Extreme Super Soaker Overnight Cloth Diaper Combo

Extreme Super Soaker Overnight Diaper Combo

I successfully diapered Cub overnight using my Overnight Insert Sandwich combo all the way until he potty-trained at about three-and-a-half years old. Little Miss saturates that combo and the diaper leaks without fail; so have a lot of other options I’ve tried.

There are a few factors that explain this:

  • She still nurses at least two to three times at night because I am too lazy to night-wean her.
  • I put her in her overnight diaper around 6 PM even though she is usually not actually sleeping until 8 PM.
  • We laze about in bed in the morning so sometimes I don’t change her until 8 AM, so ya, fourteen hours is a lot to ask from any diaper.

You might guess that I rarely buy diapers. My stash is voluminous thanks to writing reviews and trading diapers for social media work. I did, however, recently buy three extra diapers to round out my new overnight diaper rotation. (If possible, I find having four complete overnight diapers is the perfect amount … three will do, but two means you have to really rush to get the laundry done.)

This is how I put together Little Miss’s diaper every night:

Extreme Super Soaker Overnight Cloth Diaper Combo

  • a BumGenius Elemental
  • a Flip Organic cotton overnight insert
  • a hemp booster (AMP, Geffen or Funky Fluff—they’re all great)
  • Sloomb Playwoolies

Now I realize that BumGenius just released a new version of their Elemental. The ones I have are the “2.0,” the ones that were most recently discontinued and cleared out by retailers and that I reviewed here. The combo I’m describing would totally work with the newly released 3.0 Elemental, but if you can score some 2.0s being cleared out by your favourite retailer, DO IT! The fact that the 2.0 does not have a cotton lining sewn into the PUL leaves more room for the Flip insert, so I would even encourage using the 2.0 for this overnight solution!

I fold the Flip overnight insert (which is the same one used in my Overnight Insert Sandwich) so that there are extra layers at the front since Little Miss is a tummy sleeper.

Extreme Super Soaker Overnight Cloth Diaper Combo

I tuck it under the Elemental’s sewn-in inserts.

Extreme Super Soaker Overnight Cloth Diaper Combo

I fold the Elemental’s inserts like so:

Extreme Super Soaker Overnight Cloth Diaper Combo

(I use the Elemental with the rise fully unsnapped to fit all this in.)

I place the hemp booster on top. You can fold it if you want to add another layer where you need it.

Extreme Super Soaker Overnight Cloth Diaper Combo

The result is hefty, but it does fit on Little Miss Cub and does nothing to impede her mobility!

Extreme Super Soaker Overnight Cloth Diaper Combo

But that ain’t all, folks. Nope. Since I’m committed to putting the overnight diaper on when I am getting the preschooler into his pajamas, and I’m also committed to not rolling out of bed as soon as she wakes up to change her, I also put our pair of Sloomb Playwoolies (which I have lanolized) on top.


I don’t like to use wool as a cover over fitted diapers, but I am in love with using Playwoolies in lieu of pajama pants. If there is a diaper leak, the Playwoolies absorb it and keep it from getting onto the bed. Plus, wool is AMAZING. You do not have to wash it every day, even if it’s gotten pee on it! It’s naturally antibacterial and super breathable. I only wash our Playwoolies once every few weeks. I swear, I sniff them EVERY morning. Even though I know they’ve caught some pee, they don’t stink! Not to mention, they’re totally cozy for bedtime.

And the coup de grâce? The icing on the cake to truly make my life easier in case there is an overnight or early morning leak? The PeapodMat. Since I started putting Playwoolies on top, I haven’t had to deal with any diaper leaks, but I like to play it safe. Plus, the Peapod has absolutely caught vomit, drool and breastmilk.

Extreme Super Soaker Overnight Cloth Diaper Combo

Alternative options:

This combination doesn’t come cheap. The Flip inserts I am using were bought second hand and are now on their fourth year of use, so know that they are well worth the investment. Remember you can still find the older Elementals on sale at many retailers! You don’t have to use Sloomb-brand woolies, either. There are many brands of wool at different price points.

To save a bit of dough:

  • Use flour sack towels or receiving blankets inside the Elemental rather than a Flip insert. (IKEA’s burp cloths work perfectly, I’ve tried!)
  • Use thick fleece pants on top instead of Playwoolies (fleece repels moisture and should be enough to contain small leaks—this is what I use when our wool is drying after being washed and lanolized).
  • If your child isn’t peeing quite as much as mine, you can likely skip the hemp booster.

I am confident that once I night-wean Little Miss, we won’t need such an intense solution. But hopefully this helps if you’re in the same, soggy, super-soaker boat as we are!

17 responses to “Extreme Super Soaker Overnight Cloth Diaper Combo”

  1. Leslie

    Peapod Mats! Brilliant! I think I finally have a solution for my preschooler who is night training!

    I know you’re not a fan of fitteds, but do you have any that you’ve tried for comparison of absorbency to your solution? I’d be curious to know how much the sbish fitteds hold compared to this combination. Or how a Geffen prefold compare to the Flip overnight insert. Just curiosity really.

    1. Lindsay

      I have an sBish coming for review so I can find out! And I have also used my Geffen prefold with equal success in this combo.

      1. Leslie

        Awesome! I look forward to hearing about that. Thanks!

    2. The Geffen Baby prefolds come in a variety of sizes, so I will say that the XL definitely is more absorbent than the Flip organic insert (but it’s a LOT more fabric, so that should be expected!) 🙂

  2. Yes! I actually prefer to use wool on top of things with a waterproof layer already (it means I have to wash our wool even LESS often!) and I get upcycled longies on Etsy to cut down on the cost by quite a bit 😉

  3. Amy S

    What size are those playwoolies? And Miss Cub, for that matter? 🙂

    1. Lindsay

      She’s got the 6-18 m size and is about 22 lbs? Maybe a bit more?

  4. Marie Cole

    This is really cool. Currently myovernight solution has been a Nickis diapers overnight bamboo fitted with a large best bottoms hemp inset tucked under the fitteds snap in soaker and covered with a sweet pea one size cover. It’s worked for my 18 month old so far.

  5. Mylène Bélanger

    have you try the «burrito» fold with your flip? It should be less bulky but as effective

  6. janie vezina

    i love hemp for overnight!!

  7. Amanda Smith

    I need to get me one of those peapods!

  8. […] Update: While this solution worked wonders on my son all the way until potty training, I have since had to find something even more intense for Little Miss Cub. You can find my Extreme Super Soaker Solution here. (1/1/2017) […]

  9. […] with two inserts sewn to the front and back. Until I started using the Elemental 2.0 in my Extreme Super Soaker Overnight Solution, I basically never used […]

  10. How big is Little Miss at this point? (My youngest is wearing 2T clothes and I am having trouble imagining that the whole combo would fit on him with all those layers in it. But once he’s up from his nap I’m gonna assemble it and see!).

  11. […] brother ever did, putting my 12-Hour Overnight Cloth Diaper Solution to shame. I had resorted to a complicated combination of a BumGenius Elemental, Flip Overnight Insert, hemp booster and wool longies. No longer well […]

  12. […] So why would you want to use old T-shirts to cloth diaper? I can think of a bunch of reasons. Maybe you’re short two or three diapers to get to wash day. Buy one awesome cover, then use it with your folded T-shirts. What if you’re short of disposable diapers by the end of the month and have to wait for the next pay cheque? Maybe you’re struggling with compression leaks due to microfiber inserts: wrap the T-shirt around your microfiber insert to solve the problem! I even use my folded T-shirt in place of a Flip Overnight Insert (which are $18 each) in my Overnight Extreme Super Soaker Combo. […]

  13. Shayna

    Hey! Sooo, I’m wanting to make overnight pull ups for my potty trained daughter who sleeps for like 14hrs at a time.. lol. I suppose I’m a lazy mom. I’ve been researching for days, hours at a time, etc.. down a rabbit hole, for sure. I am trying to find the best material to make my own diapers/inserts with. Do you have any info on what these inserts are more specifically like hemp/bamboo fleece, or hemp/bamboo terry… hemp/cotton fleece, hemp/cotton terry, etc. Ive read velour is amazing for wicking, so i’m wondering if maybe doing hemp velour, hemp/bamboo fleece and PUL for outter would be a good combo? If anyone has info on the best way to make a super overnight soaker… could yall message me on like tiktok (shaynaswildin) or insta (instashayna) ? Lol. I hope this is allowed, Im so overwhelmed!

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