This seems to be one of the most common concerns for parents, but luckily, is usually quite easily resolved once you determine the cause.
Leaks are normally attributed to one of the following 3 causes:
- Incorrect fit
- Not enough absorbency/ not changing frequently enough
- reduced absorbency due to detergent buildup in the wash
The first step is to determine why the nappies are leaking.
Checking the fit
To check the fit of your nappies and rule this out as a cause, have a look at our ‘getting the right fit section’. The nappy should be on the smallest settings practical for your child to help create a good tight fit around the legs and waist and prevent leakage.
One of the most common causes of leakage around the legs is having the rise too tall. Make sure that the nappy sits well below the belly button (except in the case of very small babies and newborns) and is on the shortest rise suitable. this reduces the leg holes and creates a good, snug fit around the legs. This is particularly important if your baby or toddler has skinny legs.
If possible, the folding wings should be folded inwards and the inner coloured waist snaps used.
Check that all three rows of the waist snaps are fastened securely, without being too tight to dig in or leave any red marks. Always start by fastening the bottom waist snap first, as this determines the fit around the leg holes, then fasten the snaps up to the top. You will most likely find that wings will be fastened on an angle, with the top snap tighter than the leg snaps.
If the nappy is on the correct sizing for your child and is still leaking, the next step is to consider the absorbency.
The best way to determine whether or not your leakage is due to not enough absorbency is to check whether the insert in the pocket is heavily wet. If the insert is saturated, and the moisture seems to be wicking out of around from the leg holes, you probably need to either add more absorbency to your nappy or change more frequently.
Most children will go through periods of heavy wetting, this can be caused by growth spurts, drinking more water or feeding more often. This can sometimes come on quite suddenly, and you can find that you need to add a lot more absorbency, or change more frequently, sometimes almost overnight. However, heavy wetting periods in children usually pass.
If you are finding that your child is a particularly heavy wetter or the two inserts provided with the nappy aren’t providing enough absorbency, you may want to consider adding an additional bamboo booster to help increase the absorbency. These are available through our online store.
Detergent buildup / Reduced absorbency
If you find that the insert in the pocket is NOT saturated, and you are still getting leaks, you may need to check that the absorbency of your nappies and inserts has not been compromised.
Things such as detergent build-up, additives in laundry powder, soakers such as nappy san, fabric softeners, essential and baby oils and nappy rash creams can all cause build up on the nappies and inserts, coating the fibres and limiting their absorbency. In some cases, this can actually cause the nappies and inserts to repel water.
Detergent/ product build up is usually something that occurs over time, unless essential or baby oils or nappy creams have come in contact with the nappies. If your nappies started off as very absorbent and you have found that the absorbency has decreased over time, then you may need to do a ‘strip wash’ to help restore them. Other signs of detergent buildup are nappies that have lingering smells, even after being washed, nappy rash and nappies feeling ‘squeaky’ or greasy.
There is no need to strip wash your nappies on a regular basis. If you wash them with a small amount of plain detergent, and don’t use creams, oils or laundry additives you should be able to use your nappies for many years without worrying about reduces absorbency, smells or nappy rash.
However, if you find that this is the case, a strip wash will usually restore them to their full functionality.
To strip wash, pop your nappies and inserts into the washing machine WITH NO DETERGENT. Run the machine on the longest, hottest cycle that the machine will allow. During the final rinse cycle, check that there are no bubbles remaining. In the case of heavy buildup, you may need to repeat until there are no more bubbles being produced.
If the build up has been caused by laundry additives, soakers, creams or oils you may need to add a small squirt of a plain dishwashing detergent to the strip wash. Follow the same process above, and ensure that nappies are rinsed until there are no bubbles remaining.
The steps above should easily solve most leakage concerns with your EzyPeezies. If you have followed all of the advice above and and still having leakage issues, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us – we are always here to help.