There are two different types of bedwetting nappies, cloth nappies and disposable nappies. Both have their own benefits and drawbacks, and both can prevent clothes and bedding from being soiled due to nighttime bed wetting and involuntary urination. Some are child bedwetting diapers, but others are made with all ages in mind.
Many brands of bedwetting nappies that are made today are disposable diapers designed to be used once and then thrown away. Some are thicker than others, and if the nocturnal bedwetting is severe, then a thicker nappy should be used to prevent leaking. If the involuntary urination is minor, then a lighter, more discreet nighttime nappy could be used.
Thin, discreet bedwetting nappies are preferred by some because they resemble regular underwear. They are usually pullups that can be put on and taken off like regular underwear. Bulkier nappies for heavy nighttime wetting usually resemble traditional diapers and are harder to conceal.
While disposable bedwetting nappies are convenient and easy to find, they come with their own problems. Many environmentalists consider disposable diapers bad for the environment, as they can only be used one time before having to be thrown away. Many disposable diapers also use plastic backing or coating, and the crinkling sound they make can be too noisy for some, especially if they are trying to conceal them.
Many who don't want to use disposable bedwetting nappies end up using cloth nappies instead. These are usually made using cloth, and while most look like traditional diapers that need to be taped or pinned together, some manufacturers also make pullups. Makers of cloth nappies claim that cloth diapers are better at absorbing wetness than disposable diapers and that this can cut down on diaper rash or skin irritation.
Some bedwetting nappies, both disposable and cloth, are tailor made for either men or women. Bedwetting nappies for boys usually have extra padding up front, while nappies for girls or women tend to have more padding in the middle.
Regardless of which kind of diaper is used, some considerations must be made before choosing a brand or type of nappy. Nappies come in different sizes, and it is important that the right size is chosen. A diaper that is too loose will not provide adequate protection from nighttime wetting and leak. A nappy that is too tight will also leak and may also contribute to diaper rash and skin irritation, as the urine is pressed up against the skin.