Things to consider when purchasing cloth nappies


Using cloth:

Using cloth takes a little bit of practice.  And practice DOES make perfect.

It is NOT difficult – but it can feel like a bit of a challenge when dealing with a real live baby. Because of this, it`s important to remain patient and to remember that there is no mad rush! Give yourself a few days to get the hang of it. As it really does take a few days, regardless of the type of cloth nappy. The more you dive in, the quicker it takes and the better you will get at it.

I offer FULL SUPPORT during this time so you are not alone. Please make use of this nappy coaching and message me. ☺

I strongly urge you to practice folding and putting our cloth nappies on a teddy before baby comes. This will boost your confidence and help you adjust when baby arrives.

Nappies getting too small and having to buy again:
  • Babies grow. As with clothes, nappies are outgrown.
  • Small flats can be used as boosters once outgrown so you are making an investment when using flats at newborn stage. Boosters are a must have in toddler years!
  • Sized nappies give a much better fit overall. Nappies that do not fit properly lead to leg gaps which can lead to leaks.You do not want leaking nappies.
  • Our flats, prefolds and fitteds are all sized for this reason.
Nightime cloth:
  • Seems daunting- it isn`t IF you have the right nappies.
  • Night nappies MUST wrap around baby. If they don`t, leaking is likely.Hemp fitteds, prefolds or hemp flats are excellent night items.
  • Newborns- change  when you feed.
  • From about 3 months - can wear one night nappy for the night.
Clothes
  • In general, you do not need special clothes for over cloth nappies.
  • Baby grows don’t always clip over the bulkier nappy- vest extenders (see image below) are a brilliant invention that solves this issue.
  • Bums are bigger with cloth- they are also cuter. Roomier pants (such as those from Ackermans) are easy to find.

Poop:
  • You will have more contact with poop. Don`t let that put you off.
  • Get a diaper sprayer or garden sprayer and a pair of yellow kitchen gloves (for when loading the machine). 
  • Use fleece liners  to minimize poop dealings. These really do make ALL the difference.
    Washing:

    Water restricted areas:

    • Use grey water to rinse and wash your nappies.
    • Opt for a garden sprayer that can be filled with grey water (instead of a diaper sprayer) to spray poop nappies.
    Daycare/school:
    • Flats and covers can easily be used for crèche or day care.
    • Padfold a hemp flat and lay it in our PUL covers (or a pocket). Add a hemp booster for extra absorbency.
    • Pre-fold hemp flats and show the school how to put them on.
    • Send a wetbag ,plus enough nappies for the day.


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