Of course, most of us attribute holes in diapers to wear. Fabric eventually wears out and develops holes. Natural fibers can only take so much abuse – the fibers lose bits of their bulk in every laundry cycle, and those fibers eventually just give up the ghost.
But not all holes are from wear.
Not washing your diapers often enough can cause holes. Did you know that?
The picture above is a pair of training pants. Genna pooped in them about 2 weeks ago. I shook out the poop, but there was still obviously residue. And then they got thrown in a wet bag that I forgot about. (This is the problem with having multiple wet bags and not being curious enough about their whereabouts when they’re not in the drawer.)
Three or so weeks later, I found them. A bit moldy. Eww, right?
So I washed them and was surprised to find these holes. The fabric at the edges of the holes is kind of brittle. The stuff that grows on our waste can eat through natural fibers.
(also notable: these are Gerber trainers. the exposed white stuff there? polyfill. nonabsorbent.)
Moral to the story: washing diapers frequently is IMPORTANT. 3 days, max.