There are essentially four reasons a cloth diaper may leak:
- Prepping not completed - Make sure you have properly prepped your diapers with 5-6 hot washes with detergent, partially drying in a dryer between each wash. It will take up to 10 washes for diapers to become fully absorbent.
- Baby is out-wetting the diaper - If baby is saturating the diaper, you need to either add more absorbency or change more often. Our Organic Cotton Booster and Stay Dry Booster are good options for adding more absorbency for daytime. GroVia Prefolds, tri-folded and laid on top of or in between the two layers of the soaker pad works best for naps and night time for heavy wetters.
- Absorbent layers are repelling water - Check your detergent to make sure it does not contain any plant oils. Also ensure that any diaper balms you are using do not contain any petroleum products. If you have either of these issues, you simply need to wash the diapers in original blue Dawn dish soap to remove the oil build up. Also check your detergent dosing. Under-dosing your wash loads can result in mineral build-up and stinky diapers.
- Improper fit - Make sure the rise setting is set for your baby’s body type and size. A good fit test is once the diaper is on your baby, you should be able to slide just one finger between the baby’s leg and the elastic. Any more room than that may cause leakage.