Did you wake up to a wet bed this morning? Sometimes that happens. I’ve been cloth diapering for over two years, and blogging and engaging about it for that same amount of time, and I still wake up to wet leaky pyjamas because sometimes it’s almost impossible to gauge how much your little person will pee overnight.
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So don’t freak out and buy the most heavy duty of night time diapers when you get your first wet, leaky morning. Take a Breath, and let’s take a look at the leaky cloth diapers.
Maxed Out or Leaking?
If the diaper is maxed out and soaked from top to bottom, and every layer, then you’re little needs more absorbency.
- Try a Booster First: Some cloth diapers come with 2-3 inserts, and we don’t always use them all, add the booster, or try a booster with your diaper. My personal favourite is to add a small Geffen Baby insert.
- Try a Different Absorbency Combo: To make my GroVia O.N.E. last thru the night I pair a Geffen Baby insert with the large GroVia O.N.E Soaker. This gives me a trimmer fit and better absorbency. Sometimes a little science helps.
- Try a Different Diaper: You, as the diaper owner and operator, know your kid and your stash the best. Take a look at you have and ask if you’re using the absorbent opinions you have? Can be creative and mix match different diapers and inserts to get to an answer that works for YOU?
- Flats (like receiving blankets) often offer a low-cost absorbent diaper experience. We use two at nights.
- AIO are great days, but unless you have a fairy princess, just boosting won’t be enough. In my experience, the Bummi’s AIO is the most absorbent AIO, and I boost it with a Geffen Baby to make it thru the night.
- Pockets: There are a ton of different options and sizing with pockets, and at the end of the day how they fit depends on if they are too bulky and a good fit. I don’t’ like use a stuffed pocket at night because I find a gusseted cover does a better job.
- Fitteds: Coming in a wide array of price points and absorbencies, a fitted cloth diaper is an excellent choice for a moderate to heavy wetter. My family loves the Nuggles Fitted and the Sloomb OBF for the wettest of nights. But there are other options, and chatting with your local retailer or cloth diaper group might give you some insights on absorbency expectations.
If the diaper is just leaking but still has dry spots on the inside, then you probably have a bad fit, a wonky diaper, or a fluke. Sometimes boosting your absorbency to get zero leaks isn’t the best answer. Sometimes, it’s just better to combat the leaks. Sure, we could use a super duper bulky combo, or we could just use a wool cover.
- Wool or Fleece Covers/Pants: Wool & Fleece won’t fix significant absorbency problems, but they will help keep your bed dry. Wool catches about 30% of the absorbency with a solid lane layer, and fleece will also help create a water barrier between baby and the sheets.
- Humbird Interlock Wool covers are my go-to solution for fitted diapers at night.
- Fleece PJ’s: It’s not going to solve a massive saturation of your diaper, but if you just get the occasional dampness on cotton PJ’s, Fleece PJ’s will keep that dampness of the sheets.
- My Bummi’s AIO night time combo is like exactly 100% saturated when she’s had a high fluid intake and the seams begin to get a little leaky, but the bed doesn’t get wet if I put her to bed in a fleece sleeper.
- Peapod Mat: For those times that life happens, you need a peapod mat. Whether it’s a cloth diaper or a disposable, accidents happen. Whether its diaper related or other gushes of bodily fluids, wet does happen. A Peapod mat is the best purchase you can make. I have zero regrets. Now instead of fighting with sheets, I just wash the mat. And in the middle of the night, I take it off and go straight back to sleep.
Perhaps the most obvious: Check your Fit!
If your diapers leak or make the bed wet sometimes it’s just a matter of fit. If there’s a gap between the diaper and the child, that’s a hole pee can escape from.
Sometimes finding the right tight fit for your child’s body isn’t’ as easy as you might expect. I do believe all diapers fit all kids with the right tricks; not everyone can get a seamless fit.
Too much bulk will lead to leg gaps. Trying to find a more absorbent and trimmer option will help cut down the bulk of the legs. This is why people love flats or fitted diapers. The same absorbency can be spread thruout the diaper when folded or snapped on.
Opening rise settings too early can lead to leg gaps. Finding the perfect rise snap can be a little bit of a challenge when combatting bulky diapers and gaping bum cracks. You might find the rise settings in your overnight diaper different than your daytime diaper. When in doubt pull up those wings. I know, I hate a wing lift, but it does help keep the gaps off the thighs.
There are many other things that can lead to a poor fitting and be leaking diaper. Feel free to share with me your best example. There’s nothing like waking up wet because someone put a diaper on backwards, or forgot to put the diaper in the crease of the legs.
So, whats your next step for a leaky overnight cloth diaper?
Will you try some wool or a fitted diaper? Need more specific advice leave a comment below.
I know tonight she’s going to bed in fleece jammies because who knows if she’ll max out that Nuggles Fitted tonight. She didn’t last week. If she keeps doing it, then I’ll look at adding a booster or trying a different fitted cloth diaper.