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Old 10-01-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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Dipes leaking, constantly. Help!

I've done cloth since my 1st was born in 2008 without many problems. Suddenly, my AIO and pockets are failing pretty regularly. My just-turned 2 year old can't wear one without leaking through the diaper and wetting her pants. I have to change her pants several times a day.

I've stripped. I've done on high to help seal. Most of these dipes have been used for 4 years, so I don't know if they are starting to see some wear, but even some of the newer ones (2 years old) are leaking through.

I have started using disposables at night and anytime we are out of the house because I'm tired of her having wet pants. I hate it, but in a way, it's nice not having to worry that she's a wet mess (never thought I'd have a day I prefer disposables )

I'm wondering if it's because she's older and holding her bladder, so flooding the older dipe? I don't want to get new diapers since I'm hoping to PT her soon.

Do dipes "die" after repeated use for years?

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Old 10-01-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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I'm having this same prob, except my dipes are only about 1.5 years old! Interested to hear replies.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:43 PM   #3
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I would run water over them...see if water seeps through. That could mean the PUL is shot. If it beads and doesn't absorb then its repelling.

My ds will leak out of his diaper...he's a super soaker...but he leaks at the legs not through...
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:22 PM   #4
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I have been CDing for 7 years. The majority of them die anywhere at between 2 and 4 years old. Even testing them with water like pp said did not show it--they just started leaking like crazy. Several times I put them aside for a future baby, only to have major leaks on that baby, too. I'd say you did great if you got 4 years out of PUL.

FWIW, it has made absolutely no difference between the dipes that I babied (washed on cold, gentle cycle, CD detergent, line dried) and beat up (wash on hot, heavy wash, mainstream detergent, high heat dried) as to when they died. They have a limited life, just like most everything
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:54 AM   #5
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I have been CDing for 7 years. The majority of them die anywhere at between 2 and 4 years old. Even testing them with water like pp said did not show it--they just started leaking like crazy. Several times I put them aside for a future baby, only to have major leaks on that baby, too. I'd say you did great if you got 4 years out of PUL.

FWIW, it has made absolutely no difference between the dipes that I babied (washed on cold, gentle cycle, CD detergent, line dried) and beat up (wash on hot, heavy wash, mainstream detergent, high heat dried) as to when they died. They have a limited life, just like most everything
Man, I thought they'd live forever and I'd be able to sell them at the end of their use with my youngest.

It makes sense that being washed several times a week for years would "kill" the PUL eventually. I might try stripping one more time and then retired them and use my fitteds more or even get a few cheap pockets to get us through PT this year.
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I have been CDing for 7 years. The majority of them die anywhere at between 2 and 4 years old. Even testing them with water like pp said did not show it--they just started leaking like crazy. Several times I put them aside for a future baby, only to have major leaks on that baby, too. I'd say you did great if you got 4 years out of PUL.

FWIW, it has made absolutely no difference between the dipes that I babied (washed on cold, gentle cycle, CD detergent, line dried) and beat up (wash on hot, heavy wash, mainstream detergent, high heat dried) as to when they died. They have a limited life, just like most everything
I agree! That is awesome that they have lasted 2-4 years!

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I have been CDing for 7 years. The majority of them die anywhere at between 2 and 4 years old. Even testing them with water like pp said did not show it--they just started leaking like crazy. Several times I put them aside for a future baby, only to have major leaks on that baby, too. I'd say you did great if you got 4 years out of PUL.

FWIW, it has made absolutely no difference between the dipes that I babied (washed on cold, gentle cycle, CD detergent, line dried) and beat up (wash on hot, heavy wash, mainstream detergent, high heat dried) as to when they died. They have a limited life, just like most everything
True but in my experience, line dried diapers last longer. Plus how long they are kept in the wet bag and the quality of PUL, of course. But there are only so many washes that it can withstand.
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Man, I thought they'd live forever and I'd be able to sell them at the end of their use with my youngest.

It makes sense that being washed several times a week for years would "kill" the PUL eventually. I might try stripping one more time and then retired them and use my fitteds more or even get a few cheap pockets to get us through PT this year.
You can also treat them all like fitteds and use them under fleece or wool pants. We just use fleece longies at this age anyway since they soft and stretchy. I buy a few plain colors that match several of her existing shirts for the season.

You could also PT her now and get it over with all at once. The book Toilet Training in Less Than One Day shows you how to do it in a weekend, if you don't mind a very unpleasant and frustrating weekend. But then it is totally done. Good luck

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You can also treat them all like fitteds and use them under fleece or wool pants. We just use fleece longies at this age anyway since they soft and stretchy. I buy a few plain colors that match several of her existing shirts for the season.

You could also PT her now and get it over with all at once. The book Toilet Training in Less Than One Day shows you how to do it in a weekend, if you don't mind a very unpleasant and frustrating weekend. But then it is totally done. Good luck
Thanks! I don't think she's quite ready yet, but I'm hoping to start the training early this year.
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