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Every cloth diapering Mom wants her baby to be as comfortable as possible wearing their sewn-with-love cute and fluffy cloth diaper! DIY cloth diapers offer the best opportunities to customize both diapers and soakers to fit your baby’s wetting needs.

What are the most important things you can do to keep baby’s bottom dry while wearing a cloth diaper? Keeping “dry” also means preventing leakage to baby’s clothing or bedding while wearing the diaper.

Keeping dry takes into account both diaper/soaker construction itself and the type of absorption needed.  We asked members of our Babyville Boutique Design Team, all experienced cloth diaper moms and DIY Cloth Diaper Sewing experts, what exactly ARE important things to consider when keeping baby dry?


Trisha Parker: It’s really important to change baby often. Even with the right absorbency and soaker combinations, only so much moisture can be absorbed. No diaper is going to last through hours and hours of repeated daytime wetting. After you cloth diaper a for a while, you’ll get the feel of how long your baby can go before their diaper is completely saturated. The object is to change when the absorption layers are wet, but not totally saturated. Changing frequently means baby’s bottom never sits in a saturated diaper and not having a saturated diaper/soaker means you are much less likely to have compression leaking.

Tip #1: Change baby often.

You’ll want to make a variety of diapers using fun Babyville print and solid diaper cuts.


Joanna Sedgwick: Using the right combination of materials in your soaker is very, very important. Some babies do well with microfiber/micro fleece combo inserts, others, like heavy or fast wetters, need natural fibers that not only absorb quickly, but spread the moisture out quickly as well so the wetness doesn’t pool in one place. Using enough layers of absorbent materials is important as well. Adding a snap in “booster” layer will also help to put additional moisture in your baby’s wet zone, preventing oversaturation of the soaker, which will contribute to leaking.

Tip #2: Use the right combination of materials in construction of your soaker. Consider your baby’s individual wetting pattern/needs.

Valarie Woody: Sometimes you need to experiment a little to find the best soaker combinations. This is why DIY soakers are so versatile. You can construct soakers in different materials, adding layers or subtracting or substituting different materials. It’s also easy to try different styles of soakers like a snake soaker, which can be folded and customized to your baby’s wetting needs. Making your own soakers also gives you the opportunity to add snaps for a snap-in “booster” layer, for those times when additional absorbency is needed. The Babyville Boutique Pattern Booklet “Simply Soakers” is one of my favorites for making a variety of soaker sizes and shapes. Of course, using a Babyville pre-made soaker is also great! These soakers were tested by a variety of babies of different ages, sizes and wetting patterns to achieve a soaker constructed of materials that are both highly absorbent and also fit a wide range of babies and DIY cloth diaper styles very well. Whether you DIY your soaker, or purchase one of the pre-made styles, you’ll definitely find one that’s a favorite.

Tip #3: Experiment to try different soaker combinations/shapes before investing entirely in one size, shape or type of soaker.

Jessica Fisher: Using a stay-dry lining in your diaper, like the Babyville Boutique Stay-Dri™ Wicking Fabric is probably one of the best tips I can give. When you use a fabric with “stay-dry” properties, when baby wets, the wetness is quickly passed through the stay-dry layer and spread to the absorbent (soaker) layers below. This same lining actually makes a stay-dry barrier between the wet soaker and baby’s bottom, keeping it drier. There are lots of fabrics that will do the job of keeping the moisture from passing back through the lining: Babyville Stay-Dri Wicking fabric, crushed panne velour, Alova Suedecloth, and of course, microchamis microfleece (this is thin fleece) all make good stay dry linings. One other tip, if I can sneak it in (especially useful for heavy wetters), is to use natural fibers to top man made fibers like cotton birdseye fabric or organic cotton velour over microfiber-terry.

Tip #4+: Use a stay-dry lining fabric in your diaper. Consider topping a microfiber terry soaker with a natural fiber fabric.

Photo shows Ultimate Pocket Diaper Pattern made with Babyville Boutique Stay-Dri™ Lining Fabric.

 

Victoria Wells: I learned the hard way that soaker size is important in keeping baby dry! Make sure your soaker is ½ʺ away from the leg elastic at each side of the diaper. Otherwise, wetness will tend to gravitate toward the edge of the leg opening. And I might add, it’s equally important to make sure your diaper fits well at the legs! Snug elastic is a must to prevent leaks!

Tip #5: Make sure your soaker is ½” away from the leg elastic at each side of the diaper and your diaper leg elastic is snug.

Diaper Cover with Babyville Boutique Pre-made Snake Soaker

 

Krista Tracy (Author of Babyville Booklet Simply Soakers): I’d like to add that some babies do well with a soaker in a pocket diaper, while others do well with a laid-in or snapped-in soaker, like in an All in Two Diaper. There are so many options available, whether you use pre-folds, pre-made soakers like Babyville Boutique Rectangle or Snake Soakers, or construct a soaker specifically for your baby’s diaper style then add absorbent boosters …with a little experimentation you are sure to find a soaker, or soaker combination that does the job for you. My article on the Babyville Blog will provide you with additional tips for making soakers from materials available in your local fabric store. And of course, the Simply Soakers Booklet has complete instructions for sewing 7 different styles of soakers!

 

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