~Night Time Diapering~
Nighttime diapering is considered the most challenging thing to figure out in cloth diapering. Trying to find a diaper that will hold an entire night's worth of wetness without being so bulky that it is uncomfortable is the key. People are always asking for product recommendations for nighttime. I think that any style product (prefold, fitted, pocket) will work. The important factor is how absorbent it is. As long as the absorbency is great enough to hold the nighttime wetness, it will work fine. Bonuses are a stay-dry liner, because you will not be changing when the baby wets, and a breathable cover to keep things cooler. So check out the absorbency charts to see what products will work best for your little one. Try to find a product with maximal absorbency and reasonable bulk, add a stay-dry liner or doubler, put it under a breathable cover like wool or double layer fleece, or stuff it into a pocket big enough to hold your stuffers, and you will be good to go. If using pockets be sure you have excellent leg fit, no buildup in your microfleece, and a pocket properly stuffed with something that absorbs fast enough for your baby. Just be sure whatever you try has the absorbency your babe needs. If the overnight diaper is wicking wetness because it is getting too soggy, then try some more absorbency. Here are some combinations that work great for lots of babes! So in remember these key facts and enjoy your success with overnight diapering!
1. The fabric that will hold the most will work the best. In my experience this means hemp or bamboo. Put the absorbency in the wet zone, the front for boys, middle for girls.
2. Wool and fleece are great for overnight not because they are more waterproof (they are not) but because they are more breathable. This means when used over adequately absorbent diapers you will have less fermentation and cooler more comfortable babies.
3. Pocket diapers and diapers with microfleece sewn right to leg elastic are more prone to leaks then fitted or prefold diaper because fit is critical (especially on side sleeping babes) when wetness must go through a non-absorbent layer before encountering the absorbent part. If you want to use a stay dry layer, better to lay it on top then to sew it to the leg elastic and require super good leg fit.
4. Prefolds are just as good as fitted diapers as long as you have a diaper made from a highly absorbent material like hemp or bamboo (sewn in layers to avoid stink and laundry problems). What is important is how much material is present to provide absorbency, not how much sewing is involved. Fitted diapers are just more convenient to use.
Polar Babies Hemp Fleece Prefolds
Polar Babies® Hemp Diapers are the Ferrari of prefold diapers! Luxury and performance! (no guarantees about the speed of diaper changes though) Our Hemp diapers are the most absorbent prefold diapers you'll own. Hemp fibers are ½ again as absorbent as cotton fibers, and more durable than cotton, so your Polar Babies diapers will last longer as well. If your babe is a heavy wetter, then these are the diapers you need! Polar Babies® Diaper Contents: 55% hemp/ 45% cotton. These diapers will shrink up to 25%.
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Nighttime Fitted Diapers
For a customizable fitted diaper nothing is better then a hemp pocket. You control where and how much absorbency your diaper has by how you stuff it. For boys, stuff the front, and for girls stuff the side she usually sleeps on the most. Stuff them with pocket inserts or doublers or anything else you have on hand with great absorbency.
Sugar Peas Two Sized Diaper
Sugar Peas innovative 2 Size Diaper concept was developed to improve the fit of the one sized diapers that were too bulky on a newborn and too small on many toddlers. Buying 2 sets of diapers is far more economical than many systems that offer 5 or more different sizes from newborn through potty training. Sugar Peas two size diapers work on the same idea as a typical one size diaper, a flap folds down in front for an extra row of snaps to be used at different stages. All diapers are made entirely of orgainic hemp/cotton fleece.
Sugar Peas two size diapers have just gone through a makeover!! They now have a built in fold out soaker for ease of use and faster washing and drying! This improvement also adds an extra layer of hemp for extra absorbency!! The diapers have serged edges and are front snapping (overlapping flaps) with plastic snaps and elastic at legs and back for a snug fit that is great at holding in messes. Size 1 have burgandy stitching and Size 2 have green stitching.
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Dancing Bears Bear Bottoms Soakers and Night Pants
Bear Bottoms are unique! They are a handcrafted pull-on diaper cover made of polar fleece, intended to be used with pinned prefolds or fitted diapers. The most popular option, Night Weight Bear Bottoms, are made of 300 wt thick, luscious polar fleece. These nighttime covers offer superb leak protection in a single layer cover. They feature no elastic to bind or create red rings on your sweeties legs or waist and are made of high-quality Malden Mills fleece, which is buttery soft, long-lasting, breathable, waterproof and easy to care for. These soakers fit great whether skinny or chubby with the natural, gentle elasticity of the fleece itself. They are designed to fit over even the bulkiest cloth diapers, yet still be adorable in styling and fit.
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Or for a great natural fiber use wool for overnights, moms everywhere agree that wool works wonderfully. Join the sheepy love!
Llamajama Alpaca or Merino Soakers & Longies
The Alpaca yarn these soakers and longie are made with are a mixture of alpaca and sheep's wool. Alpaca is a buttery soft, incredibly strong, virtually pill proof fiber. It is mixed with sheep’s wool to increase the elasticity and the absorbency of the garment. This yarn is completely natural, no synthetic dyes or chemical baths are used in the processing of Llamajama products. The natural cider color is gender neutral and will coordinate with any outfit. The Merino wool soakers and longies are hand knit from wonderfully soft merino wool. Use wool longies as a diaper cover and skip the pajamas thus eliminating lots of the nighttime diapering bulk!
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Nighttime AIOs and Pocket Diapers
AIOs (All-In-Ones) and pocket diapers are not my choice for overnight because there is more likelyhood of leaks with them in my experience. Most pockets work really well if they are used properly. But if the fit is not correct, or they are not properly stuffed or washed then you can have major puddle leaks! If you really want a pocket diaper for overnights try a breathable fleece one like Ella's Fleece Pocket Diapers or Starbunz super cute applicae fleece pockets.
For more absorbency to any of these diapers add a doubler. For stay-dry feeling add a stay-dry liner or doubler.
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hoping you can help me here with my diaper dilema. My dear tot is totally
soaking through his diapers at night. We have tried EVERything we can
think of. He has happy heineys which we have trippled up. We have tried
stuffing a prefold in the happy heiny insert...and we've doubled up
the prefolds (the poor kid couldn't close his legs!)
A: For your diaper dilemma, might I suggest it would be easier to pack the absorbency your babe needs onto him if you abandon the pocket and went for another style. Also the convenient thing about boys is that you can pack all the absorbency up front leaving less material inbetween his legs. If you are committed to a pocket design, try a pocket fitted, stuff the front liberally (with folded up doublers or inserts preferably all hemp, which holds the most wetness) and no additional stuffing in the back. Then if you need more absorbency add more hemp doublers to the outside of the diaper underneath the cover in the front. Add a breathable fleece or wool cover and you are set. My boy looks like he is packing quite a load in the front, but that is more comfortable then having a load between the legs. Also not having any PUL or waterproof layer in the diaper helps make him feel much cooler and more comfortable overnight. For girls it would be similar but you need to adjust where you add the absorbency.
As long as whatever staydry fleece liner (staydry doubler or liner on the inside of the diaper) is not part of a pocket diaper and going all the way past the elastic you do not need to worry about speed of absorbency leaks and using microterry. If the staydry is on a doubler or liner and the wetness meets an absorbent layer before it meets elastic then this problem is eliminated.
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