I Peed in a Baby’s Diaper

by Kelsey Norwood

in Randomness

We just returned from a lovely vacation visiting my family in southern Oregon. We go every summer and camp at our favorite spot – Loon Lake. It’s absolutely gorgeous with a beautiful lake and perfect sandy beach. There are tons of trees and shade and it is the most beautiful camping spot I’ve ever found.

I do enjoy camping – it’s nice to be out in pure nature without cell phone reception for a little while to take a few days to chill out and normalize.

Two things I don’t enjoy about camping? Bugs and having to pee in the middle of the night.

Without fail I have to go to the bathroom as soon as I lay down to sleep even if I’ve gone 10 minutes before, and nothing keeps me awake quite like having to pee. I always try to just forget about it and hold it and go back to sleep to avoid leaving my warm bag and walking through the scary darkness to the bathroom.

Which means I’m up all night.

Well folks, no more. I put my foot down this time and did something disgusting. I peed in a diaper. Several times each night.

And it was awesome because I never had to leave my tent and I actually was able to sleep.

All I had were size 3 diapers, so sometimes I had to use two, but it was totally worth it. And next time I’m bringing Depends.

For you curious types, I simply held the diaper in position and peed in it. I had to move it around a bit so I didn’t soak through and make a mess (which, admittedly, did happen the first night, but I learned my lesson. I’m a Mom – I get peed on all the time, just usually not by myself…)

I had a few other ideas for solving the Mid-Night Camping Pee Problem:

  1. Diaper – baby works but adult would be much better
  2. Pee Funnel – SheWee or GoGirl are two popular brands. You’d have to step outside the tent for this one but you wouldn’t have to go far or squat…
  3. Luggable Loo – a toilet seat that fits on a bucket. Your very own toilet right in your tent.
I actually used a Luggable Loo last summer when I was pregnant – I knew I was going to have to go a dozen times and the bathroom was a long walk, so I set up my little bathroom in the corner of our tent (which is very large and there were only 4 of us in it, so it’s not I was sleeping right next to the thing, gross…) I closed the lid so it wouldn’t smell or spill and it was actually a fantastic solution, but for non-pregnant camping, I think the diaper is my first choice.
I told you this was going to be TMI…but I know I’m not the only one who has at least wanted to pee in a diaper…
So – have you ever done it? How do you handle the Potty Problem when you’re camping??? Spill it sister.





1 Bethany July 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

This is one of the many reasons we are friends! I am going camping this weekend. I will bring the diapers… hee hee!

2 Kassiah July 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

This is the funniest thing ever. Thanks for sharing. ♥

3 jenni July 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I’ve done this with my kids before when we’ve been in the car and there’s no bathroom in sight. I think it sounds marvelous. Diapers also work well for those heavy feminine times, if you know what I mean.

4 A.J. Dub July 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

I have done that too. Now we have a special pee cup made for these situations. You can get them on Amazon or at camping supply places. Granted, you can just chuck the diapers and you have to empty and rinse the cups. :)

5 Shellee July 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

Okay, I will admit this. I have peed in a diaper when we were NOT camping. You see, my husband was er… um… taking an extended bathroom timeout: the other bathroom was occupied and it was either the diaper or die. I placed the diaper over the top of a garbage can and squatted. It worked rather well, so I’m gonna buy some Depends for the next camping trip or bladder-busting wait.

6 rob February 6, 2013 at 4:16 am

no shame about using the diapers. i use them all the time.

7 katrina June 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm

what brand of diaper was it?

8 Jessica Mackerell March 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I have 5 kids: Lindsey, 8; Skyelyn, 6; Weston, 5; Eli, 3; and Grace, 1. When I was pregnant with Grace, I went on a trip with two of my friends, Haley, Karen, and Karen’s toddler Abigail. Well, we were traveling down a long road in the middle of nowhere and my bladder was about to blow up. I kept telling Haley and Karen but they kept saying “We’ll be there soon.” I was sitting in the back with Abigail and she was asleep. I started getting stomach pains and Haley suggested I pee on the side of the road. I said no because someone would see me. After a few more minutes, Karen suggested that I pee in one of Abigail’s diapers. At first I thought it was a terrible idea, but then I realized I couldn’t wait. So I agreed….

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