Leaking at the store?! How often do You Change your babies #ClothDiapers?

August 25, 2011

Just when you think you’ve got it figured out…

This happens:


That’s a lot of pee, dude.

He was wearing this diaper for about 1 1/2 hours.

Maybe it’s that Andrew is so much older – he’s holding it longer and then lets go of a bunch of pee all at once. I mean. that kid can fill HALF of his potty chair with one pee.

Yet he refuses to be ‘trained’ while wearing clothing. He’s fully trained so long as he’s naked.

That doesn’t work at the park or the store…

It’s days like these where I really miss my disposable diapers!


Do you change your kids diapers while at the store?  Are you diligent in changing them every HOUR?  How do you handle going to the park?


  1. I’d add extra absorbancy to his diapers if he he a heavy wetter. Any diaper should be able to last you at least 1.5 hours.

    I change DS every 2.5 – 3 hours in his cloth. We very very rarely have any leaks.

  2. definitely sounds like he’s a heavy wetter. I do try to cdhange my DD’s insert every hour or 1.5

    when we’re at the store I will change her but I try to change her right before we walk out of the house so I dont have to hassel with all that

  3. Amanda N. says:

    My little man is a heavy wetter (and has been since birth–it’s only gotten harder to deal with as he gets older). In general, I try not to let him go more than 2 hours in a diaper, but I tend to check him more frequently when we’re home because he pees A LOT and frequently, too.

    When I know I need to go awhile (nap time, night time, long car rides, errand-runs/grocery shopping…) between changes, I put two or three hemp liners (I use FuzziBunz/BabyKicks) in his diaper along with a stay-dry booster (I happen to like and use Kissaluvs boosters). Hemp and bamboo are EXTREMELY absorbent fabrics and tend to keep things trim as you’re adding extra absorbency. Overnight, I use two Hemp Babies Little Weeds stuffed into a pocket diaper to get through and it holds every time…a (non-night-specific) disposable diaper will leak for us about 2-3 nights a week if I use disposables at night instead of cloth…that’s how absorbant we’re talking. 🙂

    It’s also possible that if you’re having problems suddenly, but didn’t have problems before that you’re getting build-up on your diapers and they’re becoming less absorbant or starting to repel. You can try stripping your diapers, adding extra rinses to your wash routine, and/or switching detergents if the problem continues.

    Good luck, mama! 🙂

  4. I always change my son (15 months old) before going out which helps us start a trip with a dry diaper. I also agree with the comments before mine that your son seems to be a heavy wetter (holds it longer and lets more go all at once) and double stuffing is needed. From the reviews you are posting it seems you are using mostly pockets. I’ve found that prefolds absorb faster than my pockets. Around 7 months old, my son started leaking through every diaper I tried to use on him at night. I finally went to a prefold with a cover and the leaks stopped. I guess because the prefold is right up against their skin and the pee doesn’t have to travel through a lining first. Maybe try using prefolds with a cover when you are out with him. You do need to check cloth wearing babies more often to see if they are wet and this will become second nature to you and easier as time goes on.
    Also, I wanted to say that I’m enjoying reading about your journey. Thank you for your honesty and sharing your experience with your readers.

  5. My 15 month old leaks a lot too and I realized I have to change her every hour in her velcro Bummis (totsbots) diaper but her All in One Elemental Diaper by Bum Genius I can go 3 hours and no inserts at all! It depends on the diaper I think but mostly realize I have to change her more frequently than a disposible.

  6. You should really invest in some Hemp Doublers/Inserts. I just bought EIGHT! Sophia is the same way… holding her pee and she floods a diaper when she goes. She’ll be totally dry one minute and soaked the next. A microfiber insert and hemp underneath will last her for about 3 hours.

    I’m telling you… Wool & Fitteds at nighttime are the MAGIC solution to nighttime diapering! 😉

  7. I have had that happen when my daughter is napping on her tummy. If she has a heavy pee in a pocket diaper, I think the pee beads up on the stay-dry material and leaks before it can be absorbed through the liner. I find prefolds and fitted diapers absorb faster and are less likely to leak that way. There are lots of fitted dipes that are almost as easy to use as the all in ones or pockets – just the one extra step – and I can go longer before changing when my daughter is in a prefold. Good luck!

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