Cloth diapering overnight

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Registered: 09-01-2004
Cloth diapering overnight
Thu, 02-16-2012 - 11:47pm

I have used disposable diapers for both my boys. My youngest son who is now 20 months old is a heavy wetter at night. I have been tossing around the idea for a long time of cloth diapering just for the overnights. We are currently buy overnight diapers (both Pampers and Huggies) in a size larger then he normally wears. They work pretty well but can be kind of expensive. We buy our regular diapers from Sam's Club so they are not to bad but Sam's does not sell the overnight diapers in any brand. This is why I have been thinking about cloth diapers for overnight. Is cloth diapering a good alternative to the pricey overnight diapers? Should we just stick with what we have been using?

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Fri, 02-17-2012 - 11:21am
IMHO, you probably don't want to do cloth just for overnight with a heavy wetter. The reason being that you will probably have to buy either 1) a lot of gear or 2) a fairly expensive cloth diaper to do the job you have in mind. For a younger baby or daytime use, you can use a simple (very effective and inexpensive) cotton prefold (flat) diaper with a cover. No muss, no fuss. It is very cost effective over the long term if you are doing this for a kid who is young and going to be in diapers for years or even for the first of several kids in diapers for years.

But overnights get tricky and heavy wetting for overnights on a large sized kid will put most cloth diapers to the you get more absorbent cloth diapers made from much more expensive fibers. Right now for overnight on my 15 month old very large sized stomach sleeping DS, we are using a bamboo diapers with either a wool or laminate cover over it. These diapers will hold a huge amount of fluid but they are expensive--about $14 each, by comparison to the $1.50 for the cotton flat diapers. These hold more than 2.5x as much as a cotton diap, so it is worth it to me. But to get your return on a diaper this expensive, you need to get a lot of use out of it. We have 4 of these bamboo overnight diapers plus 2 overnight covers (total cost here is about $95 because I got the covers on clearance for discontinued colors and we use an additional bamboo blend insert in our bamboo diaper--FYI these are mother-ese one size bamboo terry fitted diapers with the bamboo terry insert and the mother-ese air flow covers, wool covers cost way more and I didn't buy any of mine).

So for you to use cloth would want to think about how many of your current overnight diaps you could get for the same amount of money and then factor in how long you plan to keep using these for. If you think that your DS will be in diapers overnight for another year, then maybe it's worth it depending on what you are currently paying for your diapers but maybe not. Plus, you have to launder the cloth ones, presumably in a separate load from all your clothes and stuff since you aren't going to use cloth during the day. So it's an extra load of laundry (small but still separate) 2x a week if you own 4 over night diaps like I do. You can buy fewer and launder more often or buy more and launder less often (I do not recommend this with bamboo!).

Just my opinion though.
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Registered: 08-16-2004
Mon, 02-20-2012 - 2:31pm

I don't see how you would benefit from CDing at night only. Most people CD during the day and use a disposable at night. It's just easier than trying to find a diaper that is absorbent enough and keeps their skin feeling dry to prevent rashes. For a heavy wetter you would need some expensive stuff and you'll have a giant diaper which a 20 month old probably won't like.

If you decided to try it I would use the Blueberry one size bamboo insert $14 plus possibly a microfiber towel (dollar store) with a happy hempy fleece lined pocket diaper $15 and a night time weight wool cover like Babyology or Disana $35.

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Registered: 08-06-2005
Wed, 04-18-2012 - 2:02pm

My kids are mostly grown, now, but I will tell you what I did with my supersoaker son.