Cloth Nappies At Night – Almost There

little lamb cloth nappies

I think I’ve almost cracked overnighting with cloth nappies.

I’ve developed a bit of a system, working around DS2’s toileting habits, ha ha ha!

First off, after bath time (or at the start of bedtime if they don’t have a bath), I put DS2 in a clean cloth nappy, just a single layer as it’s only for 45 minutes to an hour.

He potters around in that while I get both boys ready for bed, we have stories and he has his bedtime milk.

THEN – right at the last minute, before kisses and being tucked in, I change him into the nappy I want to use overnight.

By this point he has normally done a wee, so it means he goes down with an empty bladder ūüėČ

Then for the big overnight I use an all-bamboo Little Lamb nappy, with a sewn in insert and three bamboo boosters, all under a large wrap.

DS goes to bed with a MASSIVE bum!

The first night back on cloth nappies we had a small leak around the waistband in the morning.

The second night I double folded two out of the three boosters at the front.

No leaks!!

The third night (last night) I did the same, but DS2 has a habit of nighttime pooing, just before he drops off, so I had to change him out of the ultra-massive nighttime nappy and into a DISPOSABLE because I had run out of cloth and the washed nappies were still slightly damp [eye roll].

Anyway, I think I’m almost there.

Perseverance pays off!

Cloth Nappies Leaking at Night

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We’re seven nights (and eight days) into the 24/7 switch.

The first two nights?

Brilliant.

No leaks, happy baby, happy mum.

The last FIVE nights?

Leaks.

Every morning.

All over DS2’s pyjamas and all over the sleeping bag.

And this morning – oh my.

Poor DS2 had pooed at some point in the night and because cloth nappies don’t wick the urine away as well as disposables do he had a completely red bum this morning from nappy rash.

Red raw and sore all over.

I felt awful.

I’ve ordered (at great expense) MORE bamboo boosters and a couple of little lamb bamboo nappies (on offer) to try overnight.

DH wants to switch back to disposables for overnight, but (as with so many things in life) I really feel that it has to be all or nothing.

However, I’ve pretty much tried all my combinations of booster and nappy and it isn’t working.

I’m going to try 3 boosters tonight, if I can get the nappy and wrap over them.

Maybe I need a bigger wrap??

It means I have less boosters available for daytime use, so more frequent changing, but only until the new stuff arrives.

Failing that I’m going to have to do a nightly nappy change at 4am or something ridiculous!

Economy Drive: Cloth Nappies

tots bots nappies

Well, I’m now in my fourth month as a stay at home mum and I have officially run out of money.

Not only that, but when I reconciled my accounts last night I was £200 overdrawn.

Ouch.

So we’re onto a bit of an economy drive now to see if I can claw that back over the next few months.

No.1 on the list of money saving activities is: WASHABLE NAPPIES

I have a great pile of them upstairs, half of which were bought for DS1 and half for DS2. I’ve chopped and changed and sold quite a few of my original ones on ebay and have settled happily into a combination of the tots bots (both all-in-one and the nappy+wrap system) and a pile of bambinex bamboo nappies with wraps.

However, I am really rubbish at using them all the time. I tend to use them for a few days at a stretch, then switch back to disposables, then swap again, then swap back.

There are a few reasons for this:

1) I’ve never been brave enough to use them at night, so the last nappy of the day is always a disposable. Then, when I get DS2 up in the morning if he’s wearing a disposable it just seems easier to reach for another one…

2) I send him to nursery in a disposable nappy two¬†mornings a week. Nursery do deal with washables, but the thought of having to unwrap a poo along with all the other lunchboxes and bags when the boys get home really puts me off. And when he comes home in a disposable it just seems easier to reach for another one…

3) If you don’t build up a decent pile of dirty nappies every 1-2 days then washing them seems really wasteful, so if I know I’ve got a nursery day it’s a good reason for me not to use them at all.

SO

I reverted back to washables yesterday and tackled problem no.1 immediately by putting DS2 in a washable overnight. And this morning? No leaks!!

He’s older now, and not drinking tons of milk every day, so his nappies aren’t anywhere near as wet.

This is great news, as I really have had a terrible phobia of leaked wee overnight and poor DS2 (and DS1 when he was wearing nappies) sleeping in a wet bed, etc., etc. so have never, ever put either of them in a washable at bedtime.

Of course, my added incentive this time around is that I have no money to buy nappies and I have a perfectly good pile of reusable ones upstairs, so let’s see if I can stick to them this time.

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