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How can I keep my son from peeing through his diaper?

I am using Parents Choice diapers size 4 for my 19mo son. The legs of the diaper dont seem to fit him well, but the size 3 are just too small. He is still playing with his penis and somehow even in one piece jammies he finds a way to play with it and leaves it out. He went to bed last night I (for MIL) and then 4 hours later (BTW - Midnight and he was up until 2am) when I came home from work I went in to take a peek and he was soaked. So I changed him. I put a full piece jammies on him and he still work up soaked through.

Should I change diapers? He doesnt go to bed with a cup.

What time should his last drink be as well? I try not to give him anymore before I leave.

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:09 AM on Jun. 17, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

Answers (10)
  • Try putting his sleeper on him backwards. That should make it a lot harder to get them off. I would try different diapers at night, just to see if it makes a difference.

    Answer by funnyface1204 at 11:14 AM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • no liquids after 6pm, and if he is thirsty small sips and thats it. And yes change diapers because obviously those are not helping. but no diaper will help if he is actually leaving his penis exposed. You are going to have to just watch for him to fall asleep and tuck it back in. also you are going to have to start getting on him about leaving his penis alone at bedtime. alot of kids touch there penises at bedtime, its like a comfort thing, tho strange.but you dont want him to have the habit as he gets older because some kids continue to grab that spot and can you imagine that in preschool? oh dear the kids would be so mean! good luck mom.

    Answer by Bearsjen at 11:14 AM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • Sounds like the size diapers is wrong. What is the weight on that brand and how much does your son weigh? If that isn't the case, make sure to pull the tabs tight. If you have to, you can use some duct tape if he is able to undo the tabs. You could also try changing brands. What brand works for one person, may not work for another person.

    Answer by Glowing4Caleb at 11:15 AM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • If he is undoing his diaper and leaving himself exposed, I have no idea what to do about that. But if he is just wetting through the diaper then I would change diapers. I use Huggies and have very rarely had problems with leaking. Another thing you could try are those plastic diaper covers, I think they are actually for cloth diapers but it would probably help. Good Luck!

    Answer by Love2BMommy77 at 11:15 AM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • I would try Pampers Extra Protection Diapers (as your overnight diapers). My son was beginning to leak at night and I began using these and he never leaked again.

    Answer by michelle0228 at 11:23 AM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • Many kids wet through daytime diapers at night. They are going longer between changes than in the day time.
    You have 3 choices:
    Switch to Huggies Overnights for nighttime.
    Use Diaper Doublers - these are like maxi-pads without a plastic backing. They go right inside his regular diaper. You can find them at most grocery and baby stores, usually sold as the store brand.
    Get some all-in-one cloth diapers, the kind with a waterproof cover built in. Put one OVER his regular diaper to soak up any pee that escapes. You'll only have to wash it instead of everything else the next morning. The extra layer may also keep him from getting into his diaper.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:48 AM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • And do NOT limit his fluids. This is a common thing parents do to try to stop bedwetting but it does not help. (Take a look at the AAP's site if you don't believe me)
    And it should never be done in a child under 4. Young, young children need to be allowed to drink when thirsty, not taught to ignore that impulse.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:51 AM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • you get what you pay for, parents choice is cheap and unreliable, I go with huggies, pampers would be good too if they didn't always come undone, I would say go with huggies.

    Answer by prettymama0607 at 12:56 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • We had used huggies for a while, but not only did she start peeing through them at night, they started to give her a rash.. we personally us Pampers and they work fantastically. What works for one parent may not work for another, but the idea of putting the plastic underpants over the diaper sounds like a good trick.. not only to control the leaks, but to keep him from playing.. try switching and that idea.. hope it works!

    Answer by Skye-Angel at 10:01 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • I recommend that you upsize, meaning by one size too big. I do this, with Huggies, and they do a great job of not leaking. I used to put Pampers on him but they were leaking through every single night. If cost is a problem you can sign up at and get coupons sent to you in the mail!

    Answer by firenicecream at 7:34 PM on Jun. 20, 2009

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