Cloth Nappies Leaking

Cloth Nappies Leaking

Here are the most common causes of cloth nappy leaks:

  1. Incorrect fit: The leg elastics should fit either on the leg or snugly in the crease with no gaps. (If one method doesn't work for you, try the other). Loosen the nappy if it looks too squished; this causes compression leaks as the contents get squashed out as they have nowhere to go. Our Fit Guide can be found here.
  2. Not changing frequently enough: Cloth nappies should be changed every 2-3 hours or more often if the child has frequent bowel movements.
  3. Lack of absorption: Add more absorbency if the nappy is completely saturated within 1.5 hours.
  4. The absorbency needs to be faster: You may need to boost with a fast-absorbing fabric on top, such as cotton or microfibre.
  5. Overstuffing: Too many inserts can cause the nappy to gape and leak at the legs.
  6. Compression leaks: These can occur when the insert is compressed, and the liquid seeps out. This often happens with tight clothing such as vests and tights or if the nappy has been put on too tightly.
  7. Nappy Creams: These can build up on the nappies, preventing them from wicking fluids. Use a fleece liner if using creams.
  8. Delaminated or damaged PUL: PUL is the waterproof layer of cloth nappies. There will be visible signs, such as holes or cracks on the inside of the waterproof layer.


Tips for Preventing Cloth Nappy Leaks

  • Fit the nappies correctly: Follow the instructions for fitting the nappies to ensure a comfortable fit that is not too tight.
  • Use enough inserts: Add more inserts if the nappies are not absorbent enough. 
  • Change the nappies frequently: Change the nappies every 2-3 hours.
  • Use a fleece liner when using creams: It is essential to use a cloth nappy-safe bum cream when using cloth nappies. 
  • Prewash your nappies: Remove any manufacturing residue. Nappies will reach their full absorbency once they have been washed around 10x. Boost them until they reach this or change more often.
  • Don't use fabric softener:  Fabric softener coats your nappies, which stops them from being able to wick fluids.

What to do if you're still getting leaks

Please do get in touch if you are still having trouble with leaks. I am always happy to help.

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