I have experimented with a variety of methods and systems for overnight cloth diapers. Overnight cloth diapers with Eudora have never been a problem; she’s such a light wetter that it’s like she pees glitter or something. With Norton? Well, let’s just say that I spent a lot of time washing sheets in the morning. I’d gone through a multitude of overnight cloth diapers with him.
When I was using AppleCheeks covers for his overnight diaper, I had yet to find a bulletproof solution. I had a great combination that I referred to as my “Chinese menu of overnight cloth diapering.” A natural fiber from column A under a microfiber from column B that would be stuffed in either AppleCheeks or Blueberry overnight.
When I started running into toxic stink (only on his overnight cloth diapers), I did some crazy stuff to kill it before finally getting to the point where his inserts didn’t smell like a skunk after washing. I didn’t like how the smell would linger on microfleece and would require extra effort… particularly since one of the overnight diapers we were using was an AppleCheeks in Mrs. Robinson. I’d rather not ruin that diaper, thank you.
I decided to dump synthetics. No more microfiber for overnight. No more microfleece pockets.
And it was like a choir of angels started singing.
There was only one thing that I didn’t ditch from my “Chinese menu.” I kept the Thirsties Duo hemp prefold. When I did an absorbency test, that thing held 2 cups of water after compression. It was the best performing thing I’d tested, even outperforming fitted diapers. However, I also wanted something that would still be somewhat stay dry, and I wasn’t sold on the idea that just the prefold would be enough. If it were, then I wouldn’t have had the occasional leak with the “Chinese menu” of overnight stuffing. So I bought a couple of Blueberry Capri inserts to put one on top of the prefold, and wrapped it all up in a Blueberry Capri cover.
And then? Success. Since switching to the Blueberry Capri insert on a Thirsties Duo hemp prefold in a Blueberry Capri cover, we have not had a single leak. It’s a combination that holds 3.15 cups of wetness. (Yes, it’s shocking to me that my child literally pees almost a liter overnight.) Maybe part of it is that he’s actually starting to pee a bit less at night… or maybe I’ve just finally found our bulletproof solution for the kid who had been known to burst sposies.
Have you found your perfect overnight cloth diapers? What’s your combination?