Nighttime Diapering

While some diapers work better for certain daytime activities than others, the major distinction I see in diaper appropriateness is between diapers best for daytime use and diapers best for nighttime use (i.e. during sleep).

For most of my time in adult diapers, I haven’t liked wearing diapers to bed. I know lots of diaper lovers wear diapers almost exclusively to bed, but I could never be one of those, especially when I was first starting out.

Lately, in my enthusiasm for wearing diapers as much as possible, I’ve worn more at night. I’ve pretty much gotten used to it. Also, it helps me fall asleep because I don’t have to keep getting up to go to the bathroom before I fall asleep (which I often do out of nervousness when not diapered).

In wearing more at night, I’ve learned the kinds of diapers that work best for it.

One diaper type I would highly recommend for nighttime use is a high-quality adult pull-up, one with a high level of absorption and leak guards. Since this diaper type is a pull-up, it will be easy to put on in case you’re tired. Also, you won’t have any risk of tapes coming off or side panels shifting as you roll around during the night. Since such a diaper is high-quality, it will hold any purposeful night or morning wettings as well as bedwetting accidents without leaks. It will do so in most positions you happen to be in when wetting. Also due to high quality, the padding will not clump due to tossing and turning or sweat, like the padding in many tab diapers (even high-quality ones) will.

The other type of diaper I would highly recommend for nighttime use is a tab diaper with leak guards, plastic backing, thick padding with lots of coverage, and high absorbency. The leak guards will be the first line of defense against leaks. The plastic backing will be the second, as stray urine from awkward body or genital positioning will likely flow along the inside of the plastic side panels to reach the back padding of the diaper.  The thick padding with lots of coverage will be the third line of defense. The thick padding will keep the padding close to the urine source, and its abundance will mean urine won’t have much of a chance to go rogue no matter your positioning. The high absorbency will mean you can (likely) wet the diaper once before bed, one potential time during your sleep, and once in the morning, all without overflow.

An example of my first recommendation is the Abena Abri-Flex M3. I think there is a similar product from Tranquility, but I haven’t tried it yet. Also, I’m sure there are others. An example of my second recommendation is the plastic-backed version of the Abena M4. Not much worse in quality but less expensive is the Tranquility ATN.

If your nighttime diaper has one or more qualities that are the opposite of the qualities I’ve praised for a nighttime diaper, you should consider switching. For example, if you use a cloth-backed tab diaper such as the MoliCare Super Plus, you could probably do better. Don’t get me wrong. I love the MoliCare Super Plus; in fact, it’s my favorite daytime diaper. But it’s not the best for nighttime use.

Do you disagree with my recommendations or have some to add? If so, please leave me a comment to let me know. Also, if you like this post, please let me know by hitting the like button below.

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