It’s time for cloth diaper advice! If I’ve received a question, I will answer it on Monday and ask my lovely readers to add their two cents.
Questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related, just email maria at change-diapers.com with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject, or fill out my contact form for readers, which you will always be able to find on my Contact Page.
Courtney M. says:
My LO is a heavy wetter & for nighttime we have to use Kawaii heavy wetters double stuffed with one or two hemp babies diaper doublers. They are soaked in the a.m. (but no leaks!) and they smell! I need some kind of solution that doesn’t involve ammonia or him being stuffed in a diaper so big he doesn’t move! any tips or suggestions? I’m hoping my days of middle of the night changes are over…
I have been down this path. Night time diapering & detergent were two two biggest pains for me! What works for us is a Knickernappies Superdo insert in a Bumgenius 4.0 pocket diaper. The Superdos are microfiber with hemp in the middle. They are far thinner than two microfiber inserts, but much, much more absorbent. Since they do have microfiber, they get stinky after a while. About once a month I used to bleach my inserts, then rinse rinse rinse. Since I started using a dab of Oxiclean in every load, I rarely have to do that anymore. Bleach does end up damaging natural fibers, so after two years of bleaching, my superdos have developed small holes on the inside/hemp part.
You said you are using hemp babies doublers, but you might consider using a full size hemp insert instead. Sandwiching hemp in between (or just under) microfiber works wonders, since the microfiber absorbs quickly, but the hemp locks the moisture in.
In general, natural fibers (bamboo, hemp, organic cotton) won’t get stinky over time like microfiber. However, when you’re talking about something that has been soaked in urine for 12 hours, It’s going to smell like ammonia when you take the diaper off. Having more absorbency will help, but getting a whiff of ammonia in the morning isn’t unusual when you’re no longer needing to change diapers at night.
So how about everyone else? Have you found a night time solution for a heavy wetter? Do you smell ammonia in the morning?