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The Best Overnight Diapers of 2021

We tested the top overnight diapers from Pampers, Luvs, Huggies, Honest and cloth brands to find the best
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Monday November 29, 2021
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Searching for the most absorbent overnight diaper to limit frequent nighttime changes? We tested the top 12 competitors to find the best overnight diapers on the market. With so many choices, selection can be confusing. We tested each product on key performance metrics like absorbency, leakage, comfort, health, and durability to help you choose the right diaper for your baby or toddler. We included some cloth diapers in our review and found them to have an overall impressive performance in our tests. Keep reading for our disposable and cloth picks to find the right overnight option for your child and your budget.

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Pros Highly absorbent, soft fabric, no leakageLeaves baby's skin dry, considerable leak protection, durableGood for long term use, snap-in insertsEasy to use, good wicking properties, durableGreat price point, soft material, above average absorbency
Cons Bulky, requires stuffingSimilar to daytime diapers, added fragranceOnly average leak protection, more work than disposablesLong dry time, needs lots of prepProne to leaks, added fragrance
Bottom Line A high-quality pocket diaper with absorbency superpowers, but requires extra effortTop notch absorption and leak protection make this diaper dependable, but not as healthy as other optionsA heavy absorbing diaper that is easy to use and can keep baby dry through the nightAll-in-One system with good leakage prevention, but requires a LOT of prep before it is fully absorbentCozy diaper with excellent absorption on a budget, but poor health performance and potential leaks
Rating Categories Rumparooz Pocket Pampers Swaddlers O... Smart Bottoms Dream... GroVia O.N.E. Pampers Baby Dry
Absorbency (40%)
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Specs Rumparooz Pocket Pampers Swaddlers O... Smart Bottoms Dream... GroVia O.N.E. Pampers Baby Dry
Type of Diaper Cloth Traditional Cloth Cloth Traditional
Fragrance-Free Yes No Yes Yes No
Wetness Indicator No Yes No No Yes
Chlorine-Free TFC EFC TFC TFC EFC
Biodegradable No No No No No
Eco-Awards & Certifications


Best Overall Overnight Diaper


Rumparooz Pocket


80
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SCORE
  • Absorbency 9
  • Leak 7
  • Comfort 8
  • Health 8
  • Durability 6
Type of Diaper: Cloth | Fragrance-free: Yes
Pocket style
Soft
Better cloth price
Requires stuffing
Synthetic fiber
Less impressive absorbency

The Rumparooz Pocket is a cloth diaper system suitable for babies from birth up to 40 lbs. The 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 an excellent choice for nighttime use.

This diaper requires stuffing a pocket with inserts, which takes time and creates a bulkier 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.

Read Review: Rumparooz Pocket

Best Disposable Diaper for Overnight


Pampers Swaddlers Overnights


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SCORE
  • Absorbency 8
  • Leak 6
  • Comfort 8
  • Health 3
  • Durability 7
Type of Diaper: Traditional | Fragrance-free: No
Great absorbency
Good leak protection
Elemental chlorine-free
Fragrance
Daytime & overnights are similar

Pampers Swaddlers Overnights offered impressive results during our absorbency testing, which supports Pamper's claims by showing very minimal surface liquid. Our test results suggest that Swaddlers Overnights do a great job 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 effective overnight diaper. 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. 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 uses an elemental chlorine-free production process, the diapers contain perfume, lotion, and dye (wetness indicator). Overall, this is an excellent choice for an overnight diaper with exceptional absorption and an affordable price that is easy to find.

Good Value for Day and Night


Pampers Baby Dry


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  • Absorbency 8
  • Leak 4
  • Comfort 8
  • Health 2
  • Durability 9
Type of Diaper: Traditional | Fragrance-free: No
Soft and comfortable
Excellent absorbency
Affordable
Not as skin-friendly
Contains fragrance

Pampers Baby Dry is a convenient option if you want to use the same diaper for the day and night times. The material has a soft cloth-like feel, making these some of the most comfortable diapers in our review. The tabs bend and flex without chafing, and the gussets are gentle 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.

Counterfeit Diapers?
There have been reports of counterfeit Pampers Baby Dry diapers on Amazon. This issue plagues many brands, and 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.

Best All-in-One Cloth for Overnight


GroVia O.N.E.


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  • Absorbency 6
  • Leak 6
  • Comfort 8
  • Health 8
  • Durability 6
Type of Diaper: Cloth | Fragrance-free: Yes
Good Absorbency
Best cloth price
Natural fiber
Bulky
Velcro/snap release issues

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 ONE 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 and love the idea that it has long-term useability with an extensive 10-35 lbs size range.

Read Review: GroVia O.N.E.

Top Eco-Friendly Disposable


Nature Babycare


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  • Absorbency 7
  • Leak 7
  • Comfort 3
  • Health 8
  • Durability 2
Type of Diaper: Green | Fragrance-free: Yes
Very absorbent
Great leak protection
Chlorine & fragrance-free
Tabs don't reattach
Rougher material
Expensive

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 their diapers, which is extremely rare in the industry. It 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 slightly in our tests for durability and comfort; the tabs do not reattach well once used. 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.

Read Review: Nature Babycare

Compare Products

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Score Product Price Our Take
80
$26
Editors' Choice Award
A slightly bulky but super absorbent pocket diaper
68
$0.43
Editors' Choice Award
Top notch absorption and leak protection make this diaper dependable, but not as healthy as other options
67
$31
A heavy absorbing diaper that is easy to use and can keep baby dry through the night
66
$25
Top Pick Award
High-quality All-in-One diaper system that has great leak prevention, but is very bulky
64
$0.23
Best Value Award
Cozy diaper with excellent absorption on a budget, but poor health performance and potential leaks
62
$0.44
Comfortable diaper with fewer chemicals but only average absorbency and leak protection
61
$0.50
Top Pick Award
Eco-friendly and allergen free diaper, but less comfortable than some
56
$0.15
An affordable disposable that has average overnight performance
53
$0.43
A comfortable, but underperforming diaper that we do trust for overnights
52
$0.21
A lower-priced option that has better leak results, but below-average absorbency
43
$0.33
An effective absorbency-boosting accessory for heavy wetters and tummy sleepers
33
$0.50
Cute diapers that are better for baby health, but perform below average

Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

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. The team is rounded out with Senior Review Editor, Abriah Wofford, who has tested 100s of overnight and cloth diapers for leaks and absorption over her six years with BabyGearLab. 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 selected popular disposable diapers and cloth diapers with excellent to average absorption for inclusion in this overnight diaper review. 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 roundup, and only a handful of contenders made 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 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 a bit more, 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.


Value


Value is more than the price of one diaper. Your baby will be in diapers for nearly four years, so you're in it for the long haul, and the cost of diapers adds up quickly. It is vital to strike a good balance between price and performance. If you choose the cheapest diaper but find that you have to change it twice as often as a more expensive option, it doesn't save you money in the long run. Keeping this in mind, we chose the Pampers Baby Dry as our value pick. While it is not the cheapest option we tested, it is the best performing diaper at this price point. If you don't mind putting in a little extra work, using cloth can cut your lifetime cost of diapering in half, making any of the cloth options in this review a good value.

Absorbency


Absorbency is one of the most critical attributes for any diaper, no matter the style. 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 all night without waking or leaking on the bedding. 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 when devising our testing methods. To more closely simulate real-life diaper use, we divided the liquid into several deposits. We placed weights on the diaper between sessions, mimicking a baby's weight and movement to represent typical use. The filter paper with the least amount of fake urine (green transfer) indicates the diaper's top absorption and wicking properties.

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 earned a 9, and Pampers Swaddlers Overnights earned an 8 out of 10, making them the top-scoring cloth and disposable diapers. They offer superior absorbency and the ability to lock moisture away from a baby's skin, reducing sogginess and the potential for rashes. The lowest scoring diapers for absorbency are the Honest Overnights and the Huggies OverNites, both earning 2s. These products show a lot of green on the filter paper after testing, indicating that they cannot absorb and retain moisture as well as some competitors. Sposie Diaper Booster Pads earned a 1 for absorbency. However, when used as a supplementary product, Sposies offer excellent additional absorption.

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. As you can see, not all overnight options offer equal levels of performance.

Pampers Baby Dry
Rumparooz Pocket (above left)
Pampers Baby Dry (above right)
Pampers Swaddlers Overnights
Pampers Swaddlers Overnights (above left)
Smart Bottoms Dream 2.0 (above right)
Nature Babycare (above left)
Luvs (above right)
Bambo Nature
GroVia O.N.E. (above left)
Bambo Nature (above right)
Target Up &amp;amp; Up Overnight
Huggies OverNites
Target Up & Up Overnight (above left)
Huggies OverNites (above right)
Honest Overnights
Sposie Diaper Booster Pad with Pampers Baby Dry
Honest Overnights (above left)

Sposie Diaper Booster Pads (above right)

Daytime vs Overnight Diapers
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 who create more urine and wear a size three and up diaper.

Leakage


In an overnight scenario, the ability to contain leaks can be more critical than in the daytime. Because babies wear overnight diapers for longer periods, they can be more prone to leaking. A secure diaper can help prevent soaked pajamas and midnight bedding changes.


The top-performing diapers have greater adjustability in their fit, with stretchy tabs and elastic around the backside of the diaper. Top scorers in leakage include Rumparooz Pocket, Nature Babycare, and Target Up & Up Overnight, all earning a 7 out of 10. Honest Overnights earned a 3 in this metric. They do not have stretchable side wings and have a much higher percentage of leakage reports.

Here is an example of how the same size diaper can vary considerably...
Here is an example of how the same size diaper can vary considerably between brands. Size 4 Seventh Generation Overnight (left, 22 to 32 lbs.) not only is quite a bit smaller in dimensions than Size 4 Honest Overnight (right, 22 to 37 lbs.), but sizing ranges differ as well.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Comfort


Diapers vary in how comfortable they are for your little one, and a good one can help prevent chaffing and rashes. Our favorites have soft, fabric-like material and minimal pokiness at points of motion, such as the leg gussets and the waistband.


Often cloth diapers such as Rumparooz Pocket and Grovia O.N.E have cozy fleece fabric that makes them more comfortable than disposables, but the added bulk of cloth can count against them. Pampers disposable diapers earned the top score for comfort with a 9 of 10. We found Nature Babycare and Target Up & Up Overnights to be the least comfortable diapers, both earning 2s in our testing. Both diapers have more of a stiff plastic feel, and some parents complain about chafing around the legs and stomach.

Noticeable difference in the amount of SAP in Pampers Swaddlers...
Noticeable difference in the amount of SAP in Pampers Swaddlers Overnights versus Sposie Booster Pad
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Health


Health considerations are always a significant factor in our book, and we took a deep dive to find out what is inside those diapers. To score this metric, we research manufacturing processes, check for added fragrances, lotions, and dyes, and note which diapers have special allergy certifications. Unsurprisingly, cloth diapers like GroVia O.N.E. and Rumparooz Pocket came 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, with scores of 8 and 9, respectively. 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. Luvs and Pampers Baby Dry tied for the low score of 2 in this metric. Both diapers use an EFC bleaching process, contain added dyes, lotions, and fragrances, and do not fully disclose other ingredients.

Cloth diapers such as the GroVia O.N.E. are made with fewer...
Cloth diapers such as the GroVia O.N.E. are made with fewer chemicals than most disposables and can be reused over and over again.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Durability


Durability can be somewhat tricky to assess, but it matters for overnight diapers as they often need to last for 10+ hours through the night.


We considered if diapers had faulty tabs, leaky SAP, and fuzzy or pilling material. According to our research, 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, and they earned scores of 9 and 8, respectively. Cloth diapers are built with years of wear and tear in mind, and they last through hundreds of washes. Unfortunately, Nature Babycare and Target Up & Up Overnight Diapers were the flimsiest diapers in our review, both earning 2. There are many reports of faulty tabs on the Nature Babycare, and Target Up & Up Overnight Diapers had issues with SAP leakage.

We enlisted a few active youngsters to do some hands-on testing in...
We enlisted a few active youngsters to do some hands-on testing in real-life situations.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


An excellent overnight diaper can potentially mean the difference between a restful night's sleep and multiple overnight changes dealing with urine-soaked bedding and extra fatigue the next morning. Investing in diapers specifically designed to handle the extra liquid output is well worth it in exchange for a full night's sleep and less hassle. Whether you're looking for an economical disposable or reusable cloth, we believe our lineup can help you find the right nighttime solution for your little one. Choose your diaper, and sleep well.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Abriah Wofford

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