Recently I was speaking to a cloth diapering mama who was stressed because ALL her pocket diapers were leaking, regardless of the brand. Some of the diapers were new, some were old. She just couldn't figure out why this was happening. She'd tried stripping them, washing, switching detergents, etc. and still couldn't figure out the root of the problem.
After hearing everything she had tried I felt there was only one question left to ask.
What type of inserts are you using and how old are they?
Turns out she's using micro inserts that were previously used when she bought them online. It's my belief that is where her problem lies. Microfiber wears down over time and becomes less and less absorbent. I am sure that you all have inserts, some are older than others, and you can tell the difference. The newer microfiber inserts are fluffy and soft while the older ones seem thin and almost as if the fluffy terry part has worn off, in most cases it has.
While saving money by buying gently used diapers is a great idea, buying used micro inserts does not always work.
Microfiber inserts are actually made of micro-terry. If you're inserts no longer look thick and fluffy then chances are they need to be replaced. It's not a bad idea to try and test their absorbency. Try soaking up some liquid with them and see how much they really can still hold.
Even if you have a great stash of diapers to last you through potty training and you plan on saving them for use on future children I feel it is safe to say you're going to need to keep adding new inserts and take the older ones out of rotation.
So if you've been feeling bad about cloth diapering because of leaky diapers then give yourself a boost! Try purchasing a new stash of inserts and see if this doesn't cure your cloth diaper blues!
Knickernappies Retailers carry a wide variety of inserts that can be purchased individually or in bulk. If you really want to treat yourself, we recommend the LooyDo and SuperDo!