Cloth Diapering At Night
For some parents cloth diapering at night can be very intimidating. As parents we want our babies to sleep peacefully through the night and wake up dry and happy. I am here to assure you, it is completely possible to achieve this with cloth diapers. Here are several great options for diapering your baby at night in cloth.
Pocket diapers are a popular choice for cloth diapering at night because you can add as much extra absorbency as needed for your baby. You can use the microfiber inserts that come with the pocket diaper, or you can try bigger thicker inserts instead. Some companies make special night time inserts or doublers to add to pockets. Some of the more popular choices are the Knickernappies SuperDo, Joey Bunz, or Flip Organic inserts. You can use any of these inserts separately, doubled up, or combined with something else. You can also use prefolds or flats as inserts if you choose.
Another great reason to choose pocket diapers for night time diapering is that pocket diapers come with either fleece or suede cloth inners. This will keep your baby dry and comfy all night long. Just remember, the more you add, the bulkier the diaper will be. As long as your child can move comfortably about, then don't worry about the size of their fluffy butt.
Fleece pocket diapers are another option for cloth diapering at night. 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 waterproof like PUL.
Night Time Fitted Diapers
There are many fitted diapers designed specifically to meet your night time 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 diapers because they are especially absorbent, and bamboo has been known to help wick moisture from babies’ skin. Another choice for a nighttime fitted 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.
Some of the popular Night Time fitteds are Very Baby Simply Nights, Holden's Landing Bed Bugs, and Sustainablebabyish bamboo fleece diapers (aka the "magic" diapers). If you search around you will find other WAHM's who make these types of diapers, or you can ask one to custom make one for you.
Pocket fitteds are another great choice for nights. You can have the breath-ability of fitted diapers with the ability to add as much absorbency as you need. Pocket fitteds usually have a fleece inner which will keep your baby's skin dry all night long. These hybrid fitted diapers are quick drying and can be a great option for your heavy wetter. You can cover fitteds with PUL, wool, or fleece covers and have leak free nights. Green Acre Designs makes the most popular pocket fitted for nights.
Add A Doubler
You can turn any fitted or prefold diaper into a night worthy solution just by adding doublers and using a good 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. SMJAE on hyena cart makes wonderful doublers and so does Joey Bunz, which can be found at most cloth diaper stores.
When adding a doubler to make a night time diaper, you need to make sure you add enough extra layers. You may need to add two doublers so the diaper will be absorbent enough.
Wool and Fleece Covers
Wool is a wonderful night time solution and comes in many forms. Wool is breathable, anti-bacterial, and bulletproof. I suggest using a good heavy weight wool when using it over night. If you don't use a heavy weight wool, you can felt it to make it sturdier and more tightly woven. Aristocrat soakers are great over night covers if felted.
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, but does not hold as much moisture in. It is important to get a good heavy weight fleece for night. Dancing Bears makes a gorgeous night weight fleece soaker that will be perfect for cloth diapering at night.
Cloth diapering at night might be a bit of a challenge at first. As your child grows, he or she may need more absorption at night and you may have to change things up a bit. With a little experimenting, I'm sure you will find the right solution for your baby. There are so many options out there, you are sure to find just the right method to help keep your baby warm, dry, and comfy all night long!
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