In a nutshell

A great interim product for bigger children who are struggling with staying completely dry at night, but these aren't super absorbent for big wetters

What we tested

  • Ease of use
    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.
  • Absorbency
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
  • Comfort
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Quality
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 3.6 out of 5.


  • Looks like a pair of pyjama shorts, so great for older children who don’t want to wear a 'nappy'


  • Not as absorbent as a normal nappy, bulky to wear under pyjamas

Huggies have added extra ammunition in their armoury for night-time dryness in the form of Huggies DryNites Sleep Shorts. These offer dryness without making your child feel like they’re back in nappies.


Huggies DryNites Sleep Shorts are basically a disposable nappy with a soft, ‘papery’ outer layer that looks like a pair of football shorts. Think those paper knickers that you all went into the maternity ward laden with. I thought they might tear, but there are actually quite resilient, and I really had to poke my finger through to cause a hole.

Huggies DryNites Sleep Shorts are a step up in the style stakes. When I pulled them out of the packet and said that Arron, 3, was going to wear these night-time shorts, he was quite chuffed with the idea. He’s pretty much there in the dry at night stage, so something that doesn’t look like a nappy is a bonus. Also, as a child who uses the toilet, he is against nappies on the grounds that babies wear them.

What we love

Thumbs-up in the style stakes. The boxer short styling of Huggies DryNites Sleep Shorts definitely helps any child who is disappointed at having to wear a nappy at night.

I thought they might be a bit bulky and uncomfortable, but Arron had no problem with them, and as we’ve had a series of hot nights, being able to just wear a pair of shorts was quite helpful.

They have mostly held in any leaks, although we had one night where Arron went to bed very early, thanks to a marathon swimming session, and had a long night, and he did actually wake up with a wet bed. However, the shorts are aimed at 4 to 7-year-olds, so you’d probably be assuming Huggies DryNites Sleep Shorts are only going to have to cope with the odd accident rather than full-scale wetting.

I think the shorts are a good interim arrangement, perhaps if your child is pretty reliable but you’re off to stay at a hotel or Grandma’s and don’t want to put them back in a nappy, or if they’re nearly there when it comes to staying dry through the night.

What to watch out for

Don’t expect the absorbency to be exactly the same as your usual disposable nappy. If you have a ‘big’ wetter you might find the absorbency isn’t enough to prevent wet beds.

Huggies DryNites Sleep Shorts can be a bit tricky to get on, as you can’t quite see where the leg holes for the nappy part are.

Huggies do say that your child can, if they choose, wear boxers over the top, but I think that would get too bundled up and uncomfortable. And in the winter, if they wear pyjamas, they would get all bundled up underneath.

Who are Huggies DryNites Sleep Shorts best for?

Children on the cusp of being dry at night, or older bed wetters who need a discreet protection.


MadeForMums verdict

For bigger children, either by age or size, Huggies DryNites Sleep Shorts offer a more ‘grown-up’ way to stay dry at night because they don’t look like a nappy. But be aware that they’re not super-absorbent, so big wetters may not get an entirely dry night.

Product Specifications

ModelDryNites Sleep Shorts - DISCONTINUED
Available sizes4-7yrs (17-30kg), 8-15yrs (27-57kg)
Suitable for
Child age (approx)4 years to 12 years
  • Moisture-proof outer cover that looks like fabric
  • Internal layer is an absorbent
  • Pull-up-type nappy