My darling son began rolling to sleep on his stomach when he was four months old. Since he could get there on his own and roll back to his back without any trouble, I have been totally fine just rolling with that. However, laying on his tummy through the night combined with a penchant for a full bedtime bottle led to some consistent issues with overnight diaper leaks. I swear, it seems like he produces a gallon of pee overnight. Over the course of the many months that followed, we have experimented with all sorts of remedies for providing extra absorbency to keep Colin dry and comfortable overnight (and of course, to keep mom and dad from dealing with the excessive laundry that the leaky diapers caused).
- Moving up a size in diapers for overnight: In the beginning, just moving up into regular Pampers, one size ahead of what C was wearing, solved the problem without much fuss. Sadly this tactic only lasted for a month or two.
- “Point Mr. Penguin down”: This advice on a Facebook mom’s group had me giggling, but it is totally true. With little boys, it’s important at bedtime (and really all the time, but most important at bed time) to make sure the penis is pointed downward so that the stream of pee points into the diaper, instead of up and out.
- Adding a cloth prefold inside the sized up diaper: This solution wasn’t a great fit for us, as I was never personally destined to do well with anything cloth diaper related. Using just one cloth diaper a day made orchestrating laundry difficult, since my loads were few and far between. Plus using a cotton prefold left C’s tushie in a less-than-desirable state. We tried this for a week and a half before scrapping the plan for something else. (Cloth diapering experts can probably give much better insight on this, as I have read all sorts of different solutions for those who use cloth. I rolled with what I already owned and failed, but I would love to hear if anyone has faced this as a cloth diaper user, I’m sure that readers would appreciate any insight you can share.)