their baby’s bum, especially at night, or they risk dealing with leaked pee and poo in the morning. There are several causes of diaper leakage in babies, and one of such cause is making use of a diaper that doesn’t fit.
Simple strategies such as changing the diaper frequently, using the proper size and fit, and using absorbent pads can help prevent urine leakage from diapers. These methods can assist you in avoiding discomfort, skin irritation, and odour. Continue reading to find out more.
Parents are tasked with finding the right diaper size for their baby before getting them any diaper, and parents should be aware that as their baby grows, the amount of pee they pass out will increase too.
When your baby hits twelve months, the amount of pee he discharges will be twice or thrice the amount a newborn will discharge. The diaper used at this point might have the right fit, but it will not be solid enough to hold twice the amount it used to hold when your baby was just four months old.
This makes it impossible for the diaper to hold the pee without leaking, and the bigger the size of a disposable diaper, the higher its absorbency power. You should consider switching to a larger diaper size if you notice frequent urine leaks from time to time.
However, if you notice frequent urine leaks from time to time despite switching the diaper size up, there are things you need to check or pay close attention to.
- Are diaper tapes around the tummy region well fastened?
- Did you fold the leg gathers inward?
- Can you find gaps between the diaper and baby’s thighs?
Every mom will tell you that dealing with leaked urine in the morning really sucks. Moms must deal with soaked bed sheets, baby pyjamas, and soaked socks. Aside from soiling everything around your baby, overnight leaks are a wake-up call for babies as they are likely to feel irritated from being wet all around.
The truth about urine leaks in babies is they can’t be completely stopped, but there are things that can be done to cut them down.
One of the biggest mistakes a parent can make is making use of extremely small diapers, so it is important that parents follow the weight range of their baby to find the right diaper size. Type of diaper used also has a role to play in preventing overnight leaks or not.
Organic diapers are less absorbent, meaning moms will have to put up with frequent diaper change at night. Cloth diapers on the other hand are known to hold less urine, causing moms to double them up before tucking their baby in it at night.
How To Prevent Urine Leakage From Diaper
Overnight diapers can do the trick for your baby because of their highly absorbent and thicker nature, but finding them in your baby size might be a little bit difficult. If after changing diapers, moms still have to struggle with urine leakage, they should settle for using a waterproof pad on their baby’s mattress.
This is better than having to replace crib sheets all the time. Trust me, this can be very frustrating for parents. They go through the stress of ensuring babies are comfortable at night, so they can get some sleep in return.
In addition to everything we have said so far in this guide, there are few things parents could do to prevent urine leaks in babies. These steps will not completely stop urine leaks, but they will help cut down on them, especially at night.
Cut Down On Night Liquids In Babies
Most urine leaks in babies tend to happen overnight, and this could be as a result of your baby consuming too much amount of liquid at night. Some babies hold on to their sippy cups or bottles at night before sleeping, which could cause high amounts of liquids in their bladder which the bladder cannot hold.
This doesn’t mean you should stop babies from having some liquids when necessary, what you can do is limiting liquid intake few hours earlier than their bed time.
We suggest giving them the last water to drink three hours before they get some sleep, and this involves eliminating flavored, juice, and sports drinks. Babies will continue drinking if it tastes good, so offering them only water three hours before their bedtime is okay.
Change Diapers Before They Sleep
Before your baby goes on to get some sleep at night, ensure you change their diaper. This provides them with a fresh feeling, causing them to sleep easily. If your toddler has started potty training already, consider adding sitting on a potty at night time before going to bed as part of your potty training routine.
This might help in emptying their bladder before going on to get some sleep, and you can consider changing their diaper without waking them up at night if your baby is a heavy sleeper.
Make Use Of Overnight Diapers
There are diaper brands that make overnight diapers specifically for these purposes, and shopping for these diapers is a wise thing to do. If you try finding from five different moms about overnight diapers, you will likely get five different brand recommendations because what works for one mom might not work for another.
Babies are also different from one another, so you might have to pass through some trial and error to find the right one for your baby. The best brand to start with is the same brand you make use of during the day.
Make Use Of Large Sized Diapers At Night
There is a good possibility that using a large-sized diaper at night helps in preventing urine leakage. If your baby uses a size three diaper during the day, it is okay for you to switch to a size four diaper during the night. You must ensure that the diaper has a snug fit around the waist region, and you should go back to the actual size if a large diaper doesn’t have the snug fit around the thighs and waist.
Double Up Diapers
Doubling up diaper used could be the solution to preventing urine diaper leaks, and getting a one size bigger than the other diaper could help in getting the job done. If your baby constantly has leakage issues, the first diaper might leak, but the second one will hold it in.
Make Use Of Diaper Liners
Diaper liners are added to a baby’s diaper, and adjusting a diaper liner is done depending on your child’s needs. Diaper liners are good at holding up to eight ounces of water, so they can also keep babies fresh and dry all through the night.
You might be wondering when your little baby will stop peeing at night, because you are tired of dealing with changing diapers and bed sheets constantly. The good news is you only have to put up with it till your baby starts potty training because that is when you baby’s body will adapt to wanting to stay dry all through the night.
A piece of advice for every parent out there is to be patient, and make use of any of the steps we have listed above. They will be of help when dealing with urine leaks in babies.
Hey there, it’s Alice Dolton! I’m so happy you’ve stumbled upon my blog, where I share everything about babies, parenting, and family life. As a mom of three, I get the joys and challenges of raising kiddos, and I’m here to help you navigate through it all.– which is basically FAMILY, FOOD, BABIES, and FUN!