Best Nighttime Cloth Diapers

Best Nighttime Cloth Diapers

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!

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17 Responses to Best Nighttime Cloth Diapers

  1. Melissa K says:

    We use a PUL cover with a Flip microfiber insert, a cotton doubler, and a Thirsties hemp insert. We probably don’t need so much, but I really don’t want leaks. We just got a fuzzibunz elite pocket and I am trying to figure out how to stuff it for night.

  2. We had a little bit of a leaking problem when my son started sleeping longer through the night. We found that the perfect nighttime method for us was an Indian cotton prefold wrapped around a microfiber insert and stuffed inside a BumGenius pocket. Also – making sure to “tuck” his parts down, hehe!

  3. Sarah Jane says:

    Yes, I agree with all of these. We use Geffen prefolds with a Disana wool cover on our daughter for night time use.

  4. You’re absolutely right! The way to go for nighttime is wool covers, organic if possible. My baby outgrew all the ones people knitted for me long ago, so I really need to make him some more!

  5. Lindsey G says:

    Great advice! Hemp inserts inside pockets worked with my older daughter up until about 9 months, which is when I switched to Fitteds+Wool. My younger daughter has been in wool since about 4 months!

  6. Ashley says:

    I didn’t cloth diaper with my children but will totally recommend your tips!

  7. Thanks for the tips! With baby #1, nighttime was always a problem. We’re looking forward to using cloth again with #2 and I’m determined to conquer nighttime!!

  8. Jessica P says:

    I never used cloth diapers on my daughter but now that I look back I wish I would have. It seems like there are many benefits compared to disposable. These are great tips for those who use cloth diapering on their children!

  9. AlannaB says:

    My cloth diaper nighttime solution is a Thirsties Duo Wrap paired with an Indian cotton pre-fold. In 4 years of cloth diapering, I have yet to change wet pj’s or bedding due to leaks with this system.

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  11. Angie says:

    I love Kawaii heavy wetters for overnight! We never have leaks!

  12. Katie says:

    Our failproof method is a pul cover like a Flip on the outside, with a hemp prefold and Thirsties fab doubler on top with or without a fleece liner.

  13. Laurie says:

    I use a Freetime and add a single layer of hemp under each flap. No leaks yet, and my 2-year-old sleeps 11-12 hours!

  14. Mommagina says:

    I love Rumparooz with both microfiber inserts or a charcoal bamboo AI2 by . I never have leak issues in the morning with either of these.

  15. Stephanie says:

    What is the best solution to keeping my baby boy’s bum dry all night? We got frustrated and are using disposables at night. 🙁 We use bumgenius, flip, and grovia during the day. What would be the best thing to buy to use in addition to what we have or try in general? Thanks for your help!!

  16. Mommy Provost says:

    I have a 5 year old special needs child (41 Ibs) who is still not potty trained and is still wetting at night. We are wokring on it but it is going to be a loooooong process. He is a HEAVY wetter at night. I have tried a few things (Including disposables), I limit his water intake at night and get him to go before bed but almost every morning he is soaked through. Any suggestions???

  17. Wendy k says:

    I’ve been usin cloth for 3 years now- on the 2nd kid. It took forever to find something my first child could make it through the night in. Ragababe AIOs happened to work for her. This kid- nothing. I have resorted to a grovia biosoaker inside a huggies, followed by a size bigger luvs and then a pull-up. Most nights I stick a thirsties Duowrap over that. And sometimes it still doesn’t even keep him dry.