When it’s time for baby to go to sleep for the night, you may be wondering what (if anything) you need to do differently in order to continue using your cloth diapers. Some people just switch back to disposables each night, but it’s not hard to make the transition with cloth and still maintain your sanity.
As expected, the main difference in function between daytime and nighttime use of cloth diapers is the absorbency. There are a couple different ways to acheive this:
- Use two inserts instead of one
- Add a doubler (an extra insert engineered specifically for extra absorbency)
If you’re going to use two inserts, you’ll usually want to put Flip or Blueberry (lay-in) inserts back-to-back, otherwise the stay-dry layer can cause leaks. This can result in a bit of a bulky look on baby, but we’ve found this method quite effective for both increased nighttime absorbency and daytime heavy wetters.
Doublers come in several variations, if you’re going this route. Hemp and bamboo hold the most liquid for their size, but you can use cotton varieties also. You can explore all the options on Amazon.
Another cool feature of nighttime cloth diaper use is that, if you’re starting potty training, they can usually be pulled off and on without much trouble if snapped/aplixed at a slightly looser setting. However, there are also many cloth diapering alternatives for pull-ups if you prefer something made specifically for potty training.