Thirsties Troubleshooting Tips
It is not completely unusual to experience nappies leaking, when first starting out however with a little bit of troubleshooting, you'll soon find that Thirsties Cloth Diapers offer great, leak-proof protection. Here are a few of the most common reasons for leaks and their corresponding solutions:
The fit may be too big
It is tempting to purchase nappies a bit larger than you need in order to get longer use out of them. If you size-up too soon, the nappies will not fit properly and will end up leaking. Be sure to pick a nappy that fits snug around baby's legs.
The nappies may be worn for too long between changes
Cloth nappies need to be changed more frequently than disposables. On average you will need to change baby's cloth nappy every 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours. If you find yourself needing to go longer than that, you'll definitely want to add a Thirsties Doubler or Thirsties Hemp Insert in at every nappy change.
Baby boy? Be sure to point his privates downward when changing his nappy. If the problem persists add additional absorbency to the front of the nappy.
Leaking due to repelling
How you you know if they are repelling? If the fit is correct, and the absorbent part of the nappy is not wet, then you may have residue that is causing the liquid to repel. Residue can be caused by hard water, nappies that are not cleansed or rinsed thoroughly, detergents, or from greasy products such as nappy creams or fabric softeners. You could also have soap scum if you use a non-approved soap or detergent.
If your nappies are repelling, please visit Thirsties Cloth Diaper Care for detailed instructions on stripping your cloth nappies.
The nappy does not meet the absorbency needs of your baby
As baby grows, so does his or her bladder, which can create problems with leaking. If the sizing is correct, consider adding a Thirsties Doubler or Thirsties Hemp Insert at every nappy change.