Infant Cloth Diapers for 36 Hours Straight!

I’ve been using cloth diapers from pretty much the beginning.  Mind you, I’ve never exclusively cloth diapered, as there are times that Huggies brand diapers are just so much more convenient.  However, for the last 36 hours, I have successfully used only infant cloth diapers.  36 straight hours in infant cloth diapers was actually a lot easier than I had expected it to be.

I didn’t use any one particular type of cloth diapers during this time period.  I have GroVia diapers, BumGenius 4.0 diapers, a BumGenius Elemental, and a ton of FuzziBunz cloth diapers.  I have to say, it was an adventure, and I’m quite proud of myself for managing for this long. [Read more…]

Overnight Cloth Diaper Options

Everyone has different preferences for overnight cloth diaper options.  There are a variety of factors to take into consideration: how heavy of a wetter one is dealing with, what’s user friendly, what’s available (a lot of us prefer to buy local in my community), and what’s cost effective.  Some popular overnight cloth diaper options were rejected in my house because my husband either couldn’t figure it out or just didn’t like them for whatever reason.

Recently, I asked my local cloth diaper community what they chose for their overnight cloth diaper options.  Some of them were awesome enough to share pictures.

Overnight Cloth Diapering Options (Cloth Diaper Addicts)“On my heavy wetter it is bumGenius 4.0 with two Thirsties hemp inserts and a Jam Tots stuffer. On my light/medium wetter it is a bumGenius 4.0 with the bumGenius microfiber insert and one Thirsties hemp insert.” ~ Christine K.

Where to buy bumGenius: CozyBums (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US) Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shop (US)

Where to buy Thirsties: CozyBums (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US) Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada/US) Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shop (US)

Overnight Cloth Diaper Options (Cloth Diaper Addicts)“Our favourite night time nappy is a Flip with a Flip insert and a hemp doubler…we can do 12 hours no leaks! Not that we ever sleep that long :)” ~ Brooke M. (Mom of beautiful boy/girl twins!)

Where to buy Flip: CozyBums (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US) Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shop (US)

 

 

Overnight Cloth Diapering Options (Cloth Diaper Addicts)“A Mother Ease Sandy’s fitted with a FuzziBunz microfiber insert underneath, all wrapped in a small Bummis Super Brite.  She can go all night.” ~ Amber M. (Newborn option)

Where to get Bummis: Cozy Bums (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Diaper Shoppe (US)

Do you have a favorite for overnight cloth diapering options?

Pocket Diapers and Double Stuffing

I’ve long been a fan of pocket diapers.  Pocket diapers is how I started and it’s what makes up the majority of my cloth diaper stash.  As much as I love my cloth diaper stash, there’s a cloth diapering method that I absolutely do not do: I’m not down with double stuffing my pocket diapers.  In fact, I rarely get fancy with stuffing my pocket diapers.  I use the stuffing that the manufacturer designed to go along with it.

That’s not, of course, to say that I don’t recognize benefits to double stuffing pocket diapers.  To me, it’s a matter of determining when the benefits outweigh the risk.

Why Double Stuff Pocket Diapers?

Pocket Diapers and Double Stuffing (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Admire that fluffy bum.

One of the benefits of using pocket diapers is that you have the ability to adjust the level of stuffing to give you the absorbency that you need.  For overnights, I’m a huge fan of stuffing the bedevil out of pocket diapers.  Of course, that’s also why I only use certain diapers for overnight cloth diapering: they need to have generous pockets to hold the inserts.  I’m particularly fond of pairing the AppleCheeks three layer bamboo inserts with microfiber for overnights.  I fold it long ways so that there are six layers of bamboo behind the microfiber.  If you double stuff in daytime, you can go longer between changes.

Why Single Stuff Pocket Diapers?

So, hold on a second.  If you double stuff, your diaper will hold more.  So why doesn’t everyone just double stuff their diapers?  There are lots of reasons for that.

Double stuffing adds bulk.  Sure, Norton can go through the entire night in a diaper without waking for a change.  However, he’s also so stuffed that he walks funny in his diapers.  (The first time I double stuffed pocket diapers for overnight use, I nearly fell over from laughing at Norton’s funny walk.)  And there’s absolutely no way he could wear jeans with that diaper.

Double stuffing isn’t bulletproof.  When double stuffing pocket diapers, one must be careful with what’s used.  For instance, double stuffing microfiber inserts might backfire.  While microfiber is a cheap insert material that absorbs very quickly, it’s also prone to compression leaks.  This can be better avoided by using a natural fiber material instead of or in addition to the microfiber insert.

Double stuffing may weaken the diaper.  Your pocket diapers have a limited amount of space.  If you double stuff the diaper, you may be putting too much pressure on the diaper’s construction.  First there’s the extra space of your hand in the pocket diaper as you stuff it.  Then there’s the space of the additional insert.  All that additional bulk can mean additional pulling at the stitching and the fabric, which can lead to construction failure faster than normal use.  In fact, when doing a warranty claim on one of my diapers, one of the questions asked by the manufacturer was how many inserts I used.  This leaves me wondering if double stuffing that diaper would have voided the warranty.  Regardless, though, of warranty claims, I love my diapers and want them to be around for a long time.

Do you double stuff your pocket diapers?

My Overnight Cloth Diaper Solution

Cloth Diapers OvernightWhen I first started out with cloth diapers, I vowed to use cloth diapers and cloth diapers only. Many of my wonderful friends who also use cloth diapers admit to using disposables overnight. Despite their attempts at using cloth during the night, the results had been so disastrous that disposables were the only thing keeping the sheets dry in any way. When the choice comes between washing sheets every day and using disposables, I would pick the disposables too.

Fortunately for me, my desire to use cloth diapers all the time has been a success. When I first began with overnight cloth diapering, I used a Blueberry pocket diaper with two Blueberry bamboo inserts and one microfiber insert. Since that time, though, I have moved away from any type of cloth diapers and have begun using Best Bottoms almost exclusively. [Read more…]

Overnight Cloth Diapering Solution FAIL

Overnight Cloth Diapering Solution FAIL

You’d think with all of that padding, we’d have the perfect overnight cloth diapering solution…

I’ve known for quite some time that I have a super soaker toddler.  Norton is amazing with his ability to pee through any overnight diaper.   He can flood the bed in a disposable.  He can flood the bed with the most reliable overnight cloth diapering solution that I’ve come up with to date.  However, the diaper that I changed this morning just confused me.

I’ve found that Norton has been doing very well with a Blueberry cloth diaper overnight.  I’ve been wrapping the long microterry Blueberry insert in an AppleCheeks three layer bamboo insert.  Sometimes it works.  Some nights, he soaks the entire thing and floods the bed.  However, this morning was just weird.  Our best bet overnight cloth diapering solution didn’t work.  That wasn’t surprising.  There are nights that he saturates both inserts.  What was surprising was that the inserts weren’t completely saturated.  There was still about an inch of dry insert on the back.

How on earth did he so completely and utterly flood the diaper like that?  The only thing that I can think of is that maybe, just maybe, he was pointing up when his daddy put his diaper on for overnight.  Other than that, I’ve got absolutely no idea.  If using disposable diapers overnight worked consistently, I’d just give up and go back to using sposies at night.  However, if they don’t work, either, it’s pretty pointless.  Either way, I’m still having to strip the bed and wash sheets.

Have you ever had an overnight cloth diapering solution not work out like that?  What do you think caused it?

Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter Cloth Diaper Review

One of the diapers on my diaper wish list was the Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter cloth diaper.  I haven’t bought one, but my friend Megan got a few.  She hooked me up with one of her brand new, still wrapped Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter diapers so that I could prep it from the beginning and get the “full experience” with a brand new diaper. [Read more…]

Blueberry Diapers – A Cloth Diaper Review

Eudora modeling her Blueberry Butterflies diaper

Eudora modeling her Blueberry Butterflies diaper

I’ve had some Blueberry diapers in my cloth diaper stash for a while, but I’ve yet to do a proper review.  I got my first Blueberry diaper in August of last year for Norton.  I was really, really impressed.  I was so very impressed that I started on my one woman campaign to convince my local cloth diaper store to start carrying them.

Presently, I have five Blueberry diapers in my cloth diaper stash.  They are the one size pocket variety, no minky exteriors.  I love the fact that I get a great fit on Norton, who is around 32 pounds, and Eudora, who is roughly 16 pounds.  The diapers are actually suggested to fit from ten pounds to Not to mention, some of the prints are just too beautiful for words.

They also just plain work.  Blueberry diapers were the first ones that managed to give me a repeatedly successful overnight cloth diapering solution on Norton the Super Soaker.  I use the long insert for Norton overnight with a Jamtots hemp doubler, or just the long insert for daytime use.  With Eudora, I use the short inserts for day time use.  (I haven’t used Blueberry diapers overnight on her, but that’s because her prints are so gorgeous that I hate to use them at night.  I want to look at the pretty fluff!)  The fit is a little less trim than some of my other diapers, but when they’re that gorgeous, why on earth would you want to hide them under a pair of pants?

As for the construction, they’re made in the USA with a PUL inner that holds up beautifully.  You get two inserts (one long insert and one short) with each diaper.  The snaps are configured much like the snaps on BumGenius diapers, but they are at an angle instead of straight up and down.  I love the angle because it works wonderfully… especially if you’ve got a baby with chunky thighs.  Even if you’ve got a chicken legged baby like my Eudora, the angled snaps are still fine and dandy.

Now for what I don’t like about Blueberry diapers.  I don’t particularly like the price point.  At Nicki’s Diapers, they’re around $24.00 USD at regular price.  At Lagoon Baby, they’re around $28.00 CDN.  However, that’s a small trade off for me, as I’d rather pay a few bucks more for diapers made in North America.  I also hate how many options there are.  While this is great from a consumer standpoint, it’s harder for a retailer, and that’s why some won’t even bother carrying any at all.  That makes them a bit more difficult to find locally for some of us.

Would I recommend them?  Oh, goodness gracious, yes.  They’re gorgeous, well made diapers.  I just may have to get more in the future.

Have you used Blueberry diapers?

Overnight Cloth Diapers for My Super Soaker Toddler

Overnight cloth diaper

Finally! We found an overnight cloth diaper solution for us. It’s not trim, but it works.

I struggled with using cloth diapers overnight for Norton.  I went through a variety of diapers.   In fact, a large part of the reason that I have so many varieties of cloth diapers started because I was on the quest for an overnight cloth diaper solution for my boy.

I bought two Bumboo fitted cloth diapers for Norton, but the husband refused to use them because the rise adjustment was just too confusing for him.  He requires a diaper that has the rise pre-set for him (and pre-stuffed if it’s a pocket diaper) so all he needs to do is slap it on a baby’s butt and go about his day.  For a while, we did all right with Tots Bots Easy Fit diapers.  That was when Tots Bots Easy Fit first came out with their old style, which was Velcro only.  We had intermittent success with that method when stuffed with a hemp doubler, but we ultimately had to give up any sort of Velcro diaper on Norton.  Right now, Tots Bots Easy Fit diapers are what I use on Eudora for overnights; I stuff them with an extra Fuzzi Bunz microfiber insert.

For well over a year, I gave up on overnight cloth diapers with Norton.  My pocket diapers weren’t cutting it.  My fitted diapers were too confusing.  My GroVia hybrid diapers just weren’t overnight material, particularly considering at that time the only inserts available were the organic cotton.   We ended up using disposables overnight.  Even that wasn’t a perfect solution; we still frequently found both Norton and his bed saturated in the morning.  Sometimes the diaper would rupture and he’d have all of those yucky microbead gel things on him.  I really didn’t like those on my boy’s bits.

Recently, I got an idea.  I thought it was pretty inspired.  Blueberry diapers have this wonderfully long insert.  It’s so long that it folds completely in half and covers the entire length of the diaper.  What if I tried two of those inserts?  It’s not like I was using the second long insert that I had…  At that time, I only had two Blueberry diapers: one was a spotted Blueberry diaper I bought a year ago for Norton, and the other was Eudora’s beautiful Butterflies diaper.  She’s far too tiny for that super long insert.

So I double stuffed that diaper.  It was super stuffed.  Norton looked like he had a pillow under his pajama pants.  I kept my fingers crossed that we wouldn’t have compression leaks.

The next morning, Norton’s diaper was just saturated.  It was at the point that it could have been weighed in pounds.  But his pajamas were dry.  So was his bed.

A few days after that experiment, I bought two more Blueberry pocket diapers off of a mom in my local diaper swap group.  I tried stuffing two Blueberry long inserts in the pocket with a hemp insert in the middle.  As soon as I saw Norton wearing that one, I realized that it wasn’t going to work.  The diaper was stuffed so thick that it made the rise way too low.  I took out one of the long Blueberry inserts and left one long Blueberry insert and one Jamtots hemp insert.

It was fantastic.  Norton was still soaked, but the results were even better.

Now I have two overnight cloth diapers for Norton: a double stuffed Blueberry pocket diaper and a Blueberry pocket diaper stuffed with one long Blueberry microterry insert and a Jamtots hemp insert.  Even better, it’s an overnight cloth diaper solution that my husband can use.

What are you using overnight?

Getting Brave with Using Cloth Diapers – An Overnight Sensation

I’ve finally done it.  I’ve taken a bold new step in using cloth diapers with Eudora.  When I’d attempted this method of using cloth diapers with Norton, it was, more often than not, a failure.  With Eudora, I’ve had much more success.

I’m using cloth diapers overnight.

I’m finding that it’s much more successful with Eudora.  You see, I very seldom had a wet bed with her in her disposable diapers, and that’s with her sleeping nine to thirteen hours at a stretch.  The rare occasions that I did find a wet bed in the morning was because she’s just so darned skinny and has such a high rise.  She sort of manages to wiggle out of the disposable.  I find my precious baby girl sporting a plumber’s crack under her sleeper.

Since disposables don’t seem to fit my skinny girl all that well, and she’s not the heavy wetter that her big brother is, I gave my BumGenius Freetime a shot.  When I got her up in the morning, the diaper was saturated… but the bed was not.  Nor were her pajamas or swaddle.  I’d had some overnight cloth diapering success.

I only have two BumGenius Freetime diapers in my stash, so I decided to give a chance to the other diaper that I thought might manage.  After all, this combination had an occasional success with Norton, and that kid pees like a faucet… especially at night.  I used a Tots Bots Easy Fit diaper with an added bamboo insert.  It also worked.

So, now I have three overnight cloth diapering solutions with Eudora.  I’m thrilled.  This is something that I’d been terrified of trying due to the repeated failures that I’ve had with my boy.  At this rate, I may be able to limit the use of any and all disposable diapers to when Grandma Kitty and Grumpy Red are baby-sitting.  That would be completely and totally awesome.  It’s my fervent hope that Eudora outgrows the massive box of size two Huggies diapers we bought from Costco long before we run out.

Are you using cloth diapers overnight?  What’s your magic solution?

Overnight Pocket Diaper Insert Combination Suggestions

When I first switched to cloth diapers when my daughter was a little over three months old, I decided to stop using disposables all together. Although some cloth diapering mamas ultimately decide to continue using disposable diapers at night because of problems with leaks, I have been able to find a number of overnight solutions that work great for my baby. She sleeps up to thirteen hours at a time without a diaper change (and I am not about to wake a sleeping baby just to change a wet diaper that is not bothering her). Here are some of the pocket diaper insert combinations that I have found that work great for overnight use. [Read more…]