Frustrating with leaky diaper?
Perform the simple test below to find out why it happens...
Diaper leaks are common phenomenon experienced by almost every
parent, no matter what types of diaper system or brand is used. By
knowing the possible root cause of the particular leak issue most
diaper leaks can be well controlled and make cloth diapering more
reliable and comfortable. And hence increase the confident level of
parent to continue using cloth diaper!
To make it simple, we come out with the Step-by-Step Diaper Leaks
Troubleshooting Guide to help to figure out the causes of leaking.
Basically there are 3 major causes of leaking - repelling, incorrect
fit/adjustment and over saturated diapers. You may find the following
test helpful to figure out the cause of leaking.
Step 1: Repelling Test ( It will normally happen as soon as baby pees)CANNOT BE TESTED ON BAMBOO CHARCOAL MATERIAL
Perform a quick test on them. Pour some clean water onto the diaper
at different spot. Watch how the water being absorbed into the
1.) Do the water absorb well and fast into the bottom layer?
2.) Do the water form beads and roll around on diaper liner or roll off to the edges?
If the water absorb slowly or form beads on the diaper inner, your diapers are repelling liquid!
What should you do?
1.) If the diaper is new and less than 10 times wash, it needs more PREWASH.
2.) If the diaper is used for quite sometimes, it needs STRIP WASH.
3.) Repeat the PREWASH/STRIP WASH process until it passes the Repelling Test.
Step 2: Incorrect fit/adjustment Test (It will normally happen as soon as baby pees)
If the diaper leaks in a very short period, which is almost as soon
as baby pees, most likely it is because of the incorrect fitting on
baby. Watch the pattern and area of leaking:
1.) Leaking around the legs? Urine flow out from the thigh area.
2.) Wicking around the legs? Feeling damp at the thigh area.
3.) Leaking at back? Urine flow out from the back.
4.) Leaking in front? Urine flow out from the front.
5.) Wicking at the waist? Urine wick out onto baby's clothes or bedding.
If any of the above happens as soon as baby pees, your diapers are most likely in incorrect fitting/adjustment!
What should you do?
1.) Leaking around the legs: Ensure the elastics/gussets snug at
the thigh without gaping in all different positions and with lots of
wriggling. If the diaper leak only when baby is sitting, you may also
check if there is gap at the thigh when baby is sitting. Sometimes if
the waist is not tight enough, it can slide down a bit when baby is
sitting. If yes you can tighten the waist a little bit more.
2.) Wicking around the legs: Feeling damp at the thigh area.
Wicking is a common diapering problem often mistaken for leaking. Check
for escaped fabric. Ensure that absorbent materials of the diaper are
fully covered inside the cover.
3.) Leaking at back: Check the waistband - Is the waist fitting
snugly? Ensure that it is tight enough without gapping. Is the insert
sticking out the back? Ensure the insert/soaker completely tucked into
4.) Leaking in front: Occasionally we see more leaks with little
boys who are aimed upwards. So, for baby boys, point downwards and
centred and not upwards!
5.) Wicking at the waist: Urine wick out onto baby's clothes or
bedding? Ensure the insert/soaker completely tucked into the cover.
Make sure that clothing is not tucked into the diaper by accident.
Step 3: Saturated Diaper Test (It will normally happen after some period of time)
Most of the leaks are caused by full diapers, where insert/soaker or
diaper is completely saturated (soaked). The diaper will leak simply
because it cannot hold any more liquid. Remove the insert/soaker and
check to see if insert/soaker is saturated. If the insert/soaker is
fully soaked, it is time to upgrade the absorbency!
What should you do?
1.) Simply add an additional absorbent layer (booster) to your existing diaper. Or upgrade to a more absorbent insert/soaker.
2.) Change your baby more frequently. During the day, baby
should be changed at least every 3 hours. For heavy wetter, you may
need to change even more frequently.
3.) Find a different type/style of diaper for particular occasion
(i.e. try a different style of diaper for night time sleeping).