Keen on using cloth nappies overnight but not sure where to start to avoid those dreaded middle of the night bed and clothing changes? Even if you’re an expert cloth nappy user during the day, nights can feel a bit daunting!
The main thing to be aware of is what kind of wetter your little one is. This will determine how much absorbency you need in your night nappy or whether you need to look into getting dedicated night nappies, which are designed with heavy wetters in mind.
From there it can involve a bit of trial and error to get the absorbency levels in the nappy right but once you’ve established that, you’ll be using cloth nappies overnight without any of the worries and frustrations that leaks can cause!
Tips for getting started with cloth nappies overnight
We recommend using afitted nappywith a separate cover for overnight. These two part systems are easiest to add extra absorbency into without affecting the fit of the nappy around the legs and waist.
If you’re adding extra boosters into a fitted nappy, place these in between the body of the nappy and the cover as this keeps the nappy fitting well on your baby.
Try to add any extra absorbency exactly where it’s needed e.g. for boys and tummy sleepers place boosters at the front of the nappy.
Check out your existing stash for anything that you can use for boosters in a night nappy before looking at purchasing new items – inserts from other nappies or prefolds that your baby has grown out of can work well.
Be careful not to add too much bulk into the nappy so that the fit is affected. This is particularly true if you’re adding extra absorbency into nappies that you use during the day (such as all in ones, all in twos and pocket nappies).
Use generously sized covers over night nappies to accommodate the extra bulk that’s created by the extra layers of absorbency. OurPUL coversare designed with night nappies in mind so have extra room around the back to fit any extra bulk.
Wool covers are a great option for use overnight. Wool is breathable, which is a great quality given the nappy will be on your baby for such a long period of time, and it can also absorb excess moisture (up to 3 times its weight!).
Natural fibres are best for overnight nappies, try to avoid microfibre if you can – bamboo and hemp are popular choices. If using microfibre, team this up with natural fabrics.
As night nappies are on for a long period of time, think about using a microfleece liner as a stay dry layer to keep your baby feeling comfy.
Night nappies absorb a lot of urine and are sitting on your baby for around 12 hours so they are susceptible to ammonia build up. Be sure to give any night nappies a good rinse in the morning as soon as possible after changing – keep rinsing until the water runs clear and dry pail with your other nappies until it’s time to wash.
You may need to adjust your baby’s night nappy as they grow and their output changes, but this may be as simple as adding in an extra booster.
BubblebubsBamboo Delightsfitted nappies can be teamed up with our bamboonight booster setto make a customisable and reliable night nappy. Add aPUL gusseted coverover the top and you’ve got yourself a reliable night nappy combination! Like to get started with cloth night nappies?
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