What if my nappy is leaking?

As with disposables, leaking nappies occur when they are either full or fitted incorrectly.

If your nappies and inserts are still like new, know that they do not reach their maximal absorption capacity until you have done ten washes. Luckily, they reach 80% after the third time washing, so you can start using them a bit quicker. If you soak the inserts for 24h in a bucket with water and wash them after, they will reach their absorption capacity in no time!

Is this not the reason for your leaks?
Check the inserts; are they saturated or just slightly damp?

Baby looking up with his happy naps on

Inserts are saturated

Change the nappy more frequently
Are you changing nappies every 3 hours? If not, this could be the cause of your leaks. Cloth nappies use physical absorption to soak up liquid, unlike disposables that use a chemical gelling agent, so cloth nappies do not hold quite as much liquid and need to be changed a bit more often.

Add extra absorption
To minimise leaks and keep your baby dryer for longer, simply add extra absorption. If you are still using a newborn insert, upgrade to our standard inserts. If you are already using these, it will help to upgrade to a hemp insert.

Our hemp inserts are especially great if your baby is a heavy wetter and if needed, they can also be used in combination with a bamboo insert as a booster during the night. Boys and belly sleepers usually need more absorption up front, and girls usually need more absorption towards the middle.

Also, with boys, it is important to keep the penis pointed down, or the urine will come straight out of the top ;)

Inserts are damp or dry

Adjust the fit
With a little bit of practice and some simple adjustments, you can resolve leaks with ease.

Common fit errors
Here are four of the most common fitting errors that could be causing your nappy leaks. Check that you can say yes to the below to ensure your leaks aren’t caused by one of these mistakes:

  • Are the inserts fitted flat inside the nappy?

  • Are the nappy leg elastics tucked into your baby’s undie lines?

  • Is the nappy crotch sitting close to baby’s skin with no visible gaps
    or sagging?

  • Is there no pressure on the nappy?

If you are changing your nappy regularly, use the right absorption insert and have checked your fit, but still find nappies leaking, please get in touch. We are happy to check your fit and offer you personalised advice.

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