Overnight Cloth Diapers for the Extreme Heavy Wetter

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.

Overnight Cloth Diapers for the Extreme Heavy Wetter - Cloth Diaper AddictsWhen 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?

Where to find Blueberry Capri and Thirsties hemp prefolds: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Can), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Can)

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. I’ve got my 3mo in good mama fitted with a fleece liner in a flip. My 2yo wears double stuffed kawaii gnhws.

  2. Great information. I know that my son used to wet a ton at night but now that he is older he stays dry most of the time.

  3. Kimberly Worrell says:

    Still searching. Been using a heavy hemp flat with a bamboo doubler in a bamboo fitted under fleece or wool. We have to change him into the same combo after about 5 hrs, then change after about 4 hrs. He leaks both diapers. So frustrated.

  4. After trying multiple diapers and layers of inserts what I found works best with my little one is a Bum Genius 4.0 with the mf insert and 2 3 layer amp hemp inserts. It has been 3 months now and I have had zero leaks with that combo. Still waking to feed at night so we do 1 change and his diaper is just soaked….but no leaks 🙂

  5. Rachel N says:

    LOVE Thirsties! I use an Applecheeks size 2 cover with a size 2 thirsties hemp prefold and a small microfiber booster. My daughter needs the stay dry layer but I haven’t had smell issues yet.

  6. Leilani Y says:

    Thank you for this, I am definitely pinning it so I remember when I get closer to having my baby.

  7. Donna-Lynn Craig says:

    Thankfully my little guy is not a heavy wetter. I can get away with a flour sac towel in my BG’s for overnight. He doesn’t seem to pee when he sleeps anymore. He does a huge one though in the morning when he wakes. I may change my night time diaper though since I find the overnight diapers are the only ones that stink.

  8. I gave up on trying to cloth diaper at night (we CD during the day though) about 4 months ago. my daughter is 22 months and since she was about 9 months she has only had 2 times during the day that she poops – in the wee (pun intended? haha) hours of the morning to sometime just before she wakes up and also at the end of her naps. never in that time has she pooped during the day when it didn’t involve sleep. add on top of that the fact that she’s an extreme heavy wetter and it’s always a recipe for disaster. I’ve tried everything our budget would allow and no success! I fear potty training because I’m pretty sure she’s found her “safe place” to poop. if I wake her up early to stick another diaper on her (even after she’s wet through the original diaper), she’ll complain about her poopoo hurting and then holds it until she can poop during her nap. even disposables have a difficult time standing up to it. she sleeps 12-13 hours a night and changing her in the middle isn’t an option – she will fully wake up every time. it was that reason that “dream feeds” were never “dream feeds” for us. sigh. I have another one on the way and I’m at a loss.
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  9. Overnight Cloth Diapers for babies are a must especially if the baby is a heavy wetter. I would say get a set of 24 diapers for the baby

  10. You say you ditched synthetics, including the microfleece applecheeks cover. But don’t Capri inserts have microfleece? Do theyjust wash better?


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