Leaking cloth diapers

When you use cloth diapers there are certain problems that can occur. When the diapers are leaking, this can have several causes. Here you will find an overview with problems that can happen and their solution. 

Leaking cloth diapers

Does the cloth diaper fit? This you can check while changing the diaper. Lift up the legs of your little one and check the elastics. Are these against the baby’s legs? Yes? Then the fit is ok. Make sure the diaper is high enough on the waist. Is the elastic not against the legs? Try a smaller size diaper or adjust the snaps to a smaller size. Don’t stuff the pockets too full. This can also create gaps against the elastics around baby’s legs causing leaks.

Is the diaper fully saturated during diaper changes? Yes? Change the diaper more often. Cloth diapers are less absorbent compared to modern disposable diapers. Pocket diapers you sometimes have to change every 2 hours (with my baby girl pocket diapers need to be changed every hour). Adding an extra insert into the diaper might also solve the problem. Just make sure to not overstuff the diaper. 

Are the diapers not saturated during a diaper change? This can be caused by too much moisture at once in one place or because the absorption of the inserts is affected. When your baby pies a lot at once, the inserts can’t distribute all the moisture over the diaper fast enough causing overflowing. This can be solved by placing a muslin washcloth on the oversaturated spot. This washcloth can absorb the urine very fast and distribute it over a larger surface in the diaper. The absorbance of the diaper can be affected by cloth diaper unfriendly baby ointment. This can be solved by washing the diapers a few times using a good washing routine. Does this not solve the problem? Then you could strip your cloth diapers. This thoroughly cleans the diapers deep within the fiber which will benefit the absorption.

Are the diapers leaking through the PUL? This is very hard to detect and not always visible. When there is leakage through the PUL layer it means that the PUL is releasing from the diaper and that they have seen better days. Don’t throw away the diapers immediately. First, make sure the problem is not mentioned above. You can check if the PUL is affected by turning the diaper inside out (if possible). Releasing PUL looks like a loose plastic ‘layer’ on the inside of the diaper. When you see this the PUL has worn out.  

releasing PUL

This is what releasing PUL looks like.

Leaking can also be caused by wicking. When for example a small piece of the liner is sticking out of the diaper. When this liner gets wet it can pass along moisture to your baby’s clothes making it look like there is leakage. Make sure everything is within the diaper.

When the clothing is too tightit can cause leaking because of too much pressure (similar to wringing out a washcloth). This can easily be prevented by changing to clothes that are less tight. 

Leaking cloth diapers

Here you have read several leakages problems that could occur when you use cloth diapers. I hope these have helped you solve your problems with your diapers. 

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