Posts Tagged ‘overnight diapers’

Overnight Cloth Diaper Solutions

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Love your cloth diapers during the day, but having trouble with them leaking overnight? This is a common dilemma for cloth diapering families; waking up in a pool of pee is definitely NOT fun…especially for co-sleeping families!  But be assured there are some awesome overnight cloth diapering solutions.

Keep in mind that a newborn breastfed baby will often poop at night for the first several weeks or even months, necessitating diaper changes through the night. However once you get through that phase and your baby is no longer pooping at night, you don’t necessarily need to change him/her during the night. Of course this assumes you have found an effective overnight cloth diapering system. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to figure out what will work as an overnight cloth diaper for your wee one. Here are two easy solutions we have found effective:

Doublers – Doublers are basically inserts or liners that you add to your cloth diapering system for extra absorbency. Doublers are specially designed to be thin yet super- duper absorbent. However if you already have a wide variety of inserts in your stash, you could simply use a regular insert or two to double up for extra night-time protection. The result may be a super bulky diaper but with dry jammies in the morning (albeit you might need to go up a size in jammies to accommodate all that bulk).

Wool Covers You all know how much I love wool and cannot say enough good things about it. I honestly think wool covers make THE BEST overnight diapers. When my second son was an itty bitty baby, I would often put a pair of longies (basically wool pants) on him over his pocket diaper for overnights. Obviously most of the time you would not use any kind of cover over a pocket diaper but this was our bulletproof night time solution for a while…mostly because I was eager to skip night time diaper changes as early as possible. Now I know wool is pricey BUT the awesome thing about wool is you can use it over and over again before needing to wash it; thus you can easily get by with just a few wool covers in your stash (particularly if you are using them primarily as your overnight diaper).

What is your bulletproof overnight cloth diaper? Would love to hear what works for other mamas!

-Sarah

Cloth Diaper Storage

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

I am super excited because I recently (as in today) re-ogranized our cloth diapering area. Yes folks, this is the kind of stuff that excites me. 🙂 Our old system was not very functional and not only made it cumbersome to diaper baby, but it was also rather cumbersome to wash/put clean diapers away. I have been wanting to organize it for a long time to streamline the diapering and laundry process. I finally did it today and my diaper area now looks like this:

Ohhh…ahhhh, right?!? The four metal baskets and the frame were the deal of the day yesterday at Ikea for $9.99! (I love all things Ikea!) They actually hold a surprisingly large amount of diapers and the unit is quite durable. The black metal diaper pail (also from Ikea) is the same one I have used for a long time, it’s just now located in a more convenient spot; next to the diapering area which is so much better than carrying the dirty diapers to the pail like we used to do.

I organized each drawer by type of diaper. My all-in-ones and pre-stuffed pockets are in the top drawer. These are my everyday diapers. The second drawer has my fitteds and covers in it, which are primarily used for overnight diapers. The third drawer is full of random diapering accessories such as wetbags, liners, inserts, changing pad, etc. The bottom drawer is my remaining fitted diapers and of course my Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy.

What I love about this new organization system is that it is in the bathroom! This is highly functional because it’s near running water for using cloth wipes, the toilet for dunking or spraying dirty dipes, and the bathtub for those occasional diaper emergencies when a quick bath would be way more efficient/effective than using a bizillion wipes. I can either change baby on the countertop or on the floor. I have a changing pad I can put out as needed, but I don’t use it every time. The little turquoise basket on the countertop holds our cloth wipes. I can wet them as needed or spray baby’s bum with a water bottle. It feels like everything I need to quickly and neatly cloth diaper is right within hands reach. My son’s clothes are in a dresser right outside the bathroom door so everything to dress baby is nearby too. I love it!!

It’s taken me a while to figure out the best cloth diapering storage area for our house and family’s needs, but I am super stoked about this set-up and wanted to share!  And my favorite part is the total cost was $10!

What does your cloth diaper storage area look like? What do you use to store your diapers? Would love to hear what works for you!

-Sarah

 

Top 5 Cloth Diapering Accessories

Friday, October 14th, 2011

 

If you are new to cloth diapering, the thought of diapering accessories might make you chuckle. I know I wondered “what in the world is a diaper accessory? Like diaper swag or something?” I quickly realized the term encompassed products designed to make using cloth diapers as effective, simple, and convenient as possible.

Cloth Wipes
If you are cloth diapering you might also want to consider using cloth wipes. They are super easy to use and far less expensive than using disposable wipes. You can wet them right at the time of use with a spray bottle or directly from the tap. Another option is to pre-wet them with water or a wipe solution and store in a water proof container. Optimally you would have around 25+ wipes in your rotation to ensure you have clean ones available on wash day.

 

 

Doublers and Inserts
A doubler or an insert is used to provide an extra layer of absorbency for your cloth diapers. Typically a doubler is used with a flat, prefold, or all-in-one while an insert is used to stuff in a pocket diaper, however they can be used interchangeably. They are helpful to use for overnight diapers, a ‘heavy-wetter’, or older children who tend to urinate less frequently but in large amounts.

 

 

Wetbags and Pail Liners
Wetbags and pail liners are used to store dirty diapers containing both the mess and the odor until wash day. A wetbag is smaller and usually holds about 3 diapers. It is used for when you are out and about to hold your dirty cloth diapers. They are an essential item in your diaper bag. You probably want at least 3 wetbags in your rotation so you always have a clean one available. A pail liner is used to store diapers at home and is available in two styles; a hanging pail or a liner for a trash can. A hanging pail can be hung from a hook or a doorknob. A pail liner can be used with a regular 13 gallon trash bin. On wash day you simply dump everything from your pail into your washing machine and then place your dirty pail in too. You will want at least two pails in your rotation so you always have a clean one available.

Cleaning Detergents
You will want to be sure to select a detergent that is ‘safe’ for cloth diapers. Many commonly used household detergents will cause build-up on your diapers and interfere with the absorbency of them. There are many brands well known to be safe for cloth diapers and any of these would be an excellent choice. You may experiment a little before determing what wash routine and detergent works best for your cloth diapers and baby’s skin.

 

 

Diaper Sprayer
A diaper sprayer is a hose and nozzle that attaches directly to your toilet and is used to clean messy (ie-poopy) diapers. You can spray your diapers off right into the toilet and then flush the mess away where it belongs. Diaper sprayers are a great tool for cloth diapering families and really make cleaning cloth a cinch! They are easy to install and come with all necessary parts for installation.

What cloth diaper accessory is a must-have on your list? What detergent have you found works best for your diapers?

-Sarah