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The Best Overnight Diapers for Potty Training Toddlers

by Sara Ipatenco

If your toddler isn't wearing diapers during the day any more, take a moment to pat yourself on the back. It's a major step in raising your child, and it's certainly something to be proud of. Most toddlers aren't fully potty trained at night until long after they've been potty trained during the day. Overnight diapers are a must because they help prevent messy accidents, and there are several options you can consider until your toddler's body begins giving him cues to get up and go potty at night.

Function

Overnight diapers serve the same purpose as daytime diapers. They're designed to provide a place for your toddler to relieve herself, but they contain the mess inside so her bed and pajamas don't get soiled. Most nighttime diapers last all night so you also don't have to wake your toddler up to change her diaper in the middle of the night.

What To Use

Though regular diapers can work, they're more likely to leak and cause a mess while your toddler is sleeping. Opt for diapers specifically marketed as nighttime diapers. These absorb more, which means they last longer and are far less likely to leak onto your toddler's pajamas, bed sheets and blankets. Many brands of diapers offer nighttime diapers that look and feel more like big-kid underwear, which might be more comfortable for him than a regular diaper as well.

Tips and Suggestions

Put the nighttime diaper on right before your toddler goes to bed and take it off as soon as she gets up in the morning. Since your child is potty trained during the day, you don't want her to use the diaper instead of the toilet when she's awake. If your toddler's nighttime diaper tends to leak, change it right before you go to bed, and she's more likely to make it until morning without having to change her clothes or sheets. When you feel it's time for your toddler to start sleeping through the night without a diaper, you'll have to wake her up several times a night and take her to the toilet. Over time, her body will get used to getting up to go potty, and she'll start doing it on her own.

Considerations

Most toddlers aren't able to sleep without a diaper until months or years after they've been potty trained during the day. Usually, it's not something to worry about, and bed-wetting as a medical problem isn't diagnosed until a child turns 6 years of age, according to Children's Hospital of Colorado. If your toddler has just accomplished daytime toilet use, let her get used to this big step in her growth before even trying to potty train at night.

About the Author

Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.

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