Motherhood already has so many up’s and down’s. The last thing you need to deal with is your Modern Cloth Nappies leaking. Who wants to be changing clothes, sheets and blankets at 2am?
Unfortunately nappy leaking will happen from time to time, I am not going to lie.
It happens with disposables, old school cloth and modern cloth. Yes - it is frustrating!
Using these handy tips, you can decrease /eliminate your chances of leaking nappies (especially pooey ones!)
Getting The Right Fit
There are so many brands and designs of MCNs on the market now and because they are all different, you need to ensure you have a good fit for your bub. No matter which nappy you use if it doesn’t fit properly and isn’t secured correctly, it is going to get messy.
When doing up your nappy whether it be snaps or Velcro make sure that there is no more than a fingers width between bub and the nappy around the waist area. Too much room around the waist will cause leaking out of the top of the nappy.
Ensuring the fit around the thighs is essential!
Make sure there is no gapping or spacing around the thighs, a whole lot can escape from a little area.
Many MCN’s now have double gussets (elastic area around the thighs), similar to that of disposable nappies.
Although there is a difference, with disposable nappies you need to pull these gussets out, where as with MCN’s you need to tuck the gussets in to help hold everything into place.
Ensure the gussets of the nappy are in line with where the 'underwear' line would be on your baby - right up inside the crease of the groin. Any lower than this means leaks will occur or worse - chaffing and rash from rubbing.
Gussets are a great form of leak protection when use properly - we recommend purchasing nappies with gussets to better your chances of success.
When purchasing brand new MCN’s many suppliers recommend that you wash AND DRY the nappies and inserts 3-5 times before using them.
This is to help boost the nappies and their inserts to their maximum absorbency. If you are using pre-owned nappies or you feel your nappies are not as absorbent as they once were, you may need to complete a strip wash on them.
Strip washing is a soaking process to help remove chemical build up or residue causing the fibres of the fabric to repel liquid. Our nappies enable you to do a hot soak with an earth friendly soaker or some detergent, overnight. Wash as normal with a cup of vinegar in the final rinse cycle.
NB: Please note your manufacturer warranty requirements as the instructions provided above are for Lavenderia brand nappies only.
Inserts / Boosters
If bub is leaking from their nappy after a very short period of time (less than an hour) it may be that you have a ‘heavy wetter’ and need to add additional inserts or boosters to your nappies.
The best way to test this is to see how saturated the soaker pads / inserts are in the nappy. If they are drenched through then your child is a heavy wetter and needs more absorbency.
Additionally, we recommend your child to be changed every 2-3 hours. If your baby is in the nappy longer than this, that could be your reason for leaking.
If the leaking is a new thing, have a look at the detergents you are using. Some detergents and fabric softners can leave residue behind which can build up and cause your inserts not to absorb correctly.
Perform a strip soak and switch to a biodegradable detergent that is earth friendly. Reaosn being that most earth friendly detergents do not contain things like silicone oil or indeed any oils because they are required to readily break down in the environment or in water. This means the chances of detergent residue build up are lessened by choosing earth friendly options.
Most of all…
Have Fun & Don’t Give Up!
Think about the amazing thing you are doing for your baby and the environment.
There are so many pretty nappies and designs available now and you are not able to fully enjoy the experience if you are constantly worried about leaking.
Don't let a couple of leaks get you down.
Call us anytime on 1300 853 309 for help or advice on any nappy product or drop us a line here for assistance.
Remember - we are here to help you!