About Modern cloth nappies

CLOTH NAPPIES

If you are reading this, you are interested in exploring the use of modern cloth nappies. I am very excited to help you in deciding whether you would like to give it a try or not.

There is plenty of information available regarding cloth nappies so I have broken it down into the most important considerations. I have also included information that helped me when I was clueless about modern cloth nappies!

WHY USE CLOTH NAPPIES?

  • Large Financial Saving
  • The same nappies can be used for more than one baby if looked after (correct washing routine)
  • You can resell your cloth nappies when your baby is potty trained (there is a large market for used cloth nappies)
  • No chemicals – only natural fibers against baby’s skin
  • Less waste thrown into landfills
  • One size fits most

WHICH TYPE OF NAPPY DO I USE?

I have found pocket nappies to be the happy medium between price, ease of use, and drying time. Pockets are definitely my favourite. Hot on their heels is flats. Flats are nappies which get folded up and fastened with a snappi (think old fashioned towelling nappies, just better fabric). Flats need to be paired with a cover.

For night time, fitteds work amazingly well, paired with a fleece cover.

WHAT IS A POCKET NAPPY?

A pocket nappy consists of an outer waterproof layer (PUL), an inner layer made of suedecloth and inserts which are placed between the outer and inner layer. The opening between the outer and inner layer resembles that of a pocket.

We recommend using at least 2 inserts in your pocket – a bamboo insert and a hemp insert.

The bamboo insert is placed on top of the hemp insert as it absorbs faster. The hemp insert is placed at the bottom because it holds more liquid.

 

MY WASHING ROUTINE:

  • Wash every 2nd day (stash of 15 to 20 nappies)
  • rinse and spin in machine on wash day
  • Wash with Ariel liquid or skip powder (270ml) (no softener)
  • Poop must be rinsed off immediately after nappy change

Toploader: wash with other clothes or towels (enough water to create the consistency of a veggie soup)

3 wash cycles plus a full wash, rinse and spin cycle

Front loader: Long cotton cycle

  • Hang inserts outside
  • Hang pockets inside to dry (or outside for an hour as prolonged exposure to the sun can damage the outer waterproof fabric)
  • Inserts can be tumble dried on low if still damp by the end of the day (Do not tumble dry pockets)
  • When dry, stuff pockets with 1 bamboo and 1 hemp insert (hemp insert at bottom) and place in the drawer of changing station ready to be used.

EXTRAS:

  • I use fleece liners or disposable liners to catch the poop
  • If poop gets onto nappy, rub with boerseep and it comes off easily.
  • Using a fleece or disposable liner helps to make poop cleanup easy
  • Do Not use bum creams containing zinc as this will affect the absorbency of your nappy.
  • Do not use fabric softener as it also affects your nappy’s absorbency.

HOW MANY NAPPIES DO YOU NEED?

For full time cloth, if you are going to wash every second day, you will need about 20 nappy changes.

If you would like to try out cloth before you buy a full stash, we recommend 4-5 full nappy changes. Please remember that this will not be enough for a full day and you will feel like you are washing the nappies very often. This will change when you have enough nappies so please do not let the washing influence your decision. We suggest that if you are buying a few to try, wash every second day in order to get used to the washing routine.

 

WHAT ABOUT THOSE ON A VERY TIGHT BUDGET?

If you are on a very tight budget, you can use flannel receiving blankets inside our pocket nappies, rather than the inserts we sell. Simply fold a receiving blanket up into a suitable size to fit inside the pocket, and slide it in. Remove it before washing. Another advantage of using receiving blankets is that they dry faster than inserts because they unfold to just one layer, whereas our inserts are 4 layers of fabric sewn together.

 

What I have included here is a brief introduction to cloth nappies.

If you have specific questions, please do contact me on whatsapp (0836774813). I will be very happy to help you with any questions you have.