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August 1, 2012

Australian Cloth Nappies. Need Some Advice And Help Getting Started With Modern Cloth Nappies? How To Start Part Time With A Mini Stash…

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Need Some Advice And Help Getting Started With Modern Cloth Nappies?

How To Start Using Modern Cloth Nappies Part Time With A Mini Stash…

Our Nappy Experts are invited to contribute to these cooperative questions so that you get a range of informative and experienced responses about the topic. Enjoy and discover something new, and share with us in the comment box below.

Let’s see what they have to say:

Need Some Advice And Help Getting Started With Modern Cloth Nappies? How To Start Using Modern Cloth Nappies Part Time With A Mini Stash…

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Just get 3 or 5 to start with, so you can use them all in one day, wash them that night, and they’re ready again tomorrow (go for quick to dry nappies, like pockets).  You’ll get a good idea quicker if you have a full day in cloth.

I’m always happy to answer your questions personally, even if you use a different brand.

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

When I personally started using cloth, I only had 6 small or newborn size nappies (e.g. Tots Bots Teenyfit, Itti Bitti D’Lish (small) and GroVia newborn) and 2 extra Itti Bitti D’Lish inserts. That was enough for 8 nappy changes. However, because of the great advice I received, it was enough nappies to get me through to my baby being 12 weeks (when I expanded my nappy stash to one size nappies). Yes I had to wash a bit more than I do now, and I did use disposables at night to start with, but 6 nappies is a good number to start with.

If you are not sure what you need, we recommend that you purchase a package that has at least one of the following:

  • a pocket nappy. Try Green Kids’ Anytimes nappies.
  • a fitted nappy. Try Itti Bitti D’Lish.
  • a one size nappy. Try Cushie Tushies, Grovia Hybrid, Bitti Tutto or Ones&Twos.
  • an all in one (AIO) nappy. Try Tots Bots Easyfit or the GroVia AIO;
  • a snap in one (SIO) nappy. Try the GroVia Hybrid.

You might also want to purchase a wet bag for storing nappies when you are out and about.
We don’t recommend that you try nighttime nappies to start out with (as it could just complicate things for you and it is better to get used to using the cloth slowly at first – especially if you have been using disposables).

If you buy a trial pack of the above nappies it should give you a good selection of the different types of nappies available so you can choose what works for you.
(See our “New to Cloth – One of Everything” pack in our Nappy Packages section of our website). Our pack has one of each of the above types of nappies in it. We have selected the best selling nappies from each category to take the guess work out of it for our customers. If you buy one of the above, the pack shouldn’t cost more than $200.

Kelly from Nappy Needz:

If you’re completely new to the world of cloth nappies, then you might find that it’s easier to start with just a couple and build from there.  It sometimes takes a while to find the fit or brand of nappy that you get on best with, and I find that building a collection slowly is a great way to try out different nappies.  I find that a good place to start is by buying one or two second hand nappies, and then building your collection from there, once you know what you like.  Try using them when you’re at home to begin with, until you feel confident about full time use.

Melissa from Little Para Pants:

Just start with one nappy.  Use it every couple of days, and when you’re ready, buy another one.  Check out buy & sell groups on Facebook, parenting forums, etc. because you can get some great nappies cheaply (watch out for scammers though).

Susan from Nifty Naps:

Just start with switching one with one. For example, when the bub wakes up use the first nappy of the day as a MCN and once you find out how easy it is then the second nappy and then the third etc and before you know it they will be in cloth full-time.

Melanie & Diana from Bodeo:

A mini stash or part time use is a great way to begin using cloth!

Start by choosing a few different styles of nappies you think you’d be interested in using, trial packs are a great option for this. Once you have compiled a small stash of 6-8 nappies and given them a couple of pre-washes, allocate one day in your week to be a Cloth Day. 6-8 nappies should be enough for the day, and then you can wash that night.

If you don’t feel like 8 nappies is enough for a whole load of washing, give the nappies a good rinse and throw them in with your other washing, avoid using fabric softeners. You might like to continue doing this for a little while until you feel comfortable using cloth full time, or you may just want to use cloth when at home.

Once you have more experience using the nappies you have, you are able to confidently add more nappies to your stash using the styles & systems you prefer.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R Us:

Its great to try a mix of different brands and nappy styles but the best advice is shop to your budget. 5-10 nappies is a great place to start part time just to try things out. (Even if you decide to never go full time using 5-10 cloth nappies each week makes a difference.) Think about what is important to you in a nappy, do you want something that dries quickly, something that you won’t need to put together after washing before its ready to use, something made of all natural fibres, something to fit for a long time? Talk to other nappy users and get their opinions of what works for them and an explanation of whats what in the nappy world – there are heaps of pages online where you can connect to the nappy community, I know because I run one of them! The nappy world can be a little confusing but its also a pretty friendly place and all MCN lovers/users love to share the love of cloth!

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

I think the best thing to do is to try out a a couple of different brands and see what suits your bub the best and works best for you and then build your stash little by little.

Nat and Amy from Little Diamond Bums (closed):

Seeking advice from a nappy consultant or advocate such as ourselves can help you select a number of brands that will suit your family needs, whether it is ease of use, drying time or sticking to a budget.  A part time ‘mini stash’ will allow you to trial a few nappies styles to see which one you find yourself picking out to use before purchasing a ‘full time’ stash. Remember there is also no need to have a complete set of one style of nappy.

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