Monday, August 19, 2013

Best Cloth Diaper Covers & Fitted for Overnight

The last thing anyone wants is to wake up to is a wet baby with a leaky diaper. *insert sad face for both you and baby* Lately, Riley's night time cloth diaper situation has been less than ideal. When Riley would wake up to nurse in the wee hours of the morning, I would inevitably feel that his jammies were wet. Then we had to do the please-don't-wake-up-while-I-change-your-diaper-and-pj's dance and then get him back to sleep. Well, I knew I had to figure out the best combo for our nights, so that Riley could nurse and get back to sleep in peace (and I wouldn't have to keep washing sheets!).

I tried a few different combos and what surprised me the most was that what had worked for Michael when he was a baby did not work for Riley. I think that because Riley co-sleeps with us, sleeps on his side and nurses (often) throughout the night, his regular night time diapers weren't holding up and the extra liquid would just leak out the side when about half of a pocket diaper with hemp insert was wet.

So, after some trial and error, I found two different solutions that have worked perfectly for Riley! My bullet-proof overnight combo are diaper covers and super thirsty fitted diapers!

After trying out a few of my different covers, my top choice for overnight (and fir use in general) is the Blueberry Coverall Diaper Cover and the Best Bottom Diaper Cover. My favorite thing about these covers is that they both have double gussets around the legs. That helps to keep the moisture on the inside and with the snug fit, it keeps Riley's jammies dry. One added bonus to the Best Bottom cover is that the PUL cover is 2 layers thick, so there is extra protection from wetness leaking through! Even though the Best Bottom system is designed to have a snap-in insert, I found that using a fitted diaper at night works perfectly and the snap button doesn't bother Riley. Both diaper covers are made in the US, come in lots of fun colors and prints and with all the snaps, there is plenty of rooms to adjust. What's not to love?!

Now for what's on the inside of the cover! I think what you choose to use on the inside of a diaper cover is super important. My favorite fitted diapers are the Sustainablebabyish Snapless-Multi Fitted Cloth Diapers and the Bamboozle Fitted Diaper by Tots Bots. The Sustainablebabyish fitted is made from organic bamboo/cotton terry material and comes with two boosters! This is my absolute favorite and a super thirsty diaper. I have never had a leak with this fitted! The Bamboozle is made with bamboo and has a hidden microfiber core, plus it comes with an extra snap-in insert. This has also been a super trusty fitted for night time and I always get a great fit with it.

There's Riley (above) in his Blueberry cover with the Sustainablebabyish fitted ...all fresh, clean, ready for his pj's and ready to wake up dry in the morning! Yes, the diaper combo is bulku, but hey, it works...and that's what matters! I think that the fitted diapers work really well at soaking up the wetness as Riley nurses throughout the night. I also think that the material lets the liquid "evenly distribute" throughout the fitted, rather than just pooling on one side. That, paired with the diaper covers that fit really well and have double gussets, have proven to be a leak-free overnight solution for us! 

What is your "go-to" overnight cloth diaper solution? Do you use fitteds and/or covers?

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  1. We use Sustainablebabyish OBFs with a wool cover. My favorite affordable wool soakers are from Woollybottoms.

  2. Just curious as to how many covers you keep on hand? I haven't done cloth diapers since my oldest was born and that was 21 years ago. I'm going to be learning all over again.

  3. My Favourite diapers and covers are from lilhelperdiapers and have never had a problem with overnight leaks or rashes

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  10. I love this post! My son is Riley too and he's a co sleeper with leaking out the tabs/sides issues at night! I just got a sloomb fitted today and am hoping that paired with my fav cover or wool cover (also new to me) will keep us dry at night. Wish me luck from one Riley mama to another!

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