How to use Modern Cloth Nappies

Some Mums are put off cloth nappies in the mistaken belief they are more fiddly or awkward than disposables, but they are actually quite simple to use – once you find the right system! Below is a breakdown of the process step by step.

Component Parts

  1. The NAPPY provides the absorbency. It can be either SHAPED or FLAT (for you to fold as appropriate).
  2. The WRAP or pant is the waterproof outer, which stops clothing getting wet.
  3. Inside the nappy, you have a LINER, which is designed to catch the poo while urine passes through to the nappy. Liners can be disposable or flushable. They are not theoretically essential, but make dealing with real nappies much easier.
  4. For sleeping through the night, you might need extra absorbency for the nappy, in the form of a BOOSTER. Some boosters have a fleece top, so they have the liner built in. Some children need no boosting at all, whilst very heavy wetters might need boosting on day nappies as well as night nappies.

Nappy Types

There are three main types of cloth nappy. In an ALL IN ONE nappy, the nappy and wrap parts are built together into one item. A TWO PIECE nappy system means there is a separate nappy and wrap. Finally, a HYBRID nappy is a two piece nappy which can be put together beforehand to act like a kind of pseudo-all in one – two examples are the Cushie Tushie and Grovia.

A nappy system can be SIZED, in which case there will be two or maybe three sizes from birth to toilet training, or a BIRTH TO TODDLER, in which case there is one nappy that will require adjusting to new born, infant and toddler.

Modern cloth nappies are shaped like disposables and come with simple fastenings – Velcro or poppers.. There are so many different nappies available and for this reason we offer the Eco Bums cloth nappy library http://ecobumsclothnappies.com/nappy-library/

Changing and Washing

The following information is based on a hybrid nappy system, but can be applied to an all in one and a two piece. When putting a nappy on a baby, working from the outside in you will have a wrap, the nappy itself and a liner.

You will need to change the nappy every 2 to 4 hours depending on your babies age and how heavy a wetter they are – most young babies go through 6 nappies per day, excluding night changes, this usually drops to around 4 nappies per day from 6 months onwards.

When changing the nappy undo the wrap and the nappy itself, clean the entire nappy area and replace the wet/soiled nappy and liner with clean ones. You then put the same wrap back on unless it is soiled, or after 12 hours use. Bamboo liners can be flushed down the toilet.

The dirty nappy can be rinsed out if soil marks are thick but if not the nappy  can be placed straight into the nappy wet bag.

If you purchase 18 nappies and 4 wraps in each size you will be able to wash every other day once your baby is no longer having nappy changes during the night. When you are ready to put a wash on simply place the nappies in your washing machine, with half the recommended amount of ecofriendly powder for the load and run a 60 degree wash. Do not use fabric conditioner as this will coat the fibres and affect absorbency over time.

The amount of powder you use is the crucial factor here, it is very important not to use too much as it will build up in the fabric of the nappies and can cause the nappy to lose absorbency.

The two most common misconceptions are that you have to soak your nappies and that you can’t possibly use cloth nappies without a tumble dryer. Modern cloth nappies dry very quickly – there is even a polyester nappy that comes out of the washing machine virtually dry! Given that many mums choose cloth nappies for environmental reasons, regular tumble drying really isn’t an option.

There are so many benefits to using cloth nappies, including health benefits and financial benefits – please go through our website to learn more.

 

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