Why we love tummy panels in pocket diapers
When researching modern reusable cloth diapers for your new baby, you will likely find a laundry list of different "must have" features. Tummy panels are well loved by many cloth diapering families, but what is a tummy panel and do you really need one?
A tummy panel is a section of water resistant Polyurethane Laminate fabric (PUL) or Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) that lines the inside of the diaper, along baby's stomach, just below the belly button. Tummy Panels can be various shapes and widths.
Tummy panels are common in pocket style modern cloth diapers, but may also be found in some All In One (AIO) styles and even some diaper covers have them as well.
What are the benefits of a tummy panel in a modern cloth diaper?
This extra water resistant barrier helps prevent moisture inside the diaper from wicking onto baby's clothing. It can be tricky to make sure that the diaper lining is always pushed inside the diaper in a diaper that does not have a tummy panel.
The interior fabric lining of the diaper is often very soft and manages to creep up and peek outside the outer PUL or TPU fabric. However, when a tummy panel is introduced, the wicking layer of the diaper is now safely tucked inside the diaper, below a 1-2 inch layer of water resistant fabric. This helps eliminate this issue of urine wicking onto clothing by keeping the lining tucked inside the diaper, where it belongs.
A tummy panel is awesome for belly sleepers who are the most prone to leaks along during naps and overnight. This extra 1 inch or so of water resistant fabric can help baby sleep sounder, for longer.
We recommend tummy panels for babies that are heavy wetters and tummy sleepers. Cloth diapers with tummy panels are great for every day diapers, long car rides and especially night time wear.
Do you have a tummy sleeper that's often wet along their belly in the morning?
Try adding a cloth diaper with a tummy panel to your night time routine.
If you're still experiencing lots of tummy leaks while sleeping, you likely need more absorbency in your pocket. Boosting with a natural fiber insert like hemp, cotton or bamboo can help improve absorbency.
We do not recommend using microfiber as this material is very prone to compression leaks.