June 20, 2009

Successful Cloth Diapering at Night

I’ve been cloth diapering for the past 8 months on my baby girl but we recently achieved a new developmental milestone – cloth diapering at night. I used to feel so disappointed when each night I had to trade in my cloth prefolds for a disposable but with nothing else locally available, (I live in Dominica), I was not sure what to do.

I searched online for information and after reading about a hundred articles and reviews decided to order some Fuzzi Bunz Pocket Diapers. These diapers have a sturdy yet flexible waterproof outer and are lined with a soft fleece. In addition they come with a thick microfiber insert that works to provide greater absorbency. For extra night-time soaking power, I chose some Knicker Nappies Stay Dry Hemp Doublers which are hemp on one side and soft fleece on the other and designed to wick away the wetness from baby’s delicate skin. I also used the Imse Vimse liners to protect the doubler from her usual morning time poop!

When I got my package I was so excited...I was finally going to be a 24hr cloth diapering Mama! The instructions advised to wash the items several times for them to become absorbent so I had my machine going straight away! I put them into practice the very next night but unfortunately I did not have the success I desired. I’m not sure if I hadn’t fixed them tight enough, not put enough layers in or if they just hadn’t got enough absorbency yet, so I rewashed and tried again the next night and I was delighted to find that it worked. Goodbye disposables!

Since both the Fuzzi Bunz and the Knicker Nappies Doublers do take a while to line dry, if you live somewhere with plenty rain and/or humidity (as I do) you will need to allow far more time for drying and thus have a greater supply on hand. The washing instructions say to tumble dry but I’m not sure if anyone has a tumble dryer in the Caribbean!

I am so happy with my experience that I plan to order more of these items in all sizes as my next baby is already on the way and this time we want to start the 24hr cloth diapering from day one!

--by Terri Henry (Terri earned $10 store credit for this post!)