What nappies are the best?
- Daytime: Hemp or cotton flats and/or Dawn patrol day fitteds plus a cover.
- Night time: Hemp prefolds or Sleepy dust hemp fitteds or two hemp flats folded as one and a fleece cover or longies
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 a 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.
- 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.
- Watch our cleaning videos.
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.
- 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.