After newborn

What nappies are the best?

Hemp or cotton flats? Hemp is the trimmest however cotton is lovely and soft. Both work brilliantly. 

Best size flats to buy?
  • Large flats can fit well from 6.5/7kg on. Use this trick.
  • Medium flats can be used well from 4/5kg if starting cloth at this point.
How many do I need ?
  • Twenty eight nappies and ten covers to wash every two days
  • Fifteen nappies and six covers to wash every day.
  • Boosters: We recommend using boosters if the nappy is very wet after two hours of wear.One booster per nappy when using flats. Boosters provide extra layers within a nappy to allow for a long wearing time and prevents the wetzone from getting too saturated. 
How often do I change a cloth 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.
Daytime solution options:
  • A hemp or cotton flat  (some babies need one to two boosters) and cover.
  •  A Dawn Patrol fitted and  cover.
  • Fleece liners for day are needed once baby starts solids. They catch solid poop very well. Without these cleaning poop can be tricky.
Night time solution options:
  • A Sleepy dust hemp fitted (up to 15kg only) and  fleece cover/longies 
  • A hemp prefold (the best older toddler night nappy) and two to three boosters and a fleece liner and fleece cover/longies 
  • Two flats  and fleece liner and  cover/longies. See our night folding video for the flat combos.
  • Avoid PUL covers at night.
What covers are best?

Summer: Fleece covers for day and home play.  Fleece covers for night.

Winter: Waterproof covers for day under longies/clothes. Fleece longies for night.

Cleaning poop
  • Solid poop must be discarded in the toilet.
  • Use fleece liners. Disposable liners are yet another landfill item. They are not flushable.
  • Get a bidet sprayer. They are not expensive, are easily hooked up to the toilet and are a total game changer. There is three to four years of poop cleaning. Make it easy for yourself.
Reusable cloth wipes
  • Very effective and make clean up easy and quick. 
  • Get about thirty. They last until potty training.
  • Store bought wet wipes contain chemicals, often cause horrible rashes and you need "100" to clean a poop.
  • 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.