How can I prevent leaks?
We occasionally hear of parents who are having issues with their cloth diapers leaking. The most common issues and resolutions are:
1. Diaper was not prepped properly or prepped at all. To resolve, follow our instructions on how to prep your new diapers. This includes drying on high heat for approximately 20 minutes when you first receive your diaper to seal it around all of the snaps & stitching. After prepping, DO NOT wash or dry on hot or high heat.
2. The interior of the diaper is repelling liquid. You can test this by taking the clean diaper and dropping a few drops of water on the interior. If the water sits there for more than a few seconds and you can 'roll' a bead of water around, your diaper is repelling. This is often caused by using non-diaper safe detergents or diaper creams that cause a build up. The easiest way to correct this is to wash your diaper like normal, then wash once more using RLR Laundry Treatment. See our FAQ for more information on wash routines and cloth diaper safe detergents.
3. Your child is a heavy wetter. Each baby is different and some urinate more than others. When using a pocket diaper, you can add additional microfiber, bamboo, bamboo blend or charcoal bamboo inserts which will usually resolve most leak issues. For overnight, we carry double gusset diapers that have upgraded inserts & two rows of elastic to help prevent blowouts & leaks.
4. The seal around the legs is not tight. When putting the diaper on your baby, make sure that there are no gaps in between the elastic and their leg. To tighten, simply adjust the size of the diaper using the 3 riser snaps that run up the middle of the diaper. While they should be snug, the elastics around baby's thigh should not be so tight they are causing red marks. If you overstuff your diaper with too many inserts, you may cause gaps that can't be closed even if they are tight on most of baby's leg.