Outgrowing CD / leaks (age 2?)

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Outgrowing CD / leaks (age 2?)

DS has been cloth diapered since 7 weeks (not at night though). But I am finding that now that he is 2 he is having a lot of pee leaks and poo blow-outs. I have been double stuffing the pocket diapers I use to try and reduce the pee leaks but that is resulting in extra gaps around the legs which results in pee and poop blowouts.
Anybody else find that the bowel/bladder capacity around age 2 starts to exceed the limits of the cloth diapers? Or perhaps other cd styles are better for older kids? (I mostly use hemp and bamboo inserts - have micro fibre, perhaps they would be better?).
Am planning on starting potty training once new baby arrives within the next month so if I have to switch to disposables I will - we will also be having extra help with new baby arrives which likely means the help (mom, MIL, etc) will be using disposables anyway).

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We mostly just use hemp and bamboo too over here. I've noticed that certain diapers are pretty much useless for us just because of the way they're made and the way DS's body is made. Grovia for example don't have a high enough rise, so poop comes out every single time. There are a few diapers (those without hip snaps) where DS pees out the leg hole because they don't stay as tight on him due to moving way too much - doesn't help that DS thinks it's fun to tug on these diapers! I really think that due to the age and holding of the pee (so tons come out at once usually) also affects CDing at this age. A great fitting diaper is more important than ever if you feel the need to continue cloth.
Oh and as far as stuffing pockets go, we've up to two bamboo and one hemp insert in order to ensure that it's enough for DS to not leak through. I don't always do this for home diapers, but if we're out of the house it's a must for my sanity!!!
I did recently get some different fitteds which so far I'm impressed with (my pic thread from yesterday). I bought them for baby girl more so than my son obviously., but they're a great fit for us with the ability to have a high rise.
I'm planning on starting PTing very soon (more of a relaxed approach but using underwear at home and cloth just when out of the house) because why keep buying diapers to fit my son when we could maybe be diaper free.

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I just wanted to add that even in disposables we just had to move up a size again, not for fit but for absorbency. Toddlers, especially right before PT when they are starting to hold, tend to have more quantity and force all at once, which can overwhelm many cloth diapers. Even disposables can get overloaded. Good luck with the PT!

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We're having the very same problem. DD is on the verge of PTing and she leaks out of her Sunbabies all.the.time. The smaller size of the pocket just makes them incapable of handling toddler output. Double stuffing them, as you said, just makes them gap. We've switched to fitteds during the day and haven't had any problems since.

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I think its a toddler thing. DS2 will be 2 next month and we've been struggling with leaks for awhile now. Microfiber is what we were using and it is useless at this age, you're better off continuing with hemp/bamboo. We switched to stuffing our pockets with prefolds and it has helped tremendously. I also ordered some charcoal bamboo inserts that I'm waiting on to see how I like them. I don't think we'll be attempting to PT him until maybe around xmas/new years.

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Thanks for the tips.
I am also taking a closer look at the elastic around the legs and am pulling out any that look at all questionable - then I can see if that helps at all. The inserts are getting wet so I don't think it is a "stripping" issue.... I think fit and volume at this point.

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My son is 2 1/2 and has twig legs so I feel your pain. We've been double stuffing since a little before two and it's really trial and error on which diapers can stretch well and which gap. I love Kawaii and Baby Kangas. A really good trim fit around the legs is the FB Elite but they are rather small. I couldn't see them doing well with a 30+ lb baby. And you can only use the special inserts. Overnights, we triple stuff! I use microfiber and have never had a leak. At night, we add a hemp liner in the mix too.