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Do Your Cloth Diapers Leak? 5 Solutions for Leaky Diapers

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Leaky cloth diapers are kind of frustrating. Actually they are more than “kind of” frustrating…they are super annoying! You end up changing baby’s clothes each diaper change, adding to the never-ending mountain of laundry. If they leak while baby is sleeping this often entails washing bedding as well. This can make even the most devoted cloth diapering mama consider using disposables. But, wait! Don’t give up on cloth diapering just yet. Here are five simple solutions for leaky cloth diapers:

1. Double check the fit – The most important protection you have against leaky diapers is a proper fitting diaper. If you have an adjustable size diaper (ie- a one size diaper), perhaps experiment with the settings a bit. Sometimes parents keep baby on the middle setting for too long because they are worried about their nine month old fitting into the largest setting on a diaper that is supposed to last until the baby is two years old. I get it! I am even guilty of that myself! But delaying moving up a size doesn’t ensure the diapers will fit as long as you want them to…it may just be preventing them from fitting properly and therefore working effectively in the meantime. Also be assured that it is very possible (and likely) that the setting that fits your 9 month old, will also fit when he/she is older. Babies’ bodies change a great deal during the first two years of life. There is usually a “chubby” phase that occurs as they are on the brink of greater mobility.

2. Add extra protection – There are many awesome options for increasing the absorbency of your cloth diapers. Soakers, doublers or an extra insert might be just the thing for you to help keep baby’s bum (and clothes and bedding) extra dry!

3. Strip your diapers – If it’s been a while since you last stripped your diapers, perhaps they are in need of a good stripping! Stripping cloth diapers is when you remove the laundry soap residue build-up that interfere with the absorbency of your diapers. Not sure how to strip your diapers? Check out this blog post for more information.

4. Consider re-vamping your stash – Truth is certain diapers fit certain babies better. Just as two women can both weigh 140 lbs but that doesn’t mean they will fit into the same pair of jeans. If you have a variety of diapers in your stash, you probably know which one is your favorite…the one that’s always dirty! The least favorites are the ones that are always there, perfectly clean, just staring you in the face each time you change your baby’s diaper. Keep in mind that what is your least favorite, might be somebody else’s top favorite! Since there is a market for buying used diapers, consider selling the diapers that don’t work well for you. Then you can turn around and re-invest that money into buying more of your favorites! If you are unsure what your favorite diaper is, consider doing the 30 Day Fling with Fluff package through Mom’s Milk Boutique. It’s a great way, low-cost way to sample a variety of cloth diapers to determine what works best for your baby. Each brand of cloth diaper has it’s own unique design and combination of fibers that may or may not be a good fit for your little one. As with most things in parenting, the only way to really know what works is through experimentation.

5. Change baby more frequently – Some babies are what we affectionately refer to as ‘heavy wetters’. If you have a heavy wetter changing baby more frequently might be your best protection against leaky diapers. It seems that on average most cloth diaper mamas change (or at least check) their baby every two hours during the day. Some mamas can go as long as four or more hours. However if you have a heavy wetter you will likely need to change baby at a higher frequency than average. How do you know if you have a heavy wetter? If you are questioning it, you probably don’t…because you would know if you do! 🙂

Have you dealt with leaky cloth diapers? Any tips or suggestions to share with your fellow cloth diapering mamas?

-Sarah

Top 5 Cloth Diapering Accessories

Friday, October 14th, 2011

 

If you are new to cloth diapering, the thought of diapering accessories might make you chuckle. I know I wondered “what in the world is a diaper accessory? Like diaper swag or something?” I quickly realized the term encompassed products designed to make using cloth diapers as effective, simple, and convenient as possible.

Cloth Wipes
If you are cloth diapering you might also want to consider using cloth wipes. They are super easy to use and far less expensive than using disposable wipes. You can wet them right at the time of use with a spray bottle or directly from the tap. Another option is to pre-wet them with water or a wipe solution and store in a water proof container. Optimally you would have around 25+ wipes in your rotation to ensure you have clean ones available on wash day.

 

 

Doublers and Inserts
A doubler or an insert is used to provide an extra layer of absorbency for your cloth diapers. Typically a doubler is used with a flat, prefold, or all-in-one while an insert is used to stuff in a pocket diaper, however they can be used interchangeably. They are helpful to use for overnight diapers, a ‘heavy-wetter’, or older children who tend to urinate less frequently but in large amounts.

 

 

Wetbags and Pail Liners
Wetbags and pail liners are used to store dirty diapers containing both the mess and the odor until wash day. A wetbag is smaller and usually holds about 3 diapers. It is used for when you are out and about to hold your dirty cloth diapers. They are an essential item in your diaper bag. You probably want at least 3 wetbags in your rotation so you always have a clean one available. A pail liner is used to store diapers at home and is available in two styles; a hanging pail or a liner for a trash can. A hanging pail can be hung from a hook or a doorknob. A pail liner can be used with a regular 13 gallon trash bin. On wash day you simply dump everything from your pail into your washing machine and then place your dirty pail in too. You will want at least two pails in your rotation so you always have a clean one available.

Cleaning Detergents
You will want to be sure to select a detergent that is ‘safe’ for cloth diapers. Many commonly used household detergents will cause build-up on your diapers and interfere with the absorbency of them. There are many brands well known to be safe for cloth diapers and any of these would be an excellent choice. You may experiment a little before determing what wash routine and detergent works best for your cloth diapers and baby’s skin.

 

 

Diaper Sprayer
A diaper sprayer is a hose and nozzle that attaches directly to your toilet and is used to clean messy (ie-poopy) diapers. You can spray your diapers off right into the toilet and then flush the mess away where it belongs. Diaper sprayers are a great tool for cloth diapering families and really make cleaning cloth a cinch! They are easy to install and come with all necessary parts for installation.

What cloth diaper accessory is a must-have on your list? What detergent have you found works best for your diapers?

-Sarah