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.
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Happy Cloth Diapering!