Nighttime cloth diapering?! Oh my goodness – this was a terrifying concept for me to get a grip on! When Baby R was just starting cloth, I never thought about what I was going to do at night. Part of me felt that cloth at night would be the exact same as in the day, right?
WRONG! Same concept, of course… but entirely new game to say the least.
When we started our cloth diapering adventure, I did a lot of research – okay, not really. I knew the basics about cloth diapering from a friend, but I never asked about night diapering. So I finally started to do a bit of research and I became not only terrified of the new challenge, but overwhelmed to say the least. There were so many people that were simply using disposables at night because they did not want to deal with the night time leaks and the wet bed in the morning, and the hassle of doing more loads of laundry every single day.
Me? I was on that boat, so I said no way at night – disposables was it!
Then a funny thing happened… you know those issues I read about? Well – I was having the SAME issues with DISPOSABLES! I knew this was it… it was my time to make the switch and go cloth all the way – even at night!
So I did what anyone would do. I asked suggestions from a friend who recommended a fitted (Hempy Heinys) and a fleece cover. I tried it. I hated it. I loved the absorbency and had no issues at all. But my poor lil’ Baby R looked like he was permanently stuck in an Ergo. He looked ridiculous trying to move. So I decided to ask someone else.
I found a great store through some online searches and fell in love! If you have yet to make friends with Abby from Itsy Bitsy Bums, you are seriously missing out.
Abby from IBB is absolutely amazing and will spend days and months talking to you about everything! Her suggestion was a combination of the Kiwi Pie OS Bamboo Fitted diaper with a cover. She also suggested if Baby R was a heavy wetter (which he was and is) to use a hemp insert or doubler to help catch it. So I tried that, and he never leaked!
This combination worked well for us, but then Baby R would periodically get some redness from the covers on his chubby lil’ legs. So I asked IBB for some more suggestions on other great night time options.
Next up… Bum Genius 4.0 OS Pocket with both Microfiber inserts, and my hemp insert.
AWESOME! Not only is this option leak proof for Baby R, it is also a more trim and comfortable fit for him to walk around in prior to going to sleep.
Then I have Baby M now. She is a completely different case. Baby R’s methods don’t work as well for her. She was so small because we started cloth immediately. The Kiwi Pie was great also, but her covers were too loose around her chicken legs.
So what did I do? I hit up my gal again from IBB. I let her know what diapers I had in my stash and she gave me another fantastic option! Baby M is perfect all night in the AppleCheeks shell, with their 3pli inserts for added absorbency and their booster for even more.
The fit isn’t too bulky on her, and her legs fit!
The most important thing I learned from my nighttime cloth diapering experience is to not be afraid! I understand that every baby is unique and that every baby may require something different – and that is ok! All I needed was patience and someone to help me learn what my options are. The nighttime dilemma has ended, and happily so.