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Using Disana nappies for bed wetters

February 21, 2013 3 min read

Using Disana nappies for bed wetters

I've had a few customers asking about using the Disana wool nappy covers for their older children who may be going through a phase of wetting the bed so I wanted to share some of the experience we've had with our own children and bed wetting. 

After your child has potty trained in the day, they may still be wet at night for some time after. For my first son, who is now four, we had a six month period of dryness when he was about two and a half and then we moved to Australia when he was nearly three and then everything went out of the window.  It's common that a major disruption in a child's life can send potty training back to its humble beginnings, which is exactly what has happened to us. 

We started potty training quite early (around 18 months) and I think in hindsight that my son wasn't quite ready. Although things went well for six months it all went out the window at 2 years old through a bitterly cold English winter so we went back to nappies until he was two and a half (and it was warmer). Then we tried again with success both day and night up until we moved countries. 

Now my 4 year old wears the Disana tie-on nappy at night (it still fits which is amazing since the same nappies fit a newborn) with a pull up wool cover just like my six month old. It is quite amazing how well the tie-on nappies work from birth to four years old. For him I will use the nappy with quite a thick booster pad made up of a brushed cotton liner and a folded muslin square, or two muslin liners sandwiched on top of each other. It's not super bulky and he can easily undo it in the morning whether it is wet or dry. 

 

The the pull up merino wool nappy cover goes over the top to keep any wee contained and it works brilliantly. The picture below shoes him in the size 12-24 months. But we also have the next sizes up 2-3 years and 4-5 years in for others wishing to try this method for their older children - they are generous and we find that the 2-3y size will generally fit up to 4-5 years easily.

In the morning if the nappy is wet it goes straight in the washing machine and the cover just gets aired out in the sun and smells as good as new again. When he gets up in the morning he can untie the nappy himself easily and take it off.

It might be tempting to just go for night disposables when the child regresses like this but the benefit of using cloth nappies during this phase is that the child can really feel when they are wet and we found the stage is likely to pass quicker than it might using disposables which can break that sensory connection. Plus it's cheaper and much better for the planet. 

So hold on to a few cloth nappies for a year or two after your child is dry at night just in case. 

Click here for a detailed description of our successful Night Nappy fold and booster combo. >>


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