Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Get More Sleep! Overnight Diapering Solutions that *Work*

Each week, tired-eyed mamas (and papas) stumble into our store murmuring under their breath. I need an overnight solution.

OK, maybe I'm being a little dramatic. But it is one of our most frequently asked questions. As babies grow, they tend to sleep longer stretches. Unfortunately, they also start to pee a lot more at once. This can lead to wet pajamas, wet sheets, and tired parents.

What to do? 

We've gathered information from personal experience, dedicated customers, and across the web for your convenience. Here's to dry sheets and a little more shut-eye for everyone!

First, keep baby comfortable and prevent diaper rash. It stands to reason that the longer your child's bum is covered with a wet diaper, the more uncomfortable he/she is going to be. Try a diaper with a microfleece liner (like most pocket diapers), or use a liner like this to wick away moisture. Before bed, apply some cloth-diaper-safe cream to act as a barrier.

Second, decide on a sytem (Do you prefer pockets? Fitteds with a cover?) and max it out

Pockets: Most pocket diapers come with microfiber inserts. Microfiber is very absorbent; it's also bulky and tends to stink. Overnight, we recommend a natural fiber like hemp or bamboo. These tend to be very light-weight and thin, but they absorb a lot. Some mamas also use prefolds (we carry cotton and bamboo cotton!) as inserts for overnight. We'd also recommend bamboo or hemp for extra protection in an all-in-one.

Fitteds: Fitteds are generally a very absorbent option. Here at MSDC, there are two in particular that we recommend overnight: A Sustainablebabyish OBF or a Tots Bots S-T-R-E-T-C-H Bamboozle. Both are extremely absorbent (not to mention soft and comfy), and both can be customized with additional inserts.

Covers: Overnight, you want a cover with extra leg protection (both Thirsties and Blueberry have double gussets). Alternatively, wool is a fabulous, breathable, comfortable option! We carry beautiful Sustainablebabyish wool covers and longies (like pants). 

Whatever you choose, we wish you sweet dreams and dry sheets!

What's your go-to nighttime solution?