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Cloth Diapers and Leaks

Lil Community: Do All Cloth Diapers Leak?

Motherhood can be a mind-boggler! LilSugar reader modernmommy is looking to make the switch to cloth but has some questions. She looked for some advice in The Mommy Club.

I really want to give cloth diapers a try for my newborn. I have heard many moms tell me horror stories about cloth diapers just leaking everywhere and ruining clothes. I want to give it a try but before I jump on the cloth diaper wagon, I wondered if anyone had a brand they preferred that hopefully leaks less and isn't terrible expensive to maintain. Right now, I am using regular diapers and feel so guilty every time I throw one away. Please help me out!

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preetivish preetivish 6 years
I live in India and we almost exclusively use cloth for kids. Its just recently that people use disposables for night just so that the baby isn't disturbed by the constant changing. We dont have any fancy products available here. Its a piece of cloth which we secure using baby diaper pins. That's all. And everytime my baby gets wet, I have to change him, which amounts to 8-10 diaper changes a day. Yeah that's a lot of washing to do. I use baby detergent, specially formulated for babies and hence no rash.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
I very seldomly ever have leaks, and we exclusively CD. I use prefolds and Thirsties duo covers, as well as thirsties inserts. When I do have a leak, its always user error - its been a bit too long, left a bit of prefold sticking out and it wicked, diaper isn't aligned, etc. Just the same as when I used disposables with my first. Fit is really the deciding factor, and also how you take care of the diapers and how often you change them. You have to use specific detergents and you can't use too much or it will build up and you'll have leakage problems. Another thing is, diapers aren't meant to be left on your kid for hours and hours on end. I always get a ton of flack for this, but its absolutely true. You are supposed to change the diaper when the baby wets even a small amount. You aren't supposed to leave them on until they don't absorb anymore - disposables or cloth. No, I don't wake my kids up to change them in the night, but if they pee through a diaper, I don't get pissy with it or freak out. I am thankful DAILY that I am not pouring out hundreds of dollars each month on diapers. That I always have diapers on hand. I purchased the Thirsties duo covers so I would only have to purchase two sizes. I chose prefolds because I liked the versatility, cost, and how extensive use and drying will last longer then say the elastic in an AIO. He is 6 months old and almost 15 pounds, and we are still using size 1, and will not move up to size 2 for quite some time, its MUCH larger. We have two size 2's for nighttime stuffing. The cottonbabies sleeves stuffed with a microfiber and soaker layer work for us at night, and he is a very heavy wetter. I also use a size 2 with two microfiber inserts and a soaker inside a sleeve for my 29 pound nearly 3 year old because she still doesn't make it through the night dry. I don't feel like its a bigger commitment or more work for me, and this is my opinion, because all you do is take the diapers out of the pail, put them in, soak, wash, dry. Easier for me to fit in during the course of the night then pack the kids up and go to the store to stand in line for 40 minutes for one of the 2 cashiers on duty because all the stores pay their employees crap and treat them like dirt.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 6 years
Cloth diapers do take some getting used to and in the beginning, while trying to use a cloth diaper in the middle of the night, you might have some leaks. I have used them with all three kids and I love the bambino MIO type and I have only had one leak with them, and it was completely my error. I suggest setting up a few and having them ready, so you aren't trying to stuff them into the covers while dealing with a squirming baby on the table.
Deidre Deidre 6 years
I don't know what kind of cloth diapers your friends are using, modernmommy! Cloth diapers are known for actually having less leaks and blowouts than disposables. Like some of these other posters have said, it's all about getting the right sizing for your baby and putting them on snuggly. I'm a big fan of bumgenius all-in-ones, like katiekat. And if you want to use the standard pre-fold diapers, I highly recommend pairing them with Thirsties Duo covers. They have this awesome extra seal around the leg to prevent leaks. Check out for great info on cloth diapers.
Moms Moms 6 years
We will soon be reviewing Charlie Bananas variety and will let you know how those are with leakage protection!
katiekat katiekat 6 years
my daughter wears bumgenius 3.0's and I rarely have issues with leaking. Once or twice she has woken up with wet pajamas...but that has only been when her grandpa has babysat the night before. He's never been very good at getting dipes (disposable or cloth) on snugly! Give cloth a's not nearly as much work as you would think. As I said, the bumgenius are great...they also have a neat hybrid dipe called flips that I would love to try.
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