I've long been a cloth diaper advocate. Those who read the blog regularly or know me in person are well aware that my detergent is “green,” my baby wipes are handmade, my cleaning products are all natural and my diapers are made of cloth (with the exception of the few natural disposables I keep on hand for things like theme parks and other places where bulk is a serious problem). That's just me. I'm kind of a hippie. But I'm also very realistic and practical and open to change when something isn't working for me. And lately, cloth overnight diapers haven't been working for me.
I think it has something to do with the fact that Some Boy is teething and often wants nothing but milk all day long. We've also switched him to the sippy cup and he's getting more fluids regularly with each of his meals, so maybe that's the culprit. Maybe it's just that he's bigger and his bladder can hold a whole heck of a lot more, or he's intentionally saving it up all day long to reach some world record for amount of liquid expelled from one person in a single 8-hour period. I don't know. Either way, he's been soaking through his cloth diapers (and his pajamas, and the bed sheet) constantly. It doesn't help that he insists on sleeping on his stomach, so all that liquid just pools up around his belly. Not pretty. I did try stuffing extra liners in the overnight diapers, and that's hit or miss. I stripped the diapers, but that wasn't the problem. The natural disposables I was using on occasion don't absorb better than the cloth, so that wasn't a solution either.
I finally made an off-handed complaint about overnight diapers to his pediatrician, a wonderful man who gets my quirks and understands my overly thought-out parenting philosophies. He's also a practical man. “Chelsea,” he laughed. “Go buy some dang Huggies already!” Oh. That hadn't even occurred to me. He said he had the exact same problem with his kids and they switched to using disposables as their overnight diapers to control all the leakage.
I tried Huggies Snug & Dry because, well, dry IS what we're going for and it IS in the name. They feature a “Leak Lock” system to pull wetness away from the baby and trap it in the diaper. I also like that the waist on these diapers (called the “SnugFit Waistband”) fits more tightly than others I've tried in the past. The tabs are extra-long to really get a secure fit, too. One trick I've found to getting a good fit and avoiding leaks with disposables – and overnight diapers in particular – is to pull the leg lining out and away from the diaper. They all come folded in there, but that doesn't do anything to stop liquid from seeping out. Lesson learned: it's really important to get that inner flap pulled open properly. If you're interested, you can get more diaper tips over on the Huggies Facebook page.
We also keep Huggies wipes on hand for big messes. While I'm all about the homemade cloth wipes, sometimes there are messes that you just want gone. Immediately. Not sitting in the waste basket waiting to be washed out. You know what I'm talking about. For big messes like that, I've always used Huggies wipes because they're nice and thick, and I only have to use one most of the time. AND there's no worry about stuff seeping through to my hand. Ew.
So there, I admitted it! This dyed-in-the-wool cloth mama uses the occasional disposable diaper. If I've learned one thing as a parent, it's that there are no hard and fast rules. It's all about balance, and practicality, and making choices that are best for your family. Have you made any parenting choices that surprise you? And how about all you cloth families…what do YOU do about overnight diapers? I'd love to hear your experiences!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central for Huggies. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.