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Old Jul 30th, 2013, 17:26 PM   1
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Nappy gurus please help.


Any hints and tips for setting up and fitting fuzzibunz elite? I'm seriously sleep deprived and very new to cloth so laymans terms would be appreciated. My sine is 11wka and around 13lbs. He has super chubby thighs and I'm getting leaks around the legs within a few minutes. I've even put both minky insets inside and still they are leaking. The wait elastic is set to number 3 and the legs are set to 5 at the back and 4 at the front. I'm
Obviously doing something wrong but not sure what it is.



 
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Old Jul 30th, 2013, 21:32 PM   2
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I have only used the sized fuzzibunz but perhaps its the diaper itself? Some diapers work for some kids and others don't. The first diapers I ever tried were Kushies and no matter what I did they leaked so I went out and bought a huge lot of sized Fuzzibunz which worked well enough to convince me to stick with cloth but still had leaks.
Since then I have purchased Bumgenius (all available types), Flip diapers, and gDiapers and I swear by cloth.



 
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Old Jul 31st, 2013, 04:02 AM   3
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I'm not a nappy expert but am having the same problem with all of my BTP nappies and I have plenty of brands. Snaps simply won't on DS2 because they are either too tight or too loose and I'm left wondering how anyone gets them to fit. My hook and loop ones get a nice looking fit except in order to get them on him on the small setting I can only use 1 small insert so they don't last long before needing changing.

One thing I have really noticed is that on the smaller setting they instantly leak around the legs when over stuffed. I can't use both inserts or the one that is folded over, I can only use the small one that comes with them.



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Old Jul 31st, 2013, 04:42 AM   4
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If they're leaking around the legs straight away, are the legs tight enough? Lay your LO down, put the nappy on and then wriggle his legs around (like cycling) and carefully watch all around the legs... do any little gaps appear? If they do, the legs aren't tight enough. You should still be able to slip a finger in at the legs but the elastic should spring back quite firmly when you take it out. If you have somebody else handy, it's worth putting the nappy on, carrying LO around for a few minutes, then getting somebody else to hold LO up in the air while you wriggle his legs and check again, because sometimes the nappy will shift around a bit when you pick LO up. If gaps appear, readjust and check again

I would think you'll need both inserts now anyway, but if they're leaking within the first few minutes it sounds like a fit issue rather than lack of absorbency. Unless you have detergent build up? If it's bad, that can cause repelling. How are you washing them? Even one wash with loads of detergent not rinsed out properly can cause issues, in extreme cases.



 
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Old Jul 31st, 2013, 06:26 AM   5
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Thanks ladies.
I find that my bumgenius Velcro fix nappies are the best they can last a long time without leaks. It's my rumparooz and fuzzibunz that are the worst. I've been playing around with the settings but still having the same issue.
Does anyone know of any site that show pictures of good vs bad fits around the legs as I think this is the main issue. I'm not sure where the sides should meet etc. I have the legs done up pretty tight and they leave marks so surely they should be looser but then they leak even faster!
Do you think using the nappies on a smaller setting but with different inserts would work? Maybe bamboo?
I find that using the bigger inserts in his nappies just make them to bulky to fit.
I have the same issue as you omi with the snaps. Unfortunately all of the fuzzibunz are snaps and I've got 6 of them



 
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Old Jul 31st, 2013, 09:23 AM   6
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I'd have a look on manufacturer sites for pics of babies wearing the nappies. They should show you where the nappy is supposed to sit - some go right in the leg crease, some are designed to sit further down the leg. However, what works on one baby might not work on yours, it's really just a matter of trial and error unfortunately. The best way I know is to do the wiggling legs thing to check it yourself.

If the nappies are leaking after just a few minutes, I doubt different inserts would work as it doesn't sound like the wee is even getting as far as the inserts. How are you washing them? Could they be repelling due to too much detergent/not enough rinsing? That could stop wee going through the lining into the inserts so it would pool around the leg elastics. Most nappies would eventually leak if a puddle of wee was around the edge.

If you are certain it's not a washing issue, it is most likely just poor fit. If you can't find a way to tweak the nappies that don't fit, I'd put them to one side for a week so you're not stressed over it and dealing with leaks. Come back in a week when your LO will have grown a bit more/changed shape and try again, starting from scratch with fit.

ETA - One more thing to check - make sure you're pulling the nappy up as high as it can go. Some are designed to be fairly low rise BUT the inner fabric needs pressure on it for the wee to soak through. If the nappy is hanging away from LO's bum (so a poofy nappy with lots of air in it), there might not be enough pressure on it to push it through, which will result in pooling in the nappy and probably leaks. To see that in action, try it yourself - put a clean dry nappy flat on the table, pour a tablespoon of water on it and watch. The water probably won't go anywhere any time soon! Then do the same again but press your fingers into the puddle of water and watch it soak through. Poofy bums can be leaky bums, especially with 'stay dry' nappies.



 
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Old Jul 31st, 2013, 13:06 PM   7
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I've been washing the nappies first on 30 then 50 with extra rinse and very small amount of fairy non-bio. I was told this week that I should wash them just once on 40 though. My bgs are fine I think so don't think it's washing and my fuzzibunz are new so only been prepped so I don't build up is an issue.
I know all babes are different but in average how long should a cloth nappy last? Soni have a rough guide to compare mine to.
Also anyone using fuzzibunz can you just adjust on one side of each opening rather than both ends? So I'd I set the button to one on each panel and then just keep pulling the elastic through till it fits well?
I've noticed with the fb nappies that there is a gap at the top of the leg but I dont know how to fill it iykwim?!



 
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Old Jul 31st, 2013, 15:51 PM   8
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I had some problems with my fuzzibunz with the fit. I just couldn't figure them out, and they NEVER seemed to fit her properly, so I've given up and am selling it (luckily I only bought 1) on. Like with yourself, I had them tight on the legs so they left red marks which were worse than any of my other nappies...but any looser and they leaked. I guess they just don't suit us, maybe you are the same? (I realise that isn't helpful at all!!!)



 
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Old Jul 31st, 2013, 16:29 PM   9
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Does anyone find that unlike say bg the front panel is just too narrow. It doesn't wrap around his tummy to help make a seal and I think that helps open there up when he moves and let's pee out. Does that sound plausible?
Anyone use rumparooz? I need help with those too. They also leak from the leg.
I have them on the second lot of snaps with the large insert on the middle setting. I've put the fe to the back to help lessen the bulk at the tummy, this seems to be working on my bgs. At over 13lb should I have them on the third lot of snaps?



 
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Old Jul 31st, 2013, 17:08 PM   10
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You don't need to do two full washes but it is a good idea to do a quick rinse, then a full wash with a little detergent, then another couple of rinses. If you're doing an extra wash, the wash without detergent should be AFTER the one with detergent to rinse it out It doesn't sound like build up but prevention is better than cure!

I'd say for an average wetter, you can probably expect a cloth nappy to last 3 hours with all of the provided inserts in it. With just the smaller of two inserts, once baby is past the newborn stage I honestly wouldn't expect longer than an hour or 1.5 hours. They may look bulky but it's really just your perception - as long as the inserts don't distort the shape of the nappy (which they shouldn't, if they came with the nappy), you're fine to use both.

Yes you can just adjust one side of the elastic - whatever works for you! You might end up with quite a long loop of spare elastic at one end but just tuck it away smoothly. If you prefer it to be more central, once you've worked out the best setting like that, you can move it to both ends adjusted e.g. if you have 4 holes unused at one end, swap it to 2 unused holes at each end.

The gap you mention, if it's what I think it is, I find that happens when I don't have the front of the nappy pulled up high enough. Even after nearly 4 years of constant nappy changing, I find I often underestimate the size of a baby's bottom, so I end up with the back of the nappy higher than the front. This means to get the nappy to fasten, too much pressure seems to be placed on the front of the nappy, which makes the front droop down, especially visible at the bit where the front meets the leg. You could try putting the nappy lower on LO at the back to see if it helps. You shouldn't have to yank the nappy up to get it level all round. I don't think the narrow front should be an issue if you can get the rest right... after all, side snap nappies don't have that bit at all really.

With the Rumparooz, I don't think you'd need to go up a rise setting, you should probably still be on the next to smallest one. You could try going up a size but you'd probably have to fasten tighter at the waist to keep the legs the right size.

Maybe you could post a few photos of how you're putting the nappies on? Sometimes it's difficult to describe things and just easier to spot what's wrong in a picture.



 
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