Using cloth diapers at night is probably the trickiest thing to get the hang of. Your normal day time diapers will usually work fine at first. Then there’s some switch that gets flipped in your little one and they start wetting through every diaper combination you can think of. With my son, it was around 6 months that we needed to have special night time diapers. With my daughter, on the other hand, we’ve had to go bulky right from the start! It is doable, so don’t give up.
Try these cloth diapering tips to keep your baby dry all night long:
Buy Hemp Inserts: This is probably the easiest and cheapest way to nighttime diaper using your existing stash. Just purchase a few hemp inserts like the BabyKicks Hemparoo Joey Bunz or Thirsties Hemp Inserts to create a super absorbent layer into your choice of pocket diaper. They work well paired underneath a microfiber insert. The microfiber insert is great at absorbing fast with the hemp insert soaking up all the overflow. The stay dry lining of your pocket diaper will help baby feel dry all night long even though the inserts will be full in the morning.
Use Fitted Diapers: These diapers are known for being nighttime workhorses. They tend to be a little bulky but work really well to keep your baby dry throughout the night since the entire diaper is absorbent and not just an insert. The best thing is that you can buy them based on the amount of absorbency you need since they come in different types of fabrics with different absorbency levels (cotton, bamboo, hemp, etc.). The Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted and the Sustainablebabyish Snapless-Multi Fitted make great choices for overnight. The only problem with some fitted diapers is that they don’t always have a stay dry layer against baby’s skin. Some babies don’t like to feel wet, so you can always lay a stay dry liner on top, like the Bummis Fleece Liners.
Opt for Wool Covers: All fitted diapers require the use of a cover to keep the wetness contained until morning. While you can always use a typical PUL cover, wool works amazing for over night. It keeps sheep dry, right? Wool repels AND absorbs moisture and is ultra breathable. The best part, wool doesn’t need to be washed after every use. You will need to hand wash and lanolize (waterproof) them, but because it only needs done about once a month, it’s not such a big task. If you’re looking for wool diaper covers I would try Sloomb/Sustainablebabyish, EcoPosh, or Kissaluvs covers (or longies and shorties).
Any of these methods will work great at keeping your baby dry and comfortable throughout the night so you don’t have to keep spending your hard earned cash on disposables.
What’s your go-to nighttime cloth diaper solution? We do a combination of hemp inserts stuffed into pocket diapers and fitted diapers with covers.
Guest Contributor: Jenny is the writer behind the blog, According to Jenny, where she shares her thoughts on being a semi-crunchy mama of 2! S he lives in beautiful Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 kids, Grady-born in 2010, and Haley-born in 2012. She’s an avid baby-wearer and cloth diaper addict. You’ll find a little bit of everything over on the blog-reviews and giveaways, too!