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What are the Different Types of Bedwetting Nappies?

J.L. Drede
J.L. Drede

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.

Urinary tract infections can cause bed wetting in adults.
Urinary tract infections can cause bed wetting in adults.

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.

Barrier creams can be used to prevent skin rashes in individuals suffering from incontinence.
Barrier creams can be used to prevent skin rashes in individuals suffering from incontinence.

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.

A tight nappy may contribute to diaper rash.
A tight nappy may contribute to diaper rash.

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.

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Discussion Comments

anon1005562

I currently have 2 bedwetters that wear regular nighttime cloth diapers and rubber pants. The oldest one has been wearing them for four years, the younger one for two. I much prefer cloth as I almost never have had a leak when they are wearing them.

I was glad a friend who also had a bedwetter convinced me to switch from disposables where I was getting more leaks. Also, the kids are OK with having them on as they wake up mornings with dry bedding and nightwear.

anon132920

my 17 year old daughter is a bedwetter and wears a thick cloth pin on diaper with adult size rubber pants over it every night. they work well for her and she likes the feeling of being a baby at bedtime.

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    • Urinary tract infections can cause bed wetting in adults.
      By: 7activestudio
      Urinary tract infections can cause bed wetting in adults.
    • Barrier creams can be used to prevent skin rashes in individuals suffering from incontinence.
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      Barrier creams can be used to prevent skin rashes in individuals suffering from incontinence.
    • A tight nappy may contribute to diaper rash.
      By: LanaK
      A tight nappy may contribute to diaper rash.
    • Many brands of bedwetting nappies are disposable diapers designed to be used once and then thrown away.
      By: aseph
      Many brands of bedwetting nappies are disposable diapers designed to be used once and then thrown away.
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      Diaper rash typically occurs in infants and children younger than 2 year of age.