Bulletproof Nighttime Covers

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No one wants their baby to wake up with soaked sheets or for that matter soaked sheets on your bed!  Finding a cover that works best for your baby can be such a challenge though.  For many, a Thirsties cover works just fine.  Yet others require something substantially more bulletproof.

We have gone through many nighttime covers over Paisley’s 22 months of life.  Each stage of life bringing different challenges to overcome.

At birth we started out with Proraps and Babyology wool longies.  Babyology wool is bulletproof!  That is my first recommendation for most moms.  The fact that they are natural and affordable adds to their appeal.  I never had a leak when using Babyology wool.  I also had great success with Proraps (link is to the nb size).  The downside is that they are not breathable.  At every night diaper change the diaper was hot and soaked.  I prefer to use a natural or breathable fiber especially at night.

As Paisley grew, her nighttime diaper changes decreased yet she was peeing more.  I needed to ensure that the cover would hold up well to a possible flood.  We then switched to knit longies with BBR wool or Llamajamas wool.  Both of these provided the super thick barrier I needed for my heavy wetter.

Other wool options include the Baby Beehinds wool wrap, Loveybums wool wrap, interlock wool, or Aristocrats.

If wool is something you are not interested in using or there are allergies, fleece is a breathable option for nighttime.

At this time we are using a GAD Windpro Fleece Nighttimes.  We have never had a leak in this diaper and that’s even after being in the diaper for a 14 hour stretch.  Yes, the inserts are completely soaked in the morning but the diaper is dry.  Other fleece pockets are Drybees (suedecloth inner) and Snap-EZ. There are also the fleece covers: Polar Bummis and Dancing Bears.

When it comes to successful nighttime diapering remember it is a system.  The cover is only as good as the diaper, the diaper is only as good as the insert….  Many factors come into play.

If you missed the recent wool posts here are links you can check out: Interlock and Knit wool and Recycled wool.

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About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. You can read more from Autumn over at https://www.facebook.com/beautifullyblessedlashes.

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13 Responses to “Bulletproof Nighttime Covers”

  1. Omeria's Mom Says:

    DRY PAIL. I got a good old dry metal kitchen from Target. It works great, I keep it dry, doesn’t need a liner (no plastic waste), and does not smell. I was every two or three days. Just remember to strip your diapers/prefolds at least once a month. This means to prewash and wash with dish detergent like Dawn or Ivory. It will get all the amonia out and is not harsh like other products. Then just wash and dry as normal. And cut some fleece to go next to baby’s skin. Works great for us!

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  2. Omeria's Mom Says:

    DRY PAIL. I got a good old dry metal kitchen from Target. It works great, I keep it dry, doesn’t need a liner (no plastic waste), and does not smell. I was every two or three days. Just remember to strip your diapers/prefolds at least once a month. This means to prewash and wash with dish detergent like Dawn or Ivory. It will get all the amonia out and is not harsh like other products. Then just wash and dry as normal. And cut some fleece to go next to baby’s skin. Works great for us!

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  3. Autumn Beck Says:

    If by microterry, you mean microfiber DO NOT put it directly next to baby’s skin. Microfiber is designed to pull all moisture into its fibers. This will create a bad rash on baby’s skin. If you are referring to cotton terry, it is not stay-dry so would not help with baby feeling dry. You can make fleece liners very easy to lay on top of the prefold next to baby’s skin for a stay-dry feeling. As far as inserts for the prefold, you can use anything you’d use for a pocket. If she is a heavy wetter something with Zorb or hemp would hold up. HTH!

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  4. Omeria's Mom Says:

    I use happy heiny sherpa wraped in an indian prefold and I use my prorap cover. Do any of these overnights keep baby skin dry? My daughter gets a rash when wet too long overnight. I want to try inserts with my prefold; like a microterry, but do they stay wet or dry next to baby’s skin?

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  5. Omeria's Mom Says:

    I use happy heiny sherpa wraped in an indian prefold and I use my prorap cover. Do any of these overnights keep baby skin dry? My daughter gets a rash when wet too long overnight. I want to try inserts with my prefold; like a microterry, but do they stay wet or dry next to baby’s skin?

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  6. Autumn Beck Says:

    Mary, I have heard of babies being allergic to FOE (fold over elastic). This may or may not be the case with your daughter. Regardless, she is reacting and a change needs to be made. I would try covers with fleece at the legs or minky.

    Baby Softwraps
    Berry Plush
    And any of the wool/fleece covers I have linked to in the last 3 posts.

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  7. Autumn Beck Says:

    Asimina, there are a couple of answers for you. 1) Yes. If you keep the lid closed when you open it there will be a stink but just close it fast ;) 2) Maybe not. A good friend of mine and many other families leave the lid open all the time. The reasoning behind this method is a closed container facilitates the breeding of bacteria (smell). 3) No. You may choose to use a wet pail. I recently posted on my wet pail system. http://allaboutclothdiapers.com/to-wet-or-dry-…s-the-questionto-wet-or-dry-pail-itthat-is-the-question You’ll have to find what works best for your set up and family.

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  8. Michelle Says:

    I love my Thirsties and Babyology! However, we’ve been dealing with leaks with the Babyology recently so it must be time to lanolize!

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  9. Asimina Says:

    Hello, I have been looking for the best solution for a diaper pail. I bought two whami reusable liners for the/a pail and I was going to use them in the “diaper champ” but because of reviews on the diaper champ I am now looking for a better system. Some sites say to just use a regular plastic step can… but won’t it be stinky every time you open it? – is there a better alternative?
    Thank you
    Asimina

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  10. Mary Says:

    Question Autumn, I like to use prefolds but have switched to pockets because my daughter seems to be getting chemical burns from the amonia in the urine. I try to change her every 2-3 hours and use the Thirsties covers. I feel that the urine is wicked into the binding on the covers and this leaves what appears to be burns on her legs and back. Have you heard of this happpening and do you have any suggestions on what other types of covers to try?

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  11. Autumn Beck Says:

    Rachel, the Baby Softwraps is a great diaper. The one I have has a PUL outer with fleece leg casings and the snap in is a fleece topped hemp bifold. Very absorbent.

    With fleece I’d still treat it but with fabric softener. Fabric softener gives fleece a water proof barrier.

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  12. Rachel Says:

    Autumn,
    I have a question about another type of diaper. My mind is drawing a blank…it is number 5 on your top five list for AIO/AIO…Soft…something or other.
    Did you like the diaper? I am thinking about purchasing one to try. I have used pockets for 7 months and I am still not totally in love with them so I want to try soemthing different. Thank you.

    Oh, this blog entry came at a perfect time. I am taking the plunge into using cloth at night. I would like to use fleece or something I do not have to treat (lanonize).

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  13. mrs spock Says:

    I’m a big fan of Little Beetle wool soakers. Very soft and never had a leak problem.

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