What is part time vs full time cloth?

Part time means you would start smaller with ten to fifteen nappies. We don`t recommend getting less as it can then get tricky to use and wash them. The more nappies you have the easier it is.

Full time means you will use little to zero single use plastics. You need thirty changes for newborn and from about four/ five months, twenty six changes.

Is washing a lot more work?

Our modern cloth nappies are so easy to clean and wash. A machine rinse and a main wash is all they need these days. It really is not a big deal. A couple of loads a week makes a lot of sense. Once you get going you will see how seamless things actually become. Washing does not cost an arm and a leg and cannot compare to buying and throwing away disposables daily. 

How often do I change a cloth nappy ?

Newborn babies - 3/4 months old
Day time: change the cloth nappy every two and a half hours. Poop nappies always change immediately.
Night time: change before the feed. Generally anything from between two to four hours (max) baby depending. Add a booster if the nappy is on longer than three hours. 
Tip: Keep a bucket next to the change area/bed, throw in the dirty nappy.Transfer to the main storage bin when you have a minute.

3/4 months on
Day time: every three hours. Poop nappies always change immediately.
Night time: one night nappy can be worn all night. Either the Siesta night fitted or two flats. Day time solutions do not work for night time.

When must I add a booster?

Newborns : from about three weeks old, babies start to wee a lot more as feeding increases. Add a booster (see below) to the Dawn patrol fitted and the flat. Two boosters may be needed. If the nappy is very wet, this is the sign to boost. After 2 - 3 hours of wear, aim for a smallish dry patch at the back. 80% should be visibly wet, soaked through. Boosters are designed to soak up the pee. 

Night nappies from 6kg: add a booster or two if the nappy is very wet in the morning and/ or if there is a wetness red rash. For rashes, troubleshoot here.

Can covers be reused?

Yes! Covers are rotated through the day. Airdy on a chair/cot then use a fresh one.
Newborn and OSFM covers rotate three a day.
Snappit Pro covers can usually be used twice. Rotate them.
Night nappy covers only once.

Are fleece liners needed at the newborn stage?

Yes, we suggest having a pack of ten on hand. Fleece liners come in handy in the first days when meconium is present. Liners at the newborn stage do not catch poop but rather they act as a stay dry layer between a damp nappy and the skin. This is useful for babies that sleep longer or/and who are sensitive to a wet nappy. Fleece does not get wet as it is synthetic and it works very well. Liners do not stain. Start nappies without them in and add when needed as baby gets bigger. 

Can I opt for disposable liners?

Yes you can. However we don`t recommend using these at the newborn stage or until babies start solids four to six months. Newborn poop is runny and a liner does not "catch" it. Nappies are very easy to clean because of the consistency of poop at this stage.  Reusable Fleece liners however serve the purpose of keeping the bum dry so these are useful to have for comfort.

Why opt for reusable cloth wipes to clean baby?

Store bought wet wipes contain chemicals, often cause a rash between the cheeks and do not clean very effectively. You need at least three or four or more to clean a poop. They are a single use,  landfill item.The Wipey reusables are super easy and very effective. They will continue to be used even when baby is potty trained. Get a pack of thirty. Dare we say it, but you will never use a store bought one ever again!

How wet do cloth nappies get?

After a few wees the nappy/boosters will be visibly wet but not so wet that it needs to be changed. A cloth nappy can hold enough wees for a two to three hour period before being changed. Most of the 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. 90% of the nappy shell is wet and both inserts are usually 90% visibly wet. No dry patches indicate a nappy that needs another booster or it’s been on too long. Around 3/4 weeks old babies start to wee more. Boosting is needed. 

Can I use cloth before the cord falls off?

Yes! Simply move the cord out of the way. Cloth nappies accommodate it perfectly. Make the nappy slightly looser while the cord is still attached.

Why does the first morning nappy feel wetter?

Morning output tends to be quite substantial under six months of age (newborns especially). Boost the first morning nappy (add a booster). Change it thirty minutes before you would any other nappy, if very saturated.

Does my baby get cold / uncomfortable in a cloth nappy?

Babies in cloth nappies can stay warm in winter despite having a wet nappy , primarily because cloth diapers are made of materials that retain warmth much better than disposable diapers. Fabric only gets cold if cold air is landing directly on the wet cloth. A nappy is wrapped up inside a waterproof cover and then baby is snuggled warmly inside clothes and blankets. Body temperature is easily maintained by keeping the air temp warm and dressing baby in appropriate warm clothes. You can use a fleece liner in all nappies, as the fleece acts as a stay dry keeping the bum dry. Fleece does not get wet.
Cloth nappies are very comfortable. They may feel bigger and there can be tendency to assume it`s not as comfortable as a single use plastic. It`s important as a newbie to look past this and use your nappies. You create your new norm. No more throwing away. No more leaking plastics. There are only pro`s to using reusables.

Is bum cream needed?

No bum cream is needed with cloth nappies. Use cloth safe bum cream or coconut oil if desired. Avoid zinc based products and Vaseline as they clog the nappy pores. Use a fleece liner if these creams are needed (sometimes during teething). 

Troubleshoot a rash here.

My babies legs are lifted into the air with the bigger bum is this ok? The nappy feels big!

Yes this is very normal for first time cloth nappy users as the comparison is a disposable nappy that is very thin. It is 100% ok, healthy and perfectly normal.

Newborns will lie at a slight angle due to the bigger bum is 100%. Cloth nappies hold a baby's legs in the optimum position that aids healthy hip development, both by the bulk between the legs and also adding a lift of their spine, which encourages them to lie in a froggie type of position. When babies are in the womb they are all curled up. The hip ball and socket is not 100% formed and only fixes around two to three years old. Sitting a small baby in a cloth diaper actually encourages them to hold their legs in a position where the hip ball sits in the socket, lessening the chance of hip dysplasia. So in summary the bulkier nappy is in fact very good for them. The more you use your nappies the more normal it is for you so just keep using them. Babies grow into their nappies. Remember why you are opting for reusables. Don`t let a bigger bum cause any concern. 

Read our blog post here.

Does baby need bigger clothes?

No definitely not but we do have some helpful tips for cloth bums below!

  • When shopping, opt for the stretch type legging pants (avoid denim or stiff type of pants these do not do well with cloth bums). Elasticated shorts work the best for warmer days.
  • A dropped crotch type or harem pants style works well and is available in most shops.
  • Bottoms tend to get tighter slightly sooner so just be prepared to move to the next size clothing a few weeks earlier than if you were using plastics.
  • Opt for baby grows that clip under the crotch rather than ones that zip up from foot to neckline. Add stretch type leggings over for winter time.
  • Use Kiki vest extenders which work brilliantly to extend the life of baby grows in this way especially for night nappies.

You do not need special clothes or bigger clothes. It`s more about fabric choice and style of what you buy. It`s the simple, little tweaks above that just need to be considered if you want to use your cloth comfortably.


What nappies are good for school use?

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