The Overnight Cloth Diaper.
For some parents, they’re like a mythical unicorn. Often read about in fairy tales but never actually found. If you’re one of those parents, you’ve probably tried every combination of inserts in your cloth diapers, praying that your kid will hold it in for at least 3 hours so you can just…. get… some… sleep.
Woah. Sorry. Drifted off there a bit. What were we talking about? Oh yeah. Babies, sleeping. The Overnight Cloth Diaper.
The 2 most common reasons why babies wake up during the night are:
1. They’re hungry
Babies gotta eat! From the time they’re born until they’re about a year old, most kids will need to eat 1-6+ times during the night. We can’t help you with this, I’m sorry. If we could, we would. But that might be a bit weird.
2. They feel wet.
For parents who cloth diaper, overnight cloth diapers can be a real struggle. Sure it’s a bonus that kids can feel they are wet when it comes time to potty train. However, it’s not so great in the middle of the night when you’re dreaming about that time you and your partner were on the beach… watching the sunset… woah, woah, woah, we’re going to stop you right there! Phew. Keep that memory to yourself 😉
So your baby pees in their cloth diaper, they feel the wetness which causes discomfort which leads to…
How many times will your little angel pee during the night? And how many times will they wake up, letting you know they need to be changed RIGHT NOW? A lot. A lot of times.
But wait! It turns out the Overnight Cloth Diapers might NOT be a mythical unicorn… they’re just unimaginatively called “Charcoal Stay Dry Inserts”. Charcoal is a stay dry material which means even when it is wet, it does not feel wet. Baby doesn’t feel wet = Baby sleeps longer = YOU SLEEP LONGER
Charcoal is also hypoallergenic, naturally deodorizing, antibacterial and dark in color (NO STAINS!).
Lil Helper makes 2 kinds of Charcoal Stay Dry Inserts:
The standard Charcoal Stay Dry Inserts – These 2 bad boys are super absorbent and when used together, offer 8 layers of absorbency. Many parents find these inserts will do the trick to keep their wee ones fast asleep all night long. (These inserts come with our Charcoal Cloth Diapers and can be purchased separately. If your baby doesn’t poop in their diaper, you can simply snap clean inserts into the same cover! Magic!)
Overnight Charcoal Stay Dry Inserts – For the babies that we like to call “extra well-hydrated” (AKA they pee a lot) or kids 18+ months. These inserts are charcoal inserts on steroids. There is an extra gusset on the insert that prevents leaks. Add to that, there is a waterproof layer of PUL on the underside of the insert that keeps the cover dry as well.
** PLEASE NOTE: If your baby poops during the night – you should change them right away. It is not good to let a baby sit with poop against their skin. It’s also stinky. Yuck.
So, in conclusion (or for those of you who just skipped reading everything else): Lil Helper Diapers can be used as an Overnight Cloth Diaper. The stay dry material keeps them feeling dry all night long which means they sleep longer, and so do you.
For those of you who don’t like taking chances or are currently potty training, we have the Bamboo Mattress Protector and the Charcoal Mattress Protector.
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Joining the Lil Helper Family
In 2014, before I started working for Lil Helper, I was just your average customer and soon-to-be-first-time mother. I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter and avidly searching for eco-friendly baby products when I joined the Lil Helper family. It was when I picked up my first Lil Helper Charcoal Cloth Diaper at a baby store in Ontario, Canada. I was drawn to the unique prints and playful packaging but what sold me was that they seemed easy to use compared to other cloth diaper options. When I read they were “Designed by Rocket Scientists” I knew they would become my favourite. These were my kind of people, my kind of cloth diapers and my kind of family.