Leaks + Troubleshooting
Cloth Nappy Leaks can occur for a number of reasons, usually related to fit or absorbency, but it is easily fixable.
Follow our four-step check to quickly resolve your leaks and ensure bub is happy in their nappies once more.
1. Look at where the leaks are coming from
Check that clothing isn’t caught in any of the elastics as moisture can wick onto fabric. Use our to Fit Guide to make sure that the leak is not the case of a fit issue.
Make sure that there is no gaping through the gusset, the leg elastics are tucked comfortably against the skin in bub's undie line and there is no more than a 2 finger gap around the tummy.
A too-tight nappy can lead to leaks just as much as a loose one. To work out if this is the case, when changing bubs nappy check to see if the insert appears to be compacted. When your nappy is too tight this can cause something called "compression leaks" where the soaked inserts release liquid due to pressure... just like ringing out a wet towel.
2. Insert Placement
In some instances leaks can be caused by “flooding”, this is when your baby lets go of their wee all at once. To help with this you may want to snap the inserts on top of the stay dry layer rather than stuffing in the pocket.
3. Up the Absorbency
Absorbency needs can also change as your baby grows. If the inserts are soaked you may want to add or swap inserts to boost the absorbency, making sure it is not over stuffed and the leg elastics still create a nice seal in the undie line.
If you are only using one insert (hourglass or anchor) you can start by using both together. If this is still not enough you can add on our Trifold Insert.
Remember, natural fibre inserts will also take around 5-10 washed to reach peak absorbency.
4. Adjust your changing schedule
If you have performed the checks above and you are still having leaks you might need to change your nappies more frequently. Whilst Cloth Nappies are designed to physically absorb liquid, unlike disposables that have a chemical gelling agent they are not designed to hold onto liquids for long periods of time. Aim to change your Cloth Nappy every 2-3 hours.
We are always happy to help you on your Cloth Nappy journey. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.