A Buyer’s Guide to Incontinence Pads for Beds

Nighttime incontinence, also known as Nocturnal Enuresis, can be a stressful and difficult condition. However, it can be managed with the right products and lifestyle.

When the body unexpectedly receives a signal to release urine while they are sleeping, this can cause nighttime leakage. Often, this is due to weakening of the bladder walls or a disease affecting the nerves. This is why Nocturnal Enuresis is common in people with neurological conditions or people who have had an operation affecting the nerves. However, there are a large range of other reasons why people are affected by Nocturnal Enuresis.


Common Causes of Nocturnal Enuresis

  • Genetic factors. A recent study showed that a person with bedwetting parents actually has a 77% chance of being a bedwetting
  • A lack of the antidiuretic hormone. This hormone is a brain chemical which signals for the kidneys to release less water. In some individuals, inadequate levels of this hormone are produced
  • Conditions such as Dementia, Stroke or Multiple Sclerosis
  • A kidney or bladder infection
  • Consuming bladder irritants

Disposable vs Washable Incontinence Bed Pads

Disposable Bed Pads


  • High absorbency. Most disposable products offer higher absorption levels than washable options.
  • Easy, hygienic disposal. Throwing away an incontinence pad can be time saving and a much easier option for many as opposed to washing the product after use.



  • Less cost effective. Buying bed pads to throw them away frequently can be much less cost effective than a washable product which lasts a long time.
  • Disposal away from home can be tricky. You need to consider what you would do with the pad on holiday or away from home, as this can sometimes be a worry.


Recommended Disposable Bed Pads for Nocturnal Enuresis

Abena Abri Cell

  • Waterproof PE Backsheet
  • Easy to Dispose
  • Comfortable
  • Ideal when changing incontinence pants or pads
  • 6 layers of tissue
  • Soft nonwoven surface layer
  • Available in 40x60cm, 60x60cm, 60x90cm

Buy Abena Abri Cell on Allanda from £2.75

Attends Cover Dri Super

  • Non-woven top sheet
  • Ideal for managing moderate incontinence
  • Polyethylene film back sheet
  • Leakage barrier
  • Superabsorbent core
  • Odour Protection
  • Available in 60x90cm and 60x60cm

Buy Attends Cover Dri Super on Allanda from £8.45

Lille Classic Bed Super

  • Soft non-woven top sheet
  • The diamond structure distribution of pulp
  • Polythene back sheet provides a waterproof barrier
  • Sealed edges for optimal anti-leakage security
  • For moderate incontinence
  • Virgin fluff pulp
  • Available in 60x60cm and 60x90cm

Buy Lille Classic Bed Super on Incontinence Supermarket from £6.19

Which protective products are ideal for nighttime? Read our Guide to the Best Incontinence Pads for Nighttime

Washable Bed Pads


  • Economically friendly. Washable products last a long time, meaning you don’t need to shop for products frequently. Buying washable products can therefore save you a significant amount of cash.
  • Environmentally Friendly. Washable products are better for the environment, reducing the number of products ending up in landfill.


  • Constant washing can be tiring. With washable products, you need to keep on top of the washing and get into a routine.
  • Privacy can be compromised. Privacy can be affected if you are hanging up your bed pad to dry


Recommended Washable Bed Pads for Nocturnal Enuresis

Brolly Sheets Bed Pad

  • Cotton soft top
  • Quiet and breathable
  • Single
  • Super absorbent
  • Single, King and Double
  • Options of blue, pink and white
  • Maximum discretion

Buy Brolly Sheets Bed Pad on Incontinence Supermarket  from £16.68

TENA Bed Super

  • Secure zone
  • 100% Virgin Fluff Pulp
  • Extra Security
  • Each underpad is individually C' folded
  • Gentle on the skin
  • Super absorbent micro beads lock away liquids
  • Colour coded and printed back-sheet
  • Available in 60x60cm and 60x90cm

Buy TENA Bed Super on Incontinence Supermarket from £8.99

Kylie Washable Bed Pad

  • Can be washed and re-used
  • Non slip waterproof backing
  • Stay dry layer keeps user feeling comfortable
  • Machine washable at up to 95 Degrees C.
  • Suitable for tumble drying (follow instructions)
  • Lasts up to 300 washes
  • Choice of Salmon Pink or Blue Colours
  • Available in Double and Single

Buy Kylie Bed Pad on Allanda from £20.95


Should You Choose a Washable or Disposable Pad?

If you find yourself using a lot of disposable bed pads, it may be worth considering upgrading to a washable version. These are cheaper on a long-term basis, saving frequent trips to the shop. However, if you travel a lot and a washing machine is not always available, a disposable option would be more ideal. Some people also consider disposable bed pads to be an easier, more hygienic method. If you would find it hard to keep on top of washing the pads frequently, disposable pads may also be an easier method for you.

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Are you on a Budget?

You can find value incontinence bed pads that are ideal if you are on a budget or are simply looking for a cheaper option. The following bed pads are economical pads:

  • Pink
  • Highly Durable
  • Soft Textile Wings
  • Stay-Dry Top Surface
  • Cost-Effective
  • Exceptional durability
  • Available in 90x135cm, 70x85cm, 86x114cm, 86x89cm

Shop Primacare Bed Pad on Allanda from £5.68

  • Easy and convenient
  • Waterproof backing
  • Stay dry layer keeps user dry
  • Latex and Chlorine free
  • Disposable
  • Available in 22x22in and 24x36in

Shop Readi Bed Pad on Allanda from £5.95

  • Turquoise
  • Fused
  • Unquilted
  • Protects skin from moisture
  • Smooth surface
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • 88x88cm

Shop Fusion bed pad on Incontinence Supermarket for £9.95

How is a Bed Pad Supposed to Feel?

A poor bed pad can very uncomfortable to sleep on. You will know whether you have the right bed pad for you determined on how the material feels. In addition to being soft, high-quality pads wick water away from your skin so you remain comfortable and dry even after the pad has been used.  When you move around in the night, the pad should also grip the sheet so that the pad stays flat. If your pad moves around a lot during the night, this is a sign you need a new one with a better grip. Soft with a good grip is the ideal combination for a bed pad.


Our Tips for Using Bed Pads

  • To avoid incontinence associated dermatitis all bed pads should be changed as soon as possible after they have been soiled.
  • For extra security you can wear absorbent pads or briefs in conjunction with bed pads.
  • If you find one bed is uncomfortable or does not provide enough grip, try different brands until you find one suitable for you.
  • Shaped pads can often move around during the night when worn alongside a bed bad. Wearing pants or an all in one can be more effective.

Which protective products are ideal for nighttime? Read our Guide to the Best Incontinence Pads for Nighttime

Originally posted 2019-09-10 11:13:38.

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