Monday, August 20, 2012

The Dreaded Leaks

When you see a baby you think chunky baby legs, right? Unfortunately my son didn’t get the memo and has some of the skinniest little thighs you’ve ever seen! Having skinny thighs makes it very hard to get a good fit with cloth diapers and so we’ve had quite a hard time over the past year. Luckily having spent the past year figuring it out, I can hopefully help you avoid the leaks.
Even though it sounds like common sense, the most important thing you need to do is make sure the diaper fits properly. At one year old my son is still on the SMALLEST rise on all of his diapers. This sounds absolutely crazy, but if we snap his diapers on the second or third rise, that opens up huge gaps in his legs and ultimately leads to lots of leaks. To counteract how “short” the diapers are on his body, they are snapped on some of the widest settings around his hips.
Another important factor is to make sure your diaper has enough absorbency. Around six months old the doctor said we could start giving my son water in his bottle. It never entered my mind that he would pee a million gallons a day (ok, so it’s not a million, but he pees a LOT!) and leak out of every diaper he owned. My husband and I quickly realized that all of our diapers would need both the newborn insert and the regular insert. Making sure that all of our diapers have enough absorbency has become a big priority.
While these two tips may not solve all of your leaking problems, they are definitely the best place to start if you’re having problems. 

Good luck!

Contributed by: Katy

I'm a tech geek turned Eco-friendly mommy by the absolute adorableness of cloth diapers. My son has been in cloth diapers since the day he came home from the hospital and I wouldn't have it any other way. One of my favorite pastimes includes showing off my son's cute, fluffy butt. 


  1. Every one of my smartipants leaks around the legs. The fit is great, though, and none of my other diaper brands are leaking. I'll try to lower the rise and see what happens.

  2. Lindsey-My poor guy leaked out of EVERY diaper :( At 13 months old he's still on the smallest rise for all of his diapers and I can honestly say that the smallest rise for his BumGenius' are still a little too big-but he wears them anyway because I LOVE them :) Good luck with your little one!