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Pros and Cons of Designated Nighttime Diapers

One of the major hurdles new cloth diapering parents face is the problem of the nighttime solution. With disposable diaper manufacturers conjuring up magnificent visions of twelve hours of blissful relaxation, recent converts to cloth diapers may scream ‘no fair’! Seasoned parents know that in any case, that 12 hours? It’s a farce. Most newborns are up 3-10 times a night, with some children never sleeping that blissful twelve hours in a row—maybe when they’re teenagers and don’t need diapers. So—what’s realistic and what’s necessary changes with your baby’s growth patterns. Makes sense, right? As babies get bigger, their stomachs get bigger and they eat/drink more breast milk or formula, and eventually milk, water, or whatever sneaky grandparents give them. When it’s blazing hot in the shade (like late summer in the U.S.), kids drink more as they are active later in the day. This phenomenon surprises nearly every parent of new sippy cup users, as free reign on drinks equals a flooded diaper, and the potential for wet sheets. As they mature, the longer they sleep, and, again with the wet covers. As newborns become infants and toddlers, tripping around from activity to activity with a glass while they graze on goldfish crackers, naps and bedtime can prove trying on even your best bulletproof daytime diaper. Many parents fix this by designating 2-3 diapers as ‘nighttime diapers.’ It might …

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Search for a Nighttime Solution

In the cloth diapering world there are certain easy to understand terms and abbreviations: AIO, AI2, ebf, OBF, DS, WAHM, RnG; all you need to do is learn the abbreviation and you’re able to follow the questions and the comments on any Facebook group. It took me a couple days of immersing myself into the Facebook support groups, but I learned quickly and took solace in the fact that those terms are uniform. One term, however, has been elusive: heavy wetter. It is the elusive nature of the term that also creates such diversity in the all important nighttime solution. Whenever a question about one’s nighttime solution comes up, I am struck by the variation in each answer. Some claim that a Flip insert in a Thirsties cover is all they need while others are satisfied with the performance of a KaWaii GNHW. I see some mom’s vouch for a double-stuffed pocket or an s’bish snapless fitted; each mom claiming that she is dealing with a heavy wetter, yet each solution is vastly different. A pocket user, I was appalled by the idea of fitteds, a diaper that would encase my precious boy in a soaked diaper for hours at night. Surely feeling that wetness would be uncomfortable for him; therefore, I vowed never to use them. As he grew so did his nighttime diaper. I tried all of the …

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Overnight Diapering: On a Budget

Many people shy away from cloth diapering overnight because what they have hasn’t worked or because they see the high price tags of fitteds and wool and assume that cloth diapering overnight is way too expensive. Over the years I have used various methods to cloth diaper overnight, and my kids are not light wetters (both of them can actually out pee a disposable overnight). The key to inexpensive overnight cloth diapering is to take what you have on hand and use it a little unconventionally. Take an inventory of what you have and you may just be all set or almost ready to go. It’s also possible that you may need to buy a few inexpensive items. But even if you have to buy a few prefolds, flats, stay dry liners or a diaper fastener you still won’t be dropping as much change as you would on a traditional overnight diaper system (or be wasting money on disposables). Below are what I consider to be the four cheapest overnight options. Option 1- The Super Stuffed Pocket This is usually the first thing people try. While it can work great for some people, it may not work for tummy sleepers and heavy wetters. As the title suggests you “super stuff” a pocket diaper (this can also work with some All in One diapers). You put the fastest absorbing fiber at …

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Tips for Cloth Diapering at Night

I’ve noticed that a lot of moms are hesitant about cloth diapering at night. After wash routine, nighttime cloth diapering is a top concern. Fess up! Moms want to be able to sleep as much as possible at night, right? *raises hand* I know I do. So what’s a mom to do about cloth diapering during the night?? Kelly’s Closet has a page with lots of different options, but here’s a rundown on some of the most effective combinations for nighttime cloth diapering, with examples of specific brands. Fitted with Wool sustainablebabyish are the king of fitted diapers. They’re ultra-soft and absorbent. Paired with their woolies, you’ve got the Cadillac of nighttime (or daytime) diapers. There are other fitted diapers out there, so you can experiment with the different kinds (remember, cloth diapers have a pretty high resale value!). Hemp or Bamboo Flats sustainablebabyish also has awesome ‘flats’ made from bamboo fleece. They’re sized, so you do have to occasionally size up, though you can stretch out each size by adding a doubler. Geffen Baby’s hemp jersey flats or Cotton Babies’ hemp flats are also a great option in a pocket with a microfiber insert on top or in a cover with a stay dry doubler. Pocket Diaper with Microfiber Insert and Hemp Doubler Kawaii’s Good Night Heavy Wetter pocket diapers are great at nighttime with the microfiber insert and …

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Nighttime Stripping

I have successfully been cloth diapering for 10 months! My go to cloth diaper is the one size BumGenius 4.0, and I’ve been using those for about eight months. During our cloth diaper journey, my family has moved and went from extremely hard, iron filled rural water to moderately hard, city water. I also started washing diapers in an old top loader washing machine to a new HE top loader with no agitator. In this time, the diapers started to look a little dingy and some had a funky “barnyard” smell after my daughter peed in them. I also tried using Classic Rock Rockin’ Green detergent when we moved, but then decided I still needed to use Hard Rock Rockin’ Green. I decided to do a strip on them and give them a fresh start. There are several different reasons to strip your cloth diapers. Some experience leaking or repelling due to mineral or detergent buildup. Non-cloth diaper safe cream can cause repelling and the need for a stripping. Hard water buildup is also a culprit, and sometimes diapers get ammonia buildup as well. I wasn’t experiencing any leaking or repelling, but I felt our diapers could use a good soak. I didn’t want to do anything too time consuming or too harsh, so I bought a RLR capsule from Kelly’s Closet and decide to simply soak my diapers in …

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