Cloth Diaper Troubleshooting is one of my favorite things about being a blogger. I love helping people and I love getting questions from cloth diapering newcomers. However, during a recent inquiry I was almost stumped. This episode of the Cloth Diaper Case Files contains some information from recent conversations and was modified to protect the privacy of the inquiring party.
The Case of the greasy diaper:
~ Frustrated Reader
- Vaseline stuck on diapers
- Diapers still repelling?
Upon further communication, I referred the reader to this article about getting a good fit. Although she mentioned she had adjusted the fit, I wanted to first rule out any fit issues that could be easily resolved. Her child was around six months old: a stage where children are adding new skills (such as sitting and moving around). Poor fit could contribute to the leaks for a newly-mobile baby. After a day of adjusting the sizing, she was still having leak issues. She mentioned that the diapers were mostly dry when she noticed the leaks: this was not an issue with the amount of absorbancy or an overly saturated diaper.
Next I suggested that she strip the diapers using Oxiclean. The fact that the BumGenius Elementals were leaking was concerning. These diapers have natural cotton fabric and do not have synthetic materials that would be more prone to repelling. I think that the reader did the right thing in stripping the diapers with Dawn dish soap, but (from my past experience) I had better luck with Oxiclean. Oxiclean eliminated an oily feeling on my pocket diaper covers and stripping with Oxiclean is not labor-intensive.
This was an unusual and difficult cloth diapering problem. It is always recommended to avoid creams that are not recommended for use with cloth diapers (or use a disposable diaper liner if you must use them). While the Vasaline was probably not the complete cause of the problem (fit seemed to be the underlying culprit), it created a lot of confusion and extra work for this mom. The reader was sad about taking a break from cloth diapering, but sometimes a short break is OK (mental sanity is important too). She is going to revisit cloth diapering when her baby is a little older.
What are your thoughts on this tough case?