After newborn

How many?

Full time: 28 nappies and 8- 10 covers
Part time: 16 nappies and 6 - 8 covers

What nappies?

We suggest getting a mix of flats and Dawn patrol day fitteds, a few night Siesta fitteds, boosters and covers.

Best size flats to buy

Medium flats can be used well from 4/5kg, if starting cloth at this point.
Large flats can fit well from 7kg on. Use this trick.

How often do I change a nappy?

Day time - every three to three and a half (max) hours. Poop nappy change immediately.
Night time - one night nappy will suffice the ten to twelve hour stretch if baby has stopped pooping at night.

Covers are rotated through the day. Aim to use three a day then wash.

After a few wees the nappy will be visibly wet but not so wet that it needs to be changed. A cloth nappy can hold enough wees for a three hour period before being changed. The whole nappy will be saturated. The layers will be soaked through. As long as there is no leaking (wet clothes) the nappy is doing it`s job. Cloth nappies are designed to absorb and hold liquid. Disposable nappies contain a chemical gel that prevents the wetness. See below what to expect after three hours of wear. 

Daytime solution options:
A flat plus one booster plus a fleece liner (for poop catching) and a fleece or SuperWrap cover.
Or the Dawn Patrol fitted and a cover.
Fleece liners for day are needed in all nappies once baby starts solids. They catch solid poop.
Night time solution options:

The Siesta night fitted. Fleece or SuperWrap cover.
A hemp prefold (for toddlers over 18kg). Fleece or SuperWrap cover.
Two flats folded together. See our night folding video for the flat combos. Fleece or SuperWrap cover.

What covers are best?

Summer: Fleece covers or SuperWraps for day and night time. 

Winter: SuperWrap waterproofs for day under longies/clothes. Fleece longies over the night nappy from five/ six months old. Newborn - 6 months use a SuperWrap beneath the fleece longies. 

Cleaning poop

Visit the cleaning page.

Reusable cloth wipes
Avoid store bought wet wipes. Reusable face cloths are easy and effective. Get about thirty.
Keep a water bottle at your changing station to wet your cloth wet wipes.
Bum cream

Generally no bum cream is needed with cloth nappies. Cloth does not cause rashes unless baby is sensitive to wetness. In this case use a fleece liner. Use cloth safe bum cream or coconut oil if needed. Avoid zinc based products as they clog the nappy pores. Use a fleece liner if these creams are needed (sometimes during teething).