DIY fleece liners to keep your cloth-diapered baby dry at night

Guestpost by Lindsay Wilhelmi on Feb 16th

Lindsay's daughter Cadence rocking her fleece liners!

Our sleeping-through-the-night sweetie recently went through a week of the opposite. Granted, it seemed like she was going through a growth spurt, so her 2:00 a.m. wake-ups were likely due to the fact that she was hungry (certainly seemed so, since she would eat like she'd never been fed). But I also noticed that she was SOAKED each time she awoke, needing a new diaper before she'd go back to sleep. This was as new to me as the midnight snack; she hadn't demanded a diaper change before morning since she was 2-3 weeks old.

Although she used to make it through the night without needing the change, I think her "output" increased along with the additional meals. And goodness knows our girl HATES feeling wet, so she was not tolerating the soaking diaper … especially since her usually deep sleep was being interrupted by hunger.

Those of you who cloth diaper your babes know that one of the big "cons" of the more economical systems (i.e., not an all-in-one or pocket system) is that there's no "stay-dry" layer between your sweet baby's skin and the wet prefold or fitted diaper.

Those of you who cloth diaper your babes know that one of the big "cons" of the more economical systems (i.e., not an all-in-one or pocket system) is that there's no "stay-dry" layer between your sweet baby's skin and the wet prefold or fitted diaper. For babies who hate being wet, this means committing to changing them as soon as they've "gone." Which is usually perfectly fine by me, because I don't like the thought of Cadence sitting in a dirty diaper. BUT, I also would rather get a full night's sleep, if she can be kept feeling dry. And, guess what? I found a solution! There's no need to waste money on expensive stay-dry liners or a new diaper system when it's such an easy DIY fix.

It turns out that fleece has this great property which allows liquid to pass through without being absorbent. Meaning that once the liquid has passed through, it pretty much feels dry against the skin (even if there's a wet layer beneath!). It also just so happens that you can often find bolts of fleece on sale or clearance at your local fabric store. You might even have some laying around the house, waiting to be re-purposed. The latter was my case.

Here's what I did:

  • I found an old hand-me-down fleece blanket of Cady's that we weren't using (she has PLENTY of blankets!)
  • I cut the blanket into strips slightly larger than a tri-folded small prefold diaper (roughly 14" x 5")
  • To assemble the nighttime diaper, I laid out my cover of choice (below, I'm using a GroVia shell), followed by a small prefold (folded in thirds), and finally topped the prefold with the homemade fleece liner.
  • I then fastened the diaper around Cady as usual.

The first night I used this "stay-dry" solution, Cady still woke up to eat during the night, but didn't demand the usual diaper change, which meant I could "dream nurse" her and put her right back down after she had her fill. The following night, she was sleeping through the night again. Perhaps her growth spurt was over, perhaps she felt drier and wasn't upset (and woken) by a sopping diaper. Maybe a little bit of both. Either way, her skin was MUCH drier upon waking, which makes for a happy baby AND a happy mama.

Not only is this a great way to recycle unused articles of fleece, but it also allows one to use the tiny prefolds babies so quickly grow out of; you may not be able to fasten them around baby's waist anymore, but they fit perfectly laid down the middle of a shell!

Not only is this a great way to recycle unused articles of fleece, but it also allows one to use the tiny prefolds babies so quickly grow out of; you may not be able to fasten them around baby's waist anymore, but they fit perfectly laid down the middle of a shell! This is also be a good solution for the parent who needs to run quick errands with a cloth-diapered kiddo like Cady who hates being wet. It'll get you and your fluffy-bummed babe from CVS, through the gas station, to the bank, and home without the typical "I'm wettttttt!" meltdown.

Cady gives this night-time stay-dry solution her fluffy-bummed seal of approval.

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About Lindsay Wilhelmi

Lindsay Wilhelmi is part hippie-chick, part type-A career woman, and all mama. Her blog – One Baby, Two Moms – can be described as a “quiet form of activism.” Some same-sex couples march in parades, some wave flags, others hold signs in protest. But Lindsay’s most powerful contribution is striving to be the best citizen, partner, and mother possible. What's chronicled on her blog is proof that families come in all shapes and sizes - and that there's a lot of ways to create one. Numbers and genders do not a family make. Love does. And Lindsay has a surplus, these days.

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