Delamination Mailbox Mondays

Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 1/21/13 – When Cloth Diapers Attack…Err, Delaminate

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Catherine says:

I’m pretty sure that my Bum Geniuses have become delaminated- the insides of the pockets are all rough and the pee goes right through them. it’s there anything that can be done, other than buying new ones?

My condolences to you for your diapers. A moment of silence for the poor fellas. I have dealt with delamination where you can actually see the plastic-y layer peeling away from the fabric. I haven’t dealt with the issue you’re having, but it almost sounds as though the lamination has somehow been removed if you are feeling the roughness of the outer layer & not the slick laminated layer.

If the diapers are less than a year old, contact Cottonbabies to see if they are covered under warranty. If not, you could donate them, use them with a cover, or attempt to re-waterproof them. I have not tried this myself and cannot vouch for the safety or efficacy however, other families have used waterproofing spray purchased at a camping store to restore the water resistance of their diapers.

I’m curious how old the diapers are, if it was only this brand, and whether you used bleach, high heat, sanitize cycles etc.

Have you successfully repaired a delaminated diaper?

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  • Julie
    January 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I’ve never had a diaper delaminate on me but I’m pretty sure my homemade babyville pail liner is delaminating. I don’t know if that’s going to make a huge difference since my baby poops in the potty most of the time (EC) and she pees in the potty too sometimes so there’s not a whole lot of wetness in my pail for the most part but I’m going to keep using it till it gives out. I guess I’ll eventually have to get a new one.

    Thanks everyone for the suggestion to use delaminated diapers as swim diapers. I don’t know if I would have ever thought to do that on my own. Now I know in case it ever happens.

  • Raquel Beaty
    January 21, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I have dealt with delamination, and usually just retire the diapers or use them for swim diapers. I have a pile of “swim diapers” now, but I just can’t bring myself to throw them away. On the bright side if I ever have quadruplets, they can all go swimming at the same time and they could all be wearing “swim” diapers! 🙂

  • January 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    My Flip diaper delaminated for the first time within the last six weeks. I now use it when my daughter is wearing her longies.

  • January 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I’ve used waterproofing spray with them successfully. It doesn’t last forever, but got a couple more months of use out of them. I also use them currently with fleece and wool longies and covers. Delaminted pockets are excellent pocket fitteds!

  • Beth
    January 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Sorry, haven’t tried to fix one yet, but if it was me I’d donate or use for swim diapers.

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