Pokkelokkie`s night cloth challenge


Day 1 Part 1

So lets talk a bit about how to succeed at night cloth.

  1. Use good quality cloth nappies
  • Night nappies need to be able to absorb and hold all night long. Having good quality fabrics is what ensures this. Poorer quality means poorer absorption which ultimately equates to inadequate performance AKA leaking. There are a couple of things that lead to leaking and this is one of the main ones.
  1. Use sized cloth nappies
  • Pokkelokkie night nappies (our fitteds and prefolds) are sized rather than OSFM. We believe sized nappies just fit way better. No chance of leg gaps or bulk due to excess fabric. A good fit is definitely what you want at night.
  1. Use good quality fleece for the cover
  • We only recommend using fleece covers/ longies at night. A good quality fleece fabric ensures a reliable water resistant layer between nappy and mattress. We will cover fleece in another post in more detail.
  1. Ditch “the fear”
  • I can understand why a lot of mammas are hesitant to give night cloth a go. The thought of a wet baby at 2am is just not worth the risk?
  • I aim to get rid of that fear in these four days. It is as simple as this : with a decent night nappy you cannot fail. The average baby is a medium wetter. Heavy wetters are in fact quite rare and need to be changed two to three times a night. This is NOT common. Our nappies have been thoroughly and extensively tested to cope with most babies output over a twelve hour period.
  • Take the “plunge” and do this with us. I think you shall be pleasantly surprised! What do you have to lose?

 

Day 1 Part 2

Our first night nappy in this challenge is flats.

Flats make very affordable, thirsty night nappies from newborns through to potty learning toddlers.

They are the fastest drying nappy (being a single layer) and winter is coming. Make sure to stock up. 

Tips

  • Always use two flats at once for nights (unless you have a very light wetter).
  • A booster can be added in the cover if extra layers are needed – usually this is assessed by how wet the nappy is in the morning. If no dry patches, add the booster.
  • Both Pokkelokkie hemp and cotton flats make excellent night nappies. Use two hemp or two cotton or one hemp and one cotton.
  • Newborns are changed through the night – usually two to three times from 7pm – 5am. Expect wet nappies at this stage. They wee a lot but this changes from about three months when one night nappy can be worn (once he stops pooping at night).
  • Expect a bigger bum for night. Flats are super trim night nappies.
  • Never tuck clothes into the cover or nappy. No nappy must be sticking out anywhere.

Tonight we do the Origami fold. One flat is put on and the other is padfolded and laid in the wetzone.

Watch the second combination in this video and give it a go mamma. Take a pic and post it to the thread. YOU GOT THIS!

If your flat feels too short in the front use the origami hack (usually babies over 13kg) :

 Here is a video of actually putting the night nappy on

 Good luck and enjoy.

Day 2 Part 1

We had a dry night meaning no leaks and our nappy wasn’t very wet this morning. Finn is two years old and “generally” output does calm down around this age and nappies don’t get very soaked.

Trouble shooting leaks

  • A damp fleece cover in the morning means not enough absorption. Add a Pokkelokkie booster in the cover like in the photo.
  • A leak can occur if the nappy is not on snug enough. A nappy like flats can come a bit loose around the bum if a walking toddler is active before bed time. Check for gaps before bedtime.
  • If the two flats are totally soaked with NO dry patches, add a booster in the cover for extra layers.
  • Hemp usually takes 8 washes or so to be fully prepped so bear this in mind if using new flats. Add a booster initially if nappies get soaked quickly.
  • We recommend using Pokkelokkie boosters. Pocket nappy inserts are very bulky and if made of microfiber are very poor in terms of absorption. Rather used sized boosters from good quality fabrics – they are trim, thirsty and reliable.

How did your night go?

 Day 2 Part 2

Night cloth nappy covers

We recommend always using a good quality fleece cover for the night nappy. Avoid PUL covers at night. This does not end well and can lead to red like welts on baby`s legs which can be difficult to get rid of.

Summer time: our side snap covers

Winter time: our fleece longies

Newborns do best with fleece covers during summer only and our softshell waterproof covers during winter. Longies must be used together with the softshell covers for newborns. Their nappies get wet quickly and they need the waterproof cover beneath.

Why fleece?

  • Fleece covers are not 100% waterproof but this does not matter. They make great nappy covers because the fabric repels moisture back into the nappy and provides an excellent barrier between a wet nappy and the outside world.
  • Our side snapping covers (from 5kg) do not have elastics for a reason. No elastics in a cover means a soft comfy fit.
  • Longies are a very easy and effective night nappy cover for babies who wear one night nappy.

TIPS

  • The side snap cover sits like little shorts. It does not sit in the panty line. Make sure you pull it down to just below the belly button. The legs do not fit snugly around baby`s thighs. Gaps are part of the fit.
  • The cover must not move around. It must sit snug around the bum and hold the nappy in place. If its moving around its either too big or not on snug enough. Adjust the fit.
  • Avoid clipping baby grows tightly over fleece covers or longies. Cotton can pull moisture through and wet clothes. A nappy that is absorbent enough will work perfectly.
  • If the fleece cover/longie is ever damp, the nappy needs more layers. Add a booster to your nappy. It is not the cover that leaks - it is the nappy beneath.
  • Never tuck clothes into a cover or fleece longies. 
  • Watch our video to get the fit of the side snap cover right.
Day 2 Part 3

Tonight we are going to use flats again but this time do it slightly differently.

The same tips that we highlighted yesterday apply:

  • Always use two flats at once for nights (unless you have a very light wetter).
  • A booster can be added in the cover if extra layers are needed – usually this is assessed by how wet the nappy is in the morning. If no dry patches, add the booster.
  • Both Pokkelokkie hemp and cotton flats make excellent night nappies. Use two hemp or two cotton or one hemp and one cotton.
  • Newborns are changed through the night – usually two to three times from 7pm – 5am. Expect wet nappies at this stage. They wee a lot but this changes from about three months when one night nappy can be worn (once he stops pooping at night).
  • Expect a bigger bum for night. The layers are needed. Adjust your mental picture. The more you use it the more normal it is.
  • Never tuck clothes into the cover or nappy. No nappy must be sticking out anywhere.

Watch the first combination in the video. Tonight we fold two flats at the SAME TIME in origami.

Easy peasy.

Tips for flats that feel stiff after washing:

  • Hot iron once dry which softens them up.
  • Tumble dry on low for ten minutes when dry.
  • Rub the flat against each other which causes friction and softens them (and builds arm muscles)
  • Avoid drying in direct sunlight.

Remember to post your pics and tag #PKnightchallenge

Day 3 Part 1

Washing night nappies

Babies usually start to wear one cloth night nappy around the three month mark (when there are no more night poops).

One nappy on the bum all night soaks up a lot of pee! Night nappies MUST be rinsed off the bum in the morning in hot tap water, twice. If this is not done, there is a risk of ammonia crystals forming which leads to smelly nappies. Ammonia crystals can form hard shells around themselves and can be difficult to get rid of if not dealt with asap.

Watch our video to see how to rinse properly. It requires a bit of elbow grease and it worth every second of the 5 minutes. Make the time.

Day 3 Part 2

Tonight we use a Pokkelokkie Sleepy dust fitted. Our fitted nappies are sized (small, medium and large) for a reason. Fitteds must fit properly. We don’t want a huge amount of extra fabric or leg gaps. We want a comfy, trim nappy that is trustworthy. The fit has a lot to do with this as does the quality of the fabric. The quality of the hemp determines if the nappy is going to hold what it needs to all night.

Fitteds with velcro are very easy nappies and great for Dads.

Tips for fitteds

  • They do not need to be so tight that deep red elastic marks occur. Run your fingers around the bum casing from back to front once on. It should be nice and comfy, not tight.
  • Always use fleece covers over night nappies. They breathe and are comfy.
  • Never tuck clothes into a cover/longies/nappy.
  • Newborns: We suggest adding a booster in the cover if baby is changed every four hours. Once baby hits 5/6kg it is time to get the size two which is designed to last all night.
  • Size 2 & 3 fitteds (6kg up) :The smaller booster can be laid at the bottom. Fold the long snake insert into three if the nappy is very wet in the morning. Some babies have a high output at night. Otherwise fold it in two for medium wetters.

  • Fleece liner always goes closest to the bum. Always use a fleece liner- it keeps baby dry as pee passes through fleece, it does not absorb.
  • Do you have a tummy sleeper? Lay a smaller booster across the tummy inside the nappy which provides extra layers.

Day 4 Part 1
How was your night?
Today we chat about dressing baby in colder weather and using night cloth.
Newborns
  • I loved using baby grows when my boys were little. Somehow they are just the best clothing item as they are easy to use, don’t ride up when breastfeeding, comfy and warm. We suggest using our softshell covers during winter. They are 100% waterproof and baby grows can be fastened over them. Fleece covers can pull moisture through so these are best for warmer months.
  • Another option is to use long sleeve tops and fleece longies (but always use a softshell cover beneath the longies).
  • Or use a a softshell cover, clip the baby grow over the cover then pull on the longies to keep leggies warm. The last option is a good one.
Toddlers
  • Once out of baby grows we opt for long sleeve tops and fleece longies over the night nappy. When it gets really cold, a fleece top is added (ours are coming soon).
What do you dress baby in?

 

Day 4 Part 2
Tonight is the final night of our night challenge. I feel the spirit has been somewhat removed due to our current life situation. I felt to continue it on nonetheless as I do think most moms are reading and learning. This is all I hoped for. We will definitely revisit another night challenge a bit later on in the year when things are back to normal (we will get there, one day at a time).
Tonight we do our hemp jersey prefold.
I must be honest, this is my absolute favorite night solution for toddlers. It definitely surpasses any night nappy on the market in terms of trimness and is easy enough for Dads too.
Tips for prefolds
  • Elasticated prefolds are for babies under 7kg. They are both day and night nappies.
  • Non elasticated prefolds (NEPF) start from 8kg and I suggest using them at night for babies that still have loose poop. Saying that, a fair amount of moms do have success using them for day time if poop is solid enough.
  • NEPF do need boosting – we suggest one to three Pokkelokkie boosters in the flaps or a small or medium padfolded hemp flat. This can be laid in the cover to reduce any bulk.
  • The fit is snug. It`s crucial that the nappy sits up snug against baby’s bits.
  • When using NEPF, there will always be small leg gaps, but if the nappy is put on as per the video you should not have any issues. Personally, I am yet to have a prefold leak. It is all about how it is put on. I am considering putting elastics in the larger ones at some point.
  • If your little one runs around before bed, check the prefold before bedtime to see if it has not stretched out a bit between the legs and readjust quick.

 Enjoy. 

 


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