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5 month old leaking in size 5 nappies at night

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Hedgehog72 Mon 23-Sep-13 19:23:42

My DS is 5 months old and 17Lbs. he leaks wee around his right hip at night. i'm trying to get him to sleep through the night so need a nappy that'll last 10-12hrs. I've tried Pampers active fit 4+, Baby dry 5, Lidl 5, Asda active fit 4+ and their comfort dry 5's. Any suggestions? Am about to try older DS's 5+ asda ones but worry they will be too big.

UmmAbdillah Sun 19-Oct-14 04:21:23

Currently only ever used pampers (usually on offer buy one get one free at supermarkets works out similar price to Lidl) but useful to know which other brands to try smile

Woodenheart Sun 19-Oct-14 04:17:44

My DD is 18 months & in a size 5.

Lidls I find are the best, shes never leaked in them and £4.80 for 44.

UmmAbdillah Sun 19-Oct-14 03:49:50

THANK YOU... I know this is an old thread and inactive now but I'm so grateful to have come across it (at 3.30am after yet another leak - poor 5 mo baby woken from a smiling sleep to change into another 4+) Like the OP, i thought I needed to make my way up the sizes... And very useful to know that active fit are actually less absorbant (I think I've just put him in 4+ active fit, doh!) Recently lo looks slimmer round the waist after growing longer so totally makes sense that actually the nappies are too big, even tho not obviously so when fastened.
I have been a silent user of mumsnet for most of this yr but had to sign up right now in middle of night to express my gratitude.

LamaDrama Mon 23-Sep-13 22:31:25

Don't forget to gently make sure the elastic is snug round the legs, just give it a little wriggle and it goes into place.

stillenacht Mon 23-Sep-13 22:26:35

Also, and this sounds obvious, make sure his willy is pointing downwards (I had to do this tonight on DS2, still in nappies at 10 cos of autism)smile

RobotHamster Mon 23-Sep-13 22:24:13

Try Lidl ones in a smaller size, and make sure he's pointing down when you put the nappy on

Jollyb Mon 23-Sep-13 22:22:08

Definitely go smaller (nearly 3 year d DD wears a size 5 nappy at night). You could try using a reusable wrap over the top.

ouryve Mon 23-Sep-13 22:18:40

It'll definitely be way too big. My 7yo is a tall boy, but can squeeze into a 5 when he's run out of really big nappies at school.

Hedgehog72 Mon 23-Sep-13 22:16:19

Thank you so much for all the comments, many very useful and have given me somewhere to start a new. I realise size 5 are out of his weight range but thought bigger would hold more wee, clearly not the way to go. Again, many thanks, especially info on Active fit - good to know - although just put him to bed in one, Doh!

heidihole Mon 23-Sep-13 21:11:05

dont use active fit for over night. They are built to be thin (easier for baby to move around and be active) but the compromise is that because they're thin they arent very absorbant and don't hold much wee. Certainly not good for over night without a change.

You need regular pampers, fully absorbant ones, and a size 3 or a 3+ i'd say. Size 4 probably still too big which is why they leaked.

SoonToBeSix Mon 23-Sep-13 21:06:00

size 5! My dd 2.8 months is in size five surely that is too big. I would try smaller.

RubyrooUK Mon 23-Sep-13 20:53:58

My 6mo old is around the same weight, on the 98th centile for height, has thighs like the Michelin man and we are using Pampers Active Fit Size 3. They don't really leak much (unless overtaken by a poonami). Do you have any friends who could lend you a couple of nappies to trial a few and find the best fit for your baby?

Faithless12 Mon 23-Sep-13 20:50:17

Silly question but is he pointing down?

Smugfearnleyshittingstool Mon 23-Sep-13 20:49:08

My dd sometimes has a nappy for long car journeys, she is 3 1/2 and wears size 5 pull ups!

Hedgehog72 Mon 23-Sep-13 20:43:55

I thought bigger size meant more absorbency but learning now not the case. Think I ought to try different brands but stick to the size appropriate for DS's weight. He leaked in the Asda active fit size 4 which is meant for his weight so I guess I thought bigger was the way to go.
He leaks where the tabs join over his hip and then up his side when he does leak.

Ifcatshadthumbs Mon 23-Sep-13 19:52:23

DS used to leak every night in the end we used size 5 nappy with a pull up over the top. Was the only thing that worked.

BikeRunSki Mon 23-Sep-13 19:49:49

My nearly 2 yo is in size 5 at a little over 2 stone. We use Bambo nappies. I think you might only ve able to get them online. They are pricey but exellent. We use them at night and on long journeys - Tesco or Kiddicare own brand the restvof the time.

freelancegirl Mon 23-Sep-13 19:45:13

DS was in size 5 and then 6 really early on as everything else leaked. It's quite common I now know. My doc told me (she volunteered this info, I hadn't mentioned nappy size to her!) that larger babies, especially those with longer bodies often need bigger sizes. Once he turned a year and started walking size 5 fitted well again.

ihearsounds Mon 23-Sep-13 19:41:47

Your nappies are too loose.
Pampers is a size 4, which is 15-40lb, doesn't matter active or baby dry.
Lidl maxi which is 7 - 18kg
Asda midi - 4 - 9 kg

If the pads are too loose around the leg they will leak.

StetsonsAreCool Mon 23-Sep-13 19:36:21

Oh, and going smaller doesn't mean you'll get less absorbency - it means the nappy is more snug around the legs and tummy, so there's no space for the wee to escape from before it has chance to soak in.

JacqueslePeacock Mon 23-Sep-13 19:35:45


JacqueslePeacock Mon 23-Sep-13 19:35:25

My 24mo isn't in size 5 yet! I think you need to go down a size.

TheSkiingGardener Mon 23-Sep-13 19:34:50

My 6.5 month old is 19lb and still in size 3. I think you've gone too far up

MikeLitoris Mon 23-Sep-13 19:34:42

My 98th percentil 2.9 yo has plenty of room in size 5. I'd try smaller.

StetsonsAreCool Mon 23-Sep-13 19:34:00

Definitely try a smaller size. DD wasn't even in size 5 when she potty trained - she weighed about 27lb then. When she was 17lb, she was 7mo so still in size 3, possibly even a 2 thinking about it.

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