NIGHT DIAPERING DEMYSTIFIED
was updating another page on the website on the cost of night diapering
when I realized I had never taken the time to write out my experience,
ideas and advice in regards to night diapering for the website. Here
is an excerpt from that page that we will start with and then we will take
it up a notch.
nearly four years in business and 3 diapered babies, I have learned that
night diapering scares the bejeebees for some caregivers. But night
diapering isn't rocket science. Just pair your baby with the right
level of absorbency and top it with an appropriate cover to ensure
moisture stays in the diaper and not out onto the clothing or
night diapering is no different than daytime diapering. Your baby
is changed every 2 hours around the clock as a newborn and so the
diapers are relatively the same throughout the day and night. One
exception maybe that tired parents often prefer diapers that are easy to
use for overnight such as the Thirsties AIO XS diaper. Diapers
that have a stay-dry lining are also perceived as allowing baby to sleep
better by reducing the chances that the infant will waken by feeling the
wetness of the diaper.
babies do just fine with a Pocket Diaper whether sized or One-Sized and
an extra insert or two. Extra inserts can be microterry or hemp
although hemp is often desired for its trimness and
of our favorite combinations for inserts to use in the overnight pocket
diapers is the Blueberry One-Size insert and a basic hemp doubler such
as the BabyKicks Hemp Doubler or the Thirsties Hemp Doubler. We
have used this combination in most pocket diaper brands with good
success. We do not recommend the Swaddlebees pocket diapers as a
good choice in night diapering since they are quite narrow in the crotch
and in our experience do not allow for adequate stuffing.
heavy wettering babies the standard pocket diaper may not offer enough
protection. Covering the diaper with a Fleece Cover can provide
the barrier needed to keep the wetness in the diaper.
is desirable for the heavy wetting baby. Wool has the ability to
not only repel moisture once it is lanolized but also to absorb moisture
and evaporate it off. Wool evaporates moisture off more quickly
than it absorbs moisture and so works as a dynamic system overnight to
keep clothing and bedding dry. Wool can be used over hemp prefolds,
fitted diapers, pocket diapers, and AIO diapers. We co-sleep and
use wool as an extra assurance that our bed will be dry all
wool it is important that you do not have tight clothing over the
cover. For winter months in the colder regions of the planet,
longies (wool pants) are a great solution for night diapering since they
are worn as the pajama bottoms.
summer months, you can use wool covers or wool soakers with good
using wool over prefolds and fitted diapers it is important that you
have a thick, dense wool for protection. Wool flannel, interlock
and crepe or a tightly knit wool soaker are desired.
use over a pocket diaper, most wools fabric types will work well
although the fabric types described above are preferred. Some wool
covers such as Swaddlebees tend to be cut trim for day use and do not
tend to fit over a bulky night diaper well.
from the Trenches
stuffing inserts into your pocket diapers keep them about an
inch below the front edge of the diaper.
not to allow the diaper to gap in the front
to avoid using undershirts that may fall into the waist of
the diaper overnight.
using a onesie, choose one that is long enough to fit over
the night diaper without being snug. Realize that
onesies would have to fit outside any covers including wool
overstuff a diaper so that the leg holes of the diaper gape.
super absorbent fabrics like microterry and hemp. My
favorite choice is microfiber backed by plenty of layers of
hemp. Cotton isn't as absorbent and creates a
monster-size diaper without providing monster-size
you may not start out night diapering but don't wait to long before you
make the change. Cloth diapering has been the solution for many
clients across the years whose babies continually leaked when using paper
Diapering in a Pinch
we decided to stay an extra night visiting family over the
Thanksgiving weekend and I hadn't planned for this when packing
diapers. I had exactly 3 night diapers for the 3 nights we
were their. Now we are staying a 4th night and I need to
diaper my baby while ensuring that the bed we are staying in
remains unadulterated from baby pee overnight. Well here is
what I did.
I had two pocket diapers left but we use trim pockets Blueberry
and Swaddlebees Original Pocket diapers to be exact. I had a
number of fitteds and two diaper covers. I also had 3 days
worth of diapers just going into the wash machine so I would have
diapers the next day.
I took the inserts from both pocket diapers, Blueberry combo
inserts size small, and inserted them together into the one pocket
diaper. I then topped this concoction with one of my PUL
covers. To protect the bed, we slept on the fleece (fleece
tends to repel moisture) tie blanket my Mother-in-law had just
made featuring Ladybugs on one side and Bumblebees on the
Baby slept well all night and well into the morning and in the
morning when he awoke his clothing was dry and the bed was dry.
Night Diapering Problems
diapers can often be solved by adding more absorbency. Adding a
basic hemp doubler may make all the difference. Make sure you have
fully prepped your new insert before use so it is at its maximum
absorbency. Other leaking issues may be solved by topping your
diaper with a fleece or wool cover. For the heaviest of wetters
the wool cover is preferred. Children who tend to leak out of
disposable diapers overnight generally will have success in proper cloth
diapers with the addition of a fleece or wool cover.
is often a concern of parents. While night diapering does tend to
be more bulky than day diapering it should be reasonable. Choosing
more absorbent fabrics can be a first step. We like to see a microfiber
and hemp combination for night diapering. Too much microfiber
tends to be bulkier than using the dense hemp inserts. Using wool
as the pajama bottoms may be an excellent choice next step.
diapers do tend to smell more than day diapers. By their very
nature the diapers are on longer than day diapers and will tend to smell
in the morning. To avoid this, you can choose to change your baby
overnight thus reducing the time a diaper is on. Diaper smell
overnight that burns your nose hairs is not normal. This type of
intense smell is often the result of either using too much detergent in
your wash routine or from mineral buildup caused from hard water.
In these cases, plan to strip your night diapers as described here.