It's different than cloth diapering a baby.
None of my cloth diapering mama friends were surprised to hear last month (just before Lauren turned 2) that our nighttime diapering situation drastically changed. We were Bumgenius 4.0 people. We have some other kinds of cloth diapers, but hands down, my favorite cloth diapers have been BG 4.0 (in snaps, fyi). I'm a Bumgenius fangirl. I'm not ashamed. Lauren wore those pocket diapers with just one microfiber insert (no doublers necessary) for almost two years without any problems at all. It was rare to have any leaking issues, even at night.
Imagine my surprise when she woke with a sopping wet bed and pajamas one morning. I thought it was a fluke and put her to bed in a regular old BumGenius the next night. And again she woke saturated. What was going on?
Turns out that toddler diapering is much different than infant diapering and we were actually behind the curve when it came to needing to change up the nighttime cloth system. We needed more absorbency. STAT.
Along the way, I picked up a pair of Bumboo Fitted diapers intending them for little brother in the fall. I'd never been keen on the idea of fitteds and covers, but I decided to give them a try. Bingo! It worked. Bumboo fitteds are made by Earth, Mom, & Baby and are made from Bamboo woven into silk. Bamboo is super absorbent, naturally antibacterial, and sustainable... like a cloth diaper wonder-fabric. The only downside is you do need to use a leak-proof cover over top. I've tried both Thirsties and Sweet Pea brand and I like the double-snap security of the Sweet Pea covers. They're a little cheaper than Thirsties too.
We also have two Babee Greens hemp diapers, but they're itchy to Lauren's sensitive skin and I have to include a fleece liner between the diaper and her skin. I was already annoyed with switching to a fitted and a cover, I don't like adding a liner in too. They are very absorbent, but I don't like them like the bamboo diapers.
We'll continue to use Bumgenius 4.0 during the day because I still love them. When little brother gets here, we'll diaper him in 4.0s too... until that fateful day when we wakes up saturated. If you're having nighttime wetting issues with your cloth diapers, perhaps you should give bamboo a try?