Are you thinking about switching to cloth nappies and are not sure where to start? The switch to cloth nappies may actually be easier than you think, and with the help of this guide, you will soon realise just how easy it can be.
Keep reminding yourself that every time you use a cloth nappy, one less disposable ends in landfill. If you choose to use a cloth nappy every time, you could save approximately 4000 nappies going to landfill. That's a significant difference you could make to your carbon footprint, just through one simple change
For full time use you will need:
● Approximately 25 nappies, if washing every 2 to 3 days
● Liners (optional)
● A large hanging wet-bag or nappy bucket to store dirty nappies
● A medium size wet-bag or POD for out-and-about
If making a gradual switch, we suggest trying a few nappies first and adding to your stash as and when you wish.
Prepping your nappies:
We recommend giving all nappies a prewash. Nappies made of hemp or bamboo will need at least 6 washes to reach their maximum absorbency. Whilst the nappy is reaching its maximum absorbency, simply change your baby more often, or add a booster.
Using a liner:
Liners are placed on top of the inside of the nappy between the nappy and baby’s bum. They are used to catch any solids that would otherwise stick to the nappy. Biodegradable liners are tossed in the bin or compost.
Fitting your nappy:
After putting the nappy on your baby, observe how it fits around the legs and bum. The leg elastics should fit snug on the leg crease or thigh. If you see gaps between the nappy and the skin then the fit should be adjusted. Make sure your nappy is not too tight on the waist. Unlike a disposable, you do not need to pull it tight, but instead make sure that there is a two finger gap around the waist.
How often do I change the nappy?
Change the nappy as often as you would a disposable. It all depends on the baby or child, some require changing every 2 hours and others every 4. If you need the nappy to last longer, simply boost it with an extra insert.
What to do with all that poo?
Newborn babies will still have very soft poo, which you can rinse off, (although it’s fine to go straight in the washing machine and do a rinse cycle first). When your baby starts to do solid poos, you can use a liner to catch the solids, which can be tossed in the bin or compost. Once you have removed any excess poo, simply put the nappy in your hanging wet bag, or nappy bucket ready for wash day.
And that’s it!
Once you find your groove, you will find yourself immersed in the world of cloth nappies. There is a wonderful online cloth nappy community and network that is a wealth of knowledge and always eager to help. Join our facebook group, Little Lovebum Group for help with your cloth nappy journey.