Post contains affiliate links. Night time diapering can be a tricky beast. If your baby is still waking to nurse/bottle feed, you might be changing a diaper at every feeding anyway. If your baby isn’t a heavy wetter, you can perhaps get away with just adding a doubler to a night diaper. For others whose babies sleep longer and/or are heavy wetters, you’ve likely found a solution that keeps baby dry, and you don’t want to stray from it!
If fitted diapers and wool covers are your night time cloth diapering solution, those diapers are probably already set aside, designated for night time use. Typically you’ll be using a thicker, more absorbent fitted and a well lanolized cover.
Keeping a stack set aside that has been pre-stuffed with your bulletproof combination makes it easy to grab the right diaper at bedtime. Having specific colors or prints that you use every night can make it even easier. We’ve used our Bumgenius artist series as night time diapers for years. This makes it very easy to peek and make sure that yes, I did remember to put a night time diaper on him, and we always know which diapers to grab for bedtime.
So, what are the cons? Well, having a diaper stuffed to the gills puts extra stress on the elastic, as does having the elastic stretched for 10-12 hours while baby sleeps. In addition, these special diaper stuffings can be a little bit more expensive, so you’ll likely only be rotating 3 or 4 of them, meaning extra wear & tear on those diapers.
Of course, results may vary, but this is evidenced in our home by looking at the elastic of our “night time diapers” vs. all the rest. Much more relaxed!
So what’s the answer? Consider choosing a different set of “night time diapers” every time you stuff, and just set them aside in a different stack to grab from. Or, do like we did and use the same few, realizing that their elastic may wear a bit quicker!
Do you have designated night time diapers?