This week we are going to dive into some articles about frugal diapering and nighttime diapering. An article we have written in the past that received a lot of attention can be found on our blog here: http://www.cloththatcounts.
It covers some tips that are tried and true to diaper your baby very inexpensively or even for free using things around the house that you may already have.
This past week we have gotten lots of emails from exclusive pocket or AIO users looking for a nighttime solution. Pockets and AIOs are great daytime diapers, they are trim, contoured, and can pack a good amount of absorbency into an easy on and off system. What you love about pockets during the day is what can backfire at nighttime. Their absorbency runs down the middle only, and if you have seen your toddler or older baby sleep at night, they are anywhere but only on their back laying still. They toss and turn, making urine seep around the sides of the core of the pocket or AIO and causing leaks. Also, their trim cut for daytime absorbency doesn’t allow for nighttime stuffing. If you overstuff, the pocket will stand off of their body, creating big gaps to have urine leak out. The solution is to have absorbency wrap around the baby, and the most inexpensive way to do this is prefolds and covers. If you have pocket diapers, you like have some hemp inserts in the mix (unless your baby is still being held by microfiber). A prefold can be wraped around the baby, secured with a snappi, and depending on the size of your pocket diaper you can use it as a cover. If it is a particularly trim pocket this may not work, or you may have to put it on a higher rise setting to cover the nighttime wrap, but if you have a larger cut pocket it can serve as a nighttime cover if it is high enough. To wrap a prefold, check our link here for two ways we suggest:
It is easy to add microfiber inserts *behind* the prefold (remember, microfiber can’t go directly against the baby’s skin), or if you have a fleece liner you want to lay over the microfiber to lay it on top, simple lay the insert in the middle of the prefold, with the back under baby’s bottom. Flip the top of it over baby’s belly, so it almost resembles a maxi pad on him/her, the way it wraps from front to back. Now, wrap your prefold around the entire thing, so your hemp or microfiber/fleece insert doesn’t get twisted up. You have just really beefed up your absorbency in your prefold, and a cover that will wrap over the entire thing is your last step! Making sure your prefold and cover is big enough is key, you want the rise to hit above the belly button ideally, if it is below, make sure it doesn’t pull down the prefold or fitted under it, causing it to sag around the crotch. It is common and normal for nighttime diapering to run a size bigger than daytime diapering, and in the same fashion for pajamas to be upsized well before daytime clothing. Email me at Abbyslane@aol.comif you have questions! Since we recommend washing every other day, we assume you only need 2 nighttime solutions (you can add more, but you need one to use while you wash the other), if you have generous pockets, and a few hemp inserts, making a nighttime solution out of a Snappi and two prefolds could be less than $10.00 for leak free nights 🙂