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Overnight Cloth Diapering Solutions

Posted by Becca on 3/4/2015 to Cloth Diaper How-To
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Overnight Cloth Diaper Solutions

Finding a diaper or diaper combination that works well overnight seems to be sort of a big issue for parents. Once you find it, you’re golden, but it often comes with a bit of trial and error.

In my experience, if a cloth diaper user is going to use disposables, nighttime is when it is going to happen. That’s what my husband and I did. We had a newborn baby with only three cloth diapers and as our stash slowly grew, we still used disposable diapers part time. We had grown quite accustomed to them, especially at night. I remember the first time we put a bumGenius on our tiny little girl with nothing but the newborn insert and it seemed so huge! I felt like it placed her butt so much farther upward than the disposable and I was worried she wouldn’t sleep well with her butt so high. Then, I worried that she would feel wet and that would wake her up. So, it was a few weeks before we finally used cloth diapers with her at night and discovered that the bulk and the difference in dryness actually made no difference to her.

That newborn insert did the trick for our little girl at first—which tells you just how little volume there was every time she peed in her diaper. I honestly didn’t fully understand the plight of other parents and night diapering. When she got older we had to add more inserts but we discovered that a Knickernappies brand diaper with both hemp/microfiber inserts worked just fine. If our Knickernappies were in the wash, we’d add a Joeybunz or a Hempbabies insert, to whatever pocket diapers were free. She rarely leaked so we simply continued on this route with general success.

My son is a heavy wetter. Even as a newborn we realized that our daytime diapers weren’t going to do the trick on him. Early on, we assigned fitteds and doublers to do the job. Usually we double with a newborn or infant prefold that we trifold either into the insert or into the cover. Sometimes we’ll just lay on a Joeybunz or a Best Bottoms insert.

Saying that his nighttime butt is huge would be an understatement, but it works for us and he doesn’t know any better. We use PUL covers, wool covers, and in the winter months, even just fleece sleepers to cover up his huge, fluffy heiny. He’s happy , we’re happy, and we’re leak free.

When it comes to nighttime diapering your baby, you need to keep in mind that you’ll want the maximum amount of absorbency with the smallest amount of bulk, which may still be huge! You also want to keep leak protection in mind: upsizing your pockets or covers is one way to do this, as well as switching to a wool or fleece cover at night. You needn’t spend lots of money to figure night diapering out. My fitted cloth diapers are hand made from T shirts and prefolds are the cheapest cloth diaper on the market. In addition, you’ll only need 2 to 4 night diapers based on how often you wash and how often your baby wakes up to be changed in the night. Once you find what works for you, it will all be okay, I promise. You just may have to go through a few leaky nights before you discover what that is.

Comments

36 Comments

Alicia C
Date: 3/4/2015
Great article! It took a while (and lots of late-night outfit changes), but we finally found that fitteds with a hemp doubler and a wool or fleece cover works best for our son.
Kim
Date: 3/5/2015
We use Mother-ease Sandy's fitteds overnight. Diaper Junction is no longer selling them but they work great :)
Veronica Bohan
Date: 3/6/2015
I use thirsties hemp prefolds and any cover I've got laying around
Anna stevens
Date: 3/6/2015
Would wool work over a pul diaper?
Allison E
Date: 3/6/2015
Great article, my daughter isn't a real heavy wetter so just a pre fold and cover is usually more then enough
Kristi Bennett
Date: 3/6/2015
I use a fitted and a thirstys cover! Works wonders for my heavy wetting toddler!
katie m
Date: 3/7/2015
Thanks for the tips! So far we're doing good with prefolds and covers.
Jaimie Walker
Date: 3/7/2015
How do I know if my inserts are worn?
Eunice S
Date: 3/8/2015
Thanks for posting! I've been looking for an overnight solution!
Keara B.
Date: 3/9/2015
Awesome article. I used disposables at night for my first baby, but I was determined to find a good nighttime solution with baby #2. Both my kids are heavy wetters, but I seem to have figured it out this time. :)
Rachel Keuler
Date: 3/10/2015
Fitteds and wool work for us! We didn't start cloth diapering until our baby was a little older, so there was definitely some trial and error in figuring out the best solution for our heavy wetter.
Dusty
Date: 3/10/2015
Good article. So far a BG 4.0 pocket stuffed with both inserts are working for us (6 month old baby), but not confident that it will continue to do so in the future.
Steph
Date: 3/11/2015
Great post. Will certainly refer to this when our baby is born in the summer and we take the leap into cloth diapering at night.
Katy Brianna
Date: 3/13/2015
This has been so helpful!
Mandie
Date: 3/13/2015
Great ideas! I'm one of the cloth users who uses disposables at night...I'm afraid he's going to feel wet. I just got some fitteds so maybe we'll give those a go.
Kayla Stamp
Date: 3/21/2015
I found the we had to switch to fitteds after a year old, i like sbish obf fitted or a pooters fitted with a thirsties cover, but ive wondered what the difference would be with wool instead of pul cover
Erin B.
Date: 3/22/2015
I love fitteds for night time - I wish we would have found them sooner! We used mostly Kawaii's with two microfiber inserts and eventually had to add a thirsties hemp insert.
aimee place
Date: 3/23/2015
With my first, I used flip organic prefolds in a flip cover and Kawaii pocket diapers double stuffed with both microfiber inserts and had no leaks in the morning. With my second, I started using econobum prefolds in a cover and hybrid fitteds either with a cover or coverless and had no issues in the beginning, but now that she is a toddler, I can't find something that doesn't keep her and the sheets dry come morning. With my third, I have just only used disposables at night because he is a super heavy wetter and even soaks through cloth during a 2 hour nap. I have tried hybrid fitteds, prefolds, hemp and bamboo with him and not seems to keep him dry.
judith martinez
Date: 3/25/2015
I've found that a birdseye flat and a flour sack towel pad folded in a pocket does a pretty good job overnight most of the time.
Melissa Gooch
Date: 3/27/2015
So far I've had really good luck with Best Bottom overnight hemp topped with a Stay Dry. It typically gets us through 10 or so hours.
Dusty
Date: 3/27/2015
We have gotten 11 hours overnight with a BG 4.0 with both inserts that come with the diaper and a flip insert with my 6 1/2 month old.
Monica Powell
Date: 3/29/2015
My daughter is a heavy wetter overnight. And I haven't found a cloth that works. So we have been use disposables overnight.
Camille W
Date: 3/29/2015
Oh boy. I had my baby 9 days ago but we haven't transitioned to cloth yet. Didn't realize the nighttime situation got so complicated...or is it only when they start sleeping through the night/for longer stretches?
Maggie Martin
Date: 3/30/2015
I have something that works pretty well but my covers are pretty worn out so they're kinda leaky. I've got some new ones on the the way though. I would love to try wool eventually. I can still perfect it but we're doing pretty well I think. :-)
Sarah Elyce
Date: 4/1/2015
We are brand new to cloth diapering as of about a week ago. We haven't transitioned to night time diapering but will be soon so thank you for all these tips.
Erin Cohen
Date: 4/1/2015
Our 16 month old is a seriously heavy wetter and overnight is a nightmare! She wakes up wet Every. Single. Morning. I'm actually feeling better about this whole cloth thing after this article! Thanks so much!
Brianne Drumm
Date: 4/4/2015
This is great! I'm still pretty new to cloth diapering and so this was helpful!
Alyssandra Church
Date: 4/4/2015
Great article my little girl pees through the disposable diapers every night so I've taken to using cloth diapers at night and it works much better thanks for the advice it helped us a lot
Amaranth
Date: 4/8/2015
Thanks so much for the article. I'm expecting my first baby any day now and plan to cloth diaper, but I have to admit that nighttime diapering has me a little concerned. Reading posts like yours really help me feel more confident that I can figure it all out!
Des Nance
Date: 4/9/2015
We do 2 flats and newborn prefold for my 9 month old in a flip cover typically. Sometimes we use a sized thirsties or bummis cover just as well. I have one hemp doubler that I use whenever it's clean (in addition to the aforementioned) as extra insurance. I wish I had wool for that reason alone. For my potty training 3.5 year old I use a PUL cover over a Grovia bamboo toddler prefold and a flat. I make sure he gets to 'go' before I put it on him though because he can soak that otherwise. No fancy folds just trifold/padfold. Tucking the diaper in is crucial though; that and no gaps. :/
Des Nance
Date: 4/9/2015
We do 2 flats and newborn prefold for my 9 month old in a flip cover typically. Sometimes we use a sized thirsties or bummis cover just as well. I have one hemp doubler that I use whenever it's clean (in addition to the aforementioned) as extra insurance. I wish I had wool for that reason alone. For my potty training 3.5 year old I use a PUL cover over a Grovia bamboo toddler prefold and a flat. I make sure he gets to 'go' before I put it on him though because he can soak that otherwise. No fancy folds just trifold/padfold. Tucking the diaper in is crucial though; that and no gaps. :/
Amy Moore
Date: 4/9/2015
Im looking forward to getting started cloth diapering with my little one on the way and Im not going to lie, nighttime cloth kinda scares me. Im feeling more confident after your article.
Jessica J
Date: 4/17/2015
my first was a heavy wetter, and we did sposies at night the whole way through. baby #2 doesn't soak everything like older bro, so it's been easier to stick to cloth.
Jessica J
Date: 4/18/2015
we double stuff!
Holly D.
Date: 5/22/2015
Great article! we just started our cloth diaper journey and we've been using disposables at night. It just seems quick and easy for us. Maybe when he starts sleeping more through the night we'll try some of the suggestions here. He's a heavy wetter. We received a bunch of fitted diapers from GDGH and he soaks through those right after I change him so I know I won't be able to put them on him at night.
Mary Schuh
Date: 7/3/2015
We love wool and fitteds for our oldest who is 2.5. I've been using wool and fitteds on my 6 month old but she doesn't really seem to need that combination. She does fine with a regular microfiber insert and a Geffen Baby booster.

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