This is a common concern I hear when I meet with families first considering a cloth diaper investment. And certainly having leaking issues is an extra hassle no one wants to deal with. I'm pleased to share a few insights in avoiding leaks in cloth diapers. In fact, I often here about less "blow outs" that many disposable diapers cause (especially the up the back leaks!).
1. Proper Size & Fit- You want to make sure your baby is in the correct size. Don't try and purchase a larger size to save money. The diaper should fit snug around the legs and waist. Gaping in the legs is a big culprit of leaking issues, especially with newborns and boys in particular.
2. Wearing Diaper Correctly- It is always a good idea to make sure that you read the directions on your diaper label and/or visually see how to properly put on the cloth diaper. If you haven't stuffed a pocket diaper correctly, haven't tucked in that prefold inside the cover, you'll have leaks.
3. Changing Often Enough- Cloth diapers are much more absorbent than they have ever been. That being said, they still need to be changed about every 1.5 hours to 2 hours. Technically, that's how often you should be changing your baby in disposables but the companies make it absorbent enough to go much longer (read: health hazard!). Now, night time is a different story in cloth diapers. We use a pocket diaper stuffed more than usual to make it all night long. Since there is a nice fleece liner used to keep your baby dry, we are able to make it all night in one diaper. Everyone is comfortable and dry!
Jen Starks, Owner www.ecologicalbabies.com firstname.lastname@example.org 574.275.1235