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The Pros & Cons of Overnight Diapers

Getting your child potty trained is a major milestone. But, just because the potty is their BFF during the day, doesn’t mean the same goes for at night. Nighttime is a whole other ball game. Since they’re sleeping many kids don’t realize they have to go until it’s too late and it’s 2 a.m. and you’re changing wet sheets.

That’s why many parents opt for overnight diapers. There are others who won’t even entertain the idea of diapers at night. If you’re finding yourself in the middle of the debate, take a look at some of the pros and cons to see which side of the diaper aisle you lay.

Pros of Overnight Diapers

If your child does pee overnight there’s no mess. Many parents don’t like to change sheets in the middle of the night. That’s why they opt for the overnight diapers.

Overnight diapers can help gradually potty train your child. Potty training can cause anxiety for some children. By allowing your kids to wear overnight diapers, they will gradually ease into potty training. Once they get the daytime routine down, then they can start to learn to make it to the potty in time at night.

Cons of Overnight Diapers

They’ll take longer to totally be out of diapers. While some argue it’s better to gradually potty train children, others believe overnight diapers just delay the process and confuse kids. Why is not okay to wear a diaper during the day, but okay at night? Kids may not be able to understand the goal of potty training.

They’ll never realize what happens when you wet the bed. Many parents say if kids know what it feels like to wet the bed then they may try harder to make it to the potty at night. If they’re constantly wearing overnight diapers they’ll never truly know what it feels like so they may take longer to be on team underwear 24/7.

Overnight diapers are more expensive. Having kids who are potty trained means one less expense. If you opt for overnight diapers you’ll soon realize they cost more than regular diapers. Although you’ll use less, the cost still adds up.

In the end you need to weigh the pros and cons and see what works best for you and your child. Everyone’s situation is different. Every child takes longer to be potty trained. Rest assured, no matter which route you choose there will come a day when they will eventually be out of all diapers, for good!

Did you or are you using overnight diapers with your child? Do you find they help or hinder the potty training process?

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