Friday, March 30, 2012

Night Time Cloth Diapering



I was positive I would continue using disposable diapers for night time with my heavy wetter baby boy! I was so in love with the superb absorbency of an Eco friendly [cartoon character free] disposable that would last us ten hours every night. I really didn't want to get up for mid-night changes. I was sleep deprived as is! Then when he turned three months, the guilt set in. Here I have nearly 40 cloth diapers and I'm spending money on disposables? What? I just could no longer justify that expense for myself personally. I decided right there that for the well-being of our budget and my peace of mind, I had to dive into night time cloth diapering. The experiment was on.

I was skeptical. What worked for my baby girl as overnight diapers, seemed like it would not happen with our 'super soaker boy'. Thankfully I hit the jackpot on our first try, I decided to attempt a microfiber insert on top of a Fuzzi Bunz hemp insert, inside a stay dry pocket diaper (such as Thirsties Duo Diaper or Fuzzi Bunz One Size). He woke up dry, without leaks, and with completely soaked inserts. Sure, his butt was huge - but who cares? We're home! Since then, I have stuck to this combination with great success and very few leaks. Most leaks occurred from not snapping the diaper tight enough around the legs. I no longer felt like I was spending money unnecessarily on the super expensive Eco friendly disposables that I was getting on Amazon, seriously, I have other more important things to spend that money on. Like that convertible car seat, at the rate our baby is growing. 

For us, the secret to overnight success turned out to be hemp. I have tried other combinations and they just leak through. Two microfiber inserts do not work as well for us, though it did work for my daughter when she was in cloth diapers a year ago. If you are looking into night time cloth diapering there are many options available to keep your baby dry and happy through the night and keep you sleeping without waking up in a puddle. Hemp and bamboo seem to be the most popular materials for overnight. Here are some diapers at Thanks Mama that do the job for many and may work for you:


Just a few to get you started. Don't give up if something doesn't work at first. Babies are all so different and diapers fit them differently. What do you use for night time cloth diapering? If you use disposables at night, what keeps you from trying cloth? Do you have a night time diaper you love that you would like to see Thanks Mama carry?



4 comments:

  1. My little man doesn't seem to be much of a soaker, even though he's an all night drinker. We use a BG4.0 with the regular insert and two newborn inserts. I've never had a leak, even though the inserts are usually pretty wet. There've been other nights where he's accidentally been put to bed in a BG with just a regular insert and they've all but lasted til morning- usually leaking a tiny bit when I feed him at 4am, and he usually gets up at 5.

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    1. The one thing that stood out to me in your comment is that your little one is up at 5am! Oh my, it would drive me nuts. My 6 month old is up at 7 am and I thought that was early. 3 y.o. sleeps till 10:30 :) She goes to bed late though.

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  2. i've never had issues with cloth diapering regarding leaks (don't have heavy soakers, i guess) -- but our problem has been ammonia issues at night, which seems to start being a problem once baby starts on solids, oddly enough. it just seems i can't ged rid of the problem.

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    1. We've had major ammonia issues with our first baby too when she started solids. I never really completely got rid of the problem, but I kept it at bay by using tea tree oil in the wash, sometimes doing double washes, and recently I've been liking the sanitize cycle on my new HE washer for the inserts only - they are the ones that hold stink. For AIOs I'm not sure how it would work.

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