I hope I'm posting this in the right place.
I'm looking for a few pointers or for someone to tell me where I'm going wrong.
I have a 10 month old boy. Back before he was born I decided I wanted to use cloth nappies but the large start up cost put me off. I didn't want to be in a situation where I spent a couple hundred on cloth, didn't like them and then had to use disposables anyway.
Well last week I decided to buy a few used on eBay and I got two new ones from my local Morrisons. They are all the same Bambino Mio nappies. They have three different snaps to resize them. For the record, the used ones appear to be excellent quality still and are very clean. I've been using them for a week alongside disposables (I have 11 cloth nappies). Every single time I've put one on my son they have leaked within an hour at most. It seems that as soon as he does a wee it comes straight through. The top front and legs appear to be the culprits.
I've done a lot of googling and I've made sure it's tight around the waist and legs and that it fits him properly, that it's positioned around the knicker line and not down on his legs.
I've read about people who have posted about similar issues and I've tried the suggestions they were given.
The only thing I can think of is that it needs a booster- but does that make sense? A booster just to hold 1 wee? I understand I need to change cloth more frequently than disposables but I kinda thought I could get away with more than 1 wee. Someone suggested folding a flannel and putting it in the front to act as a booster but that didn't seem to significantly increase the time before it leaked.
I am perfectly happy to buy boosters and understand that I will need them for things like night time but I want to avoid spending even more money on cloth if I'm going to have to continue changing outfits along with nappies.
Do they need plastic covers? Although the outside of the nappy is soft cloth the inside is plastic coated.
I kinda feel like I've made a mistake, wasted £50 and should just cut my losses. But then I see someone using them successfully and wonder what exactly I'm doing wrong.