Best Overnight Diaper
The Rumparooz Pocket is a cloth diaper system suitable for newborns up to 40 lbs. The real draw of this adorable diaper shell is the variety of absorbency levels achievable by placing different inserts into the pocket. The pocket feature and three "6rSoaker" inserts combine to create more than 17 degrees of absorbency, making it the perfect customizable setup for overnight use. This diaper has a waterproof outer layer, a soft micro-chamois cloth next to the baby's skin, and a double gusset interior design to limit leaks. It earned one of the highest scores for absorbency in our tests, making it a great choice for nighttime use.
This diaper requires stuffing a pocket with inserts, which takes time and creates a bulkier final diaper than the average disposable. As a result, some little ones might be uncomfortable and resist using them. Using cloth comes with the extra work of laundering the shell and inserts. You'll need to purchase several diapers and do laundry regularly. Despite the added effort and bulk, we like this cloth option and think most sleepy-time littles will wake up dry and happy in this diaper. It could be just what mother nature ordered for families looking for an eco-friendlier option with fantastic absorbency performance.
Pampers advertises "all night protection" and "up to 12 hours of wetness control" for their Pampers Swaddlers Overnights. We were impressed with the results during our absorbency testing, which support these claims by showing very minimal surface liquid. Our test results suggest that Swaddlers Overnights do a great job of sucking fluid into the diaper's inner core, leaving the baby's skin dry. It also seems to have excellent leak protection, which is crucial in an overnight diaper. Many Pampers diapers regularly earn top scores for comfort and durability as well.
If you are looking for an eco-friendly produced diaper, Swaddlers Overnights is slightly off the mark. Although Pampers use an elemental chlorine-free process in production, the diapers contain perfume, lotion, and dye (wetness indicator). Although some complain that the overnight version is virtually the same as the daytime Swaddlers, our tests show the overnight holds an impressive amount of "urine" without leaks. Overall, this is an excellent choice for an overnight diaper with impressive absorption and an affordable price that is easy to find.
Pampers Baby Dry is a convenient option if you want to use the same diapers for both day and night. The material used has a soft cloth-like feel make these some of the most comfortable diapers in our review. The tabs bend and flex without chafing, and the gussets are soft on sensitive skin. In our absorbency testing, the Baby Dry diaper locks away moisture effectively compared to the competition, earning an above-average score.
While Baby Dry diapers perform well in absorbency, they are somewhat more prone to leaks than other diapers we tested, earning a lower score. They are also not the most healthy diapers. They contain fragrances, lotions and use an EFC manufacturing process rather than the preferred TFC method. While not the highest performing diaper, Pampers Baby Dry diapers have a price tag nearly half that of other popular overnights and may be the perfect choice for a family on a budget.
There have been reports of counterfeit Pampers Baby Dry diapers on Amazon; this is an issue that many brands suffer from. If you feel you may have received a fake version, we recommend contacting Amazon directly to resolve the issue. We did not experience this during our testing process.
The GroVia O.N.E. is a cloth diaper system that is easy to use and great for the day or night. This reusable diaper is available with hook-and-loop or snap closures, is adjustable for growing babes, and comes with two soaker inserts that you don't need to stuff. This absorbent diaper is a breeze to use and reuse with straightforward instructions and versatility, especially for cloth diapering newbies (we see you!). The O.N.E claims enough absorbency that you won't need extra absorbers, even for overnight use, and it comes in a variety of colors and patterns to keep your little one looking stylish.
This cloth option requires frequent laundering, and you'll need multiple diapers on hand to make it from day to day, even if you do laundry regularly. However, it is machine washable and can go in the dryer, so its downtime is short compared to some cloth options. While it isn't an expensive product, it has a higher initial investment than disposable options. Overall, we believe the investment is worth it for this diaper and love the idea that it is reusable for years with an extensive 10-35 lbs size range.
Nature Babycare delivers as a dependable overnight diaper thanks to impressive absorbency and leak protection in our tests. Naty is transparent about the ingredients in its disposable diapers, which is extremely rare in the industry and is among only a handful of stand-outs with a totally chlorine-free production process (woohoo!). Naty claims they are "free of all known allergens or substances classified as locally irritating, sensitizing, carcinogenic, or mutagenic." They practice what they preach with multiple certifications and awards to support their eco-conscious model. Naty markets its diapers as 99.9% biodegradable.
While perhaps biodegradable under ideal circumstances, most landfills (and plastic trash bags) lack the oxygen and sunlight required to break down even the most biodegradable diaper, so the claim is attractive but somewhat misleading. If you genuinely don't want to contribute to the landfill, we suggest you consider cloth. Nature Babycare also struggled somewhat in our tests for durability and comfort; once used, the tabs do not reattach well. The diaper is not as soft as its competitors, with some users noticing skin chaffing. Also, Naty uses European diaper sizing, which tends to run small, so be sure to pay attention to the advertised weight ranges, not the size numbers. Overall, we believe Babycare delivers where it counts and is well worth the higher price if your budget allows, especially if you want eco-healthy without cloth maintenance.
The Sustainablebabyish Snapless Multi Fitted is an organic bamboo/cotton terry diaper for babies from 10-35 lbs. This diaper has turned and topstitched leg elastic and includes two 3-layer bamboo fleece doublers for absorbency customization. These simple diapers come with a variety of stitch colors and have a traditional look you'll love.
You need an additional waterproof cover to use this diaper, which adds to the overall cost and bulk. It also has lower absorbency than other cloth options, so you may need to invest in more doublers for adequate coverage. This diaper also uses a safety pin to keep the diaper closed, which could cause injuries if it accidentally disengages. We recommend purchasing a Snappi accessory to avoid this. Overall, we like the look and feel of this cloth selection. The layering method allows for customized absorbency, and we think that feature alone is a reason to love this cloth diaper.
The Smart Bottoms Dream Diaper 2.0 Snap-In Overnight Insert is an overnight cloth diaper insert for use with the Smart Bottoms Dream 2.0 diaper that offers many customized absorbency possibilities. This reusable diaper insert is easy to use and has a microfiber lining that wicks away some moisture. The cover sports an impressive weight range for long-term use. We also like that the cover has a pocket for stuffing and snap attachments for the overnight inserts making it possible to use soakers from different brands.
This diaper and insert combo are more expensive than much of the competition, though the long-term use and adjustability might make that worthwhile over time. When using the daytime inserts, the natural fibers do not wick away moisture very well. This downfall requires frequent diaper changes to avoid potential rashes caused by chronically wet skin. However, we did not have this issue with the nighttime inserts during testing. We believe that this option has impressive absorbency, and the snap-in design makes it easy to use.
Bambo Nature is an excellent choice for a day and night disposable if your baby has sensitive skin. It is super soft and comfortable with impressive absorption and very few leaks in our tests. It is free of elemental chlorine, perfumes, fragrance, and dyes and comes in sizes 1 to 6. It is one of the highest-scoring diapers in health and comfort metrics, making it a great choice if your baby has extra sensitive skin.
Because Bambo Nature diapers are pricey and their sizing system differs from traditional brands like Pampers and Huggies, so you should test a smaller package to find the right size and fit before buying in bulk. Some users complain of issues with leaks and faulty tabs, but it performed above average on leakage in our tests, and we didn't have tab troubles. Overall, we think Bambo is a reliable green diaper with a lot to offer to families looking for a disposable with eco-friendly traits.
Luvs are not an overnight-specific diaper, but past versions performed well in our overnight tests. However, this most recent update to the diaper has made them less effective for overnight use. We like that Luvs makes an extremely affordable diaper, and the absorption in these diapers is above average, making them a good choice if you are on a very tight budget. The diaper is soft and cozy, and we had no complaints of poky tabs or scratchy material.
Unfortunately, Luvs have more leak complaints than other diapers, and they have one of the lowest health scores of the group. They use an EFC manufacturing process and contain lotions, dyes, and fragrances. So if your baby has more sensitive skin, these diapers may not be a good choice. If you are simply looking for an affordable diaper and aren't concerned with what is inside the diaper, Luvs will get you through the night.
Just edging out Honest Overnights in our absorption tests, Target Up & Up Overnight cost half as much and are available in Sizes 3 to 6. These diapers are worth trying if you are diapering on a budget and regularly find yourself shopping at Target. The material is soft and free of perfumes, making them suitable for babies with sensitive skin. We think they are a great value for an overnight diaper.
Some users report excessive leaks with Target's Overnight, but it seems that ordering a size up can resolve some of these issues and might be a trick to try before giving up on the brand. For an overnight that is one of the cheapest available, we think its performance matches the price you pay, and they are worth considering if you're on the hunt for a fragrance-free overnight that won't break the bank.
Honest Overnight diapers in sizes 3 to 6 are a fun choice for those willing to spend more for an adorable overnight diaper. This diaper scored above average for health because it is fragrance-free and uses totally chlorine-free processing. We appreciate that it is somewhat eco-friendly and potentially more suitable for sensitive skin.
Honest Overnights are one of the most expensive on the market for overnight options. If they fit within your budget, and you use them for overnight purposes only, they might be worth considering for the cuteness factor. However, the pigments on this diaper could be potentially irritating to the skin, so you'll want to buy a small package before investing in larger boxes to test them with your little one. Also, some user complains of faulty tabs on Honest Overnights, and they performed below-average in our absorbency and leakage tests, which is disappointing in such a high priced diaper. So, if you want a reliable green disposable, we think Nature Babycare and Bambo Nature are better overnight go-to's.
Sposie Diaper Booster Pads is a one-size-fits-all booster insert designed to compliment your regular diaper for extra absorption during naps or nighttime. This booster can be a useful addition for any child, but we think it is especially effective at the front of the diaper for little boys who are heavy wetters. It might take time to zero in on the best placement for your needs and leak protection, but persistence can be worth it once you find the sweet spot, as this insert is great at preventing leaks.
Although Sposie Pads absorb lots of liquid, our testing showed that they aren't as good at wicking moisture away from a baby's skin as traditional diapers, which could potentially result in a rash. You could try to circumvent this by lining the booster pad with a synthetic cloth liner such as Kanga Care Reusable Diaper Liner to keep skin drier. Also, there is no method to hold this booster in position, so it may shift if your baby is an active sleeper. Despite these drawbacks, this could be the solution for parents who've tried everything and still find their little one in a wet mess.
Why You Should Trust Us
BabyGearLab is the first review site to purchase various diapers for testing in real life and in "the lab" for side-by-side testing and analysis. We designed testing procedures for absorption and leaks to mimic real-world use and applied "urine" to all kinds of diapers to give parents the inside skinny on which products perform the best. Our testing team is led by our founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier, a board-certified pediatrician who uses her medical expertise to help choose products and analyze their results. The team also includes the original testing designer and coordinator, Bob Wofford, father of 7 and BabyGearLab Senior Analyst since 2013. Bob has tested 100s of disposable diapers for our review in the last seven years. The team is rounded out with Senior Review Editor, Abriah Wofford, who tested overnight and cloth diapers for leaks and absorption with Bob's help. Senior Review Editor, Wendy Schmitz, analyzed data for roundup winners and write-ups for diapers starting with disposable diapers in 2014. Together, the team has several hundred hours of experience testing various diapers from cloth to disposable, green to overnight, and everything in between.
We hand-selected popular disposable diapers and cloth diapers with excellent to average absorption for inclusion. We also entered Pampers Cruisers and Huggies Little Movers to see how they stack up to the competition. Our recommendations are a result of in-house absorbency testing, hands-on overnight testing, and lots of research.
Analysis and Test Results
We chose various disposable and cloth diapers to test for our overnight diaper round-up, and only a handful of contenders make our final recommendations. Driving our product selection is the knowledge we acquired in our disposable and cloth diaper reviews and research on the top overnight specific options.
Didn't Make the Cut
We tested over 18 potential contenders for this roundup, and not all of them made the final cut. Some of the diapers failed to measure up to the competition, while others were so similar to a better or less expensive product that we excluded them to avoid mudding the waters. Here is a breakdown of the competition that didn't make the grade and missed our list of recommended options.
- Seventh Generation Overnight — This green diaper has impressive absorption properties, but both Bambo Nature and Nature BabyCare performed better in our tests and have similar price points. While this brand may be more readily accessible in your local store, we still like the other options just a bit better, and if you need to order online, we opt for those.
- Walmart Parent's Choice Overnight Diapers — This inexpensive store-brand diaper did not perform well in our tests for absorbency. You are unlikely to save any money over the competition by choosing this option over a product like Luvs that earned an absorbency score twice that of the Walmart brand.
- Pampers Cruisers — This traditional disposable isn't an overnight diaper, and its absorbency test results bear this out with a score lower than most of the competition. If Pampers is your brand, the Pampers Swaddlers Overnights is the better choice with superior absorption properties.
- Babyganics — This green disposable has one of the worst absorption test results in the group and failed to join the overnight review based solely on this factor.
- Huggies Little Movers — Coming in with a score of 1 for absorption in our tests, Little Movers failed to offer anything useful for overnight use, pushing it to the bottom of the competition.
Absorbency is one of the most critical test metrics for diapers. If a diaper doesn't adequately contain urine, it is useless. Locking fluids away is even more crucial in nighttime scenarios. Little ones need more protection and coverage to make it through without waking or leaking on their bedding. When choosing the best overnight diaper, you want the best absorbency and leak containment. In our absorbency tests, a few traditional diapers and a cloth product had impressively high scores. Rumparooz Pocket and Pampers Swaddlers Overnights offer superior absorbency and the ability to lock moisture away from a baby's skin, thereby reducing sogginess and rashes. Sustainablebabyish Snapless Multi Fitted earned an impressively high absorbency score. Still, it is worth noting that we tested this diaper in conjunction with a microfleece liner, which greatly improved its wicking ability.
When devising our testing methods, we estimated the average amount of urine created by a 22 lb toddler overnight and poured this amount of our mock urine onto each diaper. To more closely simulate real-life diaper use, we divided the liquid into several deposits. We placed weights on the diaper between each session, mimicking a baby's weight and movement for a more accurate representation of normal use. The filter paper with the least amount of fake urine (green transfer) indicates the diaper with the top absorption and wicking properties. As you can see, not all overnight options offer equal levels of performance.
We've included photos of each diaper's absorbency performance results below. The competitors are shown from best to worst as assessed by the amount of green "urine" on the test paper.
Sustainablebabyish Snapless Multi Fitted with Microfiber liner (above right)
Pampers Swaddlers Overnights (above right)
Nature Babycare (above right)
GroVia O.N.E. (above right)
Target Up & Up Overnight (above right)
Honest Overnights (above right)
Our tests prove that the best performing diapers for daytime absorbency are not necessarily the best for overnight use. For this reason, we recommend that you do NOT rely on daytime absorbency test results to choose overnight diapers for older babies. Our overnight review focuses on absorbency for older babies and toddlers wearing a size three and up diaper.
In an overnight scenario, the ability to contain leaks is important in preventing soaked pajamas and midnight bedding changes. The top-performing diapers have greater adjustability in the fit, with stretchy tabs and elastic around the backside of the diaper. A wetness indicator can also be helpful in leak prevention by alerting you when your baby needs a fresh diaper. Top scorers in leakage include Rumparooz Pocket, Nature Babycare, and Target Up & Up Overnights.
Diapers vary greatly in how comfortable they are for your little one. Our favorites have soft, fabric-like material and minimal pokiness at points of motion, such as the leg gussets and the waistband. Oftentimes cloth diapers such as Rumparooz Pocket and Grovia O.N.E have cozy fleece fabric and are more comfortable than disposables. However, Pampers disposable diapers frequently come out on top in terms of comfort as well. The least comfortable diapers we tested are Nature Babycare and Honest Overnights. Both diapers have more of a plastic feel to the material, and some parents complain of chafing around the legs and stomach.
Health is a big factor in our book, and we took a deep dive to find out what is inside those diapers. To score this metric, we take a look at manufacturing processes, added fragrances, lotions, and dyes, as well as allergy certifications. Unsurprisingly, cloth diapers usually come out on top in this metric because they don't have as many added chemicals and contain fewer potential allergens. Disposable diapers that score well for health include Nature Babycare and Bambo Nature. Both brands have various eco-awards and certifications, and Nature Babycare uses the preferred totally chlorine-free (TFC) manufacturing process, while Bambo Nature has an elemental chlorine-free (EFC) process.
Durability can be somewhat difficult to assess for a single-use product, but it matters more for overnight diapers as they need to last for 10+ hours through the night. We took a look at which diapers have faulty tabs, leaky SAP, and fuzzy or pilling material. The most reliable and durable diapers are Pampers Baby Dry and Bambo Nature. These brands have the fewest reports of diapers falling apart during heavy use. Cloth diapers are usually built with years of wear and tear in mind and are made to last through hundreds of washes.
An excellent overnight diaper can mean the difference between a restful night's sleep and multiple overnight changes dealing with urine-soaked laundry and severe morning fatigue. Investing in diapers specifically made to handle the extra liquid output is well worth it in exchange for a full night's sleep. Whether you're looking for an economical disposable or reusable cloth, we believe this round-up can help you find the right nighttime solution for your little one. Choose your diaper, and sleep well.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Abriah Wofford