While there are many parents who make the switch to cloth diapers there are some who still struggle with the best night time solution, particularly those who have children who are heavy wetters. Before you turn to those yucky disposable diapers at night (no!) check out these solutions shared by our members.
I broke down all of the solutions by individual items and listed them here – this should be helpful for those who are on a tight budget and may need either work with what they have or start off with the least expensive diaper or accessory. Wool was one of the favorite solutions but a more economical place to start may be to use extra stuffing. Extra stuffing can be something you already have in your stash such as flats, small prefolds or hemp or bamboo fleece liners.
In the infographic below I highlight the major diaper or cover types and accessories they are typically paired with. But first lets read the tips from our members:
Fitteds with doublers under wool! -Kinga (kingpat)
Wool interlock with extra stuffed fitteds. – Jake&MattsMom
We love fitteds made specifically for nighttime use here. They’re often lined in microfleece for a stay-dry feeling and super thick and absorbent. Paired with a wool soaker, they’re pretty much bulletproof! -Morgan (mdahm98 )
A great fitted and wool. No leaks, ever. - SecretLifeSAHM
Hemp has solved our nighttime leaking problems. I just add a hemp doubler to whatever they usually wear to bed. – BabySnickerdoodles
Double-stuffed pockets work great for my light nighttime wetter. With my heavy wetter, we used ultra-stuffed fitteds under interlock wool soakers under fleece jammies. - CStrange
Fitteds and hemp doublers are your friends! Pair with wool covers and you’re golden! - owenorah
A good heavy fitted with doublers under a wool soaker. – groupp
Go with wool. I struggled with nighttime leaks with my tummy sleeper. She would leak up the front because I could never get a good tight fit with PUL covers or extra stuffed pockets. Once I switched to wool no more problems. – britni82
The graphic below shows the favorite overnight cloth diaper combos – but first more advice from our members.
Hemp prefolds or flats are super trim and absorbent. I will use one or two with a prefold and haven’t had any issues once I used this formula. Fleece jammies or blankets under her help for those super wet nights. - apingor
Hemp and wool. Hemp is so absorbant, I couldn’t find a nighttime solution that didn’t include hemp. Use a wool cover/soaker over anything (even pocket diapers) If the diaper leaks the wool will absorb the excess wetness but won’t leak – so even if your diaper is drenched you still have a chance at dry sheets. – teamom
Adding a fleece or wool soaker over everything can catch the overflow/compression leaks. - Elethiao
After cloth diapering 4 kids over a nearly 11 year period, the best system for us has been a prefold with a preemie or small prefold used as a doubler (depending on child’s age) snappied under a wool knit soaker – MrsKucz
Preemie prefolds make great doublers and then definitely using fleece as covers works fantastically and another trick is to use fabric softener when washing or drying the fleece. - 7308anne
So stop buying those disposables! Don’t but up with wet sheets! Try one of the individual or combo solutions listed above. Keep those natural and soft fibers next to your baby’s skin especially during the longest period of the day.
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