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.