Can I use them from birth?
Our cloth nappies are made to fit from around 10lb. Babies come in all shapes and sizes, so although these may not fit straight away, when they do start to fit, you can get the perfect fit by adjusting the snaps for your baby.
How many nappies will I need?
20 nappies is sufficient for full time use, if you wash every other day. Having more nappies makes it possible to leave an extra day between washing without running out of nappies! If using a 2 part system like our Econo nappy wrap, you will find that you will need fewer covers, as these can be used more than once before needing to go in the wash.
How do I get rid of stains?
Firstly it is important to ensure that your wash routine is thorough and your nappies are completely clean. If this is the case then there is no reason to worry, stains on nappies are absolutely normal; a little love from the sun, and they’ll be like new again. The sun will naturally fade the stains. Make sure not to use any bleaches, fabric softeners or vinegar, as this can damage your nappies!
Smells & Leaks, what do I do?
It’s not normal for cloth nappies to give off a potent smell as soon as baby wees; it is a sign that there is some build up of detergent in the nappies and they may need a strip wash. Another sign that your nappies need a strip wash is a lot of leaking. A strip wash is simply a more thorough wash to get all those fibres in the cloth completely clean. Simply follow these 3 steps.
1- Cold rinse cycle with no detergent
2- Full wash cycle -40C/60C - reduced spin (<1000) - extra water- full dose detergent (check your detergent box for recommended amounts)
3- Full wash cycle -40C/60C - reduced spin (<1000) - extra water- no detergent
If the nappies don’t come out smelling fresh, then just rinse, rinse, rinse until no more suds are visible in the machine and the nappies no longer give off any smell. There should be no smell whatsoever!
What temperature do I wash at?
When choosing the temperature, just remember a hot wash will clean better, but a cold wash will save energy, and is less harsh on your nappies. High temperatures over time, will cause degradation of textiles. So choose based on your specific requirements. Most parents find that washing at 40C is sufficient, but if baby has had a bug then washing at 60C is advised.
How do I wash out the poo?
For the first 6 months, or until baby is on solid food, it is a breeze. There is no need to wash anything out, the nappy can go in the wash as it is. You will notice a change in babys poo as soon as they start solids. At this point, you can literally shake the nappy over the toilet, to shake off the poo, then throw the nappy into a wet bag/ bucket until wash day. If it’s a pocket nappy, it’s easier to remove the inserts, then shake off the poo. If this doesn’t do the job, use any old bottle to pour water over the nappy, this should wash the poo off into the toilet quite easily. A fleece liner or a disposable liner can make this a little easier.