Cloth Nappy Information
Nappy Care Instructions
When your nappies arrive they will need to be pre-washed in order to increase absorbency and remove anything left from the manufacturing process. After this it is fine to start using them, but you will find that the absorbency will increase further after a number of washes so either keep this in mind or you may want to pre-wash a few times.
When washing your nappies always refer to the washing instructions from the manufacturer, these are usually on a sewn in label. Many people wash at 60c but most manufacturers will now suggest washing at 40c most of the time. Use a baby friendly non bio* washing powder and do not use fabric softener/conditioner as this will affect the absorbency of your nappies and inserts and may increase likelihood of leaks.
*Non- Bio is recommended for sensitive skin and newborns and by most manufacturers, however with older babies especially post weaning you may choose to use bio as this does work well on stains. Try to avoid a brand with optical brigteners as this may fade colours if you have chosen colourful nappies.
The best and most environmentally friendly way to dry your nappies is on a washing line. Plus sunlight works wonders on any staining that may occur. However, if you need nappies dried more quickly, or the weather is just rubbish you may need to use a tumble dryer or a heated airer, or to hang by (but not in direct contact with) the radiator. It is not advisable to tumble dry nappies with PUL (polyurethane laminate) outers on anything other than a cool temperature due to the nature of the fabric - it may melt! You will find that pocket nappies and wraps will dry pretty quickly anyway, so you may find you only need to tumble dry the inserts. Many people part-dry their nappies in the dryer for reasons of longevity as well as saving the cost of tumble drying. Bamboo inserts/nappies are often not suitable for tumble drying on a regular basis as shortens their life span – check with the manufacturer’s washing instructions.
Storing your soiled nappies prior to washing is easy, either using a hanging wet bag or in a nappy bucket. Flush any solids down the toilet (you can hold the nappy in the flush of the toilet) and pop the used nappy into either the wet bag or bucket until ready to wash. If you want to use nappy liners then you can simply flush away the disposable variety (taking care with ancient plumbing not to flush too many at once or to tear up as you flush), or with fleece liners just wash along with the nappy. For newborn poo, it’s easiest to just leave it in the nappy and pop the whole lot in the machine and let the machine do the work. You can line the nappy bucket with a mesh bag and save yourself the hassle of double handling - you can just put the nappies in the opened bag straight into the washing machine..
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