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Cloth Nappy FAQ's

How many cloth nappies do I need? 
Depending if you are using cloth nappies on full-time or part-time bases we recommend between 20 to 25 for full time use. 

If you are using an all in two style (Ai2) you may be able to get away with having more inserts than shells in turn saving you money. Just remember that almost anything can be used as an insert!

Cloth nappies seem like hard work, how do I stay on top of everything?
I was shocked the day that my husband said to me that cloth nappies are pretty easy to use and wash.  I think initially the idea of using cloth is very overwhelming, however once you find your routine it tends to keep the whole families washing at bay. Starting out with a trial pack is a great way to give it a go, find your routine and really discover how great the benefits can be.

What is the pre-use care for my cloth nappies?
Prior to using nappies for the first time it is important to machine wash each item with detergent before use, this helps increase the absorbency and remove any manufacturing residues from the nappies. 

Nappies will generally increase in absorbency over time with washing, this is because the surface area of the fibers of the material loosens and increases over time.  For more information on this you can check out information through the Clean Cloth Nappies website - here.

What are the washing instructions for my new cloth nappies? 
Basic washing instructions can be found directly through the Clean Cloth Nappy website by following this link. This website is a great resource as to what setting your washing machine requires for cleaning the nappies effectively and you can also find other information here regarding washing powders, stain removal, nappy storage and many more common topics.

Following this routine will not only keep your nappies sparkling clean, it will ensure that you are getting the longest duration out of your nappies. 

What is the care for a soiled nappy? 
It is suggested that an open aired pail is kept in your laundry for immediate storage of the nappies.  The air flow of the open aired pail avoids the build of any strong smells and ammonia build up in the nappies. Number two's can be put directly into the toilet and quickly rinsed before putting in the dry pail. 

How often do I need to wash my nappies?
A quick pre-wash at the end of each day is suggested for the most successful results.  Generally it is recommended that nappies are washed by at least day three of being soiled. More information on this can be found here.

How do I use cloth nappies when I am out and about and at daycare?
A lot of daycare centers are already familiar with the process of cloth nappies and will usually ask for you to supply a pail or wet bag for transporting them too and from the centre. 

This is similar to when you are out an about with bub, once changed the soiled nappy can go straight into the wet bag and any smell or mess will be contained in here. 

Can I use nappy creams with cloth nappies?
Yes, but to protect your nappies, make sure you use a mess-free bamboo liner when using any creams. Oil based nappy creams build up on the natural fibers of the absorbent nappy insert, and will reduce nappy absorbance over time. Either choose a non-oil based rash cream, or use a mess-free liner to keep the oil away from the inserts and protect your cloth nappy.

Any more questions to the above I am always available for a chat, please email me on - hello@clothbums.com.au