Night Time Cloth Diapering Solutions

by Amanda Hearn · 22 comments

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I stumbled upon my night time solution and I love it.  My oldest daughter (she’s all potty now!) use to fill a diaper over night, but it always got me through.  In the end, I used wool over it *just* in case.  It was merely for my piece of mind.  Now my youngest baby girl used this combo and it works just as great.

So what is it?

I use a BumGenius one-size pocket diaper with two very special inserts – hat’s where the magic comes in.

Artsy Fartsy Foo Foo Hemp (company not currently in business) & a bamboo/zorb combo insert.  The place I purchased the second insert no longer makes them, but I did find this shop that make a very similar product.

If you go this route, be sure to place the hemp insert on top of the other one (closest to baby).  The hemp absorbs so quickly.  It’s amazing and I think the biggest reason I never have leaks.

So this is my combo.

#1 Artsy Fartsy Foo Foo
This shop stocks on the 5th & 20th of the month (not currently).  Be fast because she sells out crazy fast.  I’m talking under a minute in most cases.

#2 Bamboo/Zorb doubler
These aren’t exactly what I use, but very similar!  Found them here on Etsy.

#3 Pocket Diaper
I mostly use a bumGenius, but I have also used Fuzzibunz One-Size, Swaddlebees Econappi, Smartipants & Thirsties Duo Diapers with great success.

If pocket diapers aren’t your thing, the other great solution that I have used, and do when I’m out of my combo items, is a fitted.  I have found Goodmamas to be absorbent enough to get them through the night.  I typically cover with a Thirsties Duo or interlock wool.

#1 Fitted
Try Goodmama or other similar bamboo/cotton one-size fitted diaper.  BubuBebefor example.

#2 Cover
Try Thirsties Duo Wraps.  I love these covers.  They also now come in snaps and cute designs!

If PUL’s not your thing or you want a little more protection try interlock wool like these from Sloomb.

I would like to mention that as your child gets older putting wool or other pants over their diaper is a GREAT idea.  I have the most disgusting and embarrassing photo of my daughter (which I won’t be posting) that came about as the result of curiosity and no pants one fateful morning.  I was pregnant and it wasn’t pretty!

Also, wool like what’s pictured above is a great second line of defense for leaks overnight 🙂

Do you have a night time solution that you just love?  Please feel free to add your comments here.  You never know who it may help 🙂  Thank you and good luck!

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Amanda Hearn

Founder of The Eco-Friendly Family, design geek, serial tanktopist, content creator, mother, coffee addict, & lover of fun. I am also a partner at Green Child Magazine & Put A Cup In It!
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LCW April 11, 2010 at 11:00 am

Thanks for this post, we've been having leaks! I'm going to strip her diapers first and then try this route. I'm tired of changing crib sheets!

Erika April 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Aaah! Would you quite telling people how great Artsy Fartsy Foo Foo stuff is? I've been trying to buy more hemp inserts for weeks, and I can never get them before she sells out!!

Zwerver April 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm

LOL @ Erika! (But I agree!)

Amanda: How old was your LO when you moved up from just using your "regular" diapering (whatever that was) to having to design a nightime solution?

The Eco-Friendly Family - Amanda April 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Once she was out of newborn diapers I started using a night time diaper. This combo isn't super bulky, so it was fine.

I'd say she was around 3 months old. I started out using mostly fitteds though at night because my oldest needed the night time diapers at that time.

She was around 15 lbs before the OS BGs fit her without leaking. Some have luck as early as 10-12 lbs though.

Amanda Hearn April 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Once she was out of newborn diapers I started using a night time diaper. This combo isn't super bulky, so it was fine.

I'd say she was around 3 months old. I started out using mostly fitteds though at night because my oldest needed the night time diapers at that time.

She was around 15 lbs before the OS BGs fit her without leaking. Some have luck as early as 10-12 lbs though.

Married2MrWright June 4, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Thanks for this…right now, our nighttime diaper solution is working for us with no leaks, but it's nice to know of other options, just in case. My LO sleeps in a Thirsties Duo Size 2 with the inserts that come with with (Microfiber terry & hemp combo snapped together) and an added hemp combo indert (also Thirsties brand). We've never had a leak and she has super chunky thighs and nurses 2-3 times/night.

Unknown October 12, 2011 at 3:06 am

We have the same night time diaper solution! AFFF inserts are the best!

Anonymous December 24, 2011 at 7:13 am

Thanks for the suggestions, it's so hard to find a night time solution for a heavy wetter. Right now we're using BG with both microfiber inserts or flip with the organic insert with no issues.

Hannah February 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm

We use a bg as well, with both inserts, and knitted longies (wool pants) over the top. I have had some unfortunate wicking where the tag is sewn on, hence the wool, which DH feels is overkill. I’m considering switching to prefolds as the stuffer, not in love with the microfiber- It seems overly difficult to get clean.

Irina December 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I just saw this old post, but since I’m new in this adventure, I’ll comment on it anyway.
For overnight, my favorite is a Swaddlebees econappi pocket with an insert combo. Tiny guy is only 3 months, so he’s still in the small size with the small insert. I use a big microfiber insert below the bamboo/cotton that comes with the pocket diaper. I’ve never had any leaks, and his skin looks very healthy, plus I like the stay dry feature of pockets, and cotton velour doesn’t leave residues like fleece does. My second choice is a prefold with the microfiber below (folded in the front, since it’s a boy) and a regular PUL cover (whatever you have). It is the second choice because it’s very bulky and because it does not stay dry to the touch, but it is pretty much leak proof for around 8-10 hours.

Susie December 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

I use the BumGenius 4.0 pocket with two gDiaper cloth inserts, hemp sides together, at night. LOVE it. My 9 month-old is a heavy wetter, and we never have problems.

Chelsea May 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

Hemp is great for overnights! I have been using Thirsties Hemp prefolds with great success with my 4mo old.

Laura May 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Good idea to use wool over just in case! 🙂

Christine July 14, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Thanks for the recommendations. I will be brand new to cloth diapers when my first baby is born in September and this site is extremely helpful!

Do you just use Bum Genius overnight and another brand during the day? If so I’d love to know why that works for you.

Thank you for the help!

Amanda July 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I loved the Bum Genius Elementals for daytime, thought they have since changed the design. Bum Genius diapers are really great, day or night 🙂

Jill August 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

Just a quick FYI: hemp is very SLOW to absorb. You want hemp on the bottom!! Hemp on top may leak. Just wanted to post this for new CDers that may not know.

Amanda August 24, 2013 at 11:46 am

I have heard this, especially from companies that primarily use microfiber. I actually found it to be quite the opposite, in my experience. Here’s a video comparison I did a while back.

Cassie November 10, 2014 at 7:50 am

We use a pocket stuffed with two bamboo inserts wrapped in a fst, which is bulky so we are thinking about switching to fitteds and a cover

Beth R November 25, 2014 at 7:34 pm

We have been using a BG 3.0 with a bamboo booster and a microfiber insert. So far this has been working really well for us

Irina Johnson January 15, 2015 at 2:57 am

Thanks for this article. Right now, our nighttime diaper solution are working for us with no leaks, but it’s nice to know of other options, just in case.

Paige Hancock July 17, 2015 at 8:54 am

Thanks for the solutions! Our baby isn’t here yet but my big fear is having a sopping wet baby to clean up and then sheets to change every morning. We had that issue with our our older daughter in sposies 🙁

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