What to consider
When your baby is newborn and is on one continuous cycle of eat, sleep, wake, diaper change, eat, sleep…..you don’t have to worry too much about changing up your daytime diapering routine. The nights aren’t that much different. It’s when your baby begins to sleep longer and you abide by the golden rule “do NOT wake a sleeping baby” that you may need to make some changes.
Things to think about:
- Longer sleeping = your diaper needs to absorb MORE pee (typically babies do not poop in the night).
- Different positions for sleeping require different strategies.
- Boys anatomy is different from girls and you may need different strategies for each.
- If you have a “trickler” versus a “waterfall” type pee-er, you also may need to strategize differently.
That being said, generally more material = more absorbency. This is why you may add a doubler to your day diapers to transform them into a night diaper. Or this is why you may add an extra insert to your pocket diapers for naps and nights. Your night diaper may be bulkier than your day diaper. This is okay, mobility isn’t a huge need at night.
If you have a girl, think about a middle wetter. If you have a boy, the wet goes in the front. Until they start tummy sleeping… then it all changes. My dtr sleeps on her tummy all night so all her pee goes to the front of her diaper. So I make sure there is extra padding up there. When she was little and back sleeping, her pee went to the back of her diaper.
Some parents swear by pocket diapers for night for the stay dry feature and the great absorbency of microfiber. I find that generally they work well but sometimes, I think my dtr must do the “niagra falls” routine. So after a night like that, the next night she gets a fitted diaper (hemp or bamboo) with a fleece liner and a cover (BSWW or an Arisotcrat) and voila, the waterfall is dammed (so to speak!). I like hemp or bamboo for night because they absorb more than cotton so they are generally less bulky than a night diaper made from cotton.
So what are good night solutions?
- Pocket diaper with extra insert (microfiber or hemp)
- Hemp or bamboo fitted diaper with a fleece liner (for stay dry effect) and a cover (BWWW or Wool)
- Prefold with hemp doubler and cover
How do you find what works for you? See how things are going during the day. Add absorbency to your day time diaper (more than you think you need) and then see what the diaper is like in the morning. If its not soaked then you can possibly cut back on the amount of absorbency. It’s better to start with too much than too little. And remember, cloth diapers will feel wet in the morning. It’s okay – it’s meant to be like that.