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Choosing reusable cloth diapers is a big decision that can lead to a rewarding journey for you and your baby. But where do you start? Here are the most commonly asked questions on how to start your cloth diaper journey.

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Overnight Cloth Diapering Solutions

 

Cloth diapering is a popular option for environmentally conscious parents. However, it can feel daunting to learn how to cloth diaper overnight, and there's so much advice out there! There are endless products and options to choose from, and the research can be challenging. 


To make things easier for you, this article covers cloth diapering solutions that will make you and your baby sleep better at night.

 

Can Cloth Diapers Be Worn Overnight?

 

baby wearing cloth diaper overnight

 

Absolutely! Cloth diapers can be worn overnight. For most babies, overnight diapering isn't too tough. But there are some things to consider first, such as absorbency. 


Most babies can do fine with average absorbency; most will need at most an extra insert during the night. The real trick is choosing the right diapers and knowing exactly how to diaper overnight.

Try a Doubler or More Absorbent Inserts

To start, you should increase the absorbency of your cloth diaper. The best way to do this is by using a doubler or more absorbent inserts. 


These inserts are placed inside the diaper and absorb moisture. This ensures leaks aren't an issue in the middle of the night, and if your baby gets wet, it will soak into the doubler or inserts. 


Here are a few topnighttime diaper inserts to increase the absorbency of cloth diapers for overnight use:

  • Microfiber Inserts:

Microfiber is a soft synthetic material that is safe, super fast at absorbing liquid, and cost-effective. Microfiber inserts can absorb a large amount of liquid and last a long time. 


They can last up to two years before the material sheds and become less absorbent. Microfiber inserts are highly recommended for cloth diapering at nighttime. Since microfiber is so absorbent, it can dry out skin and sometimes cause issues if placed directly against baby’s skin. But put inside a pocket or with a liner overtop, they’re a great option.

  • Bamboo Prefolds or Flats:

Bamboo is 100% biodegradable, so there are no issues with toxic chemicals. It also contains no synthetic fibers, meaning it's not subject to shrinkage or shredding.


The fabric fibers in bamboo are much finer than those in cotton. This makes it highly absorbent, while being kind to your baby’s delicate skin. 

  • Hemp Inserts:

Hemp inserts are the way to go if you want an all-natural and durable insert. They're made from 100% natural hemp fibers, making them breathable and lightweight while still being strongly absorbent. They can hold a lot of water without feeling wet, so they are great for overnight use. They won't shrink or shred during washing or drying and can last for as long as you need. 


What's more, in terms of absorbency, hemp is far superior to microfiber or bamboo. One thing to note about hemp: Although it absorbs more than microfiber, it absorbs at a slower rate.

Pro Tip: 

When adding absorbency to your cloth diaper, you should always place the fastest absorbing material on top and the slowest absorbing material underneath. For instance, put microfiber inserts on top for fast absorption, then place hemp inserts underneath. Although hemp inserts absorb more liquid than microfiber inserts, their absorption rate is lower than microfiber inserts.

 

Try a New Cloth Diaper

 

cloth diapers to use overnight

 

Choosing the right cloth diaper can make all the difference in how well your baby sleeps. Luckily, there are plenty ofovernight cloth diapers for parents looking for a good night's rest. Here are a few:

Diapers with Natural Fibers

Cloth diapers that are made from natural fibers such as cotton, bamboo, or hemp absorb moisture much better than plastic or latex ones. They also dry more quickly than other fabric types, which means they can be used overnight, even if your baby goes several times in the night.

All-in-One Cloth Diapers

All-in-one diapers are a one-piece diaper system. This means that the insert is built right into the diaper! They are also very popular because they are a one-size-fits-all diaper. 


AIOs are perfect for overnight diapering because they have multiple layers of absorbency built in. Using a diaper insert allows you to customize the absorbency level to your baby's needs.


All-in-one diapers are great for those new to the world of cloth diapering. They're incredibly easy to use and don't require as much preparation as traditional cloth diapers. 


They have all the benefits of disposable diapers — one size fits most, easy access, quick drying time — without chemicals or plastic! The only drawbacks of all-in-one cloth diapers are their cost and drying time.

All-in-Two Cloth Diapers

All-in-two cloth diapers are also great for overnight cloth diapering. They're made up of two separate layers: a waterproof cover and an absorbent layer. You can easily snap the two layers apart for quick washing and drying. 


The flexibility of most all-in-twos makes them perfect for nighttime, since you can adjust their absorbency with extra doubler pads or multiple fabric options, such as bamboo, microfiber, etc. 


You can also use all-in-twos with prefolds and flats for maximum absorbency. All-in-two cloth diapers are a great fit for families looking for easy use and washing, with quick drying times.

Pocket Diapers

A pocket diaper is a great choice for babies who are less than a year old and a light wetter. A pocket diaper consists of a waterproof outer layer and a lining that acts as a pocket. This pocket is used to hold absorbent inserts, which can be added or removed as needed. 


Pocket cloth diapers provide an easy way to ensure your baby stays clean overnight. They can be used as daytime and nighttime diapers, which means they're perfect for any situation. 


With the right inserts, you can keep your baby clean and comfortable for hours at a time without having to worry about leaks or spills.

Pro Tip: 

If your cloth diaper is becoming bulky or causing leaks, look for diapers with a double-leg gusset. A diaper with two leg gussets really helps contain that big mass of absorbent material.

 

Fold the Inserts Differently

Sometimes, it's a good idea to personalize your cloth diaper. Not all children are the same! Some sleep on their backs, while others prefer to sleep on their stomachs. Boys tend to wet the area a little further forward, while girls tend to wet a little lower down, as you would expect from their anatomy.


Therefore, it can be helpful for parents to fold an insert halfway and place it where they believe their child's most frequent peeing place is located. This way, they can get a more concentrated cloth diaper that will last longer during the night.

 

Wool Soakers With Nighttime Cloth Diapering

Use wool soakers over your cloth diaper at night to reduce leaks and rashes. Wool is breathable and reduces the risk of diaper rashes. It provides a breathable barrier that keeps your baby more relaxed and comfortable while keeping leaks under control. Wool soakers are also very easy to use with your favorite cloth diapering system.


You may also want to tryreusable nighttime training pants. These are super soft and are extremely useful for their absorbency and comfort — perfect for your toddler’s needs!

 

The Takeaway: Overnight Cloth Diapering

Learning how to diaper overnight isn't hard. Cloth diapers are made from absorbent material. With the right kind of diapers and absorbent inserts, it's definitely possible to make a cloth diaper last overnight.