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We have been using cloth on and off ever since my second daughter was born, but we have almost always used disposables at night. However, recently during some night feedings, I have been noticing her itching around where the top of the diaper is, like it is bothering her. She has eczema, so her skin is very sensitive. Anyway, I got to thinking that maybe that was contributing to her frequent night wakings (every 2-3 hrs, at almost 9 months old). So I put her in a cloth one night to see if it would help. I used the most absorbent diaper we had- a fitted flannel prefold and a simple cover. Well, I must have been right because that night she slept very well and last night she only woke up 2x the whole night! Each time she did leak through a bit, not much but some. She did not seem to mind though. So I was wondering what everyone prefers for the night-time, since I might try a few others- no way I am going back, lol!
I've just been using a BG 4.0 with the regular insert, newborn insert as a doubler in the middle and a hemp insert in the very back. I've also used a Flip cover with a stay dry insert in front, bamboo in the middle and hemp in the back and had some success. It can get kind of bulky which is why I like the hemp because it is so thin. She's a really really heavy wetter though. She usually wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and I always have to change her whether she's wearing a disposable or cloth.
Well, we have an odd issues keeping us out of cloth at night but when we do attempt cloth every now and then at night (and this did work for many, many months!) we do a pocket stuffed with 2 bamboo inserts and 1 hemp insert. Been a great combo! It's also the combo I use when driving long car trips and I don't know when I'll get to stop. You really just need to experiment around though. Some kids mind the feeling of wetness against them (mine does at night), while others don't at all. I know some people put a doubler, insert, or absorbent liner in with a flats or prefold that helps through the night. It can be frustrating finding your perfect night solution, but it's rather rewarding when something works consistently.
My general night solution is a sized-up pocket or shell fitted (or folded flat in a neat or kite fold) (ex. Greenchild bamboo, Happy Hempys, sbish snapless shell or Guerilla Fluff O2 shell). I stuff or lay in either a trifolded Thirsties hemp prefold or padfolded flat, then add another doubler or two on top in the wet zone. Wool soaker or nylon pull-ons as cover and wool pj pants over that. This virtually never leaks!!!
I avoid stay dry fabrics but my DD doesn't get rashy from this. It is in enough pieces that it all gets cleaned well, too. I had trouble with thick stuff like Thirsties large hemp inserts because I have hard water and a FLer and it just wasn't getting as clean (or dry).
i have several types we use at night but the main system that works GREAT is best bottom. Its a snap in system. Im pretty sure there is a microfiber option but I prefer natural fibers so I use their hemp/cotton inserts. The cover is PUL and one size, there is a daytime insert and then you add on a night time insert. Its a little bulky but it doesnt bother my baby and she is sleeping so i dont care.
There have been nights where we use BG Elementals. They work and dont leak but they get SUPER soaked and sometimes leave her bottom a bit pink for a few hours. We've used greenchild creations bamboo fitteds stuffed with bamboo inserts or prefolds under a best bottom or thirsties covers. They work with no problems but Ive found that Im not all that fond of pins (although they do come with a snap option if you buy it). I think I might use these more when I get our wool covers prepped. I do like wool for night too but somehow it ends up feeling like too much work.
Erin & Jeremy
DS 6yrs old
DD born 1/3/12
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. We are currently using babyland diapers with 2 inserts and an econobum cover on top of that and it seems to be working really well. I am hoping we can get some new diapers soon, but not sure if it is in the cards yet.
Location: Bossier City, Louisiana(missing Aviano, Italy)
I use my BG 4.0 with a newborn prefold trifolded inside. Or, with the same inserts, some Kawaii minky's, a PuPond (much like a BG), or Blueberry minky's (since they are all about the same size and work well for night time). I do have to change him early in the morning or else he leaks on me or my bed lol. I change him around 10-11pm (or later depending on when I go to bed) into his night time diapers.