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Cloth Nappy Advice

We know the world of cloth nappies can be confusing and hard to navigate; we have put together some information that we hope helps.  But we are here to help and there are number of ways we can help.

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    In the meantime have a read through the nappy information we have collated.

  • Flat Nappies and Prefolds
    Flat nappies (terry squares) require folding and fastening with pins or a nippa (alternative to pins) and a waterproof wrap (waterproof pant) goes over the top. Prefold nappies consist of a rectangle of fabric that is folded into a pad then a waterproof wrap is put on top. This is what we use in the laundry.
    The easiest nappy to use all-in-ones have an absorbent inner, a waterproof outer, and are fastened with aplix or poppers/snaps. As the name says they are all-in-one so no need for separate waterproof wrap. Very easy to use, and ideal for babysitters, grandparents and dads!.
    A nappy shaped much like a disposable which needs a waterproof wrap. The nappy and wrap can be fastened with Aplix (velcro), poppers/snaps, or with the use of a nappy nippa (plastic gripping clip)
    These are somewhere between a pocket and am all-in-one nappy, not to be confused with a shaped nappy. The absorbent pads popper onto the outer wrap and once popper form one piece. The absorbent pads come out for washing and if the outer is not soiled clean absorbent pads can be put in
    These nappies have a waterproof outer, and stay dry lining, with a pocket in-between for stuffing an absorbent pad. Like the all-in-two, pocket nappies come apart for ease of washing and drying. Pocket nappies tend to be aplix or popper/snap fastening.
    As seen above a number of fitted/shaped/2-part nappies will require the use of a separate waterproof wrap over the top. Polyurethane Laminate (PUL) wraps are perhaps one of the easiest to use PUL is a breathable waterproof Fleece wraps are available and they draw moisture away and acts as a stay-dry barrier, fleece wraps are a good option to use over 2-part nappies. The fleece is not completely waterproof, therefore you would need to ensure that your nappy is absorbent enough to soak up all moisture, and the fleece wrap will then absorb a little of the moisture too.

    Wool wraps work in a similar way to fleece. Wool wraps are available as simple wraps and soaker pants to shorties (knitted shorts) and longies (knitted trousers). Wool wraps require to be treated with lanolin before use, but once treated they can be used a number of times without washing (unless soiled) - simply use, hang up to air, and then use again. Nappy wraps tend to have either aplix (Velcro) fastening or poppers/snaps. Some fleece wraps and wool wraps can be pull-up, with a draw-string waist if required.
    Sizes of nappies vary by brand, but most nappies are either sized (S/M/L or by weight/measurements) or onesize/birth to potty (BTP). BTP nappies are the most cost effective, and many brands have a clever folding system with snaps/poppers to make the nappy bigger or smaller. Many BTP nappies could be a bit bulky on a tiny newborn, so if you opt to go with a BTP nappy system, you may want to invest in a few newborn sized nappies for the first few weeks.
    Biodegradable paper liners - can be used to line the inner of the nappy to catch any solids and can be flushed straight down the toilet. Fleece liners - can be used with or without a paper liner, to line the nappy and catch any solids for tipping down the toilet. Fleece acts as a stay-dry barrier between the nappy and baby's bottom, so fleece liners are ideal if your nappy doesn't have a stay-dry lining. They are also good for protecting the nappy against stains.

    - can be used to 'boost' the absorbency of your nappy as required and with various types of fabric. Among the most popular are bamboo and hemp. You can buy shaped/sized boosters to suit specific nappies, or you can use any kind of absorbent material (old towels, flannels etc).
    How many nappies will you need?
    The average baby will require around 4-5 nappy changes per day this will be more for a new baby. Around 15 nappies and 5 wraps would be sufficient, but may mean washing every day. If you prefer to wash only every 2 or 3 days, you may want to have a bigger stock so that you do not run out in between washes. It is a good idea to try one or two different types of nappy before splashing out on a 30-pack of one kind of nappy. What fits and suits one baby may not necessarily work for another, so it’s always a good idea to find out for what suits before committing.
    Storage of used nappies:
    Nappies can be stored either in a nappy bin or a wet nappy bag prior to washing. You can choose to either "dry pail" or "wet pail" your nappies. To dry pail, you just need to keep the nappies in the bag or nappy bin until wash day, and then throw them in the washing machine. This is the most common method with modern nappies and washing machines. To wet pail, you can choose to soak the nappies in a nappy sanitising solution prior to washing. Wet pailing is not recommend for all-in-ones, pockets or wraps.
    Most cloth nappies and wraps can be washed at 60 degrees, however in order to prolong the life of your nappies, and to use less energy, a 40 degree wash is usually sufficient. Biological washing detergents can be harmful to cloth nappies, as they contain ingredients which can cause a build-up of soap and affect the absorbency of your nappies. Using a non-bio detergent is the best option, and will be more gentle on both your nappies and your baby's skin. You should only ever use around a quarter of your normal dose when washing nappies, and never use fabric softener, as this affects the absorbency.

    Avoid detergents with bleaching agents, as these can cause fading of coloured nappies. Most aplix (velcro) fastening nappies now come with tabs to fold back the aplix onto - you should always check that the aplix tabs are fastened back before washing, otherwise they could catch on other nappies and wraps in the wash. Dark or strong colours should be washed separately, especially for the first few washes.
    If buying brand new, most nappies will require at least one pre-wash before use. Materials like hemp and bamboo require a lot more washing before they will be up to full absorbency - probably at least 6 washes.
    The best and most cost-effective way to dry your nappies and wraps is by line drying. The sun is also a very good natural stain remover. However, line drying is not always possible with our unpredictable UK weather. Most nappies and wraps can be tumble dried on a low heat (check manufacturer's guidelines first), but I would advise that any pocket or all-in-one nappies with pul inners are best dried on an airer, as the heat from a tumble drier could damage the pul and/or the elastic in the nappies. especially if you are short on space.
    Nappy Creams
    Oil based nappy creams and barrier creams can coat your nappies and reduce their absorbency. If you do need to use nappy creams, opt for an oil-free cream, or use old fleece liners to cover the whole of the inner of the nappy, to avoid any damage to the nappy; the liner can be thrown away afterwards. .
    Nappy parties are a great way to find out more about cloth nappies and a great excuse for a get together with friends, or even as part of a baby shower. Whether you choose to host your party during the day or in the evening it is guaranteed to be a lot of fun. Guests will have a chance to get independent advice and demonstrations, and a lot of laughs and nappy jokes along the way. The party host will receive a gift and a bonus based on the sales at their event.

    • If you are interested in finding out more contact us and download our party planner pack for more information.
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    We also regularly host our own nappacino events, which you can attend - keep in touch on Facebook or sign-up to receive our newletter. The Nappy Laundry Company will be also be happy to come to your home and do individual demonstration just get in touch to see what suits you. We are also happy to come along and visit your local group to talk about and demonstrate our products and services.

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