Toddler Night-Time Diaper Leaks


Have you ever heard the expression “When it rains it pours”?  Well I’d love to add to it, “…and it soaks through your super absorbent diapers, through your child’s pajamas, sleep sack, and sheets, and all the way to the Motherloving mattress”.  Too much? Ladies and Gentlemen, at 14 months old we had a Bedwetter…who was sleeping in a DIAPER.  Huh?? You more experienced Moms out there are probably laughing over your lattés right now– like this Poor Fool, why didn’t she know all the STUFF?! BAHAHAH!! Well now I know the stuff, so let me share it.

Of course we had been using the same old diapers all year, upping the sizes as Marlowe grew, and we never had any problems.  The occasional leak or blowout of course, but nothing major.  Then suddenly, about a month ago, Marlowe started wetting the bed every single night.  The poor thing’s diaper would leak completely and soak her from the neck of her PJ’s all the way to the ankles– not to mention all of her sheets, Loveys, sleep sacks etc.  It would wake her up super early (of course), but even worse was the discomfort of being soaking in cold pee.  It absolutely broke my heart to go in there and see her so uncomfortable. Also, having to change out all the linens in her entire crib every single morning wasn’t…ideal.   I tried everything.  But going up a size in diapers, any and every brand of “overnight” diapers, or even reducing her night time bottle by a couple ounces couldn’t make a dent in our little Bedwetter’s night time experience.

I was feeling so anxious every night before bed, wondering if my sweet baby girl would wake up in a yellow flood at 5am.  So I called in the troops!! As I’ve mentioned on here before, Kyle and I were lucky enough to have an amazing woman named Pam (of Dream Team Doulas) as a night nurse for the very beginning of our Parenting journey.  She has been a postpartum Doula for countless families, and has four children herself.  Let’s just say she has that thing called “Experience”.  We’ve stayed in touch, and I emergency-texted her my predicament.  She assured me that this (12-16 months) is the exact age when many children begin to wet through their diapers at night, and that it is totally normal.  I had never even heard of this toddler “stage”, or any of these tips, so I resolved to share them here with you! These are Pam’s three tips for Leaky Toddler Diaper Troubleshooting:

  1. Diaper Liners:  These look kind of like Maxi Pads and are a soft insert that go inside a diaper to add absorbency.
  2. The Best “Night Time” Diaper brands are: Pampers, Huggies, and Seventh Generation.  Try your child’s size, or going up a size, in one of these before investing further.
  3. Doubling Up On Diapers:  This one sounds nuts but really works.  Try putting a diaper in your child’s size on first, then put one a size up over it.  Try using a “Night Time” Diaper as the exterior diaper for an extra dryness boost.


I ordered the diaper liners right away, and in the meantime, doubled Marlowe’s diaper at night.  I used her regular daytime Honest Company diaper underneath a Huggies Overnight diaper.  It was bulky…but it WORKED!! When the liners arrived, I tried one of those inside an Overnight diaper, and that worked also! I was so thrilled to have options.  We went with the liners inside the Huggies because it was less bulky– and I am happy to report that Marlowe’s diaper hasn’t leaked since.


Now that the leaky diaper problem is solved, I just can’t WAIT to know what kind of new Toddler problem is just around the corner…stay tuned! 😉






Photo by Nina Suh for Love And Lemonade Photography

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  1. Parmis says:

    Dear Eva,
    I absolutely love your website. I too am a first time mom. My son is two weeks younger than your adorable Marlowe. I find all your posts to be incredibly helpful and timely. We’re going through the same bedwetting phase right now. I think the diaper liners are an excellent idea. What brand do you prefer? Thank you for all the great info!

    11.20.15 Reply
    • Hi Parmis!
      Thank you so much for the kind words 🙂
      I linked to my favorite liners in the post, you can just click on there to find them!
      I hope they work for you! If not, try the doubled-up diapers trick


      11.20.15 Reply
      • Parmis says:

        Thank you so much for the quick response. I’ll definitely order the liners and let you know how it goes. Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

        11.20.15 Reply
  2. Wendy says:

    This is one of those issues when “YEMV” is particularly relevant. I have two kids LONG out of diapers but never ever had flooding at night. In fact, just the opposite (which provoked stress on our end). I remember vividly when our first started waking up in the mornings with a totally dry diaper. I was really worried! Was he dehydrated? Was there something worse going on, like with his kidneys? As a new mom, I’d never heard of such a thing and immediately started worrying about what could be wrong.

    Well, flash forward a few weeks and finally(!) the light bulb turned on for us: He was “holding it” all night long! He was showing us he was physically able and ready to start the potty learning process! I still feel like such a daft mama for completely misreading the situation and not picking up on the clues. 😉

    You can only do so much reading and talking to other folks — at some point, something is going to come your way that will surprise you. Bad OR good!

    11.20.15 Reply
  3. Wendy says:

    p.s. You’re such a natural — at mothering AND lifestyle blogging. It’s a delight to visit your site. Not only is it visually gorgeous, but you have such a way with words. Great writer!!

    11.20.15 Reply
    • Hi Wendy,

      Thank you so much, that is so kind of you to say! I really enjoy authoring the blog very much!

      I agree that the whole parenting process really is a process of discovery and acceptance. Accepting phases as well as acceptance that we are not always going to know immediately what is going on with our kids! I’ve learned to let go a lot more and try to allow the process of parenting my daughter to teach me– as opposed to the other way around.


      11.23.15 Reply
  4. Andrea says:

    Night time diapers worked really well for us, thankfully. I found another great use for them too! If we were leaving the house for an extended period of time I’d put a night diaper on my son. I didn’t have to worry about leaks and he’d feel dryer longer. They’re also fantastic for road trips!

    12.05.15 Reply
    • Hi Andrea!
      That’s great to hear! I actually know a family that ONLY uses night time diapers! I think people figure out what’s best for them, you never know what your baby will need until they need it. Ha!


      12.06.15 Reply
  5. Katie says:

    Hi Eva!

    Thank you so much for this post! As an avid reader of your blog I saw this last month and as luck would have it my 13 month old just entered this phase. I bought the pads per your suggestion but am wondering- how long did this phase last for you? I tempted fate last night and went sans pad for her as a test and paid the price this am!

    Thanks for putting up such a great honest blog- you have such a beautiful family!

    12.09.15 Reply
  6. Sarah says:

    You made me laugh when you said that the more experienced moms were laughing in their lattes. Technically I’m experienced but *no one* has all their mothering figured out.

    My third son just started wetting through a month ago and I STILL don’t have a great solution. Diaper liners do the trick until you need TWO liners in the most absorbent overnight diaper on the market. Then there is no room for the liners once they are full. We just accepted frequent clothing & linen changes as a fact of life and waited several months for this phase to pass.

    I never knew doubling-up involved two different diaper sizes. The whole idea makes a lot more sense now. 🙂

    02.04.17 Reply
  7. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much! I just ordered the diaper liners and cannot wait for this nighttime solution for my son <3

    08.01.17 Reply
  8. I don’t know details about overnight diapers but I think Luvs leak lock diapers is better than Huggies and Seventh Generation.

    12.25.17 Reply