My last post on overnight cloth diapers sparked some great conversations and inspired me to write about Side Sleepers- that is, babies who sleep on their sides. If you are experiencing leg leaks overnight it could be because your baby is a side sleeper, or a fast wetter. These helpful tips and tricks can help slow down pee and lock it in the cloth diaper. You can utilize the flexibility of flat diapers, boosters and liners to make your fitted diapers bulletproof overnight! Adding a wool cover on top is not as intimidating as you might think, and will really hold everything in for a dry night.
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Microfibre and Microfleece
For fast absorption, you need a quick wicking material like microfibre. But unfortunately, microfiber on its own doesn’t hold large volumes of urine for long periods of time, and it is prone to compression leaks as well. A small microfiber insert that has a built in microfleece top will work well inside your hemp fitted. Hemp on its own is too stiff to catch urine from side sleepers.
Bamboo is another option that absorbs fairly quickly and holds more pee, for longer. Mother-ease makes a great one called Sandy’s Bamboo fitteds. I love them with a stay dry liner added. The Sandy’s have gathered leg ruffles, which are perfect for side sleepers. They come in several different sizes based on babys weight, and be sure to choose bamboo not the cotton version.
But just a fitted on its own likely won’t last the night, which is why people add boosters or inserts. A good solution of course, but not without its complications.
Avoid Inner Bulk
One fatal flaw of fitted diapers is that adding inserts or boosters inside to achieve enough absorbency for overnight, can push the fitted outwards. That creates gaps around the legs which, in turn, means leaks for side sleepers. The trick is to put your bulk OUTSIDE the fitted.
Jelly Roll your Flats
For extra absorbency you can put on a flat diaper overtop of your fitted! I use the Osocozy Bamboo Flats and my favourite Flat Diaper fold for overnights is the Origami Fold. It provides lots of absorbency in the center and gives you huge wings to close everything securely. When fastening the flat diaper around the fitted, you should Jelly Roll your wings around the legs. As you pull the wings closed over baby’s legs, you roll them inwards repeatedly creating an extra seal for wetness or poop. I’ve gone into detail on how to do this in my video below. Make sure your flats are right into the crease of baby’s inner thighs.
Finish with a Wool Cover
Wool covers are breathable, soft, naturally antimicrobial, and bulletproof. If the cost and care of wool seems overwhelming, remember that they can be used every night for 2 weeks before they need washing. This means you don’t need to buy many! Disana makes a great budget friendly wool cover that has nice long leg cuffs, perfect for side sleepers.
The Disana cover sells for around $22 and I found the sizing to be generous. My extra small has stretched enough over time that it still fits my 10 month old. You will need to buy Lanolin to treat the wool after washing and keep it waterproof. We’re still on one container of lanolin after 8 months of use.
If you don’t want to use a wool diaper cover, choose a regular PUL diaper cover with double leg gussets. You will also want one that is two layers of PUL instead of one. Best Bottom covers are perfect for this. Choose the new Bigger Best Bottom if your baby is already over 14lbs – just to ensure longer use. Buttons Covers are also great!
A video of this topic
Here’s my little video where I discuss all these tips.
What works for you?
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