Help, My Diapers Are Leaking!-Part 1

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Below we offer a few of the most common reasons for leaks & their corresponding solutions:
1) The fit may be too big. It is tempting to purchase diapers a bit larger than what you need in order to get longer use out of them. If you size-up to soon, the diapers will not fit properly and will end up leaking. Check to see if the waist and legs are snug against baby. If they are not snug, and the fabric does not touch the skin, the diaper will not be able to absorb the liquid before it makes its way to the openings. Please check your baby's measurements against our sizing chart at http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/customer-center/size-chart/. Solution: Use smaller size 2) The diapers may be worn for too long between changes. Cloth diapers need to be changed more frequently than disposables, and on average will need replacement every 2 hours. If you find you need additional absorbency, add a cotton doubler or hemp insert. Solution: Change more often and/or use an insert or doubler. 3) Baby boy? Be sure to point his privates downward when changing his diaper. If he is aiming to the side or up, it can cause leaking out of the diaper or cover. Leaking due to repelling… 4) How do you know if they are repelling? You can do a simple test by putting your diaper face up on a counter (with any inserts in place) in a U shape. Drop some water on the inside micro fleece of the diaper. If the water beads up and is not absorbed within a few seconds, then your diapers probably have residue buildup. Solution: Strip your diapers by replacing your detergent with 1-2 Tablespoons of a grease-cutting dish soap. (For HE machines, you will use only 2 Teaspoons to strip, and add another rinse. Please check with the manufacturer as using dish soap may void your warranty. ½ cup Calgon Water Softener may also work for stripping.) Stay tuned next week for Part 2!
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6 comments

  • Hello Melissa,

    Sorry for the delay in responding. The best nighttime diapering options are prefolds and fitted diapers. We have the Duo Fab Fitted, and the Duo Hemp Prefold. They are our two most absorbent diapers. Fitted diapers usually provide ultimate absorbency as well as a second set of leg and waist barriers via the elastic. You can also add an insert to either option. I would give one of those a try!

    ~Sonya

    Sonya Choron on
  • My new AIO are leaking, soaking through even the laminate is wet. I babywear and change every 1.5-2 hours and she’s 7 months old. I’m using a free and clear detergent.

    Erin on
  • My daughter often rolls on her belly when sleeping. In the morning we often find she has leaked out of the top. We use the Duo Wrap and Duo Inserts Size 2. Is there a good place to start for a night time diaper to solve this issue?

    Melissa on
  • My daughter is a side sleeper with very skinny legs and she leaks out the side of her BG 4.0 most nights. I just ordered the Duo Fab Fitted and I am so excited to say that she has yet to leak out the side (or at all for that matter). Can’t wait to try the new AIO’s next.

    shanelle on
  • I have been using the Thirsties Duo AIO for over a month now and at first they were working great. I started having leaking issues. I poured water on the dry diapers and it just beads up and sits on top of the material. I have stripped the diapers using Dawn. We use Econuts as detergent regularly. They are still repelling after the stripping. Help!

    Rebecca on

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