Newborn cloth

Birth – 3/4 months

Cloth nappies accommodate the cord perfectly. Simply move it out the way when putting the nappy on.

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How many?

Full time (wash every two days): 30 - 36 nappies and 8 - 10 covers.
Part time (use in conjunction with alternate nappies): 15 - 18 nappies and 6 - 8 covers.

What nappies are the best?

Opt for a mix of flats and fitteds or you just use one type. We do suggest trying both if you can. All nappies must have our cover over. Covers are rotated through the day and reused. Aim at using three a day in rotation then wash.

Flats are wonderful nappies as they mould a tiny frame and fit for the longest amount of time. It is not difficult. Each flat needs one booster. See our flats page for more information.

Dawn patrol fitted nappies mirror a disposable type. These nappies can be used day and night because newborns are changed every two to three hours. Fitteds page here.

Fleece liners create a stay dry layer. Pee passes through fleece onto the cloth below, it doesn't absorb. Have a pack of ten on hand.

Why do flats need boosters?

Boosters are layered inserts, put in the nappy`s wetzone to provide extra absorption within a nappy. They prevent the nappy from getting too saturated, too quickly which then leads to leaks. They are crucial at newborn stage and are used throughout the cloth journey. Do not skimp on boosters.

Best size flats to buy                                             

Small flats

Lovely trim fit on a baby weighing 2 - 3.5kg .Can be used until around the 7kg mark. Get small flats if you want flats to be easy at birth. If baby is born at 3kg they should fit for three months. One can then upsize straight to a large flat. One cannot use large flats from birth.

Medium flats

Fit beautifully from 5/6kg. You can use them from about 3.5kg if you are willing to do some extra folding. Watch this video to learn how. There will be a bit of extra bulk in the fabric until baby grows. Fits for about ten months using the origami hack fold. Then upsize to a large flat.

See the flats page to learn about flats.

    How often do I change a cloth nappy ?

    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 newborn wees for a two to 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. 

    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 three to five hours baby depending.

    See our washing page.

    Reusable cloth wipes

    Face cloths make the best wipes. Keep a water bottle at your changing station to wet your cloth wipes. A flask with warm winter is useful in winter. Have 20 - 30 to start.

    The first morning nappy

    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.

    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 and make sure the nappies are changed regularly. Use cloth safe bum cream only (one that does not contain zinc). Coconut oil is lovely.