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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.