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Old 02-12-2014, 01:50 PM   #1
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What stops flats from leaking?

Hello! I've never owned flats, what keeps them from leaking? Since they don't have elastic legs, don't poo just seep out?

I'm ttc #7, and I'm getting brave in my old age, lol. So thought I try something new.

Can some one tell me about flats....like what kinds of folds are best for what ages? What covers work well with them? Does bamboo work better? And how do you pad fold them, arnt they to big for that?

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Old 02-12-2014, 02:11 PM   #2
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Re: What stops flats from leaking?

they wont never leak like a fitted but that is what a cover is for. A tight fit on baby and "jelly rolling" the leg edges will help though.

people generally feel padfolding a flat is trimmer than a prefold.

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Re: What stops flats from leaking?

Great links, PP. I would also add, though, that the birdseye in cotton flats really does do a great job of "gripping" EBF poo, IYKWIM. I used flats exclusively on YDD for quite a while when she was EBF, and even with gaps at the legs, EBF poo rarely got on the covers. All the poo just sits right where it comes out. Sorry if that's TMI. But I didn't have that experience with any other diaper fabric; for us it was unique to birdseye flats, and one of the main reasons we used them for so long with her. She blew right out of almost everything else. And sposies? I'd have to clean poo out of her hair every time.
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Re: What stops flats from leaking?

We used flats on all our kids (not exclusively but enough to appreciate them). I used wool with them on DS1 , PUL with them on DS2 and did trifold with him after he stopped pooping during every nursing because with EBF and trifolding you do tend to get a lot on the cover. I am using them now on my 18 month old with wool. We are using the diaperbag fold and I prefered the origami and kite fold on my newbies.

Osocozy Flats were my fave for the first 2 weeks as they were really small and fit great but then I went with GMD Smalls , Diaper Rite Small and Little Lions. I just today got Diaper Rite Bamboo flats in and so far I am loving them and I have GMD , DR and Little Lions larges on the way since my DD is too big for the small flats (I padfold them into the wetzone of her large flats though to offer additional absorbency).
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Great links, PP. I would also add, though, that the birdseye in cotton flats really does do a great job of "gripping" EBF poo, IYKWIM. I used flats exclusively on YDD for quite a while when she was EBF, and even with gaps at the legs, EBF poo rarely got on the covers. All the poo just sits right where it comes out. Sorry if that's TMI. But I didn't have that experience with any other diaper fabric; for us it was unique to birdseye flats, and one of the main reasons we used them for so long with her. She blew right out of almost everything else. And sposies? I'd have to clean poo out of her hair every time.
Very good point pp!

I also fell in love with the stretchiness of bamboo terry. I never have gaps with my terry.

Jelly rolling is key to keeping in the poo
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Re: What stops flats from leaking?

When I started with my flats, I searched "flat diaper folds" on you tube. I personally like the origami fold the best for pinning on my girls, but I tried them all to see what gave us the best fit. I also pad fold in my covers. They aren't too big BC the beauty of the flat is you can make it whatever size you want! Currently the covers I have are flips, diaper safari, bummis, and grobaby. All my flats are birdseye cotton, but i have been drooling over some bamboo terry and am planning to get some soon! I haven't had a single leak of any kind yet! Even with dd2's yucky teething poo that would most definitely have been everywhere if we used disposables!
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:32 PM   #7
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Flats just soak it all up!!

I have osocozy Birdseye cotton flats for padfolding and they are so trim and very absorbent. DS is EBF but doesn't poop like a machine like some of my other kids have. I have a bazillion covers but usually only one or two per day actually get pooped on.

I have these bamboo terry flats for nights: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1777728...-cotton-luxury
They are stretchy, so getting a snug fit is a cinch. Absorbency to the max, too! I cannot imagine these leaking, ever.

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