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Nappy Frequently Asked Questions
If you are using a pocket nappy system you will find the actual nappy is extremely quick drying as the stuffing is taken out of the nappy. You could probably manage with 12-16 of this type of nappy. Again this is dependent on your own washing routine.
How many nappies do I need?
The amount of nappies you will require will depend on two things, firstly which nappy system you choose and secondly how often you decide to do your nappy wash.
If you wash every other day and are using a two part system we'd recommend 18-24 nappies and 6-8 wraps (for two parts only). This allows for natural drying time of bamboo or cotton. Wraps can be re-used several times during the day unless they are soiled.
Ok, now I've got my nappies, what else do I need?
Ok once the biggest decision is made of which nappies to use and you will turn your thoughts to what else will i need? Below you will find a quick list of everything you will need. Of course there are always other nice things you can add on later, but here are the basics;
- Nappy Bucket or large wet bag - Anything with a closable lid will do the job to keep the smells inside. Some people prefer to use a large hanging wet bag to keep it up out the way of little hands!
- Laundry Mesh bag ( if using a nappy bucket) - This is great to line your nappy bucket with. It makes transferring nappies to the washing machine very easy as it goes in with them! Some people choose to have two of these as one will be in the wash with your nappies, you'll need another to be going on with.
- Wet bag - useful for out and about to store dirty nappies and wipes in.
- Reusable Fleece or flushable paper liners - Not needed in all nappy types but their function is to keep little ones bum dry and catch solids. Also handy to have if you need to use a nappy cream. A liner will protect the nappy from the thick coating properties of the cream.
- Non Bio washing detergent - Powder or liquid without added softener. Don’t use tablets on your nappies there is too much detergent in a tablet and your nappies may get bogged down with excess detergent, causing smelly nappies and decreased absorbency.
Depending on your chosen nappies you may need extra boosters and nappy nippa's. That’s all you'll need to get started.
Do I need to soak or wet pail my nappies?
No your nappies can be dry pailed until you are ready to wash them. Store them in a bucket with a sealable lid or a wetbag with a zip fasteing to keep away any whiffs! There is no need to soak modern nappies. You can scent your nappy bucket or wetbag with a few drops of tea tree oils on a face cloth or piece of material if you are worried about the smell.
Will my baby get nappy rash?
Most babies will get nappy rash at some point wearing cloth or disposables however, here are a few factors which may help you avoid nappy rash
Major causes of nappy rash are the body's naturally occurring fungus thriving in warm damp conditions inside the nappy or the reaction between wee and poo. Ammonia is created if wee and poo are in contact for some time and attacks the baby's delicate skin. Therefore we recommend that your baby is changed (2 -3 hourly) frequently, bum washed and dried every time the nappy is changed. If possible change the nappy as soon as it is soiled so baby’s skin does not have prolonged contact with poo.
Do I need to wash my nappies before I use them?
All nappies should be washed before first use to remove any manufacturing residue. However, in terms of prepping requirements it will depend on the nappy….. A shaped nappy made of bamboo or cotton for example need to be washed a few times to reach full absorbency. Lots of pre-washing isn't very environmentally friendly and many people opt to use them after the first initial wash. If you choose to do this with a bamboo nappy, change more frequently for the first few uses until washed to maximum absorbency
If you do decide to do a few pre washes they do not need to be dried in between and there is no need for detergent (after the first load) each time at this stage.
A pocket nappy on the other hand will not need a load of washes, although the inserts may depending on the material they are made of.
Microfibre inserts for example won’t require washes to build absorbency but hemp and bamboo will, Its always good to give any nappy at least one wash before use to remeove any manufacturing reside..
How do I choose?
If you’re having trouble making the decision about which is the best nappy system for you then do contact your local retailer for some free impartial advice.
There are several factors to consider when buying nappies....
Age of Baby? How will baby be fed? Do you have space to dry nappies? Do you need an easy to use system for childminders?
It’s worth remembering what works for some won't necessarily be right for you, your lifestyle and your baby.
The age of the baby has a vital part to play in the type of nappy that will best suit their needs. . For newborns we tend to suggest a shaped nappy and wrap system as they are great for containment and dealing with everything a newborn throws at them! From around 4-6 months is a good time to experiment with different types of nappy. It’s at this age upwards that pockets and all in ones come in to their own as baby becomes active and less inclined to let you put two different parts on!
If you are unsure, try a few different types before buying a whole pack of nappies that you then might not like.
What do I do when I need to change baby? & What do I do with poo and dirty nappies??
This will vary with the type of nappy you choose but generally you remove the nappy, shake off any solids in to the toilet and put your nappy in to a storage bag or lined nappy bucket for washing. There is no need to soak modern nappies. So they can be stored dry in a bucket until washing time.
Once the bucket or wetbag is filled up, you transfer your nappies in to the washing machine, open the bag and follow the washing instructions on the nappy. As a rule a 40-60 degree wash with a third the usual amount of non bio washing powder. If you line your nappy bucket with a laundry mesh it makes the transfer from bucket to machine much easier and less messy. That’s it!!! The only extra washing you’ll have to do is an extra load every other day.
How many do I need?
Again this depends on the type you choose and how often you want to wash! If you have a newborn you are changing more often and are likely to need more nappies. We recommend 18-24 as a rule will allow you to wash every other day. With an older baby it can be done with less if you are using a quick drying nappy system. You could easliy have 15 quick drying pockets and wash every other day from 6-8months.
What do with the dirty nappies if I’m out and about?
If you get a medium wet bag to carry in your changing bag, when it comes to change time you’d just change the nappy like you would a disposable, but instead of putting it in a nappy bin just pop it in the wet bag, zip it up and sort it out on your return home! - If its soiled and you can get to a toilet to remove solids then do so, if not wrap it up and leave it until you return home. This same system can be applied to childcare providers. Tip - A good wet bag with a zip will keep all whiffs in!
Will my baby need special clothes?
No not at all. Cloth nappies can be a bit bulkier than disposables but not to the extent that they need special clothes! You might find you need the next size of vests or trousers quicker if they start to cause pressure leaks but they wont need specific clothes made for cloth unless you want too.
Will my baby be slower to crawl and walk?
If anything it's thought that cloth nappies are good at providing support to developing hips but its important to remember children all develop at tierh own rates, there is no reason to think cloth is stopping your child from reaching any milestones.
As an example when talking among the 15 retailers involved in the Nappy Hunt, with numerous children between us and all cloth bums at some point. - none of us have found our children to be delayed in movement many sat 5- 7 months, crawled at 6- 8 and walked at 10 months plus, not in any way delayed!
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