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Old 04-21-2015, 09:13 PM   #1
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overnight diapering with heavy wetter and natural fibers

Hi Everyone,
I want to start CDing overnight. Last i tried with my 2 week old, she got a bad rash until we switched to disposables overnight.
Now that we have the whole baby thing down a bit more and she is 4 months, I want some tips on trying overnight diapering.
I want to use natural fibers only (i am not interested in microfleece unless its a last resort).
During the day I am using either GMD prefolds or GMD fitteds with thirsties covers. I also have one hemp insert a friend gave.
Of note, she is a heavy wetter, we change her every 1-2 hours and on the 2 hour range she is soaking completely through the GMD fitteds. If we let her go for close to 2.5 or 3 hours she starts getting red (like the start of a rash). She is also a pretty good sleeper and will go for 6-8 hours at a stretch and will often dreamfeed until she reaches her quota of about 12 hours.

Any suggestions of how to start with what I have or things I might try or invest in? What works for your babies?

Thanks for all your help!

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Old 04-22-2015, 03:31 PM   #2
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Re: overnight diapering with heavy wetter and natural fibers

Hi,

My 12 month old hasn't had a rash yet, we use engel fitted, disana tie nappy, or organic caboose fitted under wool. The wool breathes unlike PUL, so maybe that would work for you? I use a disana soaker overnight, our LO is a very heavy wetter. Most nights I use the engel fitted with 2 organic cotton doublers (Disana) under the wool soaker and his pjs are always dry in the morning and so far, no rashes. The diaper is usually drenched.

Hope that helps, good luck!
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Old 04-22-2015, 04:33 PM   #3
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We love sandy's fitters for nights. My daughter is 4 months and a crazy heavy wetter. We use the small sandy's with two one size babykicks joeybunz and cover with a motherease air flow cover.
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:31 PM   #4
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Re: overnight diapering with heavy wetter and natural fibers

I have overnight cd'd all 4 kids. I never use microfleece till toddlerhood, and only on 2 of the babies who needed it. Doubled prefold always worked for them when they were under 8 months old, or a prefold with a couple hemp doublers. For my heaviest wetter, I would put a PUL cover then a wool cover on top of that to hold in the wetness. Sometimes I would switch and do diaper, wool cover, then a Dappi nylon pull-on over THAT.

Maybe trifold a prefold inside the fitted? FWIW, velour "feels" less wet against the skin than plain cotton. So a doubler with velour on top makes the skin feel drier than a prefold against the skin does. Someone gave me that tip on here with baby #2 and I find it to be true. I have a number of homemade hemp doublers with cotton velour on top. I love them!
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Old 04-22-2015, 07:12 PM   #5
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Re: overnight diapering with heavy wetter and natural fibers

If she starts to get rashey after 3hours in natural fibers you may not have a choice but to you a stay dry layer. For natural stay dry I believe you can use raw silk and even wool but I don't know much about it.

Maybe natural fibers and wool covers would help. I prefer natural fibers too but I'd rather a happy baby bum and little to no disposable products more.
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Old 04-23-2015, 01:13 AM   #6
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Re: overnight diapering with heavy wetter and natural fibers

My daughter is allergic to synthetic stay dry fabrics, so we have to use all natural fibers. I use a diy fitted pocket diaper (hemp/bamboo fleece) stuffed with a prefold and booster or insert. I top that with a wool liner as a stay dry layer. The wool liner is awesome at preventing rashes for us. You need to make sure it is secured close to the skin, and don't lanolize to make sure it doesn't cause the pee to run straight out of the diaper. I use a wool cover on top of everything. It's been a great set up for my heavy wetting tummy sleeper with sensitive skin.
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Old 04-23-2015, 01:56 AM   #7
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I can attest to raw silk as a stay dry layer...they are only 2$ at cottonbabies.com! You have to hand wash with olive oil soap though. Machine wash will take away their healing properties. Also, use whenever they get a rash...no creams necessary. I am all about the natural organic fibers! I stack a bunch of hemp doublers and top with the silk. The diaper almost doesn't even matter. and yes - the wool soaker is a must!
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:48 PM   #8
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Re: overnight diapering with heavy wetter and natural fibers

Thank you so much. I am inspired to try night-time diapering!

It sounds like I should invest in a few things to make it easier.
I really want to succeed! so I would love recommendations on where/which brand to get the following:
-Silk liners (cottonbabies recommended so far)
-Wool liner
-Hemp doubler (babykicks joeybunz recommended so far)
- Wool cover/soaker (do you recommend pull over? or snaps? is there a difference between a wool soaker or cover?)
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:59 AM   #9
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Re: overnight diapering with heavy wetter and natural fibers

I get my wool liners from BabeeGreens. I prefer a pull on wool soaker if the diaper underneath is very bulky so I don't have to worry about gaps. A soaker is the pull on style of wool cover. I also prefer interlock wool over knitted because it is a little easier to care for I really like the Grovia Kiwi Pie soakers, but they are a little difficult to find. If you can sew at all, the free Katrina's soaker pattern is really easy to follow. I get wool interlock from Nature's Fabrics and make a double layer soaker for my heavy wetter. Also, interlock with a little bit of spandex in it is really durable. For hemp, I like Geffen Baby, Baby Kicks Joeybunz Premium, or Thirsties.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:23 AM   #10
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Re: overnight diapering with heavy wetter and natural fibers

If you can sew, or know someone who does, who owes you a favor- hehe- that is absolutely the way to go! It is SO cheap to make your own wool soakers and SO expensive to buy them.

The Katrina pattern is good. I use the Sweet Baby Soaker pattern from Wired Up Designs on hyenacart because it is better than the free Katrina. It has angled leg openings- don't know how to describe it any better- that make the fit more trim and looks nicer, imo. However, the Katrina works fine for most folks. And you can't beat free.

Nature's Fabrics is great for wool fabric, but I like wool sweaters from the thrift store. I look for 100% merino, and sniff it real good before buying!

ALSO, be aware that not every baby tolerates raw silk liners. I could not use them on my oldest. They exacerbated his rashes instead of healing them. No idea why. Babee Greens wool liners are really soft.
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