Many moms start cloth diapering enthusiastically but prefer it only during the day. Night time Cloth Diapering looks like a big battle to most of them or is it a mental block if I may say! The thought of having a leaky diaper, crying baby, wet bed or having to change at 2 past midnight is not quite pleasant for an already exhausted mom, and disposable diapers look like the best things for nights, but if they aren’t good for the day, they aren’t either good for the night! Night time CDing is doable with a little experimentation and is pretty easy once you know what works for you.
If you are new to cloth diapering do check out this related post that I wrote sometime back.
I started using cloth diapers when my son was 2.5 months old, soon after full days of CDing and having built enough stash, I started to cloth diaper him during the nights as well.
Warning- This post does not guarantee a leak-proof night time diapering solution; because honestly, I haven’t found any. It is to help you understand the various options that you could choose from and also to let you know that it’s okay to have a few leaky nights, you and your child are on a much bigger mission, that of saving the environment from disposable diapers!!
During the first few weeks the pocket diapers worked well for us, they used to be heavy and dripping by the dawn though, but they sufficed.
My son has been a heavy wetter (drinks a lot of water and nurses through the night, even now at 27months) and there are more than occasional leaks, but that hasn’t deterred me from using Cloth diapers at night.
Cloth diapering is about experimenting, learning through trials and errors; from your experiences and mistakes and those of other moms.
Just when you start the night-time diapering see how long your regular diaper lasts during the day; add an additional layer or 2 of insert ( I started by adding an additional insert in our regular pocket diaper). See if it works fine for you. It should work if the diaper fit is perfect and if your baby is light to medium wetter.
If this isn’t good enough for you, try adding a hemp or bamboo insert. Hemp and bamboo are known for high absorbency. Keep changing the combination of inserts to see what works best for your baby.
While using a pocket diaper adding too many inserts can make it bulky and also can hamper the fit. See that the diaper fit is intact from the legs and that the baby isn’t uncomfortable in the diaper.
Here are a few other things that you can try apart from adding extra inserts to your pocket diapers.
• Try an AIO (all in one) or AI2( all in 2), if these too are being outpeed, try adding an insert to these as well. I happened to try an AiO by Bumberry and I must tell you that it works perfectly well during the day for my son (a heavy wetter) and with an extra insert for the nights. They are soon going to launch the AIOs for sale on all their platforms.
• A fitted diaper with a cover: Not many brands offer fitted diapers, a fitted diaper is made up of hemp, cotton or bamboo fabric which is gentle on baby skin. These diapers are highly absorbent all over and hence are good for tummy/side sleepers. Since these diapers don’t have a PUL cover it is advisable to use a diaper cover with these for nights. Also being natural fabric, these fitted diapers don’t have a stay dry layer, for nights it is advised that you top it up with a fleece liner. I haven’t tried a fitted diaper, so I won’t be talking much about it.
• For tummy sleepers another option is to use a muslin or other soft fabric around the waist. My son sleeps on tummy and on sides, to avoid the leaks from the waist I started putting an insert horizontally across the tummy (right where we tuck the snaps). I waited for him to show signs of discomfort but was fine and slept well without any leaks! So, an extra insert sideways works for us.
Few more points to ease your night time CDing-
• See that the baby pees right before you set him/her for the night diaper change.
• Change the diaper only around the bed time.
• Keep a set of diaper handy by the bedside (if you co-sleep) or by the baby cot, to change if there is any leak.
At the end, do not worry about occasional leaks, keep experimenting with your fluff and you will have it right soon!
This blog post is a part of ‘Conscious Diapering and Sustainable Living’. A blog train sponsored by Bumberry hosted by Genevieve of Life.of.gen & Me. Here 18 Supermoms have joined hands to share their perspective on cloth diapering and living an eco-friendly sustainable lifestyle.
I thank Preeti, the founder of DelhiBlogger for introducing me. The next station of this blogtrain is thehappymummablog, blog my Priyanka, who writes about her motherhood journey. Priyanka is a passionate babywearer and a clothdiapering mom.
Hop on to our blog-train for it needs no tickets; spread this love for clothdiapering by sharing this post and others in the series!
Happy Cloth Diapering!
I am back with a product review.
The wipes are consistently used through first few months and also later, used over the most delicate parts of our babies who already have sensitive skin; this makes choosing the right wipes even more important.
Here I have put together 2 minutes Healthy and refreshing drinks for kids.
Summers bring forth fond memories of school break, vacation to the hometown, the idle hot afternoons and waiting for the evening snacks and drinks by mom. What to do when “You” are that mom, who the kids wait for to prepare scrumptious dishes??
I often call my mom to check for my favourite recipes of her. I can never match up to her level of cooking, however I do often try her recipes.
I have put here a few summer drink recipes, aampanna (from my mom’s notes) is my favourite out of these.
1.Plum and pear smoothie
Take a plum and a pear cut it into small pieces and put it in your blender. Add 1 cup of yogurt and blend to a smooth consistency. You may add date syrup if it lacks desired sweetness and you have a healthy between the meals drink ready for your child.
Summers are incomplete without this king of fruits! Enjoyed ripe as it is or as mango juice/smoothie and raw in Indian chaats, pickles and in Aam-panna. Here I have a simple no sugar Aam-panna recipe.
Take 2 raw mangoes, pressure cook them in a 2ltr cooker (2-3 whistles) let it cool. Separate peel from the pulp.Blend the pulp with 3 table spoons of jaggery, 1 teaspoon of roasted jeera (cumin) powder and 1 tea spoon of kala namak. You can also blend in some mint leaves. Other things that can be added to enhance the flavour are chat Masala and black pepper powder.
Add 1 cup water and refrigerate. You can use 1 portion of this aampanna with water just when you need to serve. It is a refreshing summer drink.
- Watermelon n Lime juice – My son’s favourite and mine too because it gets ready in a jiffy! 1 cup of cut watermelon, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, few pinches of kala namak (a type of pungent rock salt used in Asia). Blend these in your blender and you are done. You can strain the juice, I don’t strain it as we love the small fruit chunks.
- Banana and oats smoothie
This simple 2 minutes recipe is not only easy and quick, but also full of energy and nutrition.
Take 1/3rd cup oats, 1cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt , 1 banana, 1 Tbsp roasted flaxseed, for flavour you can add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder or elaichi (cardamom) powder.
Blend all of the above ingredients and serve. You could create variants of this recipe by changing the fruits as per your little one’s preference.
Hope you liked these simple and easy ideas as much as I liked bringing them to you; now hoping that your little one too relishes these tasty drinks.
Please try and share your feedback here! 🙂
40 Mom bloggers from all across the globe have come together with some amazing baby/toddler food ideas just for you, hop on to this blogtrain and create magic in your kitchen! Also, do not forget to check this wonderful mom who introduced me in this train- Upasana, mom to Maithili who blogs about her experiences at momandmaithili.
Next momma in this blogtrain is Monalisha, sharing about motherhood and her life at monalishadotme.
These are the times when memories may fade but pictures won’t, rather pictures help us reminisce those beautiful moments.
It is all perfect till the time we have our pre- wedding or maternity shoot, because all we need for these shoots is a good location, a good photographer and a few change of clothes.
The moment your little one enters the photo scene, dynamics change altogether.
Here I share with you 8 points that you should consider while planning your first baby/toddler photoshoot. Continue Reading
Why would you write a post on selecting a school, someone asked me. Well that someone has kids who are my age and that someone doesn’t know the challenges that we face.
Being an army kid, my parents had to move cities every 2-3 years, which meant changing schools that often. Was it difficult? Well no, it was rather like a cake walk, easier for them than for me. Fewer schools, even fewer boards and our safest bet was a KV(Kendriya Vidyalaya) or an Army School. Things have changed drastically and choosing a school is as crucial and as confusing as making a career choice.
Before move further, let us first know what exactly a play school is? A playschool as you may have guessed, is an informal set-up where a child learns through play. Pre-school is a term often interchangeably used with playschool. However, preschool is from 3 years to 5 years before a child starts his formal education at 6 years of age. A play school can start as early as 1.5years of age.
Parents are flustered just by the thought of leaving their tiny baby in a play school or Pre-school, all by herself. They are confronted by many fears. Here are a few things that you may look at before finalising a play school or a Pre-school for your child.
I am a mother whose blog says notjustmommying, well that’s because I think we do or mean to do a lot more than raising our kids. Whether we succeed or fail in that endeavor, is another story. Know more