I have been asked by fellow moms millions of time that why do I prefer Night Time Cloth Diapering? Does it really last whole night? What if the child wakes up during the change? etc etc, So here you go, I have tried to answer all your queries, I have this detailed post below, keep reading to know your answers and how it worked for us.
How to know you are ready for Night Time Cloth Diapering?
So if you’ve started Cloth Diapering and learnt the basics/or you plan to switch and learning the basics on getting a good fit. You are on a right track. I have seen moms who get their hands experienced on daytime diapering before shifting to a full-time cloth diapering mom also moms who used traditional langots for daytime and learnt the tricks of nighttime cloth diapering and ultimately switched to full-time CDing. You might be from any of the above moms who have enough cloth diaper stash and set the daily wash routine to move to the next big level… Night time Cloth Diapering.
Let me tell you even I had the various thoughts and I too feared to take this risk, but this is what I really wanted to do, switch to full-time cloth diapering If you wish to know my initial struggle and tips and hacks with my minimum stash read my cloth diapering journey.
So from over one year of diapering experience , let me assure you that Nighttime cloth diapering is not as difficult as it sounds and today we have a big community of moms who cloth diaper and there are unlimited videos on Youtube to assist on getting a right fit, here in this post, I want to explain to you what worked for us and maybe you would like to try it out too 🙂
What is the right way to begin Night Time Cloth Diapering?
Night time cloth diapering has worked out good for us with our own set of trials. Though we too had our share of leaks that doesn’t stop us from trying various brands of diapers and their different soakers. All this trial helped me in learning some tricks while testing different diapers and which diaper worked for us and in what combination of soakers. To learn more about the type of diapers which are currently available today, read my blog post on basics of cloth diaper and how to maintain them.
- First things first- The most important aspect of learning is to understand the requirement, here it shall be your baby’s wetting pattern. Your baby could be a heavy wetter, medium wetter, frequent wetter if you understand that it will be easier for you to pick the right soaker/booster. Also, Keep in mind that most babies pee more frequently in the daytime and less frequently in the nights. You may also like to factor in the current season and/or location wherein you stay, colder temperature makes babies pee more.
- Do not compare – Cloth Diapers are super thirsty cloth after all and unlike disposable diapers, they won’t be able to hold it up entire night on their own. You would need to add an additional booster depending upon the wetting style of your baby. An 8-10hours is what most of the All in One diaper may last for, additional boosters could make this a little longer.
- Understand your Diaper– Understanding composition of your diaper could be very useful and learning what other types of Insert can be used in your cloth diaper to make the perfect combination, could work for your Night Time Cloth Diapering. To understand them better, read the product guide properly to understand which type of fabric is used and the number of layers in your Cloth Diaper.
- Type of Insert– Each of these play an important role as various fabrics used insider the waterproof shell have different soaking capacities. Microfibres (MF) inserts are the cheapest of the lot and have an average soaking, they are present in either 3 or 4 layers in most of the brands. Then there are bamboo and organic cotton boosters which are comparatively better than MF but they need a couple of more washes as compared to MF to bring them up to a maximum absorbency level. The best of the soaker type is HEMP, they are available in prefold (which you fold as per your baby’s gender with multiple folds at the right places) or boosters, which can be directly added to the Cloth Diaper.
TIP: To be noted that these fabrics are not dry feel and you may have to either add a dry fleece layer or use soakers which has a dry feel layer at the top. Also MF/Cotton soaks the wetness quickly as compared to Hemp, so you should ideally add Hemp as a booster and not directly in contact with baby’s bottom.
Source – superbottoms.com
How we started
If you have read my cloth diaper journey, you might know, that I started with a minimum stash of 3 pocket style diapers and with some extra boosters I started my night time cloth diapering. Though it looked bulky on my tiny kid, I tried using different combination types of inserts i.e a microfibre with charcoal/bamboo booster, 2 Microfibre boosters with 4 layers each, Microfibre 3 layer booster with Hemp prefold.
What worked for us 🙂
Slowly I shifted to using All-in-one (AIO) types of Cloth Diapers for nights. And let me assure you they did the job pretty well. I am saying this as I have tried many other brands, their different types of diapers ( pockets, cover, AIOs) with different types of inserts and though I was satisfied on how they worked on my baby. But there was so much work for me always- keeping the perfect combination ready for next night was difficult, additionally as I said, they look a little bulky.
If you are looking for detailed information on various Type of Cloth Diaper and how you may choose the right one for you. I highly recommend reading this blog by Nayantara from MommyingbabyT.com, she is a Cloth Diapering champ and has dozens of posts on cloth diapering which is gold for moms like us. Last monsoon, while struggling with all those pee puddles and tons of laundry, I just came across her blog and got motivated to make my ‘Big Switch’ to Cloth Diapering.
Later, after trying all my combinations, the one I finally zeroed down basis the quality is Superbottoms Plus AIO (heavy absorbency) Cloth Diapers. Once washed for about 8-10 times ( we used them in day time right after first wash), they were ready and did hold up the entire night, without any leaks and hence there is no more getting up to check or change the cloth diaper during the night. Also, they have this stay dry layer which keeps the baby fuss free the entire night.
“The most important point to keep in mind is to ensure that your diaper is prepped well, i.e it has had its share of pre-washes to make it hold up for the entire night. There can be no exact number as such, but usually, 8-10 washes are good enough, depending upon the type of material used inside.”
Do let me know your queries if any in comments below, would be happy for any help 🙂
Until next time