Now, up until this point, we hadn't really had issues with nighttime diapering. Although Myles was still nursing during the night, I would always change him when I got up to feed him, so we never really had a problem. But around four months old, he was starting to sleep at much longer stretches, and all of a sudden, I could not keep him dry at night! I tried adding a microfiber insert to the outside of his prefold, under a PUL cover. I tried two or three inserts inside a pocket. I even tried putting a Thirsties cover over a heavily stuffed pocket diaper. He always woke up soaking!!
The first thing I found that worked (well, for a while, until he started sleeping 10 hours at a time) were hemp inserts. They seriously changed my life. I got some nice, thick, hemp inserts, and I paired them with a prefold. It was the first time he'd woken up dry in a few weeks. This worked for quite a while. But when he really started sleeping through the night, we really needed something more. I did a lot of research online (and even questioned Kristina, the lovely founder of this blog), and the thing that kept popping up was fitteds and wool. I didn't own any fitteds and was terrified of wool, but I decided that I'd better give it a try.
I went to my local cloth diapering store and got a SBISH (sustainablebabyish) wool cover.
|SBISH wool cover|
It was expensive, but, looking back now, well worth it! I used it for almost a year. I also ordered an SBISH nighttime fitted diaper (they call them their OBF diapers-overnight/organic bamboo fitteds). This was also pretty expensive, but it was also well worth the money!! After I learned about lanolizing and washing wool, I started using the pair at night. And guess what-no leaks. Ever!! First of all, the SBISH diaper can hold a LOT of liquid. But even on the rare occasions that it's completely soaked, the wool cover keeps our PJs dry! So, even though the diaper was a little costly, it does it's job really well. I haven't bought another SBISH fitted yet, not because I don't love it, but because my son actually still fits in the one I got him probably a year ago. The rise is getting a little short, but it still does its job!
Since then, I've found a few other diapers that work for my super soaker.
One is PoopsieDoodles fitted diapers.
|PoopsieDoodle fitted diaper|
These are a little less absorbent than the SBISH diapers, but paired with a wool cover (really, any wool cover, not only SBISH), we rarely have a leak. Plus, she has the cutest prints for the diapers!!
The other thing that always gets us through the night are our Smart Bottoms Smartfolds.
|Smart Bottoms Smartfolds|
The large size is advertised to hold up to 16 oz of liquid! And from my experience, I'm pretty sure it's true! Often, these are completely soaked, all the way through by the morning, but paired with a Flips cover, we don't have leaks! Now, for some reason, our Flips covers are the only ones we don't get leaks with-I just fold up the Smartfold and lay it in the cover. The Flips cover has extra flaps to hold the diaper in place, so I think that's why they work so well. I've tried it in a Thirsties cover, which usually work great for us, but for some reason, we always get leaks. I'm thinking maybe the diaper moves around inside the cover with nothing to hold it in place.
And that's it! Honestly, since we've found that these work for us, I don't often try other things for nighttime, simply because I'm afraid they won't work! So, we've pretty much stuck to these few things for the last year or so. And 99% of our mornings, Myles wakes up dry.
How about you guys? Have you found any fool-proof nighttime solutions for your little ones?