So I recently got several emails asking about our night time system. I had started this post a while back, but we've been out of town, teething, and now have a virus that has kept us tending to each other so we don't go insane. :)
We've been doing night time cloth for about a month now. I've been wanting to do it since we started 3 months ago, but she is such a heavy wetter I was nervous. Slowly I started ordering extra hemp inserts and even invested in a wool cover. Several people told me "You don't HAVE to have extras," but they hadn't seen my daughters diapers after a 12 hour sleep. LOADED.
When I went out of town, I totally forgot our sposie nighttime diapers. We were on the verge of moving up a size and I refused to buy anymore. When had been in the size 2s since we started CDs so I never bought anymore, and I didn't want to now. I was just trying to use them all up. I decided now was as good of time as any to dive right in to exclusive cloth.
I had prepped our wool cover before we left, just in case I got brave enough. I soaked it in the lanolin for over 30 minutes and then let it dry for a little over 24 hours. I later learned I should have lanolized one more time before using it for the first time.
Now that I'm thinking about it, I think I rinsed too.
The first night I thought I was using a fool proof system. . .
it was not.
I mentioned these HERE. With the Sustainablebabyish snapless fitted and my Sloomb wool cover, we soaked through both, our PJs, our blanket, and sheets. She didn't sleep any less and didn't seem to care. I just felt HORRIBLE when I went in to get her that morning and she was soaking wet.
I'm not gonna lie, my first thought was to go to Target and pick up a pack of overnight sposies.
Then I said "GET YOURSELF TOGETHER WOMAN! YOU CAN DO THIS! IT'S JUST A DIAPER. . .
and an ass load of pee." :)
I had forgotten to grab the Euclan or wool wash before we left town, and I didn't have any nipple cream either (yes, you can use that to prep as well!) so I wasn't able to prep the wool while we were there. I was going to have to try something else.
So the next night I went a tad overboard. I figured why not start with too much rather than too little. I could just subtract pieces as I needed to. I stuffed a Bum Genius One Size Pocket 4.0 with their sized microfiber insert,
AND a Baby Kicks Hemparoo.
Excessive much? Maybe. I just didn't want her to wake up in a puddle. I wasn't thinking how uncomfortable the diaper itself was, just how uncomfortable and COLD it is to wake up all wet.
The poor babe looked like a sumo wrestler.
She could barely move her legs.
I could barely zip her PJs.
When I picked her up to rock & nurse her to sleep she easily weighed an extra 5 lbs. When she peed in it it was going to be so heavy. However I had already dressed her, wrapped her up, and she was ready for bed. I just didn't want to do it all over and stimulate her too much. As I laid her down to sleep I kept worrying she would be so uncomfortable and not sleep.
She didn't have a problem at all. She slept just as good as she always does. She didn't move around too much, HA, but. . . .
SHE WAS DRY! :)
When I unpacked that brick of a diaper that morning, I noticed the hemp was a little damp, but not much. So of course I didn't need ALL of that.
The next night I just used the MF insert and hemp in the BG 4.0. It wasn't NEAR as bulky. She seemed much more comfy. Low and behold, the next morning we had a leak. Not near as bad as the first night, but her PJs were wet. I had washed my hemp 10+ times in order to strip it of its natural oils and make it more absorbent. So I'm positive it wasn't that. I had recently checked my wash cycle to make sure we weren't having a build up issue and didn't need to do additional rinses other than my one. So I was sure I didn't need to strip my diapers just yet. So the MF wasn't cutting it. I knew she was a heavy wetter, because even with the sposies sometimes I wonder how they didn't leak. They were always so LOADED in the morning.
Night 3. How about the prefold and the hemp under neath it inside a pocket? It was a tad bulky, but I figured more natural fibers should be more absorbent. Right? Sure enough, the next morning she was dry and happy. The prefold was soaked, as was the hemp insert. . . but Ro was dry. I have 2 Chinese prefolds and 1 Thirsties Duo Hemp prefold. The Thirsties prefold was super soft, it didn't seem as thick. With hemp I figured it would be a good choice as well.
Night 4: I used the Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold and an hemp insert in a BumGenius 4.0 one size pocket. It was OBVIOUSLY less bulky. She didn't feel like she weighed an extra 10 lbs, and she could wiggle around. The next morning she was dry, smiley, and squirmy. YAY!
|Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold|
So This combo is definitely one of my favorites. I have since tried a few other options that I love as well. I'll do that in another post.
So with trial and error and maybe a little over compensation. . . we're dry at night. I know several of you wondered why I used a prefold instead of the microfiber insert. . . She pees A LOT. :) With it's natural fibers and increased absorbency, this works for us. I definitely recommend the Thirsties Duo Hemp prefold. It feels like a soft t-shirt.
The wool has since been re-prepped and works perfectly. However, I am glad I had to troubleshoot a bit without it. It made me a little more confident in my cloth diaper adventures. Again, this isn't our only night time solution. We have other that I prefer, but without having to buy a ton of EXTRAS, these worked for us.
I haven't attempted to use another pocket diaper other than the BG , because "IF IT AINT BROKE...". :)
|From L to R: Baby Kawaii, BG 4.0, Fuzzibunz One Size|
The Fuzzibunz are so trim,and the pocket is so small, there is NO WAY I'll be able to fit a prefold in there alone. The Kawaii would probably work, but as I mentioned HERE, with as big and small that it can size too, it always seems to leave gaps for us. I would be willing to try it however to see if it leaks. Again, it NEVER has. . . it just never sits plush and flat on her bum. I'm just a big WEENIE! HA
|Rowyn at 4 months: From THIS POST|
So now you guys can see that cloth diapering isn't always EASY, but it' STILL FUN and apparently pretty silly. Or maybe that's my new parent thing coming out. :) Of course we love to sleep in dry sheets, but sometimes you have to figure out what works for you and your baby before that happens. The reason I am doing these posts is because I am so new to this CD world and didn't have anyone to show me what to do. All I know is what I learn from Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. I hope to give you a little insight to our CD world and maybe help prevent you from over stuffing a diaper in order to get some sleep!
I wish you guys could have seen it.
Her look on her face was like, "WTF, B? How do you expect me to wiggle around in this thing?"
Have you ever gone a little overboard in order to catch few extra Zzzzs??
I mentioned above that we're sickly. She is a snotty, coughing, sneezing mess. We were running a fever yesterday and she slept A TON. At one point we napped for an hour in the steamy hot bathroom. The Dr. says its just a viral infection. So hopefully it will run its course and GO AWAY! When your kid goes from barely napping to napping 4+ hours yesterday makes you kind of worry. She's pretty pitiful.
I'm hoping when she feels better she'll get back to her old self quickly.
The other day she did this on her own.
I have a feeling we may have a crawler after all. EEK.
I hope you all have a great blessed week. The Honey is back to work after only two days off. It doesn't feel like enough time since he spends a greater part of that first day off sleeping. He works so hard. I am truly grateful for him.
Lots of Love,