An issue that not many consider, is the fact that there may be a difference between cloth diapering a girl and a boy. Sure, you’re an old pro, you’ve cloth diapered your child from birth through potty, but have you cloth diapered both sexes?
Rather than reinventing the wheel, I’m referring back to a past post that I have written on the Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Blog.
In this article I write
“It all makes perfect sense to me. If women could control the flow of urine like men then we’d pee standing up too! However we can’t, everyone’s body is shaped differently and the flow can shoot out at all directions. This is especially an issue with girls who are in cloth diapers that may have a little extra room. Imagine there being an open space in the crotch area of the diaper, she pees but it doesn’t go directly into the absorbent inserts, it sprays out this way and that, trickles here, there…leaks are inevitable.
With boys there is more of a concentrated and pressurized flow of urine similar to spraying a squirtgun. On top of the “squirtgun” effect, the tip of the penis is in some cases already up against the absorbent layers or very close to it. The urine has less room to pool in the diaper and ends up getting absorbed more easily by the inserts.”
I go on to give some tips on how to customize cloth diaper absorbency and with what. Boys and girls may need absorbency in different areas of the diaper and not all diaper styles allow for you to change the location of your most absorbent areas.
For more information on cloth diapering girls vs. boys and on how to troubleshoot leaks, please read the original post on the Knickernappies blog here.
I’m curious to know, have you cloth diapered both girls and boys? Did you notice a difference?