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Handmade Local Goodness: My Diaper Addiction

mermaids-inner2They’re fuzzy, their soft and squishy, and they’re made just for us.  My Diaper Addiction cloth diapers are locally handmade specifically for our web store Cloth Diaper Kids.  Andrea is a very talented work at home seamstress who adores cloth diapers like we do and she sends us batches of one of a kind diapers for our loyal customers.

Made with a stretch cotton exterior and a bamboo velour interior, these diapers feature one size snap down adjustment and even cross-over snaps at the waist for super skinny babies.  They fit aprox. 10-30lbs, but also come in a newborn size that fits tiny babies 5-12lbs.

These diapers have such character and are very absorbent.  Perfect as a nighttime leakproof solution when you pair them with either a PUL waterproof cover or a wool cover.

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Point the Penis Where? Tips for Cloth Diapering Boys

Is cloth diapering different for boys as opposed to girls?  Well, yes it can be.  Here’s some tips to keep little boys happy and dry.

Point it down!
This is the best piece of advise I can give you if you’re diapering a boy.  Make sure, at every change that you gently point the penis down between the legs.  This will help keep the majority of pee hitting the diaper where it’s most absorbent (in the middle of the crotch).  Point it to one side and you’ll get leaks out the legs; point it up and pee will flow up the tummy, over the hip and out the back making a wardrobe change necessary along with a diaper change.

More absorbency in front
This one can seem pretty obvious, but it’s often overlooked.  Add absorbency where it’s needed which is up front for boys.  When you add an extra insert or booster, don’t center it.  If you’re using prefolds that are a bit on the big side and need to be folded down to size, fold down the front, not the back for extra protection.  Extra absorbency concentrated at the front is especially useful for older boys who like to sleep on their tummies.  This trick can help prevent those nap time tummy leaks.

Keep the rise up
In addition to more absorbency in front, preventing leaks for boys goes hand in hand with proper rise.  Rise is how far up baby’s waist the diaper sits.  Say no to Plumber’s Crack and a droopy fit.  If you’re getting leaks, it might be time to size up to a larger size diaper or adjust your one size diapers to a larger setting.  The rise of the diaper should fit level with baby’s belly button providing full coverage over the bum.

Prepare for the torrent
So it seems from experience that some little boys like to pee a lot very quickly all at once.  This catches some diapers off guard, especially synthetic fabrics like fleece or minky that appreciate some compression before they start to absorb.  This is most often a problem we see with newborns and small babies who spend lots of time on their backs.  Baby pees lots at once and it all goes down and leaks up the back without ever absorbing where it should have.  Solution?  Natural fabrics.  Natural fabrics absorb instantly without a need for compression.  Contact with pee is all they need.  So, consider diapers with natural fabrics inside or simply lay a booster made with natural fabrics or even a soft cotton washcloth on top of any synthetic fabric diaper and presto, problem solved.

There you go, easy tips for a happy and dry little boy.

Owner, Cloth Diaper

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Babies Diaper Leaks During Naps Or At Night Time. What Should I do?

Some babies wet more than others. If you are experiencing persistent leaking, we recommend adding more inserts to pocket diapers or over prefolds during naps and for night time. A combination of a bamboo insert with a micro terry insert often works well without adding too much additional bulk.

If an additional insert or booster isn’t cutting it, then you have a Heavy Wetter and a fitted diaper is what you need to look at.  A fitted diaper absorbs all around, not just within an insert between the legs and as such has a greater total capacity.  A fitted diaper paired with an additional insert and a PUL or wool cover is what you need to wake up dry.


My Cloth Diapers Are Leaking, What Is Wrong?

There are only 3 reasons that a cloth diaper will leak…ready for it?

#1) Improper Fit 
Look at the fit of your diapers on baby. Is it too loose or too tight?  The diaper should fit snugly around the waist and legs with no gaps.  Move baby’s legs up and down, side to side.  If you see any gaps, you’re going to get leaks, so check the adjustment.  Fit issues are seen most commonly with newborns (who tend to have skinny legs) and after baby has a growth spurt.  Chubby thigh babies who suddenly slim out when they become walking toddlers can get leaks if your diaper adjustment hasn’t followed suit.  Don’t be afraid to tighten diapers well.  You won’t hurt baby.  Elastics in cloth diapers are nice and stretchy.  Note: If you are using FuzziBunz One Size specifically, sometimes parents will over tighten the leg elastics thinking that the snugger it is the better the leak protection will be. However, this is usually in fact counterproductive, contrary to what was said above. If this sounds like you, try loosening the legs slightly to see if your leaking situation improves.  Also, if you are using a two piece diaper system such as prefolds or fitteds with a cover, ensure that all of the diaper is tucked into the cover so prevent wicking leaks.

#2) Repelling Issues
If the fit of your diapers is good, the next thing to consider when your diapers are leaking is a repelling issue due to buildup on your diapers. Are you using a cloth friendly detergent in the correct quantity for the type of washing machine you are using? Have you used rash creams or ointments that got onto your diapers? Has daddy, grandma or the sitter used a rash cream that got on the diapers?  Have you pre-washed your organic cotton or bamboo diapers properly? Are you using dryer sheets in the dryer?  Too much detergent or other unnecessary additives in the wash without adequate rinsing?  Toddler put a wax crayon in the dryer that you didn’t see?  Do you have hard water?  All of these can be factors in repelling issues.  If this sounds like you, consider stripping your diapers.  You will know you have a repelling issue and not an insufficient absorbency issue if when you go to change the diaper, the insert is still dry or there was clearly more capacity to absorb, but the diaper wasn’t able to.

#3) Insufficient Absorbency
Do you have a Heavy Wetter on your hands?  If the diaper is leaking and you notice that it is fully saturated when you change it, then the leak was due to over saturation.  Solution?  Add absorbency (think booster) or change more often.  Baby should be changed aprox. every 3 hours during the day or whenever they are dirty.  Every baby is unique, and some are just heavy wetters. If your baby needs more absorbency, and you are using pocket diapers, then use two liners in the pocket or a combination of one bamboo and one micro fleece liner in the pocket. Or add an additional liner on top of your prefolds. Adding an extra bamboo insert can work wonders without adding bulk. This is especially helpful for naps or nighttime when baby goes longer without a diaper change.

And remember, change your baby often. Babies are not meant to sit in a wet or soiled diaper for many hours at a time and frequent changing will help prevent diaper rashes too 🙂

Some rare causes of diaper leaks that don’t fit the factors above
Not every leak fits the common ones above though, so here’s a few others that might apply to you:

– If you have a boy, make sure the penis is pointed down between the legs at diaper change time.  Pointing up or to the side can cause leaks.

– Compression leaks – some synthetic fabrics like microfiber and minky need some compression to begin absorbing.  Newborn baby on their back = no compression=pee that flows quickly to the side instead of into the insert (natural fabric diaper or a natural fabric booster on top next to baby is the solution here). On the other hand, a fully saturated insert that gets squished with a car seat buckle for example may also spring a leak.

– Manufacturing defects – usually covered under warranty and would be present very early on with a new diaper.