BumGenius Diapers Leaking EVERY night-Help!!

Updated on November 20, 2010
L.T. asks from Duluth, MN
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My 12 month old daughter is soaking through her BG OS every single night. Not only is this a pain in the butt because we have to change her sheets and pjs every morning, but is not comfortable to her and the reason she wakes in the A.M. I know she is a heavy wetter, but this is getting ridiculous!

We have stripped them to within an inch of their life using Dawn dish soap, ran cycles without soap, with vinegar, line dried, line dry in the sun and we're still having issues. We usually stuff with the microfiber insert and the mf doubler. But have tried every combination we can think of-two inserts, inserts plus two doublers, two doublers, a folded prefold, hemp inserts, hemp prefolds, hemp and microfiber...AAAAAHHHH!!!! I am thisclose to giving up on them and using disposables at night.

Does anyone have any insight, advice, suggestions, ANYTHING to offer?! Thank you for reading this far and getting through my ranting/rambling!

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K.G.

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Have you tried wool inserts? I have had more luck with those....
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L.H.

answers from Minneapolis on

We had the same issue. Now I use BG through the day and the G-Diaper with BG inserts at night. I have several G diapers I also rotate through the day and with the G diaper and BG inserts (I use the insert + doubler) my son wakes up dry! He is 13 months and can go 13 hours at night without being we.t Best part, he doesn't get diaper rash either. Good luck!

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J.M.

answers from Minneapolis on

We had same problem with our son. And, he co slept with us so we eventually had our mattress replaced even. In the end, we went with disposables at night. They worked much better than the cloth. When he was a toddler we had to get special night-time pull ups for him eventually too because as he got bigger, regular diapers couldn't hold all his output. And, in the middle of the night if I noticed him wet, I'd change him rather than risk a leak. He's four now and potty trained completely, except once and awhile, especially when he's especially tired, he wets the bed so we continue to use "under jams" disposable pull-ups for "big" boys. My daughter on the other hand has never once leaked a diaper and rarely even wets at night since she was about three months old. So, it must be just how some people are made...

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S.H.

answers from Milwaukee on

I guess my thought is that it is great to use the cloth diapers if you are able, but is it really saving anything (ie the environment, your money or your time) if you are changing and washing sheets and pajamas everyday? Washing clothes uses a lot of energy itself. You may save a lot of time and energy by just using a disposable at night. We always use one size higher than recommended for weight (at least when the kids start getting bigger in their "size"). This helps with the heavy wetting. Good luck!

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L.H.

answers from Minneapolis on

Hi, L.-

I didn't get a chance to read through everyone's responses but I use Huggies overnights for my kids (previously my 2 1/2 year old and now my 11 month old twins). They're awesome- and only use the "overnights"- but swear by Pampers during the day. No more leaking, washing sheets, etc. Good luck!

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C.G.

answers from Minneapolis on

We had the same issue with our daughter, who is now 2 1/2. She simply wet too much for the clothies to hold. I say use Huggies Overnights, which we found to be the most absorbent, and save yourself the headache of wet sheets, pjs, and an overall mess in the morning. I was to the point where I was changing her mid-night to avoid leaks, but who wants to disturb a sleeping child. Some people will probably say don't give her liquids X amount of hours before bed, but do you want to deny a thirsty child? I've never been a fan of that idea.

Good luck, and if you do switch to disposables at night and naptime, you should still feel good about using cloth the rest of the time. It shouldn't be this stressful on you.

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H.L.

answers from Milwaukee on

I know I would have the same problem - my almost 2-year-old is a VERY heavy wetter. I just use Huggies overnight diapers at night.

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E.A.

answers from Janesville-Beloit on

Try a wool cover over the BG 3.0. It will keep the seets and her jammies dry. There would be LOTS of answers to this question if you asked it in the Q&A forum on diaper swappers! You will have to register, then have any cloth diaper question answered!
http://www.diaperswappers.com/

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A.K.

answers from Minneapolis on

L.,
We had that problem with our Fuzzi Bunz and ended up switching to disposables at night. Yes, we gave up. I don't feel that bad about it, though, since it's only one diaper out of the entire day's. We've been doing disposables at night for about a year and a half (he's two) and it's just routine now. You'll never have leaking problems again!
Amy K

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L.G.

answers from Milwaukee on

so we use a diaper service which means we just use prefold cloth diapers. but i know the all in ones can be tough at nite. maybe if you really want to be using cloth at night you can buy a good cover or two and 5-10 prefolds. i double him up at nite and haven't had a leak since! another diaper investment but i found overnite is a long time to be in a disposable. i think the larger prefolds just have more space to absorb than the all in ones do. whatever you decide....good luck and way to go with the cloth diapering!

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A.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

I use mostly prefolds and covers, but I have a handful of BG diapers and I do not think they perform well at night, I think it's because the liner goes all the way up to the edge of the cover, so once it gets wet, the wetness seeps out from that liner. This is fine during the day if you are changing frequently, but at night it means a wet baby and a wet bed. I no longer try to use the BG at night, I stick with my prefolds + a hemp doubler + wool cover -- I have never had a leak with this combination.

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A.T.

answers from Minneapolis on

I think you've tried everything possible. I had the same problems with BG 3.0. If you call the company, you may want to leave out the detail about using vinegar. I think they suggest not using vinegar. However, that is not what is causing problems with your diapers. If you've stripped them, I don't know how much more you could do. Did you try using some bleach? That seems to make them fluffier. I gave up on using BG at night and switched to disposables. Our son was only a few weeks old when he started leaking through his BG diapers at night, and that was with at least one diaper change in the middle of the night. We still use BG during the day, and they seem fine. I'm curious to read other responses to your request to find out if there is a solution. Good luck!

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N.R.

answers from Atlanta on

We have been having this problem also, but only with one of our 8 month old girl twins. I've stripped them and stripped them, tried fleece liners, tried disposable liners, using no liners, and adjusting the snaps. Since it's mainly a problem with one baby, I have finally come to the conclusion that it must be the way she sleeps. She rolls over to her tummy and sleeps with her bottom way up in the air--my best guess is that it just runs out the front of the diaper before having a chance to soak in! The diaper is usually dry but her clothes are soaked. She's the good sleeper of the two, so it's hard having to get her redressed in the middle of the night.

I think I will give up on the stripping and go buy some Huggies Overnights! We tried Huggies during the day once before and they leaked and leaked, so stuck with Pampers whenever we did disposables. But the Pampers didn't get them through the night, either.

Thanks for the tip, and good luck to everyone else on this!

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L.C.

answers from Duluth on

Hi L., We are still using Bum Genius OS with our 18 month old daughter. When she started sleeping long nights we had the same problem. Other than that we love them and they are holding up well. We resorted to using a disposable at night! At least it is just one diaper per day!

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T.F.

answers from Rochester on

Here is my seasoned advice. I used cloth diapers exclusively with my first and also with my second until he got a rash from the covers. I switched to disposable with him and used the disposable nighttime diapers as well. With my third I use the cloth diapers as well, but use the disposable at nighttime. I wish that I would have known how wonderful nighttime disposable diapers were. They have saved me a lot of hassle with everything that you are currently talking about. I say use the disposables at night and if you are worried about a rash, use the Waleda diaper cream (not the diaper rash cream, they have two)before bed. Coming from a mom that has done it all....you'll wish you had switched sooner.

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L.T.

answers from Minneapolis on

We had the same issue with both of my kids once they were older and weaned from the night feedings and sleeping 8-12 hours at night. We tried a lot of different insert combinations for both our Bum Genius diapers and our Fuzzi Bunz and we still had leaks. Too few inserts and the diapers didn't hold enough. Too many inserts and the diapers didn't fit snug enough to contain the leaks because of the bulk. I'm sure that there is some combination of diapers, inserts and covers that would last all night but I really didn't have the desire to go through all of that trial and error (and extra $$) for one diaper a day.

I ended up going the Huggies Overnights route too - it just wasn't a very good use of my time and energy to change sheets and jammies every morning. I get a little squeamish thinking about my kids waking up in a puddle of pee every morning. I think it also caused them to wake up earlier than they would have if they weren't cold and wet from a leaky diaper. As long as we just use one overnight diaper each night, a single package can get us through almost two months. If my toddler wakes up with only a few more hours until morning, I put him in a cloth diaper for the rest of the night. He does fine for nap-length sleeps, it's just the 8+ hours that leaks are a problem.

Sorry there isn't a magic solution! What works for one mama might not work for the next, so if you're really committed to doing cloth at night too, I'm afraid you probably have to keep trying different products until you find your magic bullet nighttime diaper combination. :(

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T.H.

answers from Duluth on

My first DD slept through the night and did fine with her prefold cloth at night. When she was younger and still breastfeeding at night, I did used to change her diaper when she awoke before I breastfed her. That kept her dry at night.

However, I'm using Bum Genius during the day for DD #2, and she also wakes up during the night for water/breastmilk. With more urine production during the night for DD #2, I tried the BG and prefolds for a time, but there was no way the diapers would last all night. I did not try changing her at night. I'm doing disposables at night now.

So I suggest changing during the night or going to disposables, or switching to a different type of diaper to see if possibly that could work. Good luck!

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