Cloth diapering a newborn at night is challenging. Cloth diapering a newborn is also challenging.
The challenge about cloth diapering a newborn at night is newborns are tiny and newborns pee a lot. Once you get over the initial “poop all the time” phase, parents begin to wonder how can we get one diaper to go all thru the night (8-12 hours). Meeting that kind of absorbency when your child is on a liquid diet is hard, and for most parents it’s very flustering.
I’ve mentioned before that my most recent addition is an easygoing baby. She’s so easy. She requires like a 1/4 of the energy my first did. Best part – SHE SLEEPS THRU THE NIGHT! And I mean the more conservative 5 hour stretches, with wakings after that, but still. My Toddler *still* struggles to go 4 hours without waking up.
Being exclusively breastfed, and sleeping so very long, nighttime cloth diapering her little 8-12 pound body was a struggle. She’s tiny and almost anything with enough absorbency to go 10 hours (I’m thinking 16-20 oz of absorbency) is MASSIVE on her and makes her look uncomfortable. It just made her look uncomfortable. The few times I did use a nighttime diaper at nigh she still slept great despite the bulk. One diaper I tried often with success was a Bummi’s AIO boosted with a booster of any sort (whatever I found in my drawer)
My Night Time Diaper Strategy
Guys, you ready for?
I use disposable diapers at night.
I said it. I admitted it.
Disposable diapers at night is just so freaking easy.
No Shame: Disposable Diapers for Nights
- It’s not all or nothing. Cloth diapering is making it work for you and your family. If that means only at home, only at night, only during the day, then awesome and you rock that.
- It’s just easy. It’s not playing the absorbency game every night trying to get a diaper that fits, doesn’t leak and lets her lay flat on her back.
- 2 Under 2. I have 2 kids in diapers, and 2 kids under 2. This means my life is already a shit show, and if I cut myself the slack and take the easy way out with a disposable diaper every now and then I will.
- One diaper a night does have an environmental impact on the earth, but I’m not perfect, and I keep trying. I know I’m doing other things to make a difference, and I just refuse to feel guilt or shame for my one crutch.
Nighttime Diapering Today
Little Miss is now almost four months and she’s surpassed 15 pounds. This means bulkier, more absorbent cloth diapers are beginning to fit her better. I’ve stopped using disposable diapers at night because she’s sized out the size 2 disposable I did have. Honestly, I’m too cheap to go buy a package of size 3 disposable diapers. Therefore, I’m figuring out a night time solution.
For the post part she usually uses a padded up flat – I finally like my Geffen Fladdle and I boost with another insert. I also use a larger Geffen Flat at night (Check it out at my affiliate links LagoonBaby or Kellys Closet). Sometimes a Sweet Pea Fitted. Really, just whatever I think can get me 15oz of absorbency.
The Flats and Handwashing challenge also kicked my butt in getting me off disposables at night and back into cloth. It forced me to solve this problem we were having and try new things and I’m grateful for that experience.
Moral of this Story
Don’t ever feel guilty for a crutch. Do what you need to do to survive and thrive in your journey of parenthood.
If you cloth diapered a newborn at night, I’d love to hear what worked for you. If you didn’t, how do you shake the mom guilt?