I spent a year–yes, a year—waking up in the middle of the night, having to completely change my daughter’s diaper. My little heavy wetter leaked through her diaper and on to her pajamas and sheets on a daily basis. You’d think I would have given up at that point, but I am stubborn and wanted to conquer this issue. I had blamed my stay dry diapers for repelling, I blamed gussets for leaking, but all I really needed to do was a little bit of research on the kinds diapers that held up at night.
Hopefully I have done a little bit of this work for you. At Padded Tush Stats, people fill out surveys on how different diapers worked for them. One of the questions they are asked is whether or not the diaper works for them. So here are the results on how some diapers have worked at night:
Ragababe AIO – 83%
Softbums Omni – 63%
Rumparooz One Size Diaper – 63%
Green Mountain Diapers Prefolds (Cloth Eez) – 50%
Green Line Diapers – 48%
Bumgenius Flip – 48%
Fuzzibunz One Size – 46%
Econobum – 44%
Bumgenius 4.0 – 44%
Bumgenius Elemental – 32%
GroVia AIO – 28%
GroVia AI2 – 18%
Bottom Bumpers Side Snapping AIO– 14%
One of the things I found when looking through survey responses is that although a pocket diaper may not hold up at night with the original insert, many have added an additional insert or a different insert altogether. For example, one very popular insert people recommended was the Joey Bunz Hemp Insert.
I highly recommend having some night time diapers set aside specifically for night time use. For example, I love my Bottom Bumpers Side Snapping AIO and my GroVia AIO for daytime use because of their trimness. However, at night I like to use my Bumgenius 4.0 in velcro (velcro means Zombi Mom gets a diaper on faster and without accidentally snapping a chunky leg or something).
However, for naptime I like to use snaps because my girl likes to play a while before going to sleep and she takes off her diaper if it is velcro (see picture above).
Can I just say that the WEEK I figured this all out and found the perfect nighttime solution, I brought home a newborn. Isn’t that how life works? So I am no longer waking up throughout the night for one baby, but I am for another. Ah the life of a Mom! But in case you are wondering, here are the diapers that I use for my two kids at night for minimal leaks:
Baby #1: (24-pound, 20 month old heavy wetter , female)– Ragababe size large with a large insert laid overtop, Sustainablebabyish Magic Fitted Diaper with a fleece cover, or a Bumgenius 4.0 or Fuzzibunz One Size stuffed with a Knickernappies Super Do Insert.
Baby #2: (10-pound, 11 week old skinny legged heavy wetter, male) – Kissaluvs size Zero or Little Boppers Newborn fitted with a Thirsties XS cover.
I hope this helps give you some leak-free nights. Have you tried out a diaper that either worked really well or perhaps not-so-well at night? Please head on over to Padded Tush Stats and fill out a survey. This website runs on the fact that people take a few minutes to fill out a brief survey on how a diaper filled out for them, so thank you in advance!
My name is Tara and I am the owner of Padded Tush Stats. I am a happy mom of a wonderful 17-month old baby and am about to be a mother of a newborn! I stay home with my girl as much as possible, but I am also a full time graduate student in education. I have cloth diapered my daughter for over a year now and love it. I started only because I am just so frugal, but now I am excited about how I am helping the environment.
I experienced a lot of difficulties finding the “right” diaper for my daughter (she is 17 months and I feel like I JUST figured it out). She is a heavy wetter, so I went through a lot of brands before I found what worked for me. But I spent quite a bit of money on highly recommended brands, only to find that they didn’t work for her. That’s when I wondered if there was a way to categorize reviews based on the unique needs of babies. My dissertation is a survey study on writing programs–so when I had this question about cloth diapering reviews, my mind immediately went to surveys! The surveys in here are in no way a reflection of fancy statistics and survey work, so please don’t judge me on that. These are just simple surveys to hopefully help out a few cloth diapering parents/guardians.