Updated on November 24, 2016
Four Overnight Cloth Diaper Solutions
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Have you tried cloth diapering overnight yet? You should. For some reason a lot of people are scared to cloth diaper overnight. Some kids are super heavy wetters and the thought of waking up in the middle of the night to a soaked baby and a soaked crib is not my idea of a good time. Guess what? It is completely possible to cloth diaper overnight without leaks. True story. I was hesitant at first with The Heir, but after he blew through three disposable diapers in an hour at bed time when he was six weeks old (and when I say “blew through” I mean that literally), I decided to give it a go. Worst case scenario? He’d poop out of those or end up soaked. Either way, it couldn’t be any worse than poop up his back three times in an hour. You know what happened? It worked and we never looked back. I love using cloth diapers overnight and you can love it too. Let me share the different combos I’ve used for overnight cloth diapering. Maybe one of these options will be the bullet proof solution for you too!
First off, I always use a pocket diaper for overnight diapering. I like to be able to stuff the pocket with different insert types and know that the stay dry pocket inner is going to keep baby from feeling damp all night long. My pocket shell of choice for overnights is the BumGenius 4.0. The combos that I’ve used have all been able to last for 10-12 hours and sometimes longer. Whether baby is sleeping through the night or still waking to feed every few hours, at a certain point you don’t want or need to be changing their diaper in the middle of the night. I have always stopped changing diapers at night when baby stops pooping overnight. For Petit Prince, that was somewhere around 6-7 weeks old. Before that time, an “overnight” diaper only needed to last up to 6 hours.
Adjustable one size BumGenius 4.0 microfibre insert with the newborn BumGenius 4.0 microfibre insert.
This one is easy, and if you are already using BumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers, you already have these inserts so you don’t have to buy anything extra. This is the overnight solution that I started with when The Heir was 6 weeks old. At the time, it was mostly out of necessity as I didn’t actually own any other inserts. This overnight solution worked great for The Heir for a long time. He didn’t leak out of this combo until he was around 10-11 months old. He was in the diaper for at least 10-12 hours and it worked quite well for most of his first year.
Newborn BumGenius 4.0 microfibre insert with a BabyKicks Joeybunz one size hemp insert.
This is the first overnight diaper that I used on Petit Prince. After diapering The Heir for almost two years, I developed a love of hemp inserts, so I was really keen to get Petit Prince in hemp right away. He was in this cloth diaper overnight from just under three weeks old. When using a combination of insert materials, like microfibre and hemp, you want the fastest absorbing material on top (closest to baby) inside the pocket. With this combo, the newborn microfibre insert goes on top of the hemp insert, and then both go in the pocket. I put the wide end of the BabyKicks Joeybunz at the front of the diaper and fold it to fit at the front. This is because I have a boy, and boys tend to wet up front. If you have a girl, you would most likely want the wide end of the BabyKicks Joeybunz to be folded at the back of the diaper. This option is really nice and trim fitting, so it’s great for a younger baby. This combo lasted all night on Petit Prince (as long as he didn’t poop during his middle of the night feedings), up to around 10 hours. Now that he is in his overnight diaper longer than 12 hours, we have had to move up to something more absorbent. This combo worked for the first three months and if your baby isn’t a heavy wetter like Petit Prince, this one could work longer for you.
Adjustable one size BumGenius 4.0 microfibre insert with a BabyKicks Joeybunz one size hemp insert.
Now we’re getting into the big leagues. This is the combo that I used with The Heir from 11 months until he potty trained at 22 months old. It was pretty darned bullet proof. The microfibre went on top of the hemp folded in the front. The wide end of the BabyKicks Joeybunz went at the front of the diaper, but I folded it at the back to fit the shell. My reason for doing this is that the microfibre is already folded at the front, so folding the hemp at the front too just makes it too bulky up front. Again, microfibre on top closest to baby, both inserts in the pocket. This combo lasted The Heir a solid 12+ hours and we never needed to increase the absorbency right up to potty training. Petit Prince has worn this combo as well, and I don’t find it too bulky on him.
Large Funky Fluff LUX bamboo insert with a BabyKicks Joeybunz one size hemp insert.
If you’ve got a heavy wetter, this combo is golden. I find the Funky Fluff LUX inserts to be really absorbent. The large size has been the perfect overnight insert. Because bamboo absorbs faster than hemp, I lay the LUX insert on top of the hemp, closest to baby. The front of the LUX insert is folded (again because I have a boy), and the wide end of the BabyKicks hemp is at the front of the diaper. I fold the narrow back end of the BabyKicks insert to adjust the size to fit inside the shell. If you have a girl, you can just flip this one around and put the widest end of the hemp and the folded end of the LUX at the back of the diaper. This combo lasts Petit Prince ALL NIGHT long and then some. By that I mean 12+ hours, and the back of the inserts are often still dry meaning the diaper could have held even more!
There you have it! Those are four different overnight insert combos for use with a pocket diaper shell. Cloth diapering overnight often requires a few extra inserts be added to your stash (like hemp and bamboo if you don’t already have some), but it is well worth the investment. Don’t be afraid to give overnight cloth diapering a try! Once you find a winning combination to get through the whole night, you’ll never look back! Promise!
Do you use cloth diapers overnight? What’s your favourite overnight combination?