We hear you – figuring out the best way to use and clean Reusable Cloth Nappies can seem daunting. How do you clean them? How do you fit them? Do they smell? How do I get rid of the poo?
Worry not, we’ve compiled all your questions and more into an easy to read blog post that you can refer back to at any point of your Reusable Cloth Nappy journey.
How Do I Fit Them?
Fitting the nappy itself is simple can seem complicated – there’s a lot of buttons and it can be hard to know where and which ones to snap them closed to.
Our Reusable Cloth Nappies will roughly fit bubs from 3.5kg to 16kg, so this should cover them from birth to toilet training. They should also be changed roughly every 2-3 hours depending on the soiling as they don’t hold as much liquid as disposable nappies, that have chemicals in them to increase absorbency.
Each bub is individual, so the way you fit your nappies may vary depending what you want out of your nappy. You may just want them for daily use and stick to a disposable at night-time, or you may want to use both disposable and reusable interchangeably, or you may want to swap them out completely and use reusable full time – everyone’s journey is unique.
We’ve found we’ve had the best success fitting them using the below guide:
- To start, fit the nappy high up on your little ones back to ensure that the gusset of the nappy is close to the crotch – for best absorbency, the Bamboo Soaker Pads need to sitting close to the skin so they can catch any liquid. If the crotch isn’t sitting high enough it will sag, leading to more leaks.
- Adjust the nappy to the size of your baby – you can do this two ways, by adjusting the width and the length:
- To adjust the length of the nappy, use the front 12 buttons that sit just on the gusset of the nappy, by snapping them together you can shorten the body of the nappy for newborns.
- To adjust the width, fit the left nappy flap first, securing tight with the two rows of snaps that run across the top of the nappy. Then, fit the right flap into the snaps. You can also secure the snaps on top of the left flap – this is a great technique for securing little ones with small waists. You want the nappy to fit snuggly around their waist, but not too tight so they’re uncomfortable.
- Make sure the nappy elastics are sitting at the top of their thighs – the same way you would wear a pair of undies up tight against your body is the same way you want the nappies to fit – this will ensure that the fit of the nappy is nice and comfy for your little one.
- And finally, double check to make sure the Bamboo Soaker Pads are sitting flush to the nappy and your bub. Any curling or folded edges could result in leakage.
Help! My Nappy Keeps Leaking!
When you have a leak, double check your Soaker Pads first – if they are saturated, if they’re just damp, or if they’re only wet in one section. This will give you a better indication of the issue at hand, and how best to tackle it.
If your nappy is leaking through the nappy or down the legs, you may have a little one that wets more frequently, so it’s possible that your nappy doesn’t have enough absorption or needs to be changed quicker to keep up with your baby. Add another liner to boost absorption, or if you’ve threaded the liner through the nappy, snap it in place on top of the gusset instead so point of absorption is directly against the skin.
We find leakages through the elasticated leg happens most often with newborn poo or diarrhoea. In manufacturing, small holes are punctured through the waterproof cover to hold elastic in place and the cover to the suede interior. In rare cases if liquid is left to pool around the legs it can soak through. Try adding more absorption to your nappy by adding another Bamboo Soaker Pad or change the nappy as soon as you realise your baby has soiled the nappy. Always make sure the nappy is fit snug to the body.
When the inserts are only damp down one end of the nappy, or leaking is occurring out the top or the back of the nappy we find this is probably an issue with the fit, refer back to the fitting steps to ensure best fit for your baby.
How do I use the Bamboo Soaker Pads?
You can fit the Bamboo Soaker Pads to best fit your baby’s individual needs for varying absorbency. For casual wear in older bubs, you may only use one liner if they’re not wetting as frequently. For overnight, you may use two or three liners to boost absorbency and reduce leakage. All our nappies come with two soakers, one large and one small.
Use the below as a standard guide for absorbency:
- Use the single smaller pad for standard absorbency for a baby.
- Fold the single larger pad at the line for a wider pad and higher absorbency for baby.
- Attach the folded larger pad to the smaller pad for extra absorbency for baby.
- Use the single larger pad unfolded for standard absorbency for young children.
- Double up the smaller pad and larger pad for extra absorbency for young children.
How do I fit the Bamboo Soaker Pads?
You can fit our bamboo soaker pads two different ways, on top of the nappy gusset or through the nappy itself.
Sitting the soaker pads on top of the nappy and clipping them in place are great for extra absorbency as it sits directly against the skin. This style of nappy is also easy to wash as the soiling is on the liner not the nappy – nappy covers can be reused if no soiling has come in contact with the cover.
Threading the soaker pads through the nappy is a great option for kinder going bubbas, or when they’re being looked after by people not as familiar with Reusable Cloth Nappies. It also works perfect for active bubbas as the pads won’t move around like it would sitting on top of the gusset.
How do I wash them?
The washing process is a super crucial part in ensuring the longevity and best use of your Reusable Cloth Nappies. It’s also relatively simple once broken down into easy to follow steps!
- Soak the Bamboo Inserts overnight in warm water.
- After soaking, wash inserts and nappy cover with washing liquid or powder. We prefer using eco-friendly alternatives like EcoStore.
- Leave the nappy to dry completely – then you’re ready for use! This is a super important step as it maximises the absorbency of your liners.
- Once used and ready to wash, remove all solids and rinse any remaining soiling. We promise you won’t have to touch any soiling – place solids into the toilet and rinse soaked or soiled liners/ nappies in the laundry sink. You could also invest in bio-degradable nappy liners that sit on top of the Bamboo Soaker Pad and can be picked up and disposed of, minimising the risk of touching any soiling.
Pro-Tip:If not washing straight away, collect all rinsed nappies and liners in a nappy pail (you can even use a bucket with a lid, just make sure it has air holes to prevent odours and mold) until you have collected enough for a full wash. If using nappies interchangeably with disposables, wash as needed.
- Pre-Wash the nappy with washing liquid or powder in a 40°-60° wash – either hand washed or through the machine. This is an important step that removes excess soiling and produces best results in the main wash. It also increases the life of your liners and cover by removing any ammonia development and excess smells.
- Wash the nappies once more in a 40°-60° wash with washing liquid or powder. Don’t forget, it’s super important to wash your nappy twice to ensure longevity of your nappy.
- We prefer to air dry nappy pieces separately on a clothes horse or clothesline, but you can tumble dry them at a low temperature only if needed.
So should I switch all my nappies over at once?
Only if you want to!
Remember, every family and every baby is different – some families have more time to spend washing and caring for reusable nappies, some have both parents working who may not have that extra amount of time and that’s completely okay.
Go with what works best for your family – whether that’s only having one or a couple of Reusable Cloth Nappies that you use interchangeably with disposable nappies, or completely making the switch, you’re still creating an impact on our environment.
For those starting out, we recommend purchasing one or two to begin with and seeing how you go. Don’t spend excess funds on purchasing a whole set to begin with, you may become overwhelmed by the process. Test them out, see how they work for your babies and your family and then add more nappies as needed.
- Always remember, leakages will happen. Even disposable nappies leak from time to time – expect the first few tries of fitting your nappy to be a learning process and find out what works best for your baby.
- You are more than welcome to use stain remover with your nappy and lining, however, please note that the harsh chemicals used in stain removers may decrease the lifespan of your nappy.
- Remove as much of the soiling and solids as you can before pre-washing the nappies, you could invest in a rubber brush as an extra precaution for removing soiling as it’s easy to disinfect after use.
- If washing nappies with other items, make sure you’ve done a rinse and pre-wash first to remove any chance of contamination with your other items.
- Before storing away nappy cover and inserts, always make sure they’re 100% dry. This minimises risk of mould developing and increases lifespan.
- If waterproof cover is not soiled, use again!'
Have you used reusable nappies before? We'd love to hear your thoughts!
All our love,
Miann & Co x