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Cloth Diapering at Night? Yes you can!

Posted by CDB Guest on 4/12/2010 to Night Time Diapering

Using cloth diapers at night can be a scary idea. Especially if have already used disposable diapers and feel secure they will not leak. Believe it or not, you can have that same security at night with cloth diapers! There are many ways to find the right night-time cloth diapering solution for your baby - even if he is a heavy wetter. Here are some night-time solutions that have proven to work for many a mama.

Add A Doubler

You can turn almost any fitted diaper into a night worthy solution just by adding diaper doublers and using a good diaper cover. There are many types of doublers that can work. You can choose from a fleece-topped doubler to keep your baby's skin dry or a doubler made just for night use. I have used a fitted diaper and a fleece-topped hemp doubler with a wool cover quite successfully, however, I would not recommend this for a heavy wetter.

Pocket Diapers

Pocket diapers are a great choice for nights because they can be stuffed with as much extra absorption as needed for your little one. Not only that, but most pocket diapers often have fleece or suede cloth inners, which give your baby a stay dry feeling all night long.


Fleece pocket diapers are another option. If you use a Malden Mills fleece or a 100% polyester fleece, it will help to keep the moisture inside the diaper. This way you have a breathable pocket diaper. I would recommend adding a little extra absorption to this kind of pocket diaper, because fleece isn't as waterproof as PUL.

Night-Time Fitted Diapers

There are many fitted diapers designed specifically to meet your nighttime needs. These fitteds are made with more absorbent layers than usual and have the option to add extra doublers. Bamboo and hemp are popular choices for nighttime cloth diapers because they are especially absorbent, and bamboo has been known for wicking moisture from babies’ skin.

Another choice fabric for a night-time fitted diaper is micro fiber. Micro fiber is also very absorbent and when wrapped in cotton or bamboo velour, can make for a soft and bulletproof combo.

Pocket-style fitted diapers are another great choice for nights. You get the breathability of fitted diapers with the ability to stuff as much absorbency as your baby needs. These hybrid fitted diapers are quick drying and can be a great option for your heavy wetter. You can cover fitted diapers with PUL, wool, or fleece diaper covers and have leak free nights.

Wool and Fleece Covers

Wool diaper covers are a wonderful night-time solution; choose from knitted, interlock, or jersey wool. Wool is breathable, anti-bacterial, and water-resistant. You can always give your baby's wool diaper covers an extra lanolizing to make sure they will work through the night.


Fleece covers are a less inexpensive option if you can't afford wool, or if your little one is allergic to wool. Fleece is also breathable; just make sure you get a 100% polyester fleece, to ensure it will help keep moisture in.

With a little experimenting, I'm sure you will find the right night-time solution. With so many cloth diapers out there, you are sure to find just the right method to help keep your child warm, dry, and comfy all night long!



Vicki Hall
Date: 8/9/2013
I use a bumGenius 4.0 with an extra zorb insert and it works great He's not even completely wet in the morning.
Rhianna Gonzalez
Date: 12/21/2013
I was using disposable diapers at night but we ran out and I refuse to buy more. We are using prefolds with Thirsties covers and the one pocket diaper I have. I really need more pocket diapers.
Claire Ponsford (01123)
Date: 4/22/2014
I love using fitteds at night. I stopped using disposables at 2 months and I've never looked back.
Cassanda deNevers
Date: 6/3/2014
I've been using disposables overnight. I think we're going to try a couple Kawaii Goodnight diapers, and if those aren't enough we'll try wool next.
Holly Wilson
Date: 7/10/2014
I would love to try fitteds for nighttime!
Bianca Munoz
Date: 9/17/2014
On my toddler we use prefolds and covers and on the 3 month old we use a variety lol. Prefolds, fitteds, aios. Depends on what's clean lol ^this is for nighttime and haven't had any leaks.
Elizabeth Green
Date: 11/14/2014
I am going to try fleece covers with fitted diapers!
Peta-Gaye Daniel
Date: 11/27/2014
This is encouraging because I am planning to cloth diaper Baby Daniel #2 who is due to join us in March 2015, and that is after we've used only disposables on Baby #1 who will be 4 years old in 2 weeks. In my research, I've been concerned about nighttime cloth diapering, but our plan of action is to use bamboo fitteds and a cover. Thanks for the informative and encouraging post.
Date: 6/13/2015
I think I might try wool next, I don't want to rely on disposables for night.

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