Cloth Diapers at Night
Yes, we have discovered a vast and powerful secret: you can successfully use cloth diapering for long nights, sans changes! SuperBoy sleeps 10-12 hours (unless teething) and has since 10 weeks (his choice, nothing magical on my part). We do not change his diaper in the middle of the night, nor does he have a rash in the AM, nor does he awaken from a wet diaper. Same for SweetPea. We started her with the night diaper around 10 weeks, and even though she does awaken still to nurse a little at night, we don’t have to change her diaper. It’s WONDERFUL!
1) Magical combo.
The gCloth comes in a package of 6. We purchased three of the bumgenius. Therefore, we have three “night diapers.”
Yes, you insert the two cloths with the hemp side down stacked on top of one another into the pocket of the diaper cover. Presto. The brilliance of the one-size bumgenius is that you simply adjust the snaps to be smallest for when your little one is small and use the “small” size gCloths. Then when your little one is not so small, you adjust the snaps and use the “medium/large” gCloths. SuperBou has used this since he was about 10 weeks old and we still have the same bumgeniuses. They’re in great shape.
a) Remove the inserts and drop them into the wash, and toss the diaper in. Any stray diaper covers that could use a wash get in as well.
b) Add regular or slightly lesser amount of laundry soap.
c) Wash hot/cold. Extra rinse. Extra wash. Then line dry. (Substitute your particular washer’s settings here.)
But what about the poo?! Yes, it sometimes happens at night, and yes, my little ones sleeps through it. Breastmilk poo pre-three months is kinda a puddle, so those diapers I would spray off into the toilet or laundry sink. Three-six months were medium consistency; same drill. Starting solids at six months, the poo is more solid, so it goes where all poo goes: into the toilet.
Hemp is incredibly absorbent. The actual inserts that come with the bumgenius may be satisfactory during the day, or if your little one is up at night so you’re changing diapers anyway, but they cannot withstand 10-12 hours of urine. And yes, the diaper will be heavy and stinky in the AM. But no, mine don’t feel wet on the part of the diaper that touches their skin.
Good luck! Finding the right night diaper is a challenge. Hopefully this works for you too.