About two months ago, my son's cloth diaper suddenly started to leak overnight -- and the more moms I talk to, the more I begin to think this might be something that just starts happening at around 12-14 months. My son's overnight leaks weren't waking him, but in the morning he would be completely soaked, and it was ruining our morning ritual. Every morning, my husband or I goes to get our baby boy when he wakes up, then we bring him into bed for a morning snuggle before breakfast. He's so cuddly first thing in the morning, but a diaper change somehow signals to him that it's time to party. These leaks were messing up my favorite part of the day!
A couple of other moms with kids around the same age had mentioned overnight leaks recently, and the system outlined below is something that my friend suggested. It's working great for us! Just like with anything else kid-related, it's important to remember that every baby is different. Think of these four steps as a launching pad. You might try different diapers and covers, so that you can use what you have before buying something that may or may not work for you. Experiment away! And I would love to hear about where you land - I'm always looking for other ways to handle situations like this.
Keep reading for my four-step solution that's been working wonderfully for our baby boy!
1. Fitted Diapers from Osocozy
These organic cotton fitted diapers are the ones that our diaper service provides, and I firmly believe that the fitted diapers work better at preventing leaks than prefolds or other inserts that don’t cover your baby’s bottom completely. The girlfriend that recommended this four-part solution has had some success with preventing leaks this way, but we’re experiencing zero leaks. The only difference is that she uses Grovia inserts, and we’re using these fitted diapers. Recommended!
If you don’t want to invest in a new set of cloth for overnight, I totally get that. You might try this method with the cloth diapers that you’ve been using. You can always spring for some fitted diapers later if it doesn’t work out.
2. Organic Cotton Boosters from Grovia
The Grovia organic cotton boosters have been working great for us. These inserts work just like a maxi pad. You stick one inside of your baby’s diaper, and you’re all set.
3. Grovia Diaper Covers
I primarily use Grovia diaper covers for my son. I love that these covers are affordable, cute, and PVC free. I’ve tried this method with both the Hybrid and All in One cover, and both work well. I’m guessing that pretty much any cover would work well for the inner layer, so try using what you have before you spend money on this step.
4. Bummis Super Brite Diaper Cover
Yep, you’re doubling up on diaper covers for the last step of this process. These Bummis covers are heavy duty, and they do a great job of containing even overnight levels of leakage.
Using two diaper covers might feel a bit like overkill, and I thought the same thing. Thinking that maybe the Grovia cover was behind the leaks, we tried using just the insert, the regular cloth diaper that we’d been using, and the Bummi’s cover, and the leaking was just as bad as before. That second cover is key!
There was one evening where both of the Bummis covers we have were dirty, and I had to improvise. Since we’d had leaks with the Grovia covers I tried using one of our Econobum covers as the outer layer instead. It worked very well! He had a small amount of leaking, but nothing like before. If you don’t want to spring for the Bummis covers, I’d suggest trying to use what you have first to see how well it works. Good luck!