The three main reasons for leaks with cloth nappies are:
1. Your inserts are soaking wet. When any pressure is applied (ie your baby sits down) moisture then escapes out the legs and back. Things to try: Add more inserts. If you are using just microfibre inserts try adding a hemp or bamboo insert to cope with the extra moisture or change baby more often.
2. Getting the right fit. The nappy is often leaking around the legs but inserts seem to be still dry - your nappy fit may not quite be right.
Things to try: Adjust the fit using the snaps on the front of a OSFA nappy below the domes that you use to fasten your nappy shut. Make sure the nappy is firm (but not tight) around the legs. This may take some trial and error. Some more information and tips are included at the bottom of this page. You might like to try a sized nappy.
3. Leaking from the top of the nappy. Things to try: Make sure there is none of the inner part of the nappy poking out the top – if it is make sure all the inside of the nappy (usually white) is tucked down. Otherwise the wet inner may ‘wick’ the wetness onto clothing.
Other issues may be caused by.....
Washing system/powders. Your nappies have never leaked, seem to be a good fit and are all tucked in but they are leaking now? Things to try: Possibly caused by a build up of washing powder or nappy creams - remember that some ingredients such as enzymes can damage your nappies and may be the cause of rashes/smells. Naturally Oliver is a very good choice to help avoid builld up. Strip wash your nappies to see if this helps. Check out our washing tips and tricks page for instructions.
Struggling to get a proper fit.
One Size Fits All (OSFA) nappies generally fit from 4 to 17 kilos. The snaps at the front (usually three rows) of the nappy are for adjusting the rise allowing the nappy size to be changed to small, medium and large.
If you are finding the legs too big on bigger babys - you may need to go back to the size smaller using the snaps.
If you are finding the leg holes too tight (leaving red marks on your baby’s legs) it is time to change your nappy to the next size up. Simply change the snaps up onto the next row or for older babies leave them all undone.
A good fit should be firm around legs and waist, but not too tight on your baby. Please feel welcome to contact us for help with fitting your nappies.
Other really good information can be found on this website: www.thenappylady.co.nz