How to fix cloth nappy leaks

Try out our flowchart first, and let's figure out the cause.



Check the inserts; are they saturated or just slightly damp? Read on to find the remedy.

Inserts are Saturated

If nappy inserts are soaked through, you have an absorption issue. Here are two simple solutions: 

  1. Change the nappy more frequently Are you changing nappies every 2-3 hours? If not, this could be the cause of your leaks. Cloth nappies use physical absorption to soak up liquid, unlike disposables that use a chemical gelling agent, so cloth nappies don’t hold quite as much liquid and need to be changed more often.

  2. Add extra absorption To minimise leaks and keep bubs dryer for longer, simply add extra absorption. If you’re only using one insert, add the second one. If you’re already using both inserts, consider a booster kit. Our bamboo boosting kits offer extra comfort and are great if your baby is a heavy wetter. Shop cloth nappy boosters here.

Inserts are damp or dry

A damp or partially dry inserts indicate that you probably have a fit issue. Here’s how to solve it:

  1. Adjust the fit Oftentimes, leaky nappies happen when the fit isn’t quite right. Watch our step by step nappy fitting video for instructions on how to achieve the perfect fit. With a little bit of practice and some simply adjustments, you can resolve leaks with ease.

  2. Common fit errors Here are three of the most common fitting errors that could be causing your cloth nappy leaks. Check that you can say yes to the below to ensure your leaks aren’t caused by one of these common mistakes.

  • Are the inserts fitted flat inside the nappy with no folded edges? 

  • Are the nappy leg elastics tucked into bubs’ undie lines?

  • Is the nappy crotch sitting close to bubs’ skin with no visible gaps or sagging?

Your Washing & Care Routine Might be the Culprit

If you are changing your nappy regularly, have the right absorption, and have checked your fit but still find nappies leaking, check your care routine. 

Follow the EcoNaps Washing & Care Guide 

For the ultimate care and longevity of your EcoNaps nappies, inserts, and boosters, our EcoNaps Washing & Care Guide is your go-to resource. Unlike other methods that can accelerate deterioration and result in leaks caused by bleach damage, our guide ensures optimal performance over time.

Do Not Use Fabric Softener 

Avoid fabric softeners & detergents with fabric softener in them, which can leave a residue on cloth nappies, inhibiting absorption and reducing performance. Sharing a washing machine where fabric softener is used can also impede absorption as fabric softener tends to leave a residue build up inside the machine that will transfer to your nappies, inserts & boosters.

Avoid Petroleum Based Nappy Rash Creams

If you're using a petroleum-based nappy rash cream, consider our Compostable Mess Free Nappy Liners to safeguard your inserts from potential absorbency issues and repelling. Petroleum-based creams can create buildup, hindering the diaper's ability to absorb moisture effectively. Discover a superior alternative with our Malo Nappy Rash Spray and Creme.