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October 1, 2012

Australian Cloth Nappies: How Do You Know *When* To Change A Modern Cloth Nappy? How Often Do You Change Your Baby’s Modern Cloth Nappy?

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Australian Cloth Nappies. How Do You Know *When* To Change A Modern Cloth Nappy?

How Often Do You Change Your Baby’s Modern Cloth Nappy?

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Let’s see what they have to say:

Modern Cloth Nappy Newbie Help! How Do You Know When To Change A Modern Cloth Nappy? How Often Do You Change Your Baby’s Modern Cloth Nappy?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Cloth nappies actually tell you when to change them.They might start to smell wet after 3 hours, or feel heavy and full when you pat them. If they have cotton outside, they’ll actually start to wick moisture when the absorbent layers are soaked. This translates as a slight dampness around the legs – not wet enough to soil clothes or furniture, just a darkening of the fabric as a reminder that a change is overdue. If you add more boosters, you’ll get more time out of each nappy. I expect my Modern Cloth Nappies to last 3 hours at least, and adjust the absorbency to suit bub’s changing bladder size by adding a booster.

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

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

Changing a Modern Cloth Nappy is no different to changing a disposable. You should change your nappy at least every 3 hours. With my newborn, I changed his nappy after every feed (if I remembered). There is no need to change more regularly than that unless your bub is a big wetter.

Kelly from Nappy Needz:

I found that once I got into the swing of using cloth nappies, it was easy to know how often to change my baby.  As with anything, it varies from baby to baby, and often from day to day.  You should always change your baby as soon as they poo, but how often you need to change a wet MCN will depend on how absorbent it is.  To begin with, if you change, or at least check your little one’s nappy every couple of hours during the day, you’ll soon get an idea of how often they need changing.  With a bit of extra padding, or boosting, most cloth nappies will last fine overnight, and won’t need changing unless they poo.

Melissa from Little Para Pants:

Maximum every two hours.  Try to change it as soon as you know it’s wet/soiled, especially if your child is having trouble with rashes.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

I think it really depends on the bub but I prefer to change him when he is wet or after he poo’s of course! A newborn seems to feed, wee and sleep constantly, so as a newborn I change before naps, after naps and anytime in between. My 3 year old on the other hand needs changing less often as he pees less.

Melanie & Diana from Bodeo:

You should be changing your modern cloth nappy every 2-3 hours or when the nappy is wet. As with any nappy, as soon as your baby does a poo you should change it straight away.

Once your baby starts sleeping through the night, or at least not needing to be changed with each night feed you might need to consider a dedicated night nappy to last through night.

Putting a clean nappy on your baby before putting them down for a sleep means they are clean and dry and more likely to have a good sleep.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R Us:

There are lots of ways to know when its time for a change and you get better at recognising them with more exposure to nappies (its hard to know when to change a disposable at first too remember). Start off by getting hands on by often touching the nappy on bubs bum often (if its a minky nappy you won’t be able to stop yourself anyway!), give it a little squeeze around the crotch. It won’t take long for you to recognise the feel of a wet nappy! Another indicator is smell – if a number 2/poosplosion/poonami has occurred you will smell it just like you would in a disposable. I can also smell a wet nappy a mile off (disposables get a smell too, don’t worry, modern cloth nappies don’t smell!) And if all else fails and you aren’t feeling confident judging when its time, just change on about the 2-3 hour mark.

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

Modern cloth nappies should be changed whenever they are wet or soiled (this also applies to disposables, although many people tend to leave them longer).  All babies are different but you very quickly learn to tell with your own baby.

Nat and Amy from Little Diamond Bums (closed):

Generally around every 3 to 4 hours but it will change depending on what type of nappy you are using, how old your bub is and how much of a wetter your bub is.  You will get to know which nappies in your stash last a bit longer and which ones need to be changed more frequently.

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