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Nighttime Diapering

Nighttime diapering is quite a bit different from daytime diapering as you will generally be leaving your baby in the same diaper for up to 12 or 13 hours. The name of the game here is absorbancy. Most babies do fine with double diapering, but this can be quite bulky, and there are the so-called "super soakers" that can outpee even two prefolds. My kids are not super heavy wetters, so I'm just going to explain what we've used in the past. We've never had a leak with any of these combinations and I mean no wetness at all outside of the cover. If we had, I'm sure we would have switched back to disposables. I *hate* changing crib sheets (it's such a PITA), so any leaking is unacceptable.

Premium prefold with infant prefold

This is a basic nighttime combo that you usually don't have to buy anything extra for. It's bulky, but not excessively so. And it works on my toddler just fine on 12 hour overnights.

First, I trifold the infant prefold along the stitching, then lay it on top of the premium prefold.

Then I bikini twist the larger prefold underneath it and pin in place. The bikini twist is a really good fold to use here because it cuts down the bulk between the baby's legs where the doubler already is.

If this still isn't enough absorbency, you could try a regular or a premium prefold. Try folding the doubler prefold in thirds the way I do for wraps, or laying the doubler prefold down flat and just folding the front in thirds (they way I've shown for the newspaper fold in the Folding a Prefold) section.

Premium prefold with a doubler

This is basically the same idea, but rather than using a second prefold, I've used a fleece-topped hemp doubler. The fleece helps to keep your baby's skin feeling dryer, and the hemp is more absorbent than cotton. So it's also a little trimmer than using two prefolds. The idea is just the same. Lay the baby down, place the doubler on top of the prefold, and do the bikini twist. That's a leopard print Waddlehopper from Katies Kisses in my pic, but you can get doublers from a lot of different WAHM's (like Mom and Me Creations or SMJAE).

For either of these systems, I had the best luck with Dappi pull-ons (shown on left) and Motherease Airflows (shown on the right). Even if the diapers got totally saturated, neither of these covers let any dampness out onto pajamas or sheets. The Airflows have the advantage of allowing a little air circulation between the snaps.

I happily used this system on my daughter for months, but eventually decided I wanted something else 1) because if dh or a babysitter put her to bed, they had to use disposables, and 2) I didn't like that her skin was soaking in so much wetness in the morning.

So I took the plunge and bought Fuzzibunz (FB) and used Samuel's Soakers (SS) as stuffers. The SS's are *extremely* absorbent and I don't need to use any doublers with them. The Fuzzibunz are nice because the fleece wicks the wetness away from my babies' skin and since I pre-stuff them, my hubby and our babysitter can put them on with no problems. I just fold the SS in thirds, stuff it into the FB pocket, and put the diaper on. Easy as pie.

At $15 per FB and $6 per SS, this is the most expensive part of my diapering system, but I feel like it's worth it. The other option for nighttime diapering is disposables. Remember, if that's what works for you, just use them. They are definitely trim, amazingly absorbent, and keep the wetness off babies' skin.

I've also been trying out Happy Heiny's, but I'm still on the fence about whether I like them or the Fuzzibunz better. Here's my list of pros and cons:

  • FB's pros: never had a leak; trim and stretchy; wider stride for easier stuffing.
  • FB's cons: no cute prints; can leave red marks on thighs; don't fit well at higher end of weight range (Isaac's pretty much outgrown his M's at 18 pounds, because the last leg snap never stays snapped); leave red marks on thighs, even when diaper is not that tight.
  • HH's pros: aplix closures give quick changes, snug custom fit, without being too tight; adorable prints; fleece seems plusher, but does end up getting pilly just like the FB's after a few washings.
  • HH's cons: I've had some wicking with one of the laminated prints I have, but Linda (and Kathy at Little Blessing's Resale) is being a huge help with this; narrow stride makes it harder to stuff; the woven outers make the outers a little stiff -- I prefer knit outers.

Time will tell as far as durability, etc. goes. My favorite thing about the HH's over the FB's is that you can get a snug fit around the thigh without any red marks. That soft fleece seems really comfortable.

Pocket diapers can be a little tricky to care for. Click here for my repelling fleece saga.

Updated 2/12/04:

Okay, I've found the *perfect* pocket diapers. They're Windpro fleece pockets from Soft Landing Stuffers. They're super soft, breathable, never leave red marks, have a great inner fleece that doesn't repel and stays soft without pilling, and fit both of my kids perfectly. They're wider in the stride than Happy Heiny's, so I have no problem stuffing them, and they're aplix (although you can choose snaps if you prefer), so they don't have snaps that pop open like Fuzzi Bunz. Oh, and they don't leak, ever (minor point, right?) They're only disadvantage is availability, but if you can snag one, I highly recommend them.

Updated 06/05/07:

I don't think Soft Landing Diapers are in business anymore, but you can try search for "all fleece pocket diapers" at Hyena Cart.

Also, check out my instructions for making easy, homemade fleece pockets.

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