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How To Stop Disposable Nappies Leaking

How To Stop Disposable Nappies Leaking

There is a common myth that cloth nappies leak more than disposable nappies leak however those of that use cloth nappies know the opposite is true.

We get many disposable nappy users come to us asking for help to stop their leaky disposable nappies, disposable nappy poo explosions or night time wee leaks.  We'd love everyone to change to cloth but if that isn't an option for some families we do have steps to help them use their disposables more reliably.

Preventing Poo Explosions

To help prevent poo explosions we recommend you use a Mother-ease Airflow cover over the top of your disposable nappy. This effectively gives you a two part nappy system: disposable nappy inside with its weaker elastic but then a second barrier of poo defence with the ultra reliable and excellent quality elastic of the Motherease wrap. The Airflow is the best wrap to use as it's a wide generous cut and deep enough to cover all the disposable nappy.

Preventing Night Time Wee Leaks

Why is baby's nappy leaking?

When disposable night time nappies leak urine it's usually not the fit causing the problem but just that the disposable nappy has reached its capacity; they don't hold an infinite amount.  A disposable nappy holds a lot (as does a good cloth nappy) but once the maximum capacity is reached and the chemical gels inside are full the next wee will leak out.

Using cloth nappy covers to stop leaks....?

One of the top referring search terms for this article is "nappy covers for disposables" and "leak proof nappy covers." Parents who come to us with this night time problem often think that using a waterproof cover will be the solution. IT'S NOT!  The wrap isn't for damming the urine in, and the waterproofing on the disposable isn't failing, it's just that the nappy can't hold enough for the child.  ABSORBENCY IS THE PROBLEM NOT WATERPROOFING!

...The Solution

The solution to the nappy leaking is nappy booster pads! 

Putting an additional cloth nappy booster inside the disposable nappy will increase the level of absorbency and the leaks will stop; if you want you can put a Mother-ease cover over the top but it's not usually needed.

We recommend you use a booster made of a natural fabric such as hemp, cotton or bamboo. Place the fabric booster inside your disposable, they can be folded to fit if your disposables if needed.

Below are links to suitable disposable nappy booster pads:


In the morning you throw away the disposable as normal and the cloth nappy booster is put in the wash. You don't have to put a special wash on it can be washed with normal household laundry, dried and used again. We normally find parents buy 4-5 of the night time boosters for use with disposables to allow for washing every couple of days plus drying time.

If you have any questions or would like any assistance with your nappies our advice team is always available to help. Fill in our troubleshooting support request form below.