Do you cloth diaper and have leaks at every single diaper change? Are you frustrated and ready to quit cloth diapering?? Cloth Diapers should not leak! Leaking cloth diapers are NOT normal, and this generally means something is wrong. Not to fear! I hope this will help you decide what the problem is before you give up on cloth all together!
Reasons for leaks (and blowouts – these shouldn’t happen either):
1) Inserts are not fully prepped: This happens with new diapers only! When using cotton, bamboo and hemp fired inserts must be washed and dried a minimum of 5x before use. Even with this amount of prepping they are not fully prepped. It takes a full 10+ wash and dry cycles for these natural fibers to reach their maximum absorbancy. When you use them with only 5 cycles you will have to change more often!
Solution: Wash and dry a few more times! Do not fret, once fully prepped the absorbency of these fires will amaze you.
2) Poor fit: This is common with newborns when using one size diapers. When diapers are too big, they will leak from gaps around the legs. Be sure that the diaper fits snuggly around the legs and waist. Fit leaks are also common with brands that do not provide a good fit around the legs because they are to bulky, elastics are not strong enough or they are too wide in between the legs.
Diapers that are too small will also leak. If you are using a newborn diaper or size 1 diaper and they begin leaking it may be time to adjust the rise on a one size diaper or change to a size 2!
Solution: Try adjusting the rise or changing size. A different brand may fit your baby better. Each brand and diaper style will fit differently. If you don’t think your diaper is fitting properly, send me a picture and I will help you trouble shoot!
3) Diaper Elastics Need Repair: Cloth diapers should fit snug. There should be no space between babies skin and the elastics. Slight indents on babies skin are normal. When elastics break down (due to prolonged use, poor detergent choice or hanging to dry) leaks will start to happen. To check how the elastics are, simply lay the diaper flat on the floor. The elastics should bunch up, not remain flat with the floor.
Solution: Have the elastics repaired. We offer bumGenius elastic repair kits and have a GroVia elastic repair tutorial. If you are handy with a sewing machine elastic repair should be a cinch! Need help, send us a message!
4) Compression Leaks: Microfiber inserts are the biggest culprit for this. If an inserts is close to being wet through, a when pressure is applied you will get a leak. That being said not all microfiber inserts are created equal and some brands will hold more than others.
Solution: Add a booster or change to a natural fiber insert like bamboo or hemp will minimize or eliminate this type of leak.
5) Inserts are repelling: To test for this, simply take a clean and dry insert and pour some water on the top. With gentle pressure the water should absorb into the diaper. If the water beads on the top, your inserts are not absorbing as they should. When inserts repel, it may be time to strip. (*With a good, simple wash routine stripping shouldn’t be needed). Repelling can happen for the following reasons: repeated washing with a poor detergent or fabric softener, use of dryer sheets/bars, using a non-cloth safe cream.
Solution: Eliminate the problem. (simple detergent switch, eliminate softeners and dryer sheets etc). If stripping is required we recommend a blue dawn strip in the bathtub, rinse well then rinse in the washing machine!
CLOTH DIAPER SAFE CREAMS:
I am sure there are a few more reasons that I am missing, but the moral of the story is a good fitting cloth diaper will not leak! If it is leaking, there is a problem.
If you are struggling with leaks and can’t determine the cause Contact Us and I will be happy to help!!!!
Owner/Operator, The Diaper Drawer, Lethbridge Alberta
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