Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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Overnight Success - Finally!

I have been up and down and back and forth about being able to cloth diaper overnight. At first I didn’t think there was any way it could possibly work. I tried some things; I failed with some things. I was hopeful, then I wanted to give up. What worked with a younger infant couldn’t keep up with an older baby sleeping 11 hours at a time. As my daughter grew I made a couple of minor tweaks along the way to come up with my perfect nighttime diapering regimen. My solution is a trim, leak-free overnight diaper and one tiny, little tip that has helped with smells, stains and my quest to keep my washing routine simple.

bumGenius One Size pocket diapers are THE nighttime diaper in my house. The fit, the fabric, the pocket, everything about them makes them the perfect, adaptable overnight diaper. However, the single micro-terry insert that I use without fail during the day just didn’t cut it for nighttime. For awhile I was able to add the smaller doubler that’s included with the purchase of the diaper, but as my daughter grew this combination didn’t hold up for us and would leak overnight. After doing some research I decided to give hemp inserts a try. They are very thin and have natural properties that fight bacteria and odor build-up. I purchased a couple of BabyKicks Hemparoo JoeyBunz inserts and have been so impressed with the performance.

However, I’ve found that though the hemp inserts absorb an incredible amount, they don’t absorb as quickly. Therefore, I use the micro-terry insert/doubler that comes with the bumGenius One Size pockets diapers as the layer closest to her body in the pocket with the hemp insert under that. We haven’t had any issues with leaks and the diapers really aren’t much bulkier than the ones she wears every day because the hemp is so thin and trim.

While I finally conquered the overnight leaks, I realized the micro-terry inserts I used overnight were taking a beating. Overnight diapers obviously aren’t changed as frequently as daytime diapers so the odor and bacteria has some time to settle in. These inserts were tougher to clean, had some discoloration and staining and would carry an odor even after regular washing. To make it easier on my washing routine, and the rest of my inserts that didn’t necessarily need more frequent stripping or bleaching, I decided to designate 3-4 diapers as “overnight” diapers. I put a little stitch of pink (of course, pink!) thread on the inserts and pockets of only those diapers that I would use for overnight. This way I can keep a close eye on these diapers and wash them more frequently than the others. I’ve previously spoken of my lack of enthusiasm for bleach, but I have found that a periodic bleaching of the overnight inserts (only the micro-terry) really helps to freshen them up and keep the odors at a minimum. With my little stitch method I can do these 3-4 inserts on their own without having to punish the whole lot of micro-terry inserts. And really why should the whole bunch suffer for the faults of the 3-4 troublemakers? Anyone with siblings knows what I’m talking about here!


By Jennifer G.

26 comments:

FordeFam said...

Thanks for the bleach idea!!! Gonna try that on the old prefolds!!! :)

JAMIE said...

I've never had a leak with THiRSTiES fab fitteds couple with a duo wrap overnight for our daughter and Kissaluvs Marvels with duo wrap for overnight use for our toddler son who is heavy wetter....no inserts or doublers necessary.

Lil Mouse said...

I like the thread idea, I've considered doing this on her socks, or on the inserts for her snap diapers, so we can keep them separate easily!

Megan said...

Thanks for the info, we have overnight issues too! My son almost weights 18 pounds at 14 months and filling him up is really hard. He usually nurses at least once during the night if not twice and because of this I have to change him in the middle of the night or he ends up soaked. Sometimes I think he wakes up because he is wet. Right now because of money we use prefolds and recycled wool covers, but if I ever want to sleep again I may have to invest in some new diapers.

!♣!F®om †he In§ide ou‡!♣! said...

I don't like bleach either. Just the smell of it makes me gag! I've not made the switch to cloth diapers yet, but hope to in the new year! :D Thanks for the tips!

Tamara said...

Oh my gosh, what a fantastic idea! I too, have noticed that the inserts from the overnight dipes are stinkier. I can smell it as soon as I walk into my DD's room in the morning, yuk! I love it and just might steal it, hope that's ok?!

Brie H said...

haha...Thank you for that - it was very informative and I love the way your write! I right now am still using the bum genius insert and the doubler (infant insert) for night time, but now I know how to solve it when it no longer works... thanks!

Megan said...

Our nighttime solution is similar to yours. We always use Bum Genius 3.0's but with Knickernappies SuperDo inserts. They are really SUPER!!! I have only two white diapers, so I have designated those as my nighttime diapers. They are my least favorite, so it works out well to use them at night.

Laura said...

This is the EXACT overnight method we use except we wrap our hemp insert in a prefold and stuff with that. We do sometimes still get leaks but it is a rare occurrence.

Anna said...

Always great to hear how someone else is making nighttime diapering work! Thanks for sharing :)

Heidi Maxwell said...

YAY! for success!! We had a similar battle and ended up settling on Drybees Fleece Pockets for our night diapers. We double stuffed them with 2 full size micro terry inserts and that did the trick. It was a bit bulky, but heck, it's bedtime - so her mobility really wasn't an issue, and they still fit in her jammies just fine. I liked the fleece because they breathed better than the PUL pockets - and overnight diaper rash/irritation stopped when we switched!!

I've never tried the BGs - but I always hear such good things about them! And I like the idea about marking the overnight inserts so you can keep them separate.

I've never braved using bleach. All of the washing sites say NO NO NO when it comes to bleach on your cloth. We found that an overnight soak in Rockin' Green does the trick for stinky inserts and diapers. We just started using it and I LOVE how clean my diapers are.

Crystal said...

I never thought about the importance of putting the hemp under the micro terry since it doesn't absorb as fast, but I'll have to try it! We've had some problems with overnight leaking even when the inserts aren't completely wet. Maybe the problem is that I've been putting hemp on top! Thanks!
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Amy B. said...

This is the exact same overnight solution we have found! I designated my green and yellow BG's to be the night ones. Now if I could just sew.... I might take a few inserts home to my mom to sew thread on to designate as the night dipes. What a good idea!

Alycia said...

I totally agree with BGOS Pockets being THE nighttime diaper- they are in our house! But I had the same problem with finding what to stuff it with that didn't leak. I finally found some Hempbabies Bigger Weeds and used 1 as an insert and we were bone dry the next morning. 12 hours later!

Normally you'd fold them in 3rd, but since my LO is on the smallest setting folding this way is too long, so I fold in 3rd then fold down the top a bit to put in the front. Stuff the pocket and voila!

I like the pink stitch idea- I may have to borrow that one!

Autumn Beck | Cloth Diapers said...

I love the we are thinking the same thing! Nighttime cloth diapering seems to be a stumbling block for many cloth diaper moms. I've added a few good solutions on my blog. Please add yours to the comments. You can link back to your post ;)

Michele said...

It is great to hear advise on how to best cloth diaper at night! Thanks for these tips.

as said...

Great tips! I finally came up with a similar solution with my little guy. I use BG pockets stuffed with the large microfiber insert & a bamboo prefold from Bamboo bums. I like the hemp idea, though. It would be trimmer. I too find that it is very important to put the microfiber closest to baby & the bamboo under that.

Sarahjenne said...

I use this overnight combo, too. Thanks for the tip about marking the overnight inserts.

Gina said...

My oldest is an extremely heavy wetter. When I use my BG's overnight I use the microfiber insert with 2 JoeyBunz underneath. Haven't had a leak since we started doing that!

Sandra said...

I'm so glad to find all the advice on night diapering. My 3 mo old has had several leaks at night but I haven't been using any booster inserts. Even if he doesn't leak it seems to wake him when he is wet. This didn't happen with disposables. Anyone else have this problem? Or a solution?

AJU5's Mom said...

I am glad the route I am going to try to take sounds a lot like this. I am going to try FuzziBunz with one of their inserts and then a hemp insert for my daughter. Hopefully it will work!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the wooly bottoms for nighttime diapering. So far they have worked for me.

Anonymous said...

Genius! Great tip on sewingg the thread to designate diapers for overnight. I am just beginning to try cloth at night and plan to try some hemp like Moraki diapers

Unknown said...

What type of laundry detergent do you use? Do you use a special kind for overnight diapers besides bleach? Also, what kind of bleach?

Unknown said...

What kind of bleach do you use?

Monica Sarmiento said...

Overnight success, literally! The colored stitch is a great tip!