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My son turned 2 in June and is not quite ready for potty training
yet. We have a new baby coming in November so I don't want him to
have too much transition happening around him. My problem is, he
seems to have outgrown his diapers! He's been wearing G Diapers
since he started on solids and we love them. I'd really hate to
have to switch to disposables for the next few months. The G Diaper
inserts are about the size of a cloth prefold so I'm wondering if I
can find a larger cloth diaper cover to use the G Diper inserts in.
Anyone have any experience with this? My little guy is about 38
inches tall and weighs just over 38 lbs. Thanks so much!!
I got my 2 year old twins diaper covers at http://www.nickisdiapers.com/
-- I did a lot of research when buying covers, and this was the cheapest
site I could find, plus it's free shipping for diaper covers. Their
ProRaps are the cheapest, especially if you get the plain white and XL
goes up to 45 pounds. I called around (Rockridge Kids, Baby World, etc.)
and only Baby World had 1 brand of diaper covers. I also called about 6
children's consignments stores and those that had diaper covers only had
really small sizes. So buying on the internet seemed to be the only
Cloth diaper convert
I was in the same boat -- on the cusp of potty training with an new baby
on the way -- and decided to EC my infant and ''diaper-break'' my 2 yr
old at the same time. Turned out to be a big thrill for my toddler to
show the new baby how to use the potty (and master it much more
quickly). I don't have any advice on diapers, except maybe to consider
moving away from them sooner than you had planned? The
Diaperfreebaby.org East Bay chapter is about the most progressive and
most supportive group of parents I have ever met. If this option sounds
at all enticing to you (clearly you are taking the environment into
consideration), please sign up to the Yahho group and give us a holler!
Good luck whichever way you go...
Double Diaper Ditcher
My 11 month old daughter already wears size 6 diapers
(disposable), and as far as I can tell, these things only go
up to size 7. Help! She's not overweight, she's just veeerrrry
tall (she's in the 75th percentile for weight, but only because
she's in the 99th percentile for height) and does have nice
baby-chunk thighs. The size 6s say they are for 35lbs+ but
she's needed to wear them since 22 lbs. We've tried all
sorts of brands, Pampers runs larger, and Huggies,
Walgreens brand and Babies R Us 'Especially for Baby'
brand all run smaller. But the Pampers size 6s are starting
to get snug, so umm....what do I do after size 7? We've got at
least a whole year of diaper-wearing to go still!
Love my tall girl
how about pullups?
Try pull-ups for toddlers. I would start with size 3T-4T.
Available at Costco and anywhere diapers are sold. If she grows
out of those, there are goodnights for older kids who need some
her growth will probably taper a little so you might not have
to look for larger diapers, but there are adult diapers.
Her legs will slim down in a few months -- once she starts
running/walking. I, too, have an off the charts daughter in
height(40-inches tall at 2 1/2) of normal weight. I remember
going up a few sizes before going down again -- she was in 4s at
10-months and then 3s before she turned 1 (she started walking at
My 3 year old daughter is very tall and wears size 5 and 6
clothes. She is potty trained in the day but not at night. I
am currently buying Huggies Nighttime Pullups in size 5T but
they are getting to be too small. Is there a larger option
that I can buy? I have not been able to find anything larger
than size 5 and I'm worried that no one makes larger diapers
since presumably a 6 year old should be potty trained through
They aren't hard to find--Goodnites diapers are marketed for
older kids who are still wetting at night, but they are shelved
with the diapers. They have prints for girls and boys. They pull
up, and come in two sizes. We used them nightly for 2 years for
my eldest, starting at about 3 to 5.
What about Good Nites for overnights for kids 4 to 12?
http://www.goodnites.com/na/Default.aspx?WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=502928&IQ_ID=502928 I've seen them at
Long's, target, etc.
My son is not yet potty trained at night and I'm not even going
to bother trying until he's older. We've been happily using
Huggies overnights, size 5, and in the mornings they're sometimes
completely dry and sometimes very VERY full; except size 5s are
getting a little snug and they don't make a size 6. So I'm
looking into other options but I haven't bought anything yet.
Which overnight diaper is the most absorbent and can be worn in
larger sizes? I'm considering the GoodNights, Luvs SleepDrys or
even just regular pull-ups or pullups with a diaper doubler.
(I've read the website) Thanks much!
Our almost 6yo who weighs about 43 pounds wears the small
Goodnites at night. They generally work very well, though I
also put a ''bedwetting pad'' under his fitted sheet just in
case. I tried a storebrand product once when RiteAid was out
of Goodnites and it was awful, to say the least.
Before we started using the Goodnites, we used a cloth version
with a doubler in it, but my son felt like he was wearing a
diaper at night.
Hope this helps!
Been there, done that
we had the same problem. we used nature boy/girl by day, but
had trouble finding a solution for keeping our big 40lb+/40''+
we now use 7th generation size 6, day and night. they sell out
fast in stores so we order them from amazon by the case at a
discount. they're excellent. our overnight diaper used to be
pampers cruisers size 6, but now that 7th generation has
improved their diapers, we've stopped buying the pampers.
one suggestion i have that works for us is to cut off (or
limit) liquids after about 5pm. we make sure our son is fully
hydrated by day, then only give him a little water in the
evening if he explicitly asks for it, or if it's unusually hot
etc. on those occasions, we add an extra liner to his diaper.
gerber makes them. they're ok. not great.
hope this helps. good luck!
dry boy's mama
We use the regular Huggies n. 6 (we get them at Costco) and have
never had an accident. As your son, ours is over 40 pounds,
almost 4 years old, and sometimes the diper is almost dry and
others it feels soaked. Not sure if this will be a solution for
you, but it works for us
Huggies and pampers both go up to 6 in regular diapers so I'd give those a try.
They have more absorbing power because of the greater surface area.
My 22 month old has been in size 6 diapers since he was 6
months old. He is now growing out of size 6 (we have been
using Huggies ultra-trim). Potty training is still a ways off,
and we have to keep a diaper on him! I am open to both
cloth and disposable solutions, but he was too thick for
cloth as a newborn, and I don't think it would work now (he
wouldn't be able to wear his clothes with a very bulky
diaper.) Duct tape can only do so much. Does anyone
know of diapers larger than size 6, and where to get them?
Also, would pull-ups work, or are they not absorbent
Try Huggies Supremes-- they run a bit bigger than the
Ultratrims, I think-- maybe just because they have more
stretch. In my experience, the pull-ups run smaller, but were
sufficiently absorbent ( and maybe they have bigger sizes).
Probably headed for the same problem!
Everyone I know with kids who outgrew the largest regular
diapers before potty training used pull-up diapers. They work
the same way and they come in considerably larger sizes. Like
regular diapers, you may find that a particular brand or type
fits your child better than another, so try some different ones.
My 27-month-old has recently made the transition from size 6
Ultratrims to pull-ups. That was the only option I found, and I
was desperate -- we'd had several very messy accidents due to
the diaper tapes not closing far enough. So far, pull-ups are
working just fine. They are somewhat less absorbent than the
diapers were, but as long as I keep an eye on things, it's not
an issue. When he had diarrhea the other week, we were able to
keep it (mostly) contained by layering a larger-sized pull-up
over his regular one.
Well, I can certainly sympathize with you! I was afraid that
we were going to have to put my then 3 yo old in adult sized
Depends if we didn't get him potty trained! Instead, what we
did was buy the Huggies Overnights Pull-ups. They have pull-up
diapers that go up to like 100 lbs....it's for those kids that
still have trouble staying dry all night long. They are super
absorbant and fit pretty comfortably. The best price I found
for these was at Wal-Mart. Good Luck!
First, if you need larger than 6 because you need more
absorbancy (but the fit is OK), try Huggies Supreme in size
six. I have found it to be much more absorbent than the ultra
trim type. For example, I can use it for overnight on my 60 lb,
6.5 year old child (although she usually prefers a pull-up these
last couple of months for face-saving purposes).
Otherwise, go for the pull-ups. As you may know, they go up to
a size sufficient for a 100-lb. child (in the Good Nites line).
I have found them to be every bit as absorbent as ordinary
diapers. Again, I have found the more expensive brands to be
better fitting and more absorbent than the generic Toys R Us or
One more note, I have found leakage problems to be as much an
issue of speed at which the pee is coming out, as it is an issue
of amount. In other words, if the child is allowing some pee to
build up in the bladder over time and then releasing quite a bit
all at once, it is more likely to leak, because the diapers are
designed to absorb X amount of pee per second. A downer with
respect to diaper using, but a positive note in terms of potty
learning. This is because it is much more difficult to potty
train a child who is peeing every 5 minutes than it is to train
a child who is peeing every 45 mintues or so. In other words,
maybe the leaking diapers is one sign of bladder maturity.
All the best to you.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a very absorbant
diaper for a larger child (50lb)? My son is a very
sound sleeper and cannot wake up to go to the bathroom
at night. Currently we are using Good Nights but we
usually seem to have wet mornings despite taking him
to the bathroom twice during the night and limiting his
evening fluid intake. Any advice would also be welcome.
Have we been there! Unfortunately, it may be while there
are things you can do to help, NOTHING will really work
until your child's hormones that regulate letting him/her
know that "my bladder is full, I have to WAKE up and go
pee" starts working. Unless of course you decide that
you want to try hormonal spray (I've heard it absolutely
works, but we didn't want to do hormonal therapy on a
child - we did give our son at 10 1/2 a say in the decision
and based upon our admittedly prejudiced info he also
said no thank you.) We didn't use diapers, but had our
son take responsibility for the wet bed (had to strip
the sheets, etc. and help put everything in the washer
and help remake the bed). We treated it as something
that you were born with (hormonal deficit), have to deal
with, and yes, its embarassing but its something you
(and us) can cope with - not to mention more kids than
you'd believe have the same problem (just know one talks
about it) and you WILL outgrow it. What helped was -
limiting liquids right before bed time (but didn't help
that much), making sure he peed right before going to
bed, what worked best: setting an alarm clock for about
1am. and/or WAKING him up ourselves and dragging him to
the toilet . Even so, wet beds happened regularly. He's
now almost 11 1/2 and has had only 2-3 wet beds in the
past 4 months - all when he stayed up VERY late and
forgot to go pee right before he went to bed. As our
pediatrician said (and HIS son wet the bed until almost
10) by 11 if it doesn't earlier, it will start to get
better (assuming its hormonal and not an underlying
physical problem and if the uncontrolled bed wetting is
only at nite - its almost definitely hormonal.
Before 4 months ago it was regularly 2-2 times a week. EVERYONE in the
family is relieved he's "growing out of it". It is a SERIOUS self esteem
issue so I don't "throw stones" at those who decide to do the hormonal
I came across a product recently called ''Diaper Doublers''.
I found them at Rite-Aid and they are diaper inserts
that you can put in any size diaper. They truly do
double the capacity of a diaper, which is especially
helpful at night. Give them a try!
One possible thing to try are ''Diaper Doublers.'' It's
basically a very absorbent pad that is designed to fit
inside a diaper to double its absorbency (and they work great).
I've never tried them in ''Good Nights'' but it should
work for that too. They sell them in a lot of safeways.
They come in packs of 30 and sell for around $3.99 I
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