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15. April 2016 · Categories: Billy's Updates, Uncategorized · Tags: , , ,

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Billy is Back!

Billy returns once more to tell everyone just how fantastic cloth nappies are for Real Nappy Week 2016.

Once again we kick off the week with our fabulous Great British Nappy Hunt competition, which runs from 10am on Mon 18th to midnight on Sun 24th April.   Throughout the week you can hunt for Billy around our organisers and supporters websites, find the magic key words and enter the competition for some super prizes.

We’re also encouraging you to share the love of cloth nappies.  Real Nappy Week is the week we tell the world of the many benefits of using cloth – it’s not just about saving waste or saving money.  We’ve compiled lots of interesting information for you to uncover on your way around our supporting sites.

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Cloth isn't scary

Cloth isn’t scary

Cloth Isn’t Scary

While doing baby shows and nappy demos to new or expectant parents, the team here at the Great British Nappy Hunt have lost count of the number of parents who are reluctant to try cloth nappies. Sure, they agree with lots of the pros of reusable nappies, but disposables are just so safe and cloth is scary…. isn’t it?!
So let’s dispel some of those common myths…

 

Cloth is scary because it is complicated to use.

FALSE: Your mums and grandmas will think you are mad when you tell them you are planning to use cloth and scare you with tales of wet pails, boil washes, pins and plastic pants. Luckily modern cloth nappies are pretty much as simple to use as a disposable. All-in-one nappies are shaped just like a disposable and simply Velcro or popper onto your baby. Once it is dirty just pop in a dry lidded bucket, or waterproof bag, until washday comes and let your washing machine do all the hard work. It really is simple once you try it!
Cloth nappy user Emma Briggs was sure they would be complicated: “When I first started looking to use cloth nappies I was worried that it was going to be really complicated. There were so many different nappy systems, boosters, liners, wet bags, pails etc to choose from. It didn’t take long to work out a system that would suit us and once we actually started to use the nappies it was incredibly straightforward and we quickly fell into a full time routine.”

 

Cloth is scary because you will get loads of leaks.

FALSE: Reusable nappies should last around 3 hours before you would get a leak from wee. The initial switch may take a bit of remembering to change as regularly, but lets face it, its pretty nasty to leave a baby in any nappy for more than this anyway. And poo leaks – they cower in the face of cloth nappies! Amanda from Baby Bum Boutique is currently cloth nappy-ing her newborn, and hasn’t had a single poo leak to date (despite some seriously runny and explosive poos). If correctly fitted and boosted, cloth nappies are often less leaky than disposables – as confirmed by our fan Katherine Stevenson: “I was worried about leaks – especially poo leaks. Imagine my joy when I found cloth contains poo SOOOOOOO much better than disposables!”

 

Cloth is scary because it costs so much money

FALSE: The upfront cost of reusable nappies can look like a lot, but it can vary considerably. It is possible to set up with a full load of cloth nappies (15) for as little as £60 if you choose budget brands. Even if branded nappies are your choice you will be able to kit yourself out for around £250.  It is easy to spend over £1 a day on disposable nappies, so within 2 months you could have your money back and go on to use the nappies for 3 more years!

 

Cloth is scary because there are so many brands and types to choose from:

TRUE – it can be really confusing looking online at different nappies, especially when you have no experience of what they look and feel like. We recommend you get in touch with one of our experienced retailers who can guide you to a brand they would recommend for your personal circumstances. Many places will give you personal demos of the nappies to help with your decision too.

 

Cloth is scary because I will constantly be washing and drying

FALSE – As long as you get a reasonable number of nappies (15-20) washing will not take over your life! Even with a newborn, getting through around 8 nappies a day, this will give you 2 days worth before you need to wash – simple pop the nappies in the machine after the second day and press go. Much quicker than heading to the shops to buy more disposables. 3 extra loads a week on average will take you less than 30 minutes to wash and hang up to dry.

Modern cloth nappies are often made with materials that are designed to be very quick drying – for example microfibre nappies will easily dry overnight on an airer in a warm room. If you are really tight for time, you can even tumble dry nearly all nappies on a low heat.

Our fan Chantelle Michael confirms this was a fear of hers: “I was worried having to wash and stuff nappies would be so much more extra work…it really isn’t! I actually find hanging my nappies puts me in an instant happy mood and stuffing them is very therapeutic!”

 

Cloth is scary because it is bulky and will stop my child sitting/crawling/learning to walk.

FALSE – Yes cloth nappies by their nature are a little bit more bulky than disposables (though if you consider the huge bulk of a wet disposable we would argue they aren’t!), but they do not restrict movement of your little one. Several members of the GBNH team have had children who walked before 12 months despite being in cloth from birth. In fact, cloth nappies are often recommended in cases of hip dysplasia, as they hold the legs in a slightly wider position that is better for hip joints.

So there you have it – most of the reasons to NOT use cloth nappies are simply not true and there are so many reasons to give them a go. Who wouldn’t want such a cute squishy nappy on your little one’s bottom? Especially when it will save several thousand nappies from going into landfill, and save you hundreds of pounds over the time your child is in nappies. Please pledge to try a cloth nappy today, and if you already use them to share with your friends that cloth isn’t scary!

If you want more information on cloth nappies take a look over here and watch our for our regular ‘cloth clinic’ sessions that are held on the Great British Nappy Hunt Facebook page.

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This post was written by Billy of The Great British Nappy Hunt

18. March 2014 · Categories: Cloth Clinic, Trouble Shooting · Tags: , ,

Are you thinking of using cloth right from day one? Here are a few hints, tips, and questions that might help you decide….

Will my baby’s meconium stain my nappies?

No! Although meconium is very black and tarry, if you do a rinse before you wash your nappies, it will come out in a normal wash. If you want to be extra sure you won’t stain your nappies, you could add a fleece liner in to ensure the meconium is caught (in our experience most of it sticks on the bum anyway!)

1489195_10152330196792008_29586979_nWill they look too bulky on my newborn?

Lots of new parents think that cloth nappies will look huge on their brand new tiny babies. If you choose a nappy designed for newborns they should fit well from around 6lb in weight without being too bulky. They might look a little big at first, but you will soon learn that babies grow really quickly!

What about the umbilical cord?


Some newborn nappies have a snap-down section that will allow it to go under the umbilical cord while it is healing. However, as long as you keep the area clean and dry, it shouldn’t do any harm if the nappy goes over the cord either.

What different nappy options do I have for a newborn?

Newborns obviously grow very quickly, so many people like to go for an economical option for the early days. Good-quality muslins can be folded and used with a Nappi Nippa and a wrap for a very simple and cheap way to cloth nappy from the early days. Those muslins come in useful later for many other purposes.  Other cheap and useful options for newborns are smaller sized terry squares. 40cm is ideal for low birth weight babies/twins, or 50cm which may last up to a year without the bulk of a standard 60cm.  Prefolds are an option – always wrap around and secure with a Nappi Nippa for best containment.

Alternatively, all-in-one options are very simple to use, but fitted nappies with wraps are super reliable.  Always make sure with a fitted nappy that the wrap is the correct size for your baby, a fitted nappy can always be folded down to fit your baby but it is the Cloth Nappies and Newbornswrap that is the last line of defence, hence needing to be best fit.

Where can I find newborn nappies?

There are plenty of options available, you might decide on a the cheapest options of flat nappies, muslins, terries and prefolds. Or you may choose a fitted nappy which could fasten with a Nappi Nippa, or with Velcro/popper. The latter are more expensive but will give good containment.  Both these options need a snugly fitting wrap over the top designed specifically for the size/weight of a newborn baby.
Alternatively there are smaller sized all in ones and pocket nappies, these are typically designed to fit from 5-6lb, which you may find more convenient being just one piece to put on. We suggest you contact your local nappy retailer or nappy library for advice on what’s available.  You can find a list of retailers and a map detailing your nearest nappy library here.

How many newborn nappies will I need?

Newborns can get through a LOT of nappies – 8-10 in one day. Realistically, a bare minimum of 15 nappies would be needed if you keep on top of your washing. 20 would allow for a more relaxed approach.  If using a two part nappy and wrap (whether flat or fitted nappies) you’ll also need about 4-5 wraps.

What type of nappy would you recommend if I am planning on breastfeeding?

As breastfed poo is generally very runny and can be explosive, containment is going to be one of your key requirements. You don’t want to have a poo explosion from the back to the hairline, as is frequently found with disposable nappies. Unlike cloth nappies, disposables don’t have any elastic along the waist.

We would suggest trying a two part system of nappy and wrap. This gives you a double barrier of elastic at both the waist and the leg, and gives you the bomb proof combination to help hold those explosions in the early days – if the nappy leaks, then the wrap contains. There are plenty of brands of fitted nappies out there, ask your local retailer or nappy library for advice. As long as you use a good wrap that is the correct size for your baby, it is the wrap that does the final containment. For wraps, we would suggest a wrap with leg gussets, that provides a snug fit at the legs and giving a deep channel to contain mess.

Cloth Nappies and NewbornsCan I use Birth-to Potty Nappies on a newborn?

Birth to potty (BTP) nappies can definitely be used on some newborns with success. Most one-size nappies realistically fit well from 9-10lb in weight, so if you are expecting a larger newborn they are a great option to save you money and get you set-up for the long term. We have known BTP nappies be used with success on babies as small as 6lb, but they will look bulkier than newborn specific nappies. If you plan to try BTP nappies look for ones with cross-over waist snaps or Velcro to increase your chances of a good fit.

What do I do with all the newborn poo?

Some people choose to rinse nappies before putting them in the dry pail, however there is no need to do this. Simply chuck them in your machine mess and all, pop a cold rinse on before your main wash, and it will deal with all the mess! Using fleece liners can help prevent any stains on your new nappies. Paper liners can often be fairly ineffective at containing breastfed poo

Newborn cloth nappies.