A lot of people wonder how to use cloth diapers when you have a little boy. I have a 2-year-old son who is nearly potty trained now, and I have learned a few hacks that make cloth diapering boys go much more smoothly.
How do you cloth diaper a boy? In order to cloth diaper a boy it is important to increase the absorbency in the front section of the diaper. Little boys wet more in the front area of a diaper, while girls wet more in the middle and back. It helps to add doublers exactly where the diaper gets the most saturated.
I’ve gathered up the best tips and recommendations for cloth diapering little boys down below. These are things that I have learned from my own experience diapering my little man, as well as advice from many seasoned cloth diapering mommas!
Cloth Diapering Boys: Best Practices
Direct The Flow
Make sure his “wee-wee” is pointing down and towards the middle of the diaper. I’ve learned this lesson the hard way through rushed, sleep-deprived diaper changes. If baby boy is pointing up or sideways you are likely going to have leaking issues. You want to point the hose at the most absorbent section of the diaper!
Boost the absorbency of the cloth diaper with doublers, especially in the front area where boys wet the most. Boosters really help if you have a tummy sleeper. When kids sleep on their stomachs the diaper gets compressed in the front. This can cause compression leaks especially for boys because the majority of the liquid is in the front. Gravity is also working against you pulling all the moisture down to the area that is getting squished!
Cotton and bamboo are great fibers to choose for doublers because they absorb very quickly. Use these on the top layer (next to baby’s skin). Hemp doublers are good for the bottom layer. Hemp absorbs more slowly than other fibers, but it will hold more liquid and is less prone to compression leaking.
Here is a link to some super affordable doublers on Amazon. They are made of 6 layers of cotton and you get a dozen for $9.95
Be sure you don’t add too much fabric. If you try to stuff the diaper with several doublers it can cause gaps or holes to appear around the legs or waist where the elastics are, which will cause leaks. Extra doublers are fine as long as you maintain a good fit.
Boy Folds: For Prefolds And Flats
If you use prefolds or flats there are a couple of different ways to fold them specifically for boys. Check out the videos below to learn how to fold a cloth diaper for a boy.
How To Fold A Prefold Cloth Diaper For A Boy:
How To Fold A Flat Cloth Diaper For A Boy:
Check The Rise
The rise of a cloth diaper is the height of the front of the diaper. Most diapers have adjustable rise settings that allow you to shorten or lengthen the rise with snaps. Because boys wet more in the front it is important to make sure the rise is high enough to provide adequate coverage in that area. Boys can sometimes leak out of the top of the diaper if the rise settings are too low.
It is recommended that the top of the diaper should be in line with the belly button. If the diaper is sitting below baby boys hips, or if the leg elastics are very tight this is an indication that you need to move the snaps to allow for a longer rise.
Check out this helpful article over at Lalabye Baby which explains in great detail how to check the rise setting on a cloth diaper.
Fluffy Bottomed Boys
Thankfully the process of cloth diapering boys vs girls is very similar. You don’t need a stash of “boy” cloth and a stash of “girl” cloth, the main thing is to get the absorbency in the right spot. My little boy is the middle child between his two sisters and I didn’t have any issues transitioning from cloth diapering a girl to a boy.
Of course you may end up with separate stashes for your boys and girls because there are tons of adorable gender specific prints available!