Diapers Leaking? This checklist will help
troubleshoot common problems with the use of cloth diapers. Remember that leaking is a problem that can usually
be resolved with a little bit of patience. And don’t forget that disposable diapers also
leak because of fit and over saturation. I have heard of some mothers cutting
up disposable diapers to fit 2 diapers on their baby for night time. No diaper
is perfect all of the time.
The 3 major causes of leaking are over saturated diapers,
incorrect fit/adjustment and repelling.
Is the diaper
of leaks are caused by full diapers. Insert or diaper is completely soaked. Pee
does not have anywhere to go. Remove the insert and check to see if insert is
saturated. Add an additional insert in
the pocket diaper or change your baby more frequently. During the day, baby should be changed at
least every 2 hours.
Is the diaper fitting
Leaking around the legs:
there any gaps? Try a different size setting. Ensure there is a snug (not
tight) fit around the legs.
the insert flat? If the inserts in pocket diapers are not flat there may be a
little space where pee could collect.
Leaking at back:
the diaper completely tucked into the cover?
Is the insert sticking out the back?
of the diaper may not be high enough. If you baby is using one size diapers,
change the setting of the rise. If using sized diapers, move to the next size
Occasionally we see leaks up the back with little girls who are
peeing buckets at a time and with little boys who are aimed off to the side of
Leaking at front:
boys: Point downwards – not upwards!
Make sure that the insert isn’t pushing the lining fabric up
against your baby’s clothing. That will cause the diaper to wick moisture up
and out of the top. The top edge of the diaper should be flat against your baby
with the soft fabric against your baby’s skin.
Is the diaper
Cream: These are not a requirement when using cloth diapers on your baby. If you If you choose to
use a diaper cream or be sure to use a barrier like a stay-dry liner or a piece
of fleece between the baby's bottom and the diaper. Wash the liners or fleece
separately from your diapers so that the oils do not transfer to the diapers in
the wash. Diaper creams directly on the diapers will cause them to leak.
What type of detergent is being used? When choosing detergents for your cloth
diapers, choose one that has no added perfumes, brighteners, etc. Residue can build up on diapers and cause
them to repel urine. In this case, you may need to “strip” your diapers.
diapers must be pre-washed before use. Follow
manufacturer’s instructions. Generally, prefolds,
hemp and bamboo diapers need to be pre-washed 4-6 times before they will reach
maximum absorbency. Pocket diapers
should be washed at least once before use. This removes natural oils and
residue on the diaper from the production process.
Is the pocket diaper or cover damaged?
Diaper covers and pockets diapers are often made with some style of lamination
applied to the exterior fabric's surface. If that lamination, or waterproof
layer, is damaged, moisture will come through the cloth diaper cover. For the
most part, there is no way to fix the lamination once it has separated from the
fabric. For example, bleach, stain
removers and an inappropriate washing routine can cause this sort of damage.