Potty Training doesn’t just happen overnight. If it did for you, kudos. For the rest of us puttering our way through the chaos of teaching a tiny, but fiercely independent little person about how to pee here’s to the joys of conquering a dry night. For some kids, dry nights are elusive and might not happen until the child reaches 5-8 years old.
Coming soon – cloth diapers for bigger kids! Yes, I’m working on building a resource for parents cloth diapering beyond 45lbs.
- Why do accidents happen when Potty Training?
- Cloth Training Pants Worth Buying
- Cloth 101: Goodbye Rubber Pants, Hello Modern Diapers
I’m of the mindset that this is a skill that comes with time and it can’t be forced or trained into a child. So if you’re tired of buying disposable pull-ups at the exorbitant price let’s switch it up with reusables. I warn you now, the marketplace for night time quality training pants isn’t cheap, but it’s less financial waste, and environmental waste?
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Reusable Options to Conquer Nighttime Bedwetting
Absorbent reusable options are not cheap. As a cloth diaper advocate and educator, one part of the cost of a reusable product is the textiles. Textiles that are made of higher quality fibres, denser weaves, and can absorb high rates of liquid cost more money than their counterparts. Yes, you can buy a low-cost reusable training pant, but it’s not going to offer the same absorbency as a Mother-ease bedwetter. It might catch a small pee, if you’re lucky!
Modern Mattress Protector
Skip the cheap mattress protectors that go under the sheet, and opt for something that absorbs and repeals. So many of the cheap mattress protectors don’t have enough absorbency and a cheap PUL coating. So when an accident does happen, the weight of the child, plus the poorly build mattress protector leaves you with a wet mattress.
My favourite waterproof bedwetting mat is the PeaPod mat. We still use them every day as back up protection for bedwetting, spills, and vomit. They’ve never let me down and incredibly easy to clean. I have a 3×5 that lays on the single bed for each kid. PeaPod mats are often available at your local baby boutique or shop. I find them online and in person at Lagoon Baby (Maple Ridge) or Baby Footprint (Alberta)
For cribs, the Lil Helper Mattress Pad is a must-have choice. Built to be durable and long-lasting this is one of the most stylish ways to keep the crib mattress protected from any middle-of-the night drama.
Overnight Training Pants – or Bedwetting Pants
If you’re looking for something to wear, just like underwear, but with padded protection, a few options to consider would be a style of cloth diaper that is designed to adjust absorbency, fit larger bodies, and give a pull on feeling. These products are adaptable and more costly. The are sometimes sold without inserts, and then you can use simple materials from home to make the most out of your budget and absorbency.
- Omaiki Nightime Hero Training Pants, available in sizes up to 12Y, these made in Canada, cloth training pants are the perfect addition to your bedtime routine. Absorbent, functional, and easy to launder, add Omaiki into your life for bedtime confidence.
- Super undies Bedwetting Pants, Also available in bigger kids sizes, Super Undies offers customizable absorbency and easy-to-use function with these pull on covers. Pricer, but worth the transition for bedtime comfort. Find the Super Undies store on Amazon.
- Motherease Bedwetter Pants
There’s also products that are sold as regular cloth training pants but could be amplified to work overnight. Some of these products sell extendable size options to expand, and some of them are gracious in their fit and function.
- Bebeboo Grow Trainer is a transitional diaper with side extensions, and sold without inserts. Available direct.
- Rig N Gig Trainer provides an 20 inch waist with extensions adding another 6 inches. Visit this retailer.
- Nicki’s Trainer is another larger fitting trainer with adjustable absorbency that can work for some smaller bedwetter. Shop their store to find this product.
And if you’re looking for larger fitting cloth diapers that might do the trick? Check out these brands.
- Snap- Ez provides a wide range of adult size cloth diapers including toddlers and preschooolers. But they really do specialize in providing you with high quality incontience products for adults and big kids. (Shop Snap-EZ).
- Blythe Life Fixed Flats – along with many other work at home makers, you can often find XL and larger sized cloth diapers custom designed to fit bigger kids and manage overnight super soakers. (Shop Blythe Life)
- Wool Diaper Covers can be custom sewn to size. Check out Bumby Wool (Shop Here at Bumby Wool)
- Toddler Size Fitted Diapers such as this one from Lilly & Frank (Shop Here)
Not all Bedwetting Products are the same.
A quick search on Amazon brings up many products using these key words. What I know is that textiles are expensive and if you need overnight absorbency, it’s unlikely to happen with a $3-10 product. You pay for the quality of the material, the customer service to get you there, and a product that works.
Let me know what works for your young child? How have you tackled bedwetting in bigger kids?
I’d love to know if you have any other suggestions of Reusable Options for Bedwetting children! Share some great products in the comments below.
And remember, there’s no shame in needing to use disposables. If a box of fancy Ninja pull ups does the trick, it does the trick. One of the biggest advantages of considering a cloth diaper for a bigger kid is that you can often get the custom sizing you need, especially if you seek a local seamstress.
Reusable Training Pant Reviews
- The Absolute Best Cloth Training Pants for Bedwetting Preschoolers: Mother-ease Bedwetting Pants
- NEW PRODUCT – Bebeboo Grow Training Pants Review
- Super Undies Nighttime Undies
- Training Pants Worth Owning: Omaïki HERÖ Trainer for NIGHTS!
- Sloomb Trainers – Are they worth it?
- Quick Review of the Lilly & Frank Toddler Snapless Fitted
- Sometimes Cloth Diapers are TOO BIG for your Preschooler – A Review of Snap-Ez Cloth Diapers
- 2 Ways to Use a T-shirt as a Cloth Diaper
- Heavy Wetter Overnight Cloth Diaper Solutions