Nighttime Diapering!

When I think of using cloth diapers at night, I think of Nighttime Diapering: The Final Frontier.  Often I’ll talk with parents who have switched to cloth diapers but still use disposables at night.  I’m here to tell you, though, it IS POSSIBLE to use cloth diapers at night without leaks.  What throws most people for a loop is that you can’t necessarily use your daytime cloth diapers at night.  Take our family, for example.  We put John Paul (3 months old) in all-in-one’s during the daytime: either BumGenius Elementals, Bummis EasyFit’s, or Bottombumpers.  We like AIO’s because they’re easy and they’re trim.  At night, though, they’re just not absorbent enough for a baby who is nursing – and wetting – all night long. 

Sometimes if you use pocket diapers, you can make them work for nighttime by adding an extra insert (or two) into the diaper.  The problem you can run into though if you do this, is that the diaper gets so stuffed with absorbency that the leg elastic sticks out and won’t fit snugly around the baby’s legs.  When this happens, you get leaks. 

Tiny Tush Trim fitted diaper

My go-to recommendation for nighttime diapering is a very absorbent fitted diaper with a separate cover on top.  We like the Tiny Tush Trim with an extra doubler (here: http://www.babiesbottomsandmore.com/tituonesifid.html), or the Happy Hempy’s one-size stuffed with several hemp, cotton, and/or microfiber inserts (here, buy inserts separately: http://www.babiesbottomsandmore.com/hahewifl.html).  Both of these are one-size fitted diapers, meaning you have to use a cover with them. 

Tiny Tush Wool Soaker - also comes in colors!

 

For the cover, usually a regular PUL cover like the Thirsties Duo Wrap, Bummis Super Whisper Wrap, or Flip cover works fine but for ultimate bulletproof protection, wool is your solution.  We had a couple nights with small leaks around the legs with John Paul, so I tried putting him in a Tiny Tush Wool Soaker (here: http://www.babiesbottomsandmore.com/tiny-tush-organic-wool-soaker.html).  Magic!  His diaper lasts through the night with no leaks now.  The wool is waterproof after I treated it with lanolin spray, and we just air dry it each morning and it’s ready to go again at night.  Wool is odor-resistant so you don’t have to wash it until it starts to smell – usually about every 3-4 weeks if you’re only using it at night.

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May Giveaway – Bravado Nursing Tank

Thank you to all who participated in last month’s giveaway of the hands-free pumping bustier.  I’m a little embarrassed to say that I have forgotten the winner’s name, so I can’t congratulate her personally here, but Winner, the bustier is on its way, along with the online order you placed. 

This month’s giveaway has been sponsored by the folks at Bravado.  As you may know, we carry two of their nursing bras in the store (the Original and the Body Silk Seamless).  This month, as the weather is heating up, we’ll be giving away a Bravado nursing tank in your choice of color and size!

 

 

Bravado Nursing Tank comes in several fabulous colors!

As a nursing mom, I love that this tank has a real, honest-to-goodness bra built in.  The problem I have with generic nursing tanks is that their sizing is just S-M-L.  So I can get a Small to get the correct band size, but then there is nowhere near enough fabric (or support).  Or I can get  a Large so I’m covered, but then the band size is much too big and again, there is no support.  The Bravado tank avoids these problems.  Not only do I wear them with skirts and shorts in the summer, but I had one that I matched with a swimsuit bottom and voila! I had a nursing tankini swimsuit. 

See more info and photos here: http://www.bravadodesigns.com/shop/the-essential-nursing-tank

There are three ways to enter:

1. Stop by our store during the month of May and fill out an entry slip.

2. Place an online order through May 31.

3. Comment here and let me know whether you would consider buying this tank if we carried it (or if you already own it), and what color you hope to win. 

Winner will be chosen during the first week of June.