Problems with cloth diaper elastics?
Diapers looking a little rough?
Are they not fitting on the legs like the should?
Did you compare it to a new diaper and think “Wowzers! This thing looks terrible!”?
You probably know the answer (or suspect it) if you’re reading this.
Let’s take a look at those cloth diaper elastics!
Here’s some points to pondeR:
The diaper’s use. The elastics can go quickly because they’re being used more frequently. For example, favorite diaper or small rotation. Elastics are constantly being pulled and stretched out on baby’s legs and back. Sadly, this causes them to relax more quickly.
Wash routine. If you’re bleaching or using vinegar, it will break down your elastic quickly. (It messes with the thread and the elastics and I can tell during repairs when this routine happens.) If the wash routine is off and/or you are not addressing your water type (hard or soft water), it can affect cloth diaper elastics along with many other things. You need to keep that fluff happy and healthy! You can always chat about wash routines with me in the group or check out Fluff Love & CD Science.
Sound. If you pull one side of the elastics and it sounds or feels crunchy, then it is probably needing help. There is a big difference in the elastic rubbing on the PUL or TPU and the sound of breaking pieces in the elastics. Either the crunching noise is because they are being stretched and rubbing or they’re breaking. I’ve repaired diapers that were purchased second hand and previously stored in air tight containers. It essentially rots the elastics. It.was.bad.
The spring in the elastic.
When you stretch it all the way out, does it pop back 2-3 inches or does it barely move an inch? Slightly relaxed elastics *shouldn’t* affect the ability to wear and keep body fluids held inside. Typically, when they’re in true need of repair (i.e. the only moving an inch), it’s a sure sign your cloth diaper elastic is bad.
Rolled elastics: Another feeling point is to touch the elastics between your fingers from begging to end. Make sure they’re not rolled anywhere along the inside of the casing. Rolling prevents movement and does not give a good fit. They are generally hard feeling and don’t move much. Usually, they’re okay as long as they’re not super relaxed. BUT, you may not get a great fit on the bum like you want. PLUS, the elastics will wear down quicker.
A lot of mamas ask me for measurements to check elastic. But with these simple methods, you won’t need a ruler… only a few of your senses!
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**Problems include elastics, snaps, leaking, wash routines, or any general cloth diaper information.