What do I need?
You will need between 20 and 24 nappies if you want to go reusable full time, plus a few other bits and pieces which help make things easier. Full details here.
How do you deal with the poo?
There's no getting away from it, poo is unavoidable whether you use disposables or cloth. Luckily liners are at hand to make dealing with poo much easier.
Liners are designed to catch the poo while letting the wee pass through into the nappy. Simply lift the liner out and it can be thrown in the bin or flushed down the loo. More about liners here.
Do the nappies need soaking?
No. Soaking will damage bamboo fibres. Modern reusable nappies should be stored in a dry bucket until wash day.
How do you wash reusable nappies?
Washing modern cloth nappies is very simple. Always follow the specific wash care instructions on the label, but as a general guide put a full load of nappies into the washing machine (to maximise agitation) and run a rinse cycle. Add detergent and set your machine to the longest wash cycle at 40 degrees. Remember to never use fabric softener or 2-in-1 detergents as this inhibits the nappies' absorbency. Finally, dry your nappies on the line - sunshine does wonders for stains and is antibacterial too. It's best to dry your covers in the shade or indoors, so the sun doesn't damage the lamination. Learn more
How often will the nappies need changing?
The same amount you would need to change disposables. All babies are different, but in general newborn babies need changing at least eight times a day. Fortunately, as they get older this reduces!
Do I need to wash my nappies before I use them?
Yes, they will need up to eight washes before getting up to full absorbency. Just put them in with your normal laundry, (white with white, colour with colours) no need to dry in between. You can use them after the first wash if you can’t wait. Learn more
Do I need to use nappy cream?
Not really, it’s up to you. If you do decide to use a cream we recommend you use reusable fleece liners to keep it off the nappies. We also recommend you choose a natural based cream that will dissolve in detergent. Other creams can build up in the nappies/fleece liners which can be difficult to get off and can cause absorption problems. As a general rule, avoid nappy creams with zinc and/or petroleum as these are the culprits that are difficult to remove from the nappy.
Can I reuse the nappy cover?
Yes, the cover interior can be wiped clean and used again. If it becomes soiled it needs to be washed. This makes two-part nappy systems (flats, fitteds and Snap in 2's) an economical option.