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#1 of 2 Old 08-20-2003, 05:42 PM - Thread Starter
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is it only something that happens with wool? i haven't braved the nite cding yet but my ds has woken up with a completely soaked shirt but his sposie is hardly wet. couldn't figure out how this happened.

he has done this alot (one of the first things that made me think about switching to cloth)
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Could it be sweat? My kids have soaked the bed with sweat before. Other than that, the only thing I can think of is a wayward peeper (where the urine shoots up over the hip and out the top of the diaper).
Compression wicking is when you have a water resistant barrier like a wool or synthetic fleece cover, that isn't totally waterproof, and you set something wet and heavy on that barrier, and the compression causes the wet to go through the barrier in that spot. If a babe lays on his or her back all night and the diaper gets very wet, the compression or pressing of the wet diaper into the back of the fleece or wool will often cause compression wicking. HTH
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