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February 25, 2011

What Should You DO When You Receive Fluffy Mail – and WHY?

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What do I do when I receive my first ever fluffy mail?

Everyone wants to put it straight on baby – but is there more to know? Let’s find out what is the best thing to do to make the most out of this brand new nappy…

I’m pleased to have contributions from many Nappy Doula’s included in this article. We have Marnie from Noonee Wilga, Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba, Michelle from Cloth ‘n’ Craft, Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies, Louise from Nip Naps, Tamara from Baby Mumma, Misty from Fluffybuns and Laura from the Cloth Nappy Co.

Let’s see what they have to say:

What do I do when I receive my first ever fluffy mail?

Marnie from Noonee Wilga:

Just got new fluffy mail? How can you resist putting it on your baby? I definitely can’t, so I pop it on my bub to admire, then immediately remove and throw it in the wash to remove any soil from the manufacturing process of the fabric and nappy. When there is hemp and bamboo absorbency in your new nappy, I recommend washing several times for the fabric to reach its full absorbency. I know this is almost impossible to do, so if you can’t resist the temptation to begin using the nappy after the first wash, be aware that it might not yet be as absorbent as later, so you may need to change more often after the first few uses.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Pre-wash in the washing machine at least 3 times, following the nappy maker’s usual washing instructions. Three things will happen: a. Boosters or inserts with natural fabrics will shrink to the right size. Natural fabrics (bamboo cotton, hemp) tend to shrink in the first few washes, and nappy makers usually make these nappies and inserts a bit bigger to accommodate this initial shrinking. Synthetic fabrics like polyester or microfiber do not shrink. b. Manufacturing residues and any fabric markings will be washed away. c. The absorbency of bamboo, hemp and cotton increases as the natural oils in the fabric are washed out.

Michelle from Cloth ‘n’ Craft:

Depending on the age of your child/absorbancy needed, you can just wash the nappies once or twice and start using them! The first and second wash will ensure all the dressing from manufacturing are gone and you’ll need to change more regularly until the nappies have reached their max absorbancy, but you get to use them!

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

When you first unwrap a brand new nappy I know the most tempting thing to do is put it straight on your bub, but there are a few things you need to do first to make sure the nappy works the way it should and you aren’t disappointed. Firstly you need to wash the outer once (for pocket nappies and covers) to remove any chemical residues since the fabrics used in these parts are not usually pre-washed, and secondly you need to wash the inserts between 4-6 times to get them to their peak absorbency. You don’t need to dry them in between washes if you don’t have time, but if you can wait I usually leave them in the machine and put them through with my nappies or ordinary clothes washes until the 6 are up. It may seem a hassle but it really does make a huge difference to absorbency, and will save you nappy changes in the long run!

Louise from Nip Naps:

First thing – make sure you check it for size, quality and that you are generally happy it! Reputable nappy sellers should accept for return nappies that are unwashed and unused if you are not 100% happy with your purchase. Then, of course, follow the manufacturers pre-wash instructions. Nappy fabrics have chemicals added to them during manufacture that need to be washed out. Not only do these chemicals reduce the absorbency of the nappies but they are not things you want on your baby’s delicate skin. My big tip for pre-washing is that some people don’t realise you don’t need to dry between washes – just wash, wash, wash …

Tamara from Baby Mumma:

When you receive your nappies, please take the a moment to bask in their lovely fluffy goodness! Before you use them for the first time, give them a wash. This gets rid of the manufacturing bits and gets your boosters on the way to becoming that magical super absorber that it strives to be! Whilst you are washing for the first time, you may like to sit down and have a read of your nappies care instructions. You will find that most brands are quite similar in their care. And remember the more you wash your natural fibre boosters the more absorbent they become.

Misty from Fluffybuns:

Get excited by how gorgeous they all are..;o), then give them a wash x5 times to maximise absorption, hang them on the line in the sunshine…

Laura from the Cloth Nappy Co:

Wash your cloth nappy at least 5 times with no fabric softener or bleaches (the build-up of chemicals in these products stop the nappy from absorbing). Cloth nappies actually increase in absorption the more they are washed. Line drying is recommended as machine drying causes more wear and tear.

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