Modern cloth nappies are economical and eco-friendly alternatives to disposables. They are easy to use and easy to care for. Leave all the hard work to your trusty washing machine! These are absorbent, comfortable and come in a wide variety of adorable prints. A cloth nappy stash will save you a fortune and keep thousands of disposables from going into landfills.
Here are some FAQs on cloth nappies:
Is it really better for the environment?
Plastic disposable nappies don’t decompose and will be in the landfill long after we are gone. Disposable nappies also take a lot of energy and water in the process of producing them. Cloth nappies can be reused and rewashed multiple times and you can even use them for your next child or donate them.
Does it really save me money?
If you calculate the cost of having a cloth nappy stash to buying 4,500 disposable nappies, cloth nappies work out cheaper even if you include the cost of water, electricity and laundry detergent. To save on energy, line dry them instead of using the dryer.
How many nappies do I need?
You need at least 20 nappies if you are cloth diapering full time. This is so that while some are in the laundry, you have spare ones to use and you don’t have to do the washing everyday. It is ok to start small and you can try different brands that work well for your baby.
Where do I store wet nappies?
Wet or soiled nappies are kept in a nappy bucket or nappy pail until wash day (dry pail method- no soaking needed). For poopy nappies, simply knock off solids down the toilet or use a nappy sprayer to get the residuals off before putting them in your nappy bucket. You can line the bin with a mesh bag so you can simply pull this out and throw the whole lot into the washing machine.
When you are out and about with your baby, you can store wet nappies in a wetbag / waterproof bag until you get home.
How do I use one-size-fits-most pocket nappies?
You simply put the insert inside the pocket and adjust the snaps to fit your baby. Some people also put liners inside the nappy to make it less messy. You can also boost/ double stuff your pocket nappy with inserts to make them more absorbent if your baby is a heavy-wetter. Pocket nappies are quick drying as inserts and shells are separate pieces.
What are all-in-one (AIO) nappies?
All-in-one nappies have all the parts sewn in so they are as easy to use as disposables. Simply snap them in and throw in the nappy bucket after use. They are convenient but also slower drying.
Washing & Drying Nappies
Soiled cloth nappies shouldn't be stored for too long and should be washed every two days. To get the best results:
1. Run a prewash cycle (about 30-40 min) so that the nappies are rid of urine and poo, and the main wash is done with clean water.
2. Run a full warm wash (longest cycle) with detergent. Make sure there is enough water in the machine so that nappies get cleaned properly.
3. Do not use fabric softeners.
4. Pocket shells and nappy covers dry quickly- line dry or tumble dry low. Please note that hotter settings or excessive heat exposure from the sun may damage or delaminate the waterproofing of your shells.
5. As inserts take longer to dry, you can tumble dry them in the machine in moderate heat setting. Line dry inserts if possible to save on energy.