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Nighttime Diaper Changes

May 1 2024
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Nighttime Diaper Changes

Knowing when and how to change your baby’s diaper during the night can be confusing. Especially when you’ve finally gotten them to sleep, the last thing you want to do is to disturb them in the middle of the night!

In this article, you’ll learn:

  • When to change your baby’s diaper at night
  • How Rascals Premium Diapers can reduce the need for nighttime diaper changes with our 12 hours of advanced leak protection[3].
  • How to change your baby’s diaper without disturbing their sleep
  • How finding the right diaper size and fit can help prevent overnight diaper leaks

How Often Should You Change Your Baby’s Diaper at Night?

As a general rule of thumb, night time diaper changes are only necessary if your baby has soiled the diaper or it is completely full. A little bit of urine in the diaper is fine, and you can usually wait a bit longer before changing them again. You may like to time diaper checks/changes with your night time feeds, as you’ll already be up at these points of the night allowing you to reduce the times your waking them.

That’s why choosing a diaper with super absorbent materials and leak protection is so important. Because if you’re waiting until the morning or til their next feed to change them, you want to make sure the diaper keeps all sneaky leaks contained!

To help you understand when they need changed, Rascals Premium Diapers have a wetness indicator on all sizes of our diapers. This can be found on the centre of the diaper, and changes from a yellow to a purple colour once the diaper is full and ready to be changed. To save you turning the lights on at night, you can also check to feel if the diaper is swollen.

Choose Super Absorbent Night Time Diapers

While the number of night time diaper changes varies with age, we’d recommend always choosing a diaper made with super absorbent materials and designed to last all night. Rascals Premium Diapers are made with a Unique Hydrolock Core™ that holds up to 25x its weight for 12 hours of advanced leak protection[3]. Our diapers also feature a Fast-Dry Layer, trapping liquid in seconds, to keep skin dry and help prevent against rashes. Our innovative features our diapers can:

  • Contain sneaky leaks and blowouts
  • Provide overnight leak protection, for up to 12 hours

So no matter how long your baby sleeps through the night, they wake up comfy and dry, and all sneaky leaks stay in the diaper. Save yourself a load of washing and switch to Rascals Premium Diapers.

How to Change Your Baby’s Diaper Without Disturbing Their Sleep

When the time comes to changing their diaper at night, there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ll disturb their sleep – especially if it’s taken a while to get them down! Follow our expert tips to change your baby’s diaper at night and get them back to sleep quickly.

5 Tips to make nighttime diaper changes easier:

  1. Prepare the diaper changing area before you sleep
  2. Keep it calm: Turn the lights down low, with sounds and scents at a minimum
  3. Change your baby’s diaper when they are awake to feed, either before or during the feed
  4. Change soiled diapers right away and delay changing wet diapers until full
  5. Use warm wipes when cleaning their skin

How Often Should You Change a Newborn’s Diaper?

Because they feed more frequently, you can expect to change a newborn’s diaper every 3 or so hours, almost as often as they need feeding.

You may like to use your baby’s feeding time as a rule of thumb for when to change, or at least check their diaper. Of course, this is dependant on your baby’s urine and bowel movements. As mentioned, soiled diapers should be changed as soon as possible, while diapers with just urine don’t need to be changed as quickly. This is where our wetness indicator comes in handy, to help you know when the diaper is full and should be changed.

A common concern for newborn parents is the frequency of changes if their baby has sensitive skin or diaper rash. Some choose to change their diaper more frequently than suggested to help keep skin clean and dry. While we encourage you to continue with a change-routine that works for you and your baby, you can rest assured that Rascals Premium Diapers are made with sensitive skin in mind. Our Unique Hydrolock Core™, Fast Dry Layer and Triple Leak Guards makes our diapers the best at containing the mess, which means less stress for you.

Should You Wake Your Baby for a Night Time Diaper Change?

While we suggest changing a dirty diaper as soon as possible, you should avoid waking up your sleeping baby just to do so. This will disturb their sleep cycle and you may struggle to settle them again. Especially for babies 6 months and younger, they never go too long before needing another feed, which is a better opportunity to change their diaper. This is also why we recommend timing diaper changes with their night time feeds.

We’d also suggest making a habit of changing their diaper at night:

  • Just before going to bed
  • Before a night time feed, or halfway through feeding when you change sides
  • And putting baby back to bed straight after their night feed

Prevent Overnight Leaks with the Right Diaper Size and Fit

Choosing the right diaper size and understanding how it should properly fit can go a long in preventing leaks. Our premium diapers are made with a unique design and fit, which is why recommend choosing a diaper size based on their weight. You can learn more about this on our diaper size guide.

With a few simple questions answered, we can help you get to the bottom of leaking diapers. Read more of our tips in this article, or reach out to our Customer Love team for their expert advice on finding the right Rascals fit. Contact us on Instagram or Facebook.

FAQs: Night Time Diaper Changes

Night time diaper changes should be done whenever a baby wakes or after prolonged sleep to ensure dryness and comfort.

Consider using a more absorbent diaper specifically designed for overnight use to prevent leaks and provide extended dryness.

Organize diaper changing essentials near the baby's sleeping area and practice quick and gentle diaper changes to minimize disturbances.

It's advisable to change diapers during natural awakenings, avoiding unnecessary disturbances if the baby is sleeping comfortably.

While ensuring adequate hydration, gradually reduce fluids closer to bedtime to minimize night time urination and diaper changes.