Overnight cloth diapers for a heavy wetter

Laura - posted on 11/25/2009 ( 37 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old son wears bum genius 3.0, and even with an extra microfibre insert for overnight (which makes the diapers huge!) he still leaks through almost every night. Any advice? Has anyone tried hemp inserts? Are they more absorbent ? Are they less bulky than microfibre ? Or do you just use a disposable overnight?

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Bridgette - posted on 06/07/2012

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I use either pockets or AIO during the day, but for overnights I use a diaper cover (FLIP or Thirsties) with a FLIP organic inserts. It's the trifold insert and my daughter is a super heavy wetter overnight, and this has NEVER failed us. I also have a couple of joey bunz hemp inserts that I use if the FLIP organics are in the wash, and double up those work great too.

The ammonia smell in the morning is heavy, but to be honest, your child is sitting in that all night regardless of what kind of diaper system you use. The disposables are just adding more to the "bad" of what he/she is sitting in all night long. You just can't smell it quite as strong. It's still there.

with this overnight system I use ^^ my daughter's skin is dry when she wakes up. her diaper is soaked though, but never leaks.

Teresa - posted on 07/24/2011

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Hemp is the answer. They are WAY more absorbent than microfiber for sure and anything else truth be told.



That said, I tried everything and eventually used Huggies overnights with my son from 4-10 months when he was wetting the heaviest. He gave up his bottle at 10 months and we went back to cloth at night.



The hemp would hold him all night but the ammonia smell from an all night diapers bothered me. No way I was gonna let my son lay in that all night.

Melanne - posted on 07/24/2011

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my son is a heavy wetter too. i use a disposable at night and cloth during the day. I have Flip diapers (by Cotton Babies) For cloth diapers you have to make sure you clean them properly or else they won't absorb well. I had to put my liners through 5 hot washes (no soap) before I used them for the first time and now each time I wash them, they go through 3 times (cold rinse-no soap, hot wash-soap, cold wash-no soap) and every month or two I strip them with bleach and dish soap and dry in the sun and they look brand new!

Amanda - posted on 12/05/2009

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My 3 month old girl is in BG's as well and the doubled up microfibre inserts aren't enough for her for the whole night (I'm lucky... she has slept through the night since she was 3 weeks old!). Not to mention the doubled up microfibre is SOOO bulky. I have purchased some applecheek bamboo boosters that work amazingly. I also have one applecheeks bamboo booster that has a fleece side on top...and when stuffed in the pocket pulls that extra moisture away from the suedecloth. With the plain bamboo boosters i found that they hold a lot of moisture but it doesn't wick away as well as the microfibre so this is the best of both worlds for me!

Mary - posted on 12/05/2009

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I have resorted to a disposable overnight, although if he sleeps for a long time and he's especially wet they still leak a little--just not as badly as our cloth diapers do. We use grobaby diapers.

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Emma - posted on 03/18/2013

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We're new to cloth diapers and have discovered that the ones we have do not work well overnight and double layering makes them bulky so we're using disposables at night. It still cuts significantly down on the diaper cost and she hasn't had a diaper rash since we've switched even with the nighttime disposables.

Rachael - posted on 10/27/2012

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Never had any luck with my son. We switched to Naty diapers for my son as he fille dhis diapers more. They are eco- chlorine free and have a natural cornstarch absorbent. You dont want your baby to be in cloth diapers over night. He'll be raw sleeping in urine all night as the cloth lays right against his skin. You need a diaper that will keep him dry- one with an absorbent. Keep that urine away!

Skye - posted on 10/21/2012

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Baby Beehinds night nappies are pretty good. They are a little on the bulky side but they do a good job.... www.babybeehinds.com.au

If your Bub is sleeping through though then I'd recomend disposables.

Once my son started sleeping through the night we had to switch to disposbles at night as he's a heavy wetter and although the baby beehind was not leaking it was getting very wet and uncomfortable for him which made him very unsetteled of an early morning.

Mary - posted on 10/07/2012

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I have some charcoal bamboo inserts that seem really really good, so far. I've only had them a few weeks.

Andrea - posted on 09/27/2012

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For a night-time diaper solution, you only need a stash of 6 Thirsties Duo

Hemp/Cotton blend prefolds in rotation and a wool cover. We used anywhere from 0-3 per

night while doing nighttime elimination communication with a very young baby (who peed all the time).

Erin - posted on 09/10/2012

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we use gdiapers with cloth insert at night, OR kissaluvs...

we always use a wool cover over them. i even have to use a wool cover over disposables now(at night) my boys sleep for 12 hours at night

Erin - posted on 09/12/2011

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Gdiaper makes a "disposable insert" for their diapers. They are environmentally friendly and can be composted or flushed safely. I have found these to take up the extra slack that the cloths cant take on grocery shopping trips and at night. We use an AIO diaper and we put the cloth insert in and put the disposable insert on top of it (still inside the pocket) that will last our daughter for about double the time for a regular cloth insert. Or at night we just put 2 disposable inserts inside the diaper with no cloth and she can last all night and it doesnt make her diaper too huge! My daughter is allergic to disposable diapers so if I could get away with a disposable at night I would. There are some nights when we are out of the inserts that we just get a small pack of disposables, so we dont have to deal with the wet clothes and bed in the mornings.

Kathleen - posted on 08/31/2011

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It depended on how lazy I was to tell you the truth. Some night we used an ATD fitted with an regular insert AND a flannel one with a Dappi cover. ALWAYS a Dappi (the ones that looked like rubber pants but so much better). Other nights DS got a Huggies Overnights. Pampers didn't work for us cause he was a heavywetter.

Lisa - posted on 07/29/2011

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Add a pair of wool or fleece longies over his diaper. It'll act as a diaper cover and keep bedding, etc from getting wet.

Christine - posted on 07/21/2011

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IDK about cloth diapers but maybe you could use cloth diapers during the day and overnight diapers overnight. I haven't used cloth diapers so I don't know how absorbent they are but if they are less absorbent than disposable you may not even need overnight diapers and could just use regular diapers over night.

Shellini - posted on 12/11/2009

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I just did a combo of both and it worked for the last two night. I used huggies overnights and I used wickeez and and hemp doubler in them. So it wicked and when it went through the doubler it goes into the disposable. And = a dry bed in the am and no bulk at all... I read about diapers boosters for sposies and thought , well why not use the cloth doublers I have for the night time.. it worked well.. just a thought. My guy peed through everything, wool, fleece, pul... etc.. this combo worked.

Sarah - posted on 12/08/2009

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I tried triple stuffing, using microfibre and terry inserts. I had so much trouble that I finally switched to a disposable with a cover overnight. He pees ridiculous amounts overnight. I hope you find something that works!

Cat - posted on 12/08/2009

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I own Healthy Bottoms Diaper Service and have had a few issues with nighttime heavy- wetters. After much trial and error we've found that this combo works on even the heaviest long-sleeper: Bumkins bamboo contour diaper + Bumkins microfiber insert (the bamboo contour has a microfiber insert sewn in between the bamboo fabric, but the extra insert provides extra protection) + wool diaper cover (wool covers provide extra absorbtion vs the waterproof covers that only provide a waterproof barrier).

Kayleigh - posted on 12/08/2009

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I use bumkins bamboo fitted diapers at night. With one of the bamboo inserts that came with the diapers and a thirsties fab doubler insert. It usually doesn't leak, it depends on if I pay attention when I put the cover on (they have a vent flap & mesh in the back and if the flap is up a little it will leak) and how long he's in the diaper.

Noel - posted on 12/07/2009

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drybees nightime Fleece.... they are AMAZING you can get them at clothdiaperclearance.com or just google them and a bunch of online retailers carry them... the Company owner Lisa is a really nice WAHM but I tell you these things are GREAT my super heavy wetter Toddler wears them at night for 12 HOURS!!!! and he is dry in the AM

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I think you'll find that all microfibre inserts won't work very well through the night. They are great for the day though, especially for fast drying. I use a Close Parent Pop-In Original Nappy with the Night Booster (cotton/bamboo) added for night and never had them leak! That's on my 2 year old and on my 3 month old. I found these nappies to be so great I started selling them myself! I'm in New Zealand though (www.cheekycherubs.co.nz) but I'm sure you will be able to find them in whatever country you're in :) Many other mums here had been using disposables through the night also till they got these.

Brittany - posted on 12/05/2009

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I am guilty of sposies at night. But I just herd of this new stuff called Zorb. I just bought some and have not used it yet but all moms that have used it sware by it. I bought it off of http://www.wazoodle.com/ It took like 2 weeks but not horrable shipping. I will post once we have a chance to use it. Not sure what my full plans with it are yet.

Vilate - posted on 12/02/2009

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I love hemp! and bamboo! I use my fitted that I make using hemp as the absorbent layer, then I use a layin insert of hemp and bamboo! -folded, so that is 4 more layers of absorbency and very trim! I also swear by wool covers! I have more info about wool here on my webpage http://niftynappy.com/wool/

Tiffany - posted on 12/01/2009

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How often are you changing him at night? My ex co worker bought my thicker tri fold birdseye cloth diapers from Target for my baby shower and I find if I change him when he wakes to fed there is much less leakage.

Amber - posted on 12/01/2009

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i use haute pocket cloth diapers they are wonderful .Ihave a heavey wetter as well

Megan - posted on 11/29/2009

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I use Happy Heiney pocket stuffed with a regular micro terry insert + a hemp insert. I have also heard great stuff about wool soakers.

Kristina - posted on 11/29/2009

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I use a bamboo terry square (not available in US, but I imagine a bamboo fitted would work similarly) and a wool cover on our toddler overnight. Very few leaks with a well-lanolized cover and it breathes better than vinyl or PUL, so no problems with diaper rash. I'm not sure how much of a difference the bamboo itself makes. Hemp or cotton really should work just fine - try a good terry square (fun to try different folds!) or maybe double up on prefolds.

Jamie - posted on 11/28/2009

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We do BG 3.0 at night with 3 inserts for my 2 year old --- one of which is snapped to the smallest setting and put towards the front of the diaper. The diaper is huge but he generally does not leak. There are some nights where he does but it's usually because my hubby put him in the diaper and didn't do it right. We've done disposables at night (Huggies Overnights) and he's leaked more times wearing those than the BG's.

Stefie - posted on 11/27/2009

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I have a super heavy wetter. We use Bum Genius 3.0 with two normal inserts and a doubler folded up in the front. We then velcro diagonally so there is not a huge gap in the front. This actually works. We had tried other solutions like the disposable night time ones, and we had a horrible mess no to mention a diaper rash. Her bottom is huge, but as long as they are big enough to crawl they can maneuver for bed time.

Anna - posted on 11/26/2009

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The most absorbent fabric is bamboo. It is really nice and soft too. I didn't like hemp - it takes forever to dry and goes quite stiff with all the washing. I don't think microfibre is that absorbent - natural fibres do work better.
My son was the same - I just had to change him several times through the night or we would wake up in a giant puddle. Now he's older, it's not so bad, strangely. I just fold an ordinary flat cotton diaper inside a fuzzibunz cover.
Also, if your diapers are not absorbing well, it could be your washing techniques - laundry products can build up in the fabric and waterproof them. Only use a tiny amount of laundry soap - use the ordinary kind not eco-store etc. Put diapers through a water-only wash sometimes, never use fabric softener. If you use diaper cream, use a liner with it because if it gets on your diapers, the oil in it will waterproof them.

Jenny - posted on 11/25/2009

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I just use a pampers overnight...I've been told that pampers work better for boys and huggies for girls, and huggies overnights definately don't hold my heavy wetter. We tried cloth for a while, but we had so much bulk in there to absorb he couldn't sleep on his side...his leg wouldn't come down. :) So we just use disposables at night.

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