We have used cloth diapers overnight since day one of cloth diapering, which is when we brought Evan home from the hospital. We jumped straight into it with everything we had. I had known from early in my pregnancy that I wanted to cloth diaper, so I had plenty of time to read blogs and forums. Knowing others experiences with cloth, I never used pockets or all-in-ones overnight.
I used fitteds overnight straight away. However, Evan didn’t fit into one-size at the beginning, even though he was over 8 lbs, so I used Kissaluv newborn fitteds. They aren’t the most absorbent, so after a few weeks when he started sleeping better, I added a Thirsties doubler, and that got us by until we had some one-size fitteds for overnight.
With Evan, I used Monkey Snuggles fitteds (which are now discontinued) and then Twinkie Tush, which is a great work at home mom brand. I did use flats or prefolds as needed, as well. Fitteds are generally more absorbent than other diapering options, but do not have a waterproof lining, so you have to use a cover. We used Econobum shells or wool for Evan.
When it came to Oliver, I was pretty over washing wool, even though wool is a GREAT overnight solution. I know, blasphemy. I did keep the wool in case there comes a time we need to switch back to it.
With him, we used newborn fitteds very briefly (he was 10 lbs at birth), and then graduated to Monkey Snuggles to fill the gap until he fit well in Twinkie Tush. Plus, Evan was still wearing diapers overnight for awhile, so it helped us to have enough diapers for both of them to use everything we had.
For covers, we have mostly used Econobum, and Flip over Oliver’s diapers. I’ve recently discovered Sustainablebabyish fitteds, and I really love them. They fit better with our normal covers, while the Twinkie Tush really work best with wool. I want to get more sbish fitteds so that Oliver can wear those overnight exclusively.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love our Twinkie Tush diapers, but they are more “designer diapers” and they have really taken a beating between the boys.
Do we just stick a fitted and cover on and call it a night?
Short answer, no.
We actually put on CJ’s BUTTer, or coconut oil, and then put a fleece liner in the fitted. Some diapers need a doubler added to increase absorbency. The reason for all of this is that I don’t change diapers overnight, and pee left overnight can cause a rash, as I learned early on with Evan. At first I thought it was my wash routine, but through wash routine changes, and just over time, I learned that it was just the pee being in the diaper so long overnight.
Using a fleece barrier and coconut oil has made it so we don’t have any problems with rashes from overnight diapers. A doubler can help too, to ensure there is enough material there to catch all the pee. To keep it from becoming a bigger problem, I rinse overnight fitteds out before adding them to the diaper pail.
What is on your baby’s bum overnight?
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