My son is intelligent, funny, and has the bladder capacity of a small elephant. From his first few months on this planet we’ve been unable to layer enough cloth diapers on him to keep him from leaking at night. We tried doubling, using wool and fleece liners, and using pocket diapers with an extra liner.
The results were mixed—but all bad. He ended up with wet sheets, yeast infections, and lots less sleep. Finally, after several dozen attempts, we just surrendered to using disposable diapers at night.
Now with our second child, I was determined to try again with cloth at night. She doesn’t have the huge bladder of her brother, but even if she did, I think the new hemp liners we’ve been using might be able to handle it. They wick away the moisture, absorb quite a lot, and are a natural fabric that breathes nicely. We’ve never had any yeast issues while using the hemp liners and being wet hasn’t woken her up. (Oh, she’s up regularly! But it doesn’t seem to correlate to the dampness of her diaper.)
A friend actually made us our liners using a serger sewing machine and some thick hemp fabric–which seems to be the cheapest solution for talented seamstresses. If you’d like to order a few, check out hemp inserts from Thirsties, Willow Sprouts, or Green Acre Designs.
So, in review, our fabulous nighttime solution is a diaper cover, a prefold, and a hemp liner closest to baby’s bottom. We hope that yeast doesn’t become a problem once again but we’ll keep you posted if it reappears. Have you had issues with yeast or leakage at night?