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.
We offer FULL SUPPORT during this time so you are not alone. Please make use of this nappy coaching and mail us.
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 eventually outgrown. Focus on the savings not the amount of time a nappy fits. You can save up to R20 000 using cloth. Single use plastics go in the bin into landfill.
- 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 so they are reused over and over again.
- You will save the most amount of money in the first four months by opting for cloth. It is worth starting cloth from birth. Do not wait.
- Seems daunting- it isn`t if you have the right nappies.
- Night nappies MUST wrap around baby and be fully absorbent. If they don`t, leaking is likely. Avoid AIO, pocket or SIO styles. Hemp fitteds, prefolds or flats are excellent night items.
- Newborns, change when you feed.
- From about three/four months - can wear one night nappy for the night.
- 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 are easy to find.
- You will have more contact with poop. Do not let that put you off.
- Get a diaper sprayer or garden sprayer and a pair of yellow kitchen gloves (for when loading the machine). Watch our videos at the bottom of this page to see how to use sprayers.
- Use fleece liners when baby has started solids to minimize poop dealings. These really do make ALL the difference.
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.