10 Best Overnight Diapers of 2023
Best Overnight Diapers
January 5, 2023

Best Overnight Diapers

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Best Overnight Diapers

Changing your little one’s diaper may not be fun, but it’s a reality of parenting that you’ll soon be able to do with your eyes closed. But changing your little one’s diaper + crib sheet + pajamas, all at around 2 a.m.? No, thanks.

Overnight diapers to the rescue!

What are Overnight Diapers?

Think of overnight diapers like a souped-up version of their disposable counterparts. Designed to keep your baby dry for up to 12 hours, overnight diapers are extra absorbent, often with around 20 to 25 percent more capacity than regular diapers. They’re a bit bulkier than daytime diapers, but thanks to innovations like ultra-thin cores and special dryness layers, they really don’t look, fit or feel that much different than your average disposable diaper.

Do You Need Overnight Diapers?

Whether or not you need overnight diapers is going to depend on your little one. Some babies do fine throughout the night with regular old diapers, so no need to rock the boat if your babe is sleeping soundly (and dryly!) overnight. But for most babies, they’ll come a time when regular diapers aren’t cutting it for longer sleep stretches, so you’ll want to check out your overnight options.

When Do You Need Overnight Diapers?

Again, this is going to depend on your little one, but we’ve found that the need for overnight diapers tends to start right around six months old—which is the time most babies are adding solids to an already robust amount of formula or breast milk, resulting in a greater volume of liquid and food intake throughout the day.

Are Overnight Diapers Worth It?

If your baby is consistently waking up with a soaked diaper (and soaked clothing), overnight diapers are definitely worth it. A good overnight diaper will help keep your baby dry and comfortable throughout the night. Just keep in mind that overnight diapers do tend to cost a bit more than your average diaper.

What Type of Overnight Diaper is Best?

A few pro tips to keep in mind when you’re deciding which overnight diaper is best for you and your little one:

  • Try before you buy in bulk. Finding an overnight diaper that works for your little one is often a matter of trial and error. Each brand fits differently on each baby, and what works for one may not work at all for another. Don’t buy big at first; instead, try a small package of a brand’s overnight diaper option first before committing to a big haul.
  • Boy vs. girl. Nope, we’re not trying to start the next baby gender wars. But while we’re on the subject of fit, it’s important to note that boys and girls urinate differently, which will mean a different wetness pattern on the diaper. You may have to experiment with a few different brands to see what works best for your baby.
  • Size up. Most parents find it useful to size up in overnight diapers. You’ll still want to make sure the diaper is fitting snugly around your little one’s waist and through the legs, but a size up from your baby’s daytime diaper size will give your overnight an extra boost when it comes to absorbency and ensuring maximum dryness.
  • Add a pad. Leaks happen, even with overnight diapers. (And especially when your little one is at the age when they’re still drinking a ton of breast milk or formula and eating solids.) Diaper booster pads slip right into your baby’s diaper and add an extra layer of protection for overnight.

Here are our picks for the best overnight diapers.

Most Popular Overnight Diaper

Pampers Swaddlers are a popular daytime diaper choice among many new parents, so it’s no surprise that their overnights are also a top pick. They’re just as soft as regular Swaddlers on the outside but have an extra layer of absorbency on the inside for 12 hours of overnight protection. They also feature dual leak-guard barriers and a special liner that pulls wetness away from your baby’s skin to help keep them dry for up to 12 hours.

Best Overnight Diaper for Sensitive Skin

Besides being ridiculously cute (we’re suckers for fluffy sheep), these diapers are a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a more natural overnight diaper option that’s extra gentle on baby’s delicate skin. They’re made from a plant-based inner and outer layer but still absorb 20 percent more liquids than regular Honest diapers. They’re also hypoallergenic, free from fragrances and extra soft.

Best Budget Overnight Diaper

Overnight diapers are definitely pricier than the average diaper, so if you’re looking to save a bit, check out Luvs. Although they’re not marketed specifically as an overnight diaper, they feature a special Nightlock Technology that offers up to 12 hours of overnight protection. (They’re great for daytime too.) There’s also a wetness indicator, larger tabs for a secure fit and a soft, comfy feel—all while costing much less than other comparable diapers on the market.

Best Overnight Cloth Diaper

Even if you’re cloth diapering, you’ll likely want extra protection from wetness and leaks as your little one sleeps. Esembly’s blowout-proof bundle comes with an inner layer for absorbency then adds an extra waterproof outer layer to contain the mess. The Inners are made from organic cotton and the Outers are made from a waterproof-but-breathable fabric that’s derived from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles. This bundle comes with three Inners and one Outer, but you can also buy more of each individually as needed.

Best Store-Brand Overnight Diaper

Ah, Target, your one-stop-shop for shampoo, that adorable shirt you didn’t know you needed, and…overnight diapers! We love this bullseye brand’s overnights for their absorbency, softness, stretchable waist and sides and affordable price. They’re also free of latex, fragrance and elemental chlorine and have a hypoallergenic inner core.

Best Eco-Friendly Overnight Diapers

Disposable diapers are lots of great things, but eco-friendly unfortunately isn’t one of them. Dyper bamboo disposables are different. Soiled diapers (yes, even the poopy ones) can be returned for composting through the brand’s optional REDYPER service. They’re also unprinted, unscented and free from things like chlorine, latex and alcohol. There’s no overnight-specific diaper but lots of parents report that they’re absorbent enough to last through the night without leaking.

Best Overnight Diaper for Day and Night

Another pick that’s not designed specifically for nighttime, parents find Pampers Pure so absorbent that many choose to use them for overnight without any leaks. These hypoallergenic diapers are made from cotton, plant-based fibers and without chlorine bleaching, fragrance, lotion or parabens. They come in adorable prints and feature a wetness indicator that lets you know when it’s time for a change.

Best Sustainable Overnight Diaper

The high-capacity core of these diapers from Seventh Generation are made from sustainably sourced wood fluff pulp, making them better for the environment and for absorbing nighttime wetness. They’re also a good choice for babies with sensitive skin, as they contain 0% chlorine bleaching and are free of lotions and fragrances.

Extra-Absorbent Overnight Diaper

The most absorbent of all the Huggies diapers available, these overnight diapers are specially designed for sleep and offer 12-hour protection for your (hopefully) snoozing little one. Extra-grippy tabs help with a secure fit and a quilted inner liner locks away wetness while also allowing baby’s skin to breathe.

Best Diaper Booster Pad

It’s definitely possible to use an overnight diaper and still experience leaks. Meet the diaper booster pad: a soft, hypoallergenic pad that slips right into your little one’s diaper and increases absorbance by 8 fluid ounces. Simply place the pad seam-side down into the overnight diaper (you may have to play around with location to see what works best for your baby) and you’re good to go.

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