Every caregiver has experienced this at least once… the soaked diaper that didn’t hold up and consequently, the soaked baby clothes and bedding.
You probably just finished laundry that same day, well, not anymore!
You didn’t even realize your little one could go so much just overnight, did you?!
Overnight cloth diaper solutions are a trial and error process for many.
It’s essential to determine what caused your leaky situation.
It could be anything from low absorbency within the diaper, gaps around the waist or leg areas, improper fitting, or just overall not enough absorbency for your kiddo!
Your kiddo could be a flooder and needs quick-absorbing layers towards the top and heavier absorbency below.
Or, perhaps on the other hand, the style is not fitting right for their body shape or for the position they sleep in.
Regardless of the cause of the leakage, there are solutions.
A few of My Favorite Go-To Overnight Solutions.
The good news is that you can typically work with what you already have by either doubling up, loosening or tightening rises and snaps, or combining various absorbencies.
Of course, solutions will change based on the gender of the baby and the position they sleep in as well.
We are here to give you some ideas so that you may be able to troubleshoot and find your perfect nighttime setup!
Things To Consider
The first thing to consider is the gender of the baby and the position your baby may sleep in.
If the baby has learned to turn over and is getting tummy leaks, you may want to consider adding more absorbency to the front of the diaper and checking the fit and style of your diaper around the tummy area.
The same is true for boys, who tend to pee more upfront than girls do.
Determining where the leaks are happening is the first step to narrowing down what combination will be necessary for your little one.
If you have a tummy sleeper who wakes up routinely with a soggy midsection, then diapers with a lower rise or no elastic up front could be the culprit.
This could also mean you may have too thick of absorbency or maybe the wrong type of absorbency upfront.
Compression leaks from quick-absorbing inserts, such as microfiber, also tend to be the reason leaks may happen.
Get a Good Fit!
Leaks around the legs can also result from a wrong fit, wrong absorbency (such as microfiber as mentioned above), or it could mean you need to look into a diaper or diaper cover style with double gussets to help hold in the amount of cloth that is absorbing underneath.
For a bit of help with a good fit, check out this educational TikTok video all about leaks!
They Call Them Fluff Butts For a Reason!
I have tried many things up front over the past four years, and they have changed as my children grew.
As my babies grew, we needed more absorbency and moved to use an overnight style fitted diapers.
Depending on the babies' size, (my 2nd and 3rd kiddos’ body shapes are entirely different) I could also use a Best Bottoms cover.
Your preferred mask will work as long as it has room to cover these hefty fitteds. They call them fluff butts for a reason!
Personally, I think there isn’t anything cuter!
What Other Options?
Now the fitteds mentioned above tend to be on the higher end cost-wise, so it took me some time to build up a solid stash; I have found many other options to work just as well, though.
Nicki’s and Imagine’s overnight bamboo fitteds have worked for us.
When I needed more absorbency, I would add in a hemp insert underneath the bamboo, or an extra cotton insert on top of the bamboo.
You want your hemp insert to be the bottom layer for a key reason.
Even though bamboo holds the most, it takes a little longer for everything to soak into it.
You want your quicker absorbent inserts such as your microfiber or cotton to be on top to soak it up quickly, especially if you have a child who may be a bit of a flooder (pees a heavy amount with just one pee).
Remember never have microfiber touch the baby’s skin, though.
You can put these layers inside a pocket diaper to prevent the microfiber from touching the skin or have any natural layer as a barrier between the baby and the microfiber insert if layering in another way.
Pocket Diapers are wonderful to stuff with extra layers for overnight.
Check out this precious, nighttime print, a personal favorite of mine, Little Dipper.
You can use fitteds, flats, additional inserts, or whatever works for you.
The Key To Overnight Success
The key to overnight success is using whatever it takes to layer and stuff the pocket!
When using multiple layers, there are a few things to note.
First, start with your quickest absorbency on top and go down to your most absorbent layer at the bottom.
Top to bottom could look like microfiber, cotton, bamboo, then hemp.
I have found that quality really matters overnight since you’re not able to change the diaper multiple times a night (or at least you don’t want to have to do this!). Also, whether synthetic or natural, all fabric tends to wear after years of use.
I, like many others, have tried things second-hand to figure out the best solution, but once I narrowed that down, I really wanted to invest in something that would last the duration of my child’s overnight diapering needs.
Thankfully, what I have found to work has worked for multiple children, and you can still use these in your daily routine as well.
I do my overnight diapering routine for long car rides, for example.
If you’d like to learn a little more about pocket diapers, head over to Nicki’s TikTok and check out this video: What Are Pocket Diapers?
If you find leaks near the belly or legs, you may just need to adjust your rise and waist snaps.
Sometimes, when the fit is too tight, you may have compression leaks in these areas.
On the other hand, if your rise or waist is too loose, you may be giving room for leakage.
So it’s essential to get a good fit and make sure everything is tucked in!
If you are primarily an All-In-One household and need to find a way to work with what you have, you can add layers to an AIO just as you would a cover or a pocket diaper.
What I have done with AIO’s is add in a natural fiber insert by laying it directly on the diaper.
I’ve also added a hemp insert under the AIO attached insert when possible.
If you cannot purchase more inserts at any given time, use what is available to you at that moment; it could be a fitted or prefold you already have, a flour sack towel, wash rag, old burp cloth, etc.
Adding extra layers most likely means you need to let out a rise or go wider on your waste snaps to ensure a perfect fit.
My favorite overnight solution is a Best Bottom All-In-Two with a bamboo insert that is snapped to a bamboo overnight insert.
That’s a lot of bamboo! I just came across this option during Nicki’s Diapers Earth Day Sale.
It wasn’t until I received my shipment that I realized the overnight inserts are designed to actually snap another Best Bottom insert to them… a game changer!
I have been slowly growing my Best Bottom stash and love this new option.
As with all other inserts, you have the opportunity to choose which fiber will work best for you or which combination of fibers.
I use the stay dry and hemp inserts, mixed in with the bamboo inserts as well.
One Last Thing
One last thing to think about is the state of your inserts or diaper.
Let’s suppose they have been passed down from multiple children or years of use.
In that case, you may need to add more absorbency as the material most likely has worn out a bit.
Still, on the flip side, if your cloth is brand new and especially if it is a natural fiber, you will need to properly wash and dry them multiple times to get the natural oils from the thread to obtain maximum absorbency.
If you have had luck previously and are just now starting to have issues, you may want to look into whether or not your cloth has a build up.
Build-up can occur if not properly washed or if non-cloth safe creams have been used.
For help with your wash routine, you can always email customer service at email@example.com!
As my kids have grown, they eat more and drink more, of course, and I have needed to switch up our nighttime coverage to keep up with this.
It’s not a one-size-fits-all method, but I hope this has helped you get some ideas to combat your leaky situations.
For even more information, head over to Nicki’s Youtube to check out How to Use a Nicki's Overnight Fitted.