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Wet diapers are part of life with a baby. But when wetness and discomfort start stealing your baby’s precious sleep (not to mention your own!), it can be a real problem.

If you’re constantly waking up to find your child’s diaper has leaked or have little bedsheets and pajamas filling up your laundry basket every day, it’s probably time to consider overnight diapers.

Overnight diapers are designed to keep your baby dry for longer periods of time. These diapers are built with extra-absorbent materials and leak guards so your little one will be able to last the entire night without a diaper change.

As your baby starts to sleep longer (it will happen!), and you don’t need to wake them for feeds, you’ll probably start to notice their diaper no longer can hold all the nighttime pee.

If you find yourself regularly changing your child’s jammies and sheets because they soaked through their diaper, it’s a pretty clear sign that you’re ready for overnight diapers.

While many diaper brands don’t start offering overnight diapers until size 3, if you find you need a little extra absorbency before then, you can use booster pads in your regular daytime diapers to help you get through the night without leaks.

When searching for the perfect overnight diaper, you’ll want to consider a variety of different factors:

  • Cost. Overnight diapers are almost always more expensive than regular diapers. However, overnight diapers should cut down on the need to wash all those wet pajamas and sheets.
  • Materials. Overnight diapers can be made from a range of materials, from cloth and bamboo to wood pulp and synthetics. You’ll want to make sure that you’re comfortable with whatever materials (or chemicals) are present.
  • Absorbency. In order to make it through the night, you’ll want to make sure your diaper has multiple layers of absorbent material — and some leak guards! If the brand you choose isn’t holding your little one’s pee all night, you may want to keep experimenting with other overnight diapers.
  • Fit. If the overnight diaper doesn’t fit right, you may find yourself with a lot of leaks. Look for brands with adjustable tabs, a wide range of sizes, and any additional features that ensure a comfortable fit for your baby.
  • Skin reactions. If your baby has sensitivities, be sure to check the diaper’s materials before use. Any rashes or irritation means it’s time to try another diaper brand.

When deciding on the best overnight diapers, we used the same factors we know matter to you: price, absorbency, and materials. We know that parents are the best judges when it comes to diaper performance, so we also heavily factored in parent reviews.

Price guide

  • $ = under $.30 per diaper
  • $$ = $.30–$.50 per diaper
  • $$$ = over $.50 per diaper

Best overnight disposable diapers

Pampers Baby-Dry

Price: $

These diapers from Pampers hit nearly all of the marks. Not only do they come in a wide range of sizes (so important for finding that perfect fit), but they claim to keep baby dry for up to 12 hours using three layers of absorbent wood pulp.

While these diapers aren’t necessarily an eco-friendly or organic overnight diaper option, they get praise from parents for the amount of pee they can hold. They’re also easy to find at most big retail stores and can be purchased in bulk for a considerable price reduction.

Best overnight cloth diapers

AlvaBaby Cloth Diapers

Price: Typically around $6 per cloth diaper

The exteriors of these cloth diapers are made from leak-preventing polyester, while the inside contains two places to hold absorbent microfiber cloth inserts. This means you can customize the absorbency to your needs and add more for overnight protection.

There are no shortage of snaps on these diapers, so you can continue to find the perfect fit as your child grows. And, although cloth diapers are an investment in the beginning, they can end up saving you money in the long run.

The downside: These don’t necessarily save you on the laundry front. And a few parents note that while these are sturdy, they’re not necessarily leak-proof for overnight use. For your best bet, one mom recommends these five-layer charcoal bamboo inserts from the same brand over the inserts the diapers come with.

Best eco-friendly overnight diapers

Honest Overnights

Price: $$

If you’re looking for absorbent, comfortable, cute, and adjustable disposable diapers that are designed with the environment in mind, Honest Overnights tick a lot of boxes.

Using wheat, corn, and sustainably harvested wood pulp, these diapers are designed with a more eco-friendly absorbent core than many other overnight diapers on the market. (While Seventh Generation’s Overnight Diapers are considered more eco-friendly, parents have commented that they just aren’t as absorbent.)

Additionally, if you have a sensitive-skinned little one, the layers in Honest Overnights that actually come in contact with your baby’s skin are made from soft, plant-based materials with no fragrances, lotions, or latex.

Best overnight diapers for heavy wetters

Huggies Overnites

Price: $$

These diapers from Huggies get rave reviews from parents for being super absorbent and lasting through the night for even the heaviest wetters.

The tabs are extra grippy to make it easy to achieve the perfect fit, and the quilted inner liner claims to lock wetness away from your baby’s skin for up to 12 hours. They’re also made without fragrances, chlorine, or latex.

Best budget-friendly overnight diapers

Luvs Triple Leakguards

Price: $

Designed to be budget friendly (frequently priced at about 30 percent of the cost of other overnight diapers), these diapers (formerly marketed as Ultra Leakguards) don’t compromise on absorbency. Many parents say they’re effective and live up to their claims that they’ll absorb 12 hours’ worth of pee.

However, it’s worth mentioning that there are a lot of unhappy Luvs customers online, complaining that quality control has been an issue for them. And while the price is definitely better for your wallet, the materials and packaging aren’t winners in the eco-friendly or skin-sensitivity departments.

Best overnight pull-ups for toddlers

Goodnites Bedwetting Underwear

Price: $$$

If your toddler is currently potty training or just not ready to go all night without a diaper, these bedtime undies will keep them dry while feeling like a big kid. The stretchy sides allow for easy pulling up and down if your little one has to go in the middle of the night, and leg barriers keep pee in if they have an overnight incident.

The best feature? These are formulated specially to fit male and female bodies, with more absorbency in the key places urine flows. They also come in discreet packaging that makes them feel less like diapers, which will help boost your toddler’s confidence.

Best booster pads

Sposie Booster Pads

Price: $$

If your little one is leaking through their overnight diaper, or you think their daytime diaper could make it through the night with just a little extra support, a booster pad may be the way to go. These also might be a good halfway point between cloth diapering and disposables if you’re not entirely sold on switching to cloth.

Sposie Booster Pads can be added to almost any type of diaper or training pant, so you don’t need to worry about fit. Free of fragrance, latex, and chlorine, these booster pads claim to absorb up to 8 ounces. The only real downsides to booster pads? The extra work on your end to insert them and the added toll they take on the environment.

If you’re tired of your baby waking up with a leaking diaper, it may be time to invest in some overnight diapers.

The time and energy they’ll help you save can be well worth spending a few more pennies — after all, there’s no value you can place on a good night’s sleep and a happy, dry baby in the morning.