Leaking Diaper at Night
No one wants to find a leaky diaper got onto the carpet, sheets, or the designer baby outfit that says “hand wash only” that someone thought would be a good idea to buy. Whether you’re the type that respects tag authority or shows it who’s boss in the laundry room, leaky diapers are enough to put a damper on anyone’s day.
A leaking diaper could be caused by many reasons. Many of them have to do with the design and construction of the diaper – and that’s where we come in. We make sure to track and monitor all leakage complaints to quickly address any that pertain to our manufacturing method. Even though we trust our suppliers to provide us with the best absorbent materials that we hand-selected to craft our perfect diapers, we always use independent testing to ensure that every one of our materials exceeds the highest standards in baby protection. This includes grade A materials that will prevent leakages along the cuffs and good seals to keep everything in.
Third-party testing ensured us the capacity of our super-absorbent diapers can withstand repeated pee spurts throughout the night. That’s what we set out to achieve – ultimate protection. Through our independent testing, we came out with much higher absorbent capacity than leading brands, which was no surprise to us. But we don’t want to just hear it from those in the lab. We care about hearing it from you. That’s why we want to help determine what the source of any leakage is and be always on the lookout for how to improve on our perfect diaper dream.
Premature Leakage vs. Leakages After Longer Use Time
We classify any leakage that happens before the diaper reaches total absorbent capacity as a premature leakage. Leaks within the first couple of hours worn are 100% a case of premature leakage. This is a problem for us because it means that the full capacity of the diaper was not enjoyed, which not only translates to design waste but also an inconvenience to parents who already have too much on their plate.
As the diaper is used for longer amounts of time, it becomes more difficult to identify a premature leakage. For any leakages experienced during extended periods of time, such as overnight use, there is still a good chance the leakage happened before the total capacity of the diaper was used up (except in above-average liquid ingestion cases). These would still be considered premature leakage.
Why is it important to diagnose premature leakages? These leakages are almost always due to fit issues, the position in which your baby sleeps and the gender of the baby. The last thing you want is a fussy baby waking up in a leaky diaper. Read on to check out tips on how to address each and experience the easier, drier days we envisioned when we created these diapers.
The Tall & Slim and Short & Chubbers Conundrum
Diaper sizing is tough. It’s difficult to determine size based on weight and moreover, it might be tempting to just use one size across two children to facilitate inventory management. The thing is, proper diaper fit will be of utmost importance in preventing diaper leakages. Think of it like trying to contain spills from a water bottle where the lid is loosely closed. Similarly, imagine containing a dam where the walls are too short. The diaper can neither be too loose or too tight on your kiddo.
If you reference our WEFIT (link) page, you’ll get a good idea of our guidelines for diaper size depending on your baby’s weight. This is our recommended reference point, however, no two babies will be the same shape which makes weight a tricky metric for diaper sizing. We call it the Tall & Slim and Short and Chubbers Conundrum – the fact that a tall yet slim baby could weigh the same as a short and chubby baby yet have very different waist and leg measurements.
After consulting with the size chart, it might be best to take matters into your own hands to find the best-suited diaper size.
When Size is too Small
You may notice that your kiddo has a diaper that is too small on them when it doesn’t reach waist height. Your baby's diaper should fit right below the belly button; if it is too low-rise it might not have enough of a chance to stop pee from running to the stomach. Diapers that are too small will often leak through the belly area. Other signs of a small, uncomfortable diaper will include red bumps or marks around the skin. Sizing up under these circumstances will address possible leakages through the belly and provide a more comfortable fit for your child. A bigger diaper will be able to handle more capacity and avoid leakages if your baby has outgrown the volume design of the diaper too.
- How to address: size up
When Diaper is too Loose
Premature leakages by the legs, stomach or back can mean the diaper is too loose around their skin. A diaper that is too large for the baby or a diaper that is not well sealed will leave holes through which urine will look to escape.
Look for: Leg cuffs that wrap neatly around baby’s legs and a diaper that reaches just below the belly. Diapers that reach past the waist will be too large on baby just like diapers that don’t provide a snug fit around the legs.
How to address: Size down
- Look for: The fit around the waist should have some give when you pull slightly. If it gives too much it means pee can escape through stomach or back. Baby’s bellies will inflate after meals and deflate after digestion. What might have appeared like a good fit when you sealed the diaper tabs might require some adjusting as the hours pass. When sealing a diaper make sure the tabs are on the front mesh and not above or below that
How to address: Adjust resealable tabs for a snug and flexible fit.
Look for: Baby runs around often and pulls on the seal tabs off, and it is common for the waist fit to become loose over time. If it feels like the waist fit often becomes loose either because your baby pulls the tabs off or their belly shrinks with digestion, you’ll find our diaper pants (link to born to run) provide a more elastic fit that will retract or expand with your child’s waist. Diaper pants will provide a snug waist fit that you don’t need to keep adjusting.
- How to address: switch to diaper pants
When the Cuffs are Inside-out
The legs cuffs need to provide a good seal around the legs of your baby. After putting on every diaper, always make sure to pull out the cuffs if they are tucked in. If the cuffs are tucked in, they will not perform their job securing pee in – in fact, they will guide pee out of the diaper!
- How to address: tuck in those cuffs
When Baby Boys Sleep on their Stomach
Yeah, boys and girls are not created equal when it comes to leakage probabilities. Where baby girls will release urine centrally and the diaper core will absorb it more evenly, little guys will stream urine towards a targeted area. When boys pee, it means trouble for diaper containment.
This will be especially problematic overnight when baby boys sleep on their stomach and the penis is facing upward… it’s basically a battle against gravity in this situation and you may wake up to a crying baby.
- How to address: when putting on a diaper, tuck the penis facing downwards towards the absorbent core of the diaper
Self-Help Diagnosis: Targeting Situations by Leakage Location
If you experienced a leak though the belly or leg, you can use this list to narrow down possible causes and read above for tips to address each.
Diaper leakage through belly:
- When Size is too Small
- When Diaper is too Loose
- When Baby Boys Sleep on their Stomach
Diaper leakage through legs:
- When Diaper is too Loose
- When the Cuffs are Inside-out
With the correct fit, our diaper should not be exhibiting premature leakages. If this guide has not been helpful in diagnosing your leakage concern please contact us at XXXX@parasolco.com