After newborn

Pokkelokkie dawn patrol day fitted cloth nappy

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.
How many do I need ?
  • 26 - 28 nappies and 8 - 10 covers to wash every two days
  • 15 nappies and 6 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) + cover.
  •  A Dawn Patrol fitted + 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 + fleece cover/longies (fleece)
  • A hemp prefold + two to three boosters + fleece liner + fleece cover/longies 
  • Two hemp flats  + fleece liner + cover/longies. See our night folding video for the flat combos.
  • Do not use PUL covers at night.
What covers are best?

Summer: Fleece shorties or waterproof covers for day and home play.  Fleece shorties for night (see below).

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

A note on fleece: Fleece is water resistant and pushes moisture back into the nappy making an effective water resistant layer between nappy and clothes. If the nappy beneath is not absorbent enough, moisture can be pulled through resulting in damp clothes. If dampness occurs- add a booster to the nappy. 

Washing 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!
  • 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.
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.