How to Keep Cloth Diapers from Leaking?

Updated at: Dec 08, 2011
How to Keep Cloth Diapers from Leaking?

Newborn Care - No matter how often your baby urinates or excretes, cloth diaper can still be used by following some workable solutions.

Pratima Sharma
Newborn CareWritten by: Pratima SharmaPublished at: Dec 08, 2011

Once your little one arrives, one of the very first things you should be keen to learn, is diapering your baby successfully and comfortably. Although diapers have made lives simpler for mothers and babies in more ways than one, when diapers leak, the whole purpose of using them is defeated.


This problem primarily occurs with cloth diapers. For instance, Shweta Kataria, mother of a newborn infant boy, is very content using great quality cloth diapers especially through the night. Earlier Shewta had to spend a chunk of the night cleaning her baby, his cot, linens and anything and everything around him as the blowouts were bad. She was hardly aware that cloth diapers don’t leak, provided used properly.

Like Shweta, many of us prefer cloth nappies over others. To begin with, they are cheap when compared to the disposable ones and easy to dispose. Moreover, they are also environment friendly. Also, a cloth diaper is essentially 100% cotton and hence safe for the tender skin of your baby. However, leaking cloth diapers do not really serve the purpose! If there are frequent leakages, the purpose of using a diaper goes waste. Keep leaking at bay, with some simple preventive measures.


Leaking Cloth Diapers: Preventive Measures

Some preventive measures can come in handy when attempting to control leakage related problems in cloth diapers:

  • Use oversized cloth nappies which are provided with pockets, if your baby pees too often through the night. Stuff the pockets with multiple inserts for better absorbency. Use as many as the diaper pockets can accommodate.
  • Even if you have been using thick diapers with multiple inserts, consider using a diaper cover. Buy covers which fit snugly over the diapers. Together, they can provide a foolproof solution to leakages and blowouts.
  • Even though using more than one pre-fold cloth diaper at a time may seem like a cumbersome idea during the daytime, it is a perfect solution during night time sleep. You simply need to use one diaper over another and if possible a third one over them and secure them with a nappy fastener or a diaper pin. Put a cover over this, for added protection. This is a great way to control diaper leakage and pilferage.
  • You can try making some added soaker for using on top of the diaper. You can make them by using hemp velour, or fleece or even cotton. These soakers are then added to the front of the diaper, so that they can soak added moisture and keep the nappy area dry and rash free. Since they improve absorbency, they also prevent leaking.
  • If your diaper still continues to leak, you probably need to master the art of stripping your diapers of ammonia. When cloth diapers are washed with detergents, the ammonia present in them affects their absorbency. No matter how many of them you use at once, the system simply does not work. Once you remove all the ammonia content, the performance will be definitely better.

No matter how often your little one pees or poops at night, they can still be cloth diapered. You just need to find workable solutions to prevent cloth diapers from leaking, and apply them patiently.


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