I am relatively new to cloth diapering. I became interested in using cloth diapers when my son was five months old after seeing that several friends were using them. My stash started small with one FuzziBunz Perfect Size Medium and 1 Flip Daytime pack. I fell in love instantly with the diapers and went on to buy FuzziBunz One-Size Pockets, Happy Heinys One-Size Pockets, BumGenius! 4.0 One-Size Pockets, Kissaluvs Size 2 Fitted, and several pre-folds and Thirsties covers. I also ended up receiving 2 free Kawaii Overnight pockets from Kelly’s Closet after purchasing a certain amount from them.
For daytime use my son stayed completely leak-free in his Flips and Prefolds. He also stayed leak-free for naps with double stuffed FuzziBunz One-Size Pockets or pre-folds and a cover. It was with overnight use that I was constantly having a problem. It seemed no matter what I did my son would wake up wet the next morning. Early on I realized that my son was a heavy wetter so I ended up buying some Thirstie’s Hemp Inserts as well as Thirstie’s Fab doublers and figured I would try both to see which I liked better. However even with the addition of the hemp insert or the fab doubler my son was waking up damp. I even tried triple stuffing and using one microfiber insert, one fab doubler, and one hemp insert and he was STILL damp in the morning. Why was this happening? I seriously considered switching back to disposables at night as I was getting incredibly frustrated. I decided to do some research and I discovered two things:
1) If the inserts don’t lay completely flat in the pocket then it can cause leaks as there is no where for the urine to go if there are bends in the insert. Basically the urine would just roll around on the PUL fabric until it found an escape route out of the diaper. No amount of extra inserts would stop this kind of leak if the inserts aren’t lying flat. All I had to do was, once the diapers would stuff, I would stick my hand to the top of the diaper and smooth the inserts out as I moved my hand back out of the diaper.
2) Tucking the microfleece layer of the pocket back into the diaper if it is sticking out will also cause leaks. For the longest time I thought that I was supposed to be tucking the microfleece back in or it would cause leaks… turns out it was just the opposite. So, I started letting the microfleece stick out of the back of the diaper and VOILA! No more leaks!
Not-tucking the microfleece back into the diaper was the turning point for keeping the diapers leak free. As soon as I stopped tucking them the leaks stopped completely.
So, by making these adjustments to my nighttime diapering routine my son has been able to stay completely dry all through the night. Even after sleeping 10 to 13 hours straight!
By Christina D.