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Nighttime Cloth Diapers

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Have you ever been woken up by a screaming baby to only to learn that their diaper was soaked and leaking? Now the baby and bed sheets need changing before you can go back to sleep.  Do you constantly find yourself waking up every 2-3 hours at night to change your baby? This seems to be the most common time when families experience leaking diapers whether in cloth or disposable.  For me, once I’m fully awake in the middle of the night, it’s almost impossible for me to get any additional sleep after that. This is why finding the best nighttime diaper solution was very important to me, but at the same time, it seemed very intimidating. Here are some of the best nighttime solutions I discovered and some things that worked or didn’t work for me.

Extra stuffing your diaper is typically the first option parents try when experiencing leaky nighttime diapers and it works great for most babies. This is the method I used with my son, Jayden; I would use a diaper cover or pocket diaper and wrap 2 inserts (1 bamboo and 1 hemp) in a FST or flat. This did work well on him and gave him slightly less than 12 hours of absorption with no issues even though he didn’t and still doesn’t sleep sound through the night. With my youngest, Jason, this method does not work the best since his legs are skinnier and it’s difficult to get the right leg fit on him since this method makes it very bulky. This method can also be used with any type of diaper, just make sure if using microfiber inserts, to not let them touch directly on your baby’s skin to avoid irritation.

Fitted diapers are another great option for nighttime use; they provide lots of absorption and can be waterproof when paired with a diaper cover. Fitted diapers have many layers that make them very absorbent and you can always add additional inserts to increase absorption. On the flip side, sometimes with all those added extra layers, fitted diapers can feel slightly bulkier and normally cost more than your average cloth diaper. I have personally bought and tried a few fitted diapers myself, and while I like the fact that they can offer close to 12 hours of absorption, they are not my favorite due to some of their disadvantages. Fitted diapers may appear pricey in comparison to other diapers but can provide needed nighttime absorption where other styles of diaper may lack. Fitteds also tend to be sized to your baby, so they don’t come in a “one size fits all” meaning you will need to buy multiples throughout your baby’s diapering years (it might just be me but if I’m spending $20+ on a diaper, I want it to last). Fitted diapers have the potential to be a great nighttime option; I suggest adding a stay dry layer since not all fitteds are stay dry and baby could become uncomfortable from dampness.

All In Three diapers are the best thing I have discovered in the overnight diaper department; their best attribute is their superior absorbency, combined with their fascinating slim fitting that prevents the need to size up your baby’s pajamas. These diapers feature all the extra stuffing absorption built right into the diaper. They have 12 layers of natural fiber absorbency (5 layer sewn in, 4 layer sewn on, and 3 layer snap on inserts) plus they feature a pocket to add more inserts if needed. These diapers do need prepping before the first initial use, but once these are fully prepped, AI3 diapers will provide 12 plus hours of optimum absorption. All in Three diapers are designed and created by a cloth diapering mom; being that she is an Army wife, she named her company Baby Basics, and her merchandise is only available on the market to a few retailers.  If I knew about these diapers when I first started cloth diapering, I think they would take up the majority of my diaper stash.

Fortunately for my followers, I have learned a thing or two from many trial and error experiences, I can share tips and tricks with confidence that they will help you successfully cloth diaper your loved ones at nighttime, no matter what diaper style you choose. My first suggestion to a new cloth diapering mom is to size up pajamas; regular cloth diapers make babies butts bigger, and with the added stuffed layers, their butts will be even bigger.  My second suggestion is to buy a washable waterproof crib and mattress protector; they are a life saver if and when nighttime leaks happen.  I recommend putting a mattress protector on every bed and not just the crib; they have saved our beds many times from all sorts of messes. My last tip to cloth diapering moms is to rinse your nighttime diapers out in the morning because all that overnight pee can have a strong ammonia smell. Rinsing the diaper prevents ammonia build up and keeps your diapers from stinking up the house in the warm weather.

Just like everything discussed that is baby related, what works for me might not work for you. I hope my tips and experiences can steer you in the right direction towards finding your perfect nighttime cloth solution. If you are having trouble finding what works best for your baby, please don’t hesitate to contact us and I will try to trouble shoot your nighttime routine.

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Nighttime Diaper Size Comparison All Have 12 Layers Of Absorption

 

Cloth Diapering Terms and Abbreviations Decoded

Like all things online people don’t like typing out the whole word and each online community has their own abbreviations and terms. The cloth diaper community is no different. Here is a list of the most commonly used abbreviations and terms and what they stand for. Not all of these terms refer to cloth diapers but to the lifestyle that is or can be associated to families that cloth diaper.

ABBREVIATIONS ABOUT CLOTH DIAPERS

AI2– all in two diaper

AIO or AI1– all in one diaper

AI3 or Supers– all in three (Super Heavy Wetter)

FST– Flour sack towel is an inexpensive but very absorbent towel that is found in many home stores. These can be used in similar ways that you would use a flat or prefold.

CD-Cloth diaper

Fluff– is another term for cloth diapers. Other similar terms are fluffy mail or any other form of fluff or fluffy. This is used because cloth diapers give babies a “fluffy” bigger butt.

OS– one sized diaper fit baby’s from approximately 7-40lbs

PUL– polyurethane laminate, the waterproof layer of the diaper

TPU– thermoplastic polyurethane-the waterproof material used in some diapers

Stash– the collection of someone’s cloth diapers

BNIP– brand new in pack (never been used, washed, or opened)

LN-like new (perfect condition, used but no sigh of use)

EUC– excellent used condition (has been used but has almost no sigh of use)

VGUC– very good used condition (has some minimal signs of use but nothing that effects function)

GUC– good used condition (has some signs of use but nothing that effects function)

UC– used condition (may have signs of use or staining, should not have anything effecting function)

NR– needs repair (could have bad staining, stretchered elastic, bad PUL, holes ect.)

TERMS ABOUT CLOTH DIAPERS

Contoured– similar to a flat or prefold but are contoured to fit baby usually with elastic. They are normally not waterproof.

Snappi– is a brand of diaper fastener that is slightly stretchy plastic with little teeth used to turn a flat into a diaper (replaced the old fashioned pins)

Soaker– the absorbent layer of a diaper

Doubler– is a thin insert that increases absorbency of your diaper. It can be used in any type of diaper

Hook & Loop– means Velcro closure

Aplix– Velcro type of closure on a diaper

Lanolin/Lanolized– it is a waterproofing that is added to wool covers. Lanolin is also used while breastfeeding for dry nipples

Minky-soft outer layer that is on some diapers. It almost feels like a stuffed animal or blanket.

Sized/Perfect Fit– diapers that come in different sizes

Wicking-the act of moisture being moved from one place to another. When referring to cloth diapers it is good when moister is wicked away from babies skin fast, but bad when moisture finds a weak spot or exposed area and it leaks out.

Prepped– washed a few times to have maximum absorbency (only needed for natural fibers)

FAMILY RELATED TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

AP– attachment parenting

BF– breastfeeding (BFing)

EBF– exclusively breastfeed

Crunchy– a term referring to a natural parenting lifestyle

BM– Bowel Movement

DD– daughter

DH– husband

DS– son

LO-little one (youngest or only baby)

MIL/FIL/SIL/BIL– mother/father/sister/brother in law

SAHM/SAHD-stay at home mom/dad

WAHM/WAHD– work at home mom/dad

Why Cloth Diaper And Other Questions Answered

Why cloth diapers? I got asked this question a lot when I first started cloth diapering my son by friends and family. I also got told many times that it won’t last, I will get bored of it, and it will become too hard to manage especially when I became pregnant with my youngest. I will elaborate on these questions since I feel many other new moms can relate to the subject.

“Why cloth diapers?” It was simple for me to transition out of disposable diapers since I was sick of throwing away something that my child only wore for only 2-3 hours out of the day; many times for much less especially when my kids were newborns. I thought of it like this, it would be crazy to throw away a shirt or a pair of pants that I wore for only part of a day; then I wondered where all these dirty diapers being used end up. Unfortunately used diapers end up on landfills and I found it very surprising to find out 1 third of our landfills consist of dirty diapers. In my opinion, the price of cloth seemed to be the better option; I spent around a total of $500 for all my cloth diapers that have lasted me 4 years and 2 babies so far. Obviously this figure doesn’t include the expenses associated with washing and drying but it still a way more affordable option. You can also sell your used diapers and regain some of your startup money or donate them and help a struggling family after your baby is done with them.

“It won’t last and you will get bored.” My reply to this statement was simple, based on the answers I provided above combined with the cuteness of the diapers, and the fact that they are chemical free, helped me and my family stick with cloth. There is always going to be a new print you must have or a diaper style you desperately want to try. Sometimes on days that I truly struggled, I considered giving up but then I simply thought of the benefits of the diapers (no chemicals, better on baby’s sensitive skin, more affordable) and the excitement of getting a new diaper is always a huge plus.

“It will be hard and it’s more work.” I’m not going to lie and tell you it will be easier because sometimes it could be hard, but nothing is easy when it comes to parenting. Every decision we make as a parent on how we raise our children involves a lot of work. Yes it is slightly more work but, no more work than washing an extra load of laundry. Did you know even using disposable diapers, you’re supposed to flush the poop and not throw it away? To be honest I have considered switching to disposable on occasion but I have decided that the benefits outweigh the negatives when it comes to what’s best for my kids and my family.

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My cloth diapering journey…

Seven years ago while pregnant with my first baby, I was curious about using cloth diapers; I thought they were absolutely adorable and I would save so much money. At that time, I remember falling in love with this strawberry-themed diaper I saw online; it was red with white polka dots and it had green and white ruffles around the butt. I remember everyone I talked to, convinced me that cloth diapers were too much work and that they would be such a hassle to use, especially while getting used to a new baby. So, I used disposables throughout diapering my daughter which sometimes resulted in nasty diaper rashes. I remember thinking single use diapers were convenient, but definitely not as cute as cloth, and I wasn’t thrilled about how wasteful they were.

Fast forward 2.5 years later and I am now pregnant with my second baby. My daughter is now potty training and the new baby is due in a couple months. I decide this time I was going to take full control of parenting my children, and I was going to use cloth diapers. So I ordered my first few pocket diapers; before the baby was born, I remember putting them on my daughter while potty training, especially when we would go out of the house. At that point, I was in love them already and they were so adorable (My favorite diaper I purchased back then was black with rainbow paint splatters on it). When the baby was born, I started cloth diapering him full time and yes the same one-size diapers worked for both my daughter and my newborn son. I have to admit, I was brand new to the cloth diapering scene, and yes it was defiantly a learning curve for me, but within a few months after making some adjustments, I was already starting to get a grip of this new concept and being successful at it. For my 2nd baby, I stocked up my home with 30 diapers of different prints and colors and washed them twice a week.

Shortly after my son was born I ended up pregnant again with my third baby. This time, I buy twice as many cloth diapers to put me at around sixty in total. I now have a really nice collection of pockets, all in ones, all in twos, all in threes, fitteds and covers. Each diaper has its own benefit (I will discuss this in a different post). When my third baby arrived, I was so glad that I chose to use cloth diapers; I couldn’t imagine having to buy disposable diapers for 2 babies and being responsible for the waste associated with them. As for my family, cloth diapering has become just as easy as using disposables and to my surprise, neither of my boys have ever had a diaper rash.

Pictured: Jalissa(3 years old) and Jayden(10 months old)

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