Are your favourite cloth diapers leaking from the sides or waist? Leaks can be frustrating and is in fact, one of the most common reasons for parents to give up on cloth diapering.
The good news is that almost all leak issues are easily fixable. We get to the low-down on what causes cloth diapers to leak and how to fix them from leaking.
We’ve created a really simple flow chart to resolve leak issues
1. New diapers need prepping before use
If your diapers are brand new, they will leak. The reason is that like new towels, new diapers also nee to be washed 2-3 times so that they reach their full absorbency. This is also called “prepping” a diaper.
2. Not enough absorbency
At the time of leak, check the wetness of the insert. If the insert is soaking wet, it means that it is time for a diaper change. If you find that the diaper is getting full too quickly, you can improve the absorbency by using a 4 layer insert or adding another insert and using 2 inserts instead.
3. Fit issues
If you notice that the insert is not fully soaked, yet the diaper starts leaking, it points to a potential fit issue. A diaper that is not fit correctly is a major cause for leaks. We have made a detailed video explaining how to fit a cloth diaper in great detail. You can also read more about getting the right fit.
4. Vaseline, lotion, diaper creams
Petroleum jelly based creams like Vaseline, baby lotions, diaper creams are a major cause in causing the cloth diapers to repel. They stick to the inner layer of the diaper and cause the diapers to repel instead of absorbing, causing them to leak. Once applied, it can be really difficult to remove the grease from.
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