The Nighttime Cloth Blues

Posted 04-29-2011 at 11:35 AM by brewanothercup

It seems like a lot of people I know turn to cloth when they become frustrated with disposibles overnight; those heavy soakers can’t seem to soak enough.

Prefolds hardly lasted two daytime hours for us before the baby was screaming, so that was out of the question.

Pocket diapers worked for us for a little while, and then we thought we’d get ahead of the game by adding to the stuffing. That backfired on us, and our local cloth store explained why: as baby moves during sleep, parts of the insert get adjusted and it can cause a wringing effect.  Since there’s nothing left to collect the urine, it seaps out (and we’ve all seen the ugly aftermath, haven’t we?).   We switched to a regular insert and a thin hemp liner and that helped some, but the stink in the morning was incredible.

Finally, we tried some Mother Ease one size fitted and wool.  I loved the idea that it was all breathable at night, which meant Griffin had some time to “air out”, especially during brief bouts of diaper rash (due to a milk intolerance via breastmilk, but more about that later).  I was skeptical about how well the wool would really work, and about where all that pee would go.  But the next morning everything that was supposed to be dry was, and he was happy as a clam.  I was sold.

Hemp and bamboo fabrics seem to work best for us overnight; I highly recommend giving either of those two fabrics a try if you’re having a hard time staying dry overnight.  Remember that sometimes less is more for pocket diapers, and stick with something once you’ve found the magical overnight combination for you.  It can be done!

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