I will admit that this topic was not my idea! There is a reason why I would have preferred to avoid this subject completely. Some of you already know this, but I have struggled with using cloth diapers at night and W has worn disposables at night for about 90% of his life. There it is and I have admitted to one of my major weaknesses in the area of cloth diapering. But identifying your weakness is the first step to improvement, right? I like to think that it is so when my lovely co-host Darcy suggested that we discuss night-time cloth diapering as one of our topics, I took it as an opportunity to jump back on the wagon and give it another try!
Night-time diapering brings up a few concerns for me. They are:
W has slept through the night since he was very young, so I was never one who had to worry about waking up in the middle of the night and finding a dirty diaper or anything like that. My concern was keeping him dry through the night and not having him wake up with wet pajamas and a wet swaddle blanket. For while we had no problems just using a diaper from our newborn stash. Our BumGenius extra small AIOs worked just fine through the night when he was tiny. When we started getting some leaking, I found that our extra small Happy Heinys pocket worked great because I could stuff it to meet our needs. Our Thirsties Duo Diaper accomplished the same thing as it is an AIO with a pocket. I could get away with adding a small Hemp Babies hemp insert in the pocket of both diapers and we didn’t have a leak.
The photo above shows W in the Happy Heinys pocket at a little over 3 weeks old. It was the first pocket in our stash to fit him and allowed me to stuff it as needed for daytime or night-time.
As W got bigger, he started waking up wet. I didn’t feel comfortable stuffing anything more into the diapers with pockets because it made them extremely bulky and he was still a little guy. Once he was big enough for his BumGenius AIOs size small, I was able to add the small hemp insert to the pockets in those AIOs. That solution worked for while but we didn’t have many of those, so we ended up needing to still use the others. That’s when I pulled out our Thirsties Duo Wrap size 1 and put it on right over the AIO or pocket he was wearing to bed!
It seemed like I had found the perfect solution for us at the time, but then W started getting redness. It wasn’t full-blown diaper rash but I didn’t want it to turn in to that either! So, I will admit that we switched to using disposables at night. We rarely had a leaking problem until he needed to move up a size and the redness disappeared.
I figured one disposable a day at home wasn’t too bad. I figured it was just another compromise we would make to makes things work well for us. When W was about 3 and 1/2 months old, I decided to give night-time cloth another chance because W was bigger and his BumGenius One Size 3.0s fit him wonderfully.
Once again my concerns were leaking, bulkiness, and wetness against his skin. I decided to try a BG OS with two inserts — the microfiber insert that comes with the diapers and an AFFF (Artsy Fartsy Foo Foo) hemp insert. AFFF hemp inserts are huge. To fit it into the BG pocket, I fold it so it actually is three layers of hemp and not one. This works because the insert is so thin.
My thought was that the microfiber absorbs quickly and the AFFF has a greater absorbency overall. So my plan was that between the two, there would be plenty of absorbency to get us from about 9:00pm to 7:00am without leakage. It worked great and I was successful!
As you can see, it wasn’t extremely bulky at all. It also held up through the night except for one or two nights when we had some minor leaking. This occurred when W slept just a little bit longer. Still, after a few days, the redness returned and after treating it with CJ’s BUTTer (my favorite cloth diaper safe cream) and resolving the problem, I couldn’t bring myself to let him be in a wet diaper that long. I didn’t want him to end up with a full blown case of diaper rash. I was proud of the fact that he hadn’t had any yet (not that I went around advertising it or anything). So, I caved and went back to disposables.
Recently, I have been wanting to get back to using cloth at night. The caregiver W will be spending his days with in the fall has agreed to use cloth, so if I get night-time figured out we could feasibly be a 100% cloth family. We do take disposables when we are out and about sometimes just in case, but I like knowing that at home and during the day with his caregiver, we could be 100% cloth with just disposables for an emergency. So, I decided I would try and tweak our night-time solution once again!
As a night-time diaper the Bum Genius OS 3.0 still works well for us. I am now stuffing it with the BG insert, a microfiber doubler, and an AFFF insert. We are on a different snap setting on the front of the BGs now but the idea is the same and it works well for W at night. He has been sleeping from 7:30 – 8:00 at night to 6:00 – 6:30 in the morning. I have been using a fleece liner inside the diaper to try and keep more of the wetness away from his skin.
This has worked well so far and we’ve only had minor redness. I’ve been treating any redness I see with CJ’s BUTTer and telling myself that it will be okay! I plan to continue monitoring it. I think the fleece liner may have been the missing piece for us. This solution is a bit bulkier due to the addition of the doubler, but it is keeping him dry at night and it’s not so bulky that it seems uncomfortable for him.
The BumGenius pocket has definitely been the night-time diaper for us at this point, but I have tried a few other options such as the Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted and Duo Wrap stuffed with an AFFF insert in the Fab Fitted. I really like the idea of this solution and think that it may work very well for us in the future when W is a bit bigger. Right now, it is extremely bulky on him and I don’t feel comfortable with him wearing it too often. I will definitely try it again in a few months. I figure I can always continue to use the fleece liners in those as well, if only for my peace of mind.
Over the summer, I plan to try some of our other pockets stuffed with the hemp insert and a doubler because I would like to see how diapers like the Fuzzibunz One Size work at night. It is a much more trim fit than our BumGenius 3.0 during the day, so I think it might be great at night even with some extra stuffing.
Although I haven’t had to use it yet, I always have my Thirsties Duo Wraps to use as covers to prevent any minor leaking we may run into but so far, so good! I’m just watching for redness but I am staying strong and continuing on. Perhaps we are finally going to be 100% cloth! I will keep you updated!
Do you have any great night-time diapering solutions? I would love to hear from you! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated as I continue to search for different options. I like variety!
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