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August 24, 2010

Nighttime Nappies: What Does This Mean?

In search of the best “Nitey Nite” Nappy!

Nighttime Nappies – the goal of this article is to clarify for you what you need to know about night time nappies, without any doubt, and to introduce you to some of the cloth nappy shops who offer reusable cloth night nappies.

These nappy retailers and nappy makers have been asked to describe the pocket nappy for you in their own way, depending on the time thay had available to contribute when I asked; you’ll see quick, concise definitions as well as detailed explanations that reveal more about the composition of the nappy fabrics, materials and designs. I am certain you will discover everything you need to know about them in their brief or detailed descriptions – I did! Once you know, pop over and look at their pocket nappies with your enhanced understanding of the features and benefits of the pocket nappy.

Our Nappy Experts explain Reusable Night Nappies for you in a variety of ways…

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

A specialised super-absorbent nappy designed for night time use, mainly for babies who sleep through the night, or for big wetters where regular nappies would not have enough absorbency to last the night. These are usually in the fitted nappy style which requires a separate cover (usually wool or fleece) over it, but there are a few nappy makers who make them as all in ones or as pocket nappies.

Lara from Extremely Nappies:

Night Nappies are nappies that can hold 13 hours of wetness. Extremely Nappies are pocket nappies with a waterproof outer shell, so you can customise the absorbency for day or night. They don’t require a cover. As nighttime nappies, they are sold in plain colours with 3 inserts. I use 3 types of material for absorbent boosters (or inserts): microfiber and bamboo (or hemp). This is a popular combination because microfiber soaks up fast, like a sponge, holding 7 times its weight in water, but just as if you sat on a sponge, the water would squeeze out. So it needs another material to hold that water, to lock it in, so to speak. Hemp and bamboo absorb 3 times their weight in water, and don’t release it under compression. Put them together with microfiber, and you have a very absorbent nappy that holds in the fluid despite the pressure of a sleeping child. Hemp and bamboo are also much trimmer than cotton, so baby’s nappy isn’t too bulky, and they’re environmentally friendly crops, grown without chemicals. They are also anti bacterial and anti fungal.

Extremely Nappies have enough room inside the pocket to stuff A LOT of absorbent material, so you can always add more if the need arises. You could buy extra boosters (at $4 each), or stuff the nappies with anything else you like (old hand towels, for instance). The boosters in Extremely Nappies are made for optimal absorbency and faster drying: the thirsty microfiber folds to a pad of 4 layers (and unfolds for fast drying). The bamboo boosters are thick 420gsm fleece in 2 layers, sized to fit the wet zone. The hemp boosters are longer than bamboo, folding to 4 layers, unfolding for fast drying. Using all 3, your cloth night nappy would have a total of 10 layers of absorbent material, working together to suck up wetness and lock it in behind the waterproof PUL. The versatility of a pocket nappy means you can use these night nappies in the day with just 2 boosters, and they’ll be trim fitting.

The legs are elasticised to contain any mess, yet covered with soft microfleece or suedecloth to protect baby’s skin. The velcro ensures the nappies go easy on, easy off, and Extremely Nappies have laundering tabs that let you fold the velcro securely shut, so it won’t snag in the wash. They are also double sided, meaning the velcro tabs can cross over, to fit really tiny waists. Extremely Nappies are also One Size Fits All, because if you invest in nappies they should fit to toilet training, without you having to buy bigger ones later. They fit from 3.5 kg to 15 kgs- they’ll just look a bit bigger on a tiny baby than a toddler.

Nicole of Krap Katchers:

Nighttime nappies designed especially to cater for the longer wear time and to avoid compression leaks that sleep time brings. They also prevent you from having to wash your babies sheets everyday as night nappies last the whole night, not just a couple of hours!

Kelly from Pepper Place:

Something tough enough to stand up to 12+ hours overnight! Can be any style of nappy, but is usually higher in the rise with a lot more layers-think ‘bubble butt’.

Laura of Cloth Nappy Co:

Night nappies are required to hold approximately up to 12 hours wetness. They need to be super absorbent so they can last the night without leaking.

Now you know exactly what a cloth nighttime nappy is and the best features and benefits of this style of modern nappies.

To summarise this series of articles about the meaning of the various nappy styles, Amy of WeePantz clarifies the main components of modern nappies, to reassure you that it is actually easy to choose the nappy style that suits your lifestyle, baby and budget:

Essentially, all nappies are comprised of similar components, remembering this helps us to not get confused when looking at new brands or styles of nappies.

The main components of a nappy are:

1. Absorbency (whether it be sewn in on an AIO, Stuffed in a pocket or the entire nappy in a fitted or a flat or a prefold)

2. Waterproofing (covers, PUL layers, woollen soakers etc)

3. Stay Dry Layer (flushable or washable liners, or the microfleece/suedecloth layer in a nappy)

4. Fastening (Velcro, snappis and snaps)

When we remember that, I think its easy to figure out what a nappy needs to have in it, and how we want our nappy system to work. For example if you want it all in one you get an AIO, if you don’t mind attaching stuff, then you can look into other options like pockets, AI2’s, fitteds etc. A parent can decide what is right for them rather than being confused by all the options available.

More Resources about Night Time Nappies:

Can you help this mum? Night Time Nappies help!

Night Time Nappies! What Cloth Nappy Options Will Suit a Heavy Wetting Toddler?

About Krap Katchers Nighttime Nappies…

Thank you to all our nappy experts for their contributions,

P.S There is a question at the bottom of each of these features. Join in the conversation and share your own experiences and stories with us…

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A question to you about your search for the best Nighty Nite Nappy:

Which brands of nighttime nappies are the BEST cloth night nappies?

What features or materials do you prefer in cloth night nappies?

1 Comment »

  1. Best Cloth night Nappy – Bambooty
    I prefer Bamboo with a suede cloth upper and a PUL outer

    Comment by Alissa Botfield — August 31, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

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