Posted by: Amy Fong
You may need to make some adjustments to your usual daytime cloth diapering solutions in order to boost the absorbency of the diaper for night time use. For our eldest, we found that stuffing a pocket diaper with an extra microfiber or bamboo insert gave the diaper the extra boost that we needed to last through the night (i.e. 11 hours) with rarely any leaks. However, for our youngest, we found that we had the occasional leak (more often than we liked) even despite stuffing the pocket with an extra insert. We were using pocket diapers lined with a stay-dry microfleece lining. The diaper inserts did not seem thoroughly soaked, even when we had a leak.
Other options for night-time diapering include: using a fitted diaper (optionally with additional booster inserts) in connection with a PUL cover or wool cover; doubling up the prefolds (putting a first prefold folded inside a second prefold) and then covering with a PUL cover or wool cover; and using an all-in-one diaper with additional booster insert.
If your baby is sensitive to wetness, but she also tends to produce a "fast and furious" deluge, then to make her more comfortable you might consider using a pocket diaper lined with an athletic wicking material. Based on experiments that I've conducted using a measuring cup of water poured into various types of cloth diapers, I've observed that the athletic wicking material wicks away moisture much faster than microfleece.
Thus, night time diapering may require a little experimentation to find the solution that works for your baby. Once you've found that solution, then you can sleep soundly knowing that you are not only reducing solid waste but ensuring your baby is sleeping in a chemical-free cloth diaper.
What's your night time diapering solution?