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.