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Dealing with a heavy wetter in cloth diapers can be tough. My 2 year old pushed many diapers to their limits, and unfortunately, past them. We needed some options for heavy wetters that wouldn’t leak, and I did find them!
I reached out to the top cloth diaper retailers and asked them which diapers they recommend for heavy wetters. I’ve also tested many of these diapers on my children in order to find out which ones are the most absorbent.
Here’s a list of the best cloth diapers for heavy wetters!
- Grovia O.N.E.
- Geffen Baby Prefolds
- Twinkie Tush Night-Night Fusion Wind Pro Fitted
- Imagine Bamboo One-Size Fitted
- Best Bottom All-In-Two
- Thirsties Natural Pocket
- Geffen Absorbers
- Amp Hemp Inserts
- Sloomb Wool Covers
- Disana Wool Pull-On Covers
When asked which cloth diaper is best for a heavy wetter, Patricia over at Grovia says “For GroVia, that would be hands down our O.N.E. diaper. Absolutely the most absorbent diaper I have ever used!” They have a super helpful comparison chart on their cloth diapers here. You can see on the chart that the O.N.E. is the most absorbent option.
Elizabeth over at Green Mountain Diapers (another awesome retailer) also said that the O.N.E. is the top pick by their customers for All-In-Ones.
The O.N.E. is an All-In-One one-size diaper. I love that it has two built-in closure options so you don’t have to choose between snap or hook & loop, the O.N.E. has both! They are available in a ton of gorgeous colors and prints, plus they released a new line called “Buttah” that has an outer layer made of their proprietary laminated polyester velour. “Shimmery, pillowy, and quite possibly the softest thing you’ve ever touched.” Check out the O.N.E. here.
Geffen Baby Prefolds
Prefolds are great for absorbing a whole lot of liquid. I highly recommend Geffen products because they are top quality made in the USA cloth diapers. Their prefolds are wonderful options for heavy wetters and come in either jersey hemp which feels more like t-shirt material or fleece hemp which is more fuzzy. Their hemp/cotton fabric has the highest content of hemp on the market, which makes the material more absorbent.
The fleece hemp is more absorbent than the jersey, with the XL prefolds absorbing up to 24oz of liquid! Find them here.
Fitteds are always touted as the best type of cloth diaper for heavy wetters, and indeed they are hard to beat. Because fitteds are a guaranteed winner, I’ve included 2 options, my top pick, and a budget-friendly pick. You can also check out my review of the lala lu fitted here, it is another favorite of mine.
Twinkie Tush Night-Night Fusion Wind Pro Fitted: These fitteds are handmade by a work at home mamma in the USA and recommended by Nicki’s Diapers as an amazing cloth diaper for heavy wetting at night.
“The absorbency of this fitted diaper can meet any overnight diapering challenge!”
Each Night-Night Wind Pro comes with 3 soakers, and the soaker system can have up to 15 layers of absorbency! Talk about bullet-proof.
I have to say, these are some of the cutest diapers you’ll ever see! Check them out here.
Imagine Bamboo Fitted: You don’t have to spend a fortune in order to use fitted diapers. The Imagine One-Size Bamboo Fitteds are super economical and very absorbent. They come with a bamboo snap-in soaker and are available in both snap or hook & loop closure.
Best Bottom All-In-Two
The Best Bottom AI2 system is super customizable allowing you to choose which type of snap-in inserts you want to go inside of the Best Bottom Cover. There are many inserts to choose from and you might like to have a variety in your stash.
For heavy wetters, I would recommend the best bottom overnight microfiber insert. This insert performed the best in my “most absorbent inserts test” holding more than any of the other 12 inserts that I tested. You can snap it into the cover and even snap another regular insert on top of it creating a super-absorbent solution. If you’re not a fan of microfiber there are also natural fibers to choose from.
Thirsties Natural One-Size Pocket
I reached out to Thirsties and asked them which of their products is best for heavy wetters and they recommended their natural one-size pocket diaper as the most absorbent option. Of course, a pocket diaper is a great choice for a heavy wetter because you can choose which insert to stuff into the pocket.
This pocket diaper comes with two hemp/cotton inserts that can be snapped together for maximum absorbency, and remember you can always add additional boosters as long as you maintain a good fit with no gaping around the legs or waist.
Must-Have Cloth Diaper Accessories For Your Heavy Wetter
In addition to the wonderful products listed above, you are going to want to have a few of these accessories in your collection. If you have been struggling to find a solution to your heavy wetters leaking cloth diapers, here’s the answer.
Boosters, also known as doublers, or inserts are the ultimate must-have when cloth diapering a heavy wetter. Even the most absorbent cloth diapers on the market sometimes don’t cut it for super soaker babies. If you think your child is a heavy wetter I highly encourage you to consider adding boosters into your cloth diaper stash.
Boosters are added to the inside of any cloth diaper or are stuffed into the pocket of a pocket-style diaper. They typically have several layers of absorbent fabric and simply boost the amount of liquid your child’s diaper will hold.
I didn’t discover the wonders of boosters until my 3rd kid! I wish I had known about them sooner because it would have eliminated all the wet mornings, clothes, and sheets. They are also super handy when you are going out on a long trip. I always add a booster when I think it might be a long time between diaper changes, such as grocery runs or church service.
Here are a few that I really love. You can also check out my post on the most absorbent cloth diaper inserts here, where I filmed a video testing 12 of the top inserts out.
- Geffen Absorbers: I personally love these hemp/cotton inserts and when I reached out to Nicki’s Diapers they said they ALWAYS recommend Geffen Absorbers to boost absorbency. I have the super absorbers plus and never have any leaking issues when I add one of these to a diaper. You can find them here.
- Amp 3 Layer Hemp Insert (Red Edge): These inserts performed really well when I tested them out in my video and they are one of my go-to boosters. They hold a ton of liquid and I wish I had more! You can find them from the manufacturer’s site here. Their regular boosters are also very nice and I like to use them when I want a trimmer fit.
Wool cloth diaper covers are another must-have for heavy wetters. Wool covers are used over flats, prefolds, and fitteds as the waterproof outer layer. Some people even use them for added protection over All-In-Ones and other diapers that already have a waterproof outer layer.
You may be wondering “why is wool so much better than a regular PUL or TPU diaper cover?”. The reason wool outperforms the average polyester cover is that wool actually absorbs and resists liquid at the same time. Weird, I know!
If your baby is wearing a cloth diaper that has a TPU or PUL outer waterproof layer and fully saturates the diaper, the liquid is going to start leaking out, there is nowhere else for it to go, but with a wool diaper cover, even a fully saturated diaper won’t start leaking because the wool will start to absorb the excess liquid.
Wool isn’t actually as scary or hard to use as many assume. It’s pretty simple to care for and you don’t have to wash wool covers as often as the plastic ones. Bonus, wool is naturally anti-microbial! Check out this video all about using wool covers.
These are some great wool covers to get started with:
- Sloomb Wool Covers: These double-layer knit covers are super absorbent, soft, and breathable. Find them here.
- Disana Wool Pull-On: This cover was recommended by Green Mountain Diapers as one of the best heavy wetter solutions, and I enjoyed using them on my first baby over her Cloth-eez prefolds. You can check them out here.
That rounds out the list of the best cloth diapers for heavy wetters and with all these great options to choose from I know you’ll find the perfect solution for your baby.