Friday, April 20, 2012

In the Still of the Night: night time diapering

Once I got a little further into my cloth diaper research, all I heard were horror stories about nighttime diapering. It seemed like a lot of people who were using cloth full time during the day were using disposables at night. A good nighttime solution for cloth diapers seemed elusive like the end of a rainbow. Not a problem - we'd just continue using disposables at night.

Then N woke up wet one night. And the next night. And by wet I mean - wet diaper, wet jammies, wet blanket, wet sheets. This was the point at which I realized I had nothing to lose by taking a stab at cloth for nighttime.

We've done pockets stuffed with inserts and doublers, prefolds with snappis and stay dry inserts, and (my personal favorite) fitteds. I never had any issues with any of those options, but I now only use fitteds with covers at night. As N has gotten older, it's become harder to stuff her pocket diapers with enough absorbency without also creating gapping at the legs. As she's become less tolerant of diaper changes, trying to fasten a prefold has become more work for me than (I think) it's worth.

Fitted diapers are amazing. Every bit of a fitted is absorbent, and the fit is so much more secure than what I was getting in the end with prefolds. My favorite fitted right now is the Thirsties Fab Fitted (I also LOVE their Duo Wraps). It's soft, the fit is fantastic, AND IT HAS A STAY DRY LINING. A stay dry lining is a synthetic fabric that actually wicks the moisture away. Some babies don't mind a wet diaper. N doesn't during the day. When she's trying to sleep, she demands a dry (feeling) diaper.

In the end, I guess the moral of the story is that using cloth at night wasn't nearly as complicated as I'd made it out in my mind to be, )and we're all better off for it.

Click here to visit Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique to buy a Fab Fitted or anything else you might need to help you get through the night. 

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