Most parents often have a hard time using cloth diapers at night. Unlike normal disposable diapers which contain highly absorbent crystals, they can only hold so much liquid. Considering that babies are often fed right before they fall asleep and also at midnight, the chances of experiencing leaks at night are high.
A lot of parents find that it takes just 2-4 hours for a cloth diaper to fill up and start leaking. This means waking up a few times during the night to change the diaper, which can be tiring and frustrating.
Don’t worry though. If your little one is a heavy wetter and you’re therefore struggling with cloth diapering at night, here are a few useful tips and suggestions that will make cloth diapering at night easier and prevent leaks.
1. Start with Good Absorbency
If your baby is a heavy wetter, you need overnight cloth diapers that can hold a lot of liquid and not leak. In this case, you need to ensure that the diaper has adequate absorbent material to accommodate it all.
To increase absorbency to the existing cloth diaper, consider stuffing some doublers, inserts, or even pre-fold your existing cloth diaper. You might also want to consider using your favorite daytime diaper as an overnight solution.
Alternatively, use bamboo or hemp inserts as they are extremely absorbent compared to microfiber fabric and are much thinner and therefore won’t add any uncomfortable bulkiness.
2. Add Some Good Moisture Resistance
While most parents find PUL diaper covers (Polyurethane Laminate Fabric) immensely helpful due to their ability to keep moisture in, others swear by wool for its excellent moisture resistance properties as well as high breathability for all-night comfort.
Natural wool is much softer and less complicated to use than most people think. Its efficiency and durability can be enhanced by applying some lanoline and washing it gently and infrequently. It can last many years of frequent use, saving you money in the long run.
Another excellent option that most parents recommend is fleece. Fleece pants and pajamas also provide good moisture resistance.
3. Ensure a Good Fit to Avoid Leakage
You might apply a few extra inserts to your cloth diapers to avoid leaks but if the diaper doesn’t fit properly especially in the area around the legs, then you might end up being disappointed.
If you have a side-sleeper, you’ll ultimately need to ensure good absorbency around the hips to avoid leaks. Some parents resort to adding some fleece or silk liners to the baby’s bottom in order to prevent leaks and keep the young one dry and comfortable until the next diaper change.