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The ultimate list of the best nighttime diapers (newborn thru 8 years)


March 28, 2017

Finding the right nighttime diaper for your little one can be a challenge to say the least.  And just when you think you've figured something out that works and doesn't leak, your baby changes and you're on the hunt for a better diaper.  

The chart below shows average urine output (in ounces) during nighttime based on your baby's weight and age. Use this chart to determine how much your child is peeing at night.  Then look at the second chart to see which diapers would be best for you to buy.  

 

How many diapers do I need?

  • Newborn to 3 months:  4 - 5 diapers (cloth or disposable) per night
  • 3 to 6 months: 2  - 4 diapers (cloth or disposable) per night
  • 6 months+: 1 - 2 diapers (cloth or disposable) per night

 

 

Nighttime urine output by age and weight 

Age  Weight Total Urine Output at Night
Newborn 6 - 8 lbs (3 - 4 kg) 6 - 7 ounces
3 months 12 - 15 lbs (5 - 7 kg) 13 - 16 ounces
6 months 14 - 19 lbs (6 - 9 kg) 18 - 22 ounces
9 months 17 - 21 lbs (7 - 10 kg) 20 - 25 ounces
1 year 18 - 23 lbs (8 - 11 kg) 21 - 33 ounces
2 years 22 - 29 lbs (10 - 13 kg) 7 - 14 ounces
3 years 30 - 34 lbs (14 - 15 kg) 10 - 15 ounces
4 years 33 - 39 lbs (15 - 18 kg) 12 - 16 ounces
5 years 37 - 45 lbs (17 - 20 kg) 14 - 18 ounces
6 years 42 - 51 lbs (19 - 23 kg) 16 - 22 ounces
7 years 46 - 57 lbs (21 - 26 kg) 18 - 25 ounces
8 years 51 - 64 lbs (23 - 29 kg) 20 - 29 ounces

  

Please note that AIOs and pocket diapers are NOT recommended for nighttime for babies 6 months or older. Disposable diapers are highlighted in bold. 

 

Absorbency of popular cloth and disposable diapers

Absorbency   Diaper Brand

1 - 10 ounces
  • 2 oz Geffen Baby Jersey Hemp Prefold
  • 3 oz Bummis Prefold diaper Newborn
  • 4.7 oz Pampers Swaddlers Newborn
  • 5 oz Bumgenius Freetime microfiber
  • 6 oz Blueberry Prefold, Newborn 100% cotton
  • 6 oz Thirsties Duo microfiber
  • 6 oz Fuzzi Bunz Elite
  • 6 oz Tots Bots Easy Fit
  • 6 oz Kawaii Green Baby
  • 7 oz GMD (Green Mountain Diapers) bamboo prefold
  • 8 oz Pooters organic cotton contour  >>shop now>>
  • 8 oz Osocozy Flat, OS 100% cotton
  • 8 oz Bumgenius Elemental organic cotton
  • 8 oz Grovia Organic Cotton
  • 8.3 oz Huggies Little Snugglers Newborn
  • 8.5 oz Bum-Ware AIO BWX2 OS microfiber
  • 9.5 oz Gerber AIO Large w/ doubler
  • 9 oz Moraki Hemp AIO
  • 9 oz FLIP with organic cotton insert
  • 9 oz Boingo EcoMax Prefold, OS hemp
  • 10 oz Sweet Pea AIO OS bamboo velour/ bamboo
  • 10 oz Kiwi Pie diaper
  • 10 oz Blueberry Simplex (not organic)
  • 10 oz Tushmate AIO
  • 10 oz Nicki's bamboo flat (small)
  • 10 oz Pampers Active Fit size 5
  • 10.5 oz AMP hemp cotton prefold
  • 10.9 oz Tranquility Slimline Original Disposables XS

    11 - 20 ounces
    • 11 oz Smartbottoms Organic cotton
    • 11 oz Imagine Bamboo AIO
    • 11 oz Econobums unbleached cotton prefold
    • 11 oz RagaBabe Bulletproof Insert, L cotton sherpa & hemp
    • 11 oz Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold, size 2 hemp/cotton
    • 11.5 oz Motherease Sandy's bamboo fitted diaper (small)
    • 12 oz Ragababe AIO Large bamboo/cotton
    • 12 oz Softbums Omni
    • 12 oz Chelory AIO natural fiber
    • 12 oz Kissaluvs organic fitted
    • 12 oz GMD workhorse fitted (medium)
    • 12 oz Osocozy unbleached cotton prefold
    • 12.25 oz Geffen Baby Jersey Hemp Prefold
    • 13 oz Chelory AIO OS Stay dry bamboo/zorb
    • 13.5 oz Motherease Sandy's bamboo fitted diaper (large)
    • 14 oz Pooters Leak-free Bamboo fitted >>shop now>>
    • 14 oz Nicki's bamboo flat (large)
    • 14 oz Thirsties hemp prefold size 2
    • 14 oz Babybeehinds hemp fitted
    • 14 oz Padded Patootie AIO
    • 15 oz GMD (Green Mountain Diapes) workhorse fitted (large)
    • 15 oz Huggies Little Snugglers size 5
    • 15.5 oz Grovia bamboo prefold size 2
    • 16 oz Sweet Pea OS bamboo/cotton
    • 16 oz Pooters contour with stay-dry insert >>shop now>>
    • 16 oz Motherease AIO
    • 16 oz Grovia brand O.N.E.
    • 16 oz FLIP with overnight insert
    • 17 oz Diaper Rite (with small and large soaker)
    • 17 oz Imagine (Nicki's) bamboo prefold large
    • 17 oz Nicki's Bamboozle stretch fitted diaper
    • 18 oz Pooters Leak-free Hemp fitted diaper  >>shop now>>
    • 20 oz Tranquility Premium OverNight Disposables XS
    • 20 oz Luvs size 6

      21 - 30 ounces
      • 22 oz Pooters Bamboo + stay-dry insert >>shop now>>
      • 22 oz Pampers Baby Dry size 6
      • 26 oz Twinkie Tush OS bamboo/cotton
      • 27 oz Twinkie Tush Fusion OS bamboo/cotton/fleece
      • 28 oz Up & Up (Target) size 6
      • 28 oz Huggies Snug n Dry size 6
      • 30 oz Kissing Blake Night time Hybrid Fitted bamboo fleece

      31+ ounces
      • 31 oz Pooters Hemp + stay-dry insert >>shop now>>
      • 32 Sustainablebabyish organic bamboo fleece (OBF)
      • 34 oz Huggies Overnites size 6
      • 36 oz Truly Charis Heavy Wetter Fitted OS hemp/cotton
      • 37 oz Twinkie Tush Night-Nights OS cotton velour

       

      Note: Content in the chart above is a compilation of test results conducted by Pooters, All About Cloth DiapersKitchen Stewardship, Refashionista, What to Expect, and Everything Megan.

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