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November 28, 2010

Snaps or Velcro? What is a Benefit of Each?

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The Sponsors of the Spring Green Promise Nappies are your Nappy Doulas for this series of ‘Congo Questions’.

All Spring Sponsors were invited to contribute their expertise. Each donated a special cloth nappy as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stops a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. This seasonal giveaway strives to reach 100 donated nappies in a future round, and you can register at any time to play. You can enter into the draw for one nappy, or all of them!

Snaps or velcro to fasten your nappies?Snaps or velcro? What is a benefit of each?

Typically, mums often start with velcro, or touch-tape, as it is easy, quick, similar to sposies in use – and move to snaps later – that popping sound is such fun!

I’m pleased to have contributions from a number of your Green Promise Nappy Sponsors included in this article. I’d like to thank them for their time and for sharing their experience to help you make the most of your green nappies! We have Louise from Nip Naps, Katerina from Twinkle Lily, Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba,Yoland from Bumbino, Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies, Nat from Little Diamond Bums, Fiona & Catherine from Darlings Downunder and Liz of Real Nappies NZ.

Let’s see what tips your nappy doula’s have about the features of Snaps or Velcro as a nappy fastening.

Louise from Nip Naps:

Snaps for sure! My son hated the sound of the velcro undoing and I hate washing it. And I can never get “wrap” style nappies or covers to fit right. Nappies or covers with multiple snaps around the legs and waist are actually much more adjustable and easier to get on than ones that “wrap” around with velcro.

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

Snaps – look nicer, no snagging other items in the wash, secure closures every time.

Velcro – much more adjustable than snaps which may at times meet in the middle of snap placement leaving slight gape.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

Snaps- more durable over time, harder for bub to undo, can be easily colour coordinated.

Velcro- easier to do up especially on a squirming bubba.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

I lean towards snaps over velcro, but I use both.

I like snaps because they look ‘newer’ for longer, and they don’t snag with other washing while doing the laundry. Another bonus: snapped nappies aren’t as easy to remove compared to velcro by babies/toddlers!

I like velcro for its ease of use. Velcro is infinitely adjustable as well: point velcro tabs upwards to make leg holes smaller for skinny legs, and point them downwards to make leg holes bigger to accommodate chubby thighs.

Yoland from Bumbino:

Snap fitting nappies look very neat and they don’t require that sometimes unattractive strip of Velcro loop across the front . The snaps wash well and so the nappy retains its good looks and does not acquire the slightly tired or even tatty appearance that Velcro nappies can have after they have been well washed.

Snap fitting nappies don’t catch on other things in the wash, don’t have the same potential to scratch delicate skin and don’t have that habit of collecting lint and bits of this and that in the wash, as Velcro nappies do.

Having said all that. I do know that lots of people do prefer the Velcro nappies. They are quick to fit and easy to fine tune for fit and are more similar to a disposable nappy in that regard. And on a super-wriggly baby, a quick change is a good change.

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

I am a big fan of velcro, mostly because it is infinitely adjustable and makes for faster nappy changes. Snaps look tidier but take longer to do up since you have to figure out exactly which snaps to do them up to, and if your bub is at an in-between size it can be hard to get a good fit. Many people prefer snaps because they say the velcro sticks to other nappies and clothes in the washing machine, but I find with good sized laundry tabs this isn’t an issue, and even when they do stick it’s only to the velcro on the other nappies.
Nat from Little Diamond Bums:
This is such a great debate with opinions frequently changing over the time of your child being in nappies. Velcro is so easy to use especially on a wriggling baby. Snaps are long lasting, look great and much harder for a curious toddler to undo. We always discuss the pro and cons of both with our customers as it comes down to being a personal choice. If you’re unsure try a selection of each; we recommend Velcro for your plain nappies and snaps for your prints.
Fiona & Catherine from Darlings Downunder:

Snaps tend to be more durable and harder for some toddlers to undo.

Velcro is more adjustable – which is important in the early poosplosion days and is often preferred by carers (and many Dads!)

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

I have tried snaps and velcro. Velcro always wins for me, as I like a quick and easy nappy change and with a wriggly toddler believe me snaps seem to take forever. I also found snaps are no way near as adjustable as velcro. With a whole velcro band across the cover it means you can adjust from the tiniest to the largest quickly and easily, usually with snaps you can only adjust the cover to 2 or sometimes 3 different places. Having said that if you have a baby that likes to undo their nappy, snaps are great as they are tricky to get off. You do have to make sure you close the velcro tabs before washing too so as to avoid lint build-up.

Some people believe velcro does not last as long as snaps – well with Real Nappies this is no longer an issue. Real Nappies offer a unique 2-child guarantee, which guarantees they will replace your covers or nappies if they fail at any time during this period, see their website for more information. Plus with Real Nappies being used in hospitals and daycares and washed daily by an industrial washing machine at very high temperatures, they have to be up to the rigours of what a domestic washing machine can throw at them!

The question for you is easy: Snaps or velcro? When for each? What did you start with, what do you prefer now?

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November 21, 2010

Do You Prefer ‘Natural’ or ‘Colourful’ Cloth Nappies?

Spring Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #5

The Sponsors of the Spring Green Promise Nappies are your Nappy Doulas for this series of ‘Congo Questions’.

All Spring Sponsors were invited to contribute their expertise. Each donated a special cloth nappy as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stops a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. This seasonal giveaway strives to reach 100 donated nappies in a future round, and you can register at any time to play. You can enter into the draw for one nappy, or all of them!

Do you prefer ‘natural’ or ‘colourful’ cloth nappies?

I’m pleased to have contributions from a number of your Green Promise Nappy Sponsors included in this article. I’d like to thank them for their time and for sharing their experience to help you make the most of your green nappies! We have Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Katerina from Twinkle Lily, Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba, Yoland from Bumbino, Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies, Amy and Nat from Little Diamond Bums, Fiona & Catherine from Darlings Downunder and Liz of Real Nappies NZ.

Let’s see if your nappy doula’s have a preference for colours or prints or natural nappies…

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

I prefer natural as they have no fabric dyes in them but sell patterns and coloured because they are a fashion statement and funky.

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

I prefer colourful nappies pending they work well.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

I don’t have a preference, as long as the nappy works as it should, colours don’t matter.

Yoland from Bumbino:

If we are just talking about colour… I quite like soft and natural colours in “workhorse” nappies for under clothing and everyday use. I do love a plain white nappy! If I am specifically wanting to show the nappy off…then prints and bright colours are the way to go.

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

Definitely colourful! If you’re going to spend money on something it may as well be pretty, and with so many different prints and bright colours available how can you resist!

Amy and Nat from Little Diamond Bums:

We both love the colourful prints. With our latest range of Limited edition prints we had so much trouble choosing between all the wonderful designer fabrics that we asked our facebook fans to vote for their favourites. We had such a huge response and they made a fantastic selection!

Fiona & Catherine from Darlings Downunder:

This is a very individual matter – believe it or not, there are women who just can’t understand why nappies have to come in so many colours and prints (hi Mum!). But many more love the fact that cloth nappies are so funky. For fitted nappies nappies, I prefer a natural coloured nappy since they’re usually covered by a cover. Otherwise I like bright colours.

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

Ummm, that’s an interesting one, I like the ‘idea’ of colorful nappies and are drawn to them, but I always seem to come back to white, there is something about the natural, white nappy hanging on your line that I adore. Cute colourful covers are great for summer though, especially under a little dress!

The question for you is: Which do you tend to prefer? Colourful nappies? Printed nappies? Plain coloured nappies?

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November 14, 2010

What was your first cloth nappy and what did you like about it?

Spring Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #4

The Sponsors of the Spring Green Promise Nappies are your Nappy Doulas for this series of ‘Congo Questions’.

All Spring Sponsors were invited to contribute their expertise. Each donated a special cloth nappy as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stops a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. This seasonal giveaway strives to reach 100 donated nappies in a future round, and you can register at any time to play. You can enter into the draw for one nappy, or all of them!

What was your first cloth nappy and what did you like about it?

I’m pleased to have contributions from a number of your Green Promise Nappy Sponsors included in this article. I’d like to thank them for their time and for sharing their experience to help you make the most of your green nappies! We have Louise from Nip Naps, Katerina from Twinkle Lily, Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba, Yoland from Bumbino, Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies, Amy and Nat from Little Diamond Bums and Liz of Real Nappies NZ.

Let’s see what your nappy doula’s did when getting started with cloth nappies:

Louise from Nip Naps:

Mother-ease one size with air flow cover – it just fit so beautifully compared to the terry squares and made him look sooooo cute! It’s still my favourite nappy!

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

My first cloth nappy was a BabyBeehinds, reliable, affordable and a well known brand.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

A terry flat (we are talking 17 years ago here when the dinosaurs walked the earth.) It was cheap, and good for the environment even though bulky at first on bub.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

My first cloth nappy were muslin and terry flats.

I liked terry flats for their absorbancy and quick dryness, these were sufficient for the newborn stage.

I liked muslin flats for their softness on newborn skin.

Yoland from Bumbino:

I was a new mum when I was in my twenties and again recently in my forties. When my first two children were little, disposable nappies were not widely used. Cloth nappies were the norm and there was not much choice at all in cloth nappies. My first cloth nappies were the simple towelling squares, fastened with pins. A pair of “fluffies” or sometimes plastic pants were worn over the top. What did I like about them? Ummm…nothing is coming to mind!

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

The first MCN I ever bought was a BumGenius version 3, I loved that it was adjustable so I wouldn’t have to keep bying bigger sizes, that it was waterproof so no need for covers, and that it was nice and slim fitting while still being very absorbent.

Amy and Nat from Little Diamond Bums:

Amy: My first cloth nappy was a pocket nappy and I liked it because it was one size, easy for hubby to use and a very cute print.

Nat: My first nappy was a small prefold with a cover. I love the prefold because it dried so quickly but when I discovered all the other types of nappies such as prints and oSFM my addition took hold!!

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

My first nappy was the prefold and cover type – I just could not believe that you no longer had to use huge sheet nappies, pins and plastic pants! What an eye-opener. Of course by then I was hooked to MCN’s and wanted to try the all-in-ones, one-size and pockets. Although the others I tried were good, I still kept on coming back to my prefold and cover nappies, I love the fact they are cotton, simple to use, the most cost effective and of course the most effective for us! Plus they are backed by a unique 2-child guarante whereby they are replaced if they fail… well you can’t ask for more than that!

The question for you is easy: What cloth nappy did you start with?

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November 7, 2010

The wetbag: What are the features and benefits of using a wetbag?

Spring Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #3

The Sponsors of the Spring Green Promise Nappies are your Nappy Doulas for this series of ‘Congo Questions’.

All Spring Sponsors were invited to contribute their expertise. Each donated a special cloth nappy as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stops a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. This seasonal giveaway strives to reach 100 donated nappies in a future round, and you can register at any time to play. You can enter into the draw for one nappy, or all of them!

What are the features and benefits of using a wetbag?

I’m pleased to have contributions from a number of your Green Promise Nappy Sponsors included in this article. I’d like to thank them for their time and for sharing their experience to help you make the most of your green nappies! We have Kyra from Bubbalooba, Louise from Nip Naps, Katerina from Twinkle Lily, Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba,Yoland from Bumbino, Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies, Nat from Little Diamond Bums, Fiona & Catherine from Darlings Downunder and Liz of Real Nappies NZ.

A wet bag is a waterproof bag for storing wet things. Useful for far more than wet nappies, they can be using for swimming gear, storing away those clothes covered in the various gloops of babies and children. With two you’ll be all set.  (some come with compartments or separate for wet and dry)

Let’s see what your nappy doula’s have to say about wetbags:

Kyra from Bubbalooba:

Wetbags are fantastic for using cloth when out and about – just throw in the used nappy and the wetbag will keep the smell and wetness out of your handbag/nappy bag.

Louise from Nip Naps:

A wetbag when you are out and about is essential. It’s a reliable way to carry about dirty nappies and so much less wasteful than using a plastic bag every time. TOP TIP: when your baby grows out of nappies use your wetbag as a swimming bag – they are great for wet towels and swimmers too!

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

Using a wet bag makes travelling easier, it contains smells as well as hides soiled nappies in gorgeous colours and prints.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

Keeps odour at bay while out, keeps everything else dry and clean in your nappy bag.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Wetbags are reusable washable bags used to carry soiled cloth nappies when out and about.
Some mums use large wetbags in lieu of a nappy pail at home.

Wetbags have a water resistant inner (usually PUL) to keep moisture in, and they may have plain or fashion outer prints.
Some wetbags close with a drawstring, while most have zipper closures to keep smells in.

Using wetbags instead of plastic waste bags will help keep waste down and are more convenient to use and wash with modern cloth.

Wetbags also look prettier than plastic.

Yoland from Bumbino:

Oh…Don’t get me started on wetbags! How did ever I live without one or three wetbags?I have a stack of wetbags! I love them! I use a large one as a swimming bag. I use them for holding make-up and toiletries when I travel. I use them for bringing home all sorts of messy bits such as left over food, food containers and bottles, for washing and re-cycling. I use them to cary dirty clothes and shoes.

If I am going on a very short trip out of the house and don’t want to pack the Nappy bag I take a wetbag with a nappy, tiny waterbottle and reusable wipes inside… and it all fits inside my handbag.

I enjoy using wetbags which feature attractive prints on the outside. I like the great practicality of this item. And I like the fact that some really messy things can be contained in such a gorgeous looking bag. A great alternative to a plastic bag!

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

I could not live without my wetbags!

They are waterproof, they hold in the smells and they are so compact when empty so easy to fit in your nappy bag. I have a few medium sized wetbags in my nappy bag, each holds up to 8 used nappies plus the wipes and stop everything in my bag from getting smelly while out and about.

Look for bags that have had the seams sealed so no moisture can escape, and go for a bigger bag if you can, they take up no more space than a small one and make sure you won’t be caught out if you’re out longer than expected.

Nat from Little Diamond Bums:

The main benefit of using a wetbag is that they can be used over and over again. Biodegradable bags frequently used do not break down if sent to landfill. Wetbags are great to take when swimming, they come in a variety of sizes and colours and additional features can include handles and snaps to hang over a change table.

Fiona & Catherine from Darlings Downunder:

Reliable containment of smells and moisture! Plus they come in such great designs and prints. And if you have boys and can’t have girly prints and colours on the nappies, you can go all out on a girly wetbag!

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

We loooove our wet bag – top quality and the beauty of it is you can throw it in the washing machine! When you are out and about and have a soiled nappy, flush the solids down the toilet with the liner and pop your wet nappies in the wet bag. As the bag is totally waterproof and has a drawstring toggle it’s easy to keep the smells contained and the nappies sealed. When you get home simple transfer the whole bag contents and the bag itself into the washing machine. Great for a trip to Grandma’s or for a day at DayCare, the care-givers can just place all the wet items in the bag for you to collect at the end of the day. Plus when bubs is out of the nappy stage we found the bags were great for swimming togs, toys – anything!

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November 1, 2010

Cloth Nappy Care: What’s A Helpful Tip For Keeping My Nappies Sorted After Washing And Drying?

Cloth Nappy Care Tips: Keeping Your Cloth Nappies Sorted and Organised Ready to Use…

What’s a helpful tip for keeping my nappies sorted after washing and drying?

Many 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 tips our Nappy Experts have to offer about sorting cloth nappies:

How do you remove stains from modern cloth nappies?

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

I usually keep all the shells hanging with booster next to it, so if hubby needs to pack up washing he knows which is the booster which belongs to which nappy.

*** A good hint when purchasing nappies is looking for a coloured or print inner, making it almost impossible to mix up boosters due to their colours/prints.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

Put them together straight after washing, and if you can’t remember which goes with what -don’t be too worried if you use different boosters in different nappies as long as it works.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

After washing and drying I reassemble the nappies: Stuff pockets, snap down one size nappies to appropriate settings and snap in inserts for AI2s.

I usually keep nappies that are used for night time separate from the day use nappies.

If I used daycare, I would store daycare nappies in my daycare bag/daycare prep area.

Yoland from Bumbino:

A husband like mine is pretty good. He is a champion at sorting nappies!

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

This can be hard if you have a lot of brands in your nappy stash but it’s easiest to sit down and put all the nappies together at once, and most brands have some way of reminding you which bits go with which nappy, e.g. colour coded snaps, labels sewn on the inserts.

Nat from Little Diamond Bums:

Dry them on a clothes horse all together. Clothes horses can easily be moved outside on a nice day or put over a heating vent in wet weather. If you use prefolds hang them on their first fold. So you can fold them up as you take them off the line. Wicker baskets or boxes are great to keep under your change table; one basket can hold complete nappies (easy for hubby to grab and use) the other with inserts/ prefold / covers.

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

A great way to keep everything simple is to fold your nappies and pop them under the change-table so that they are ready to use as soon as it gets to change time. This makes change time quick and easy every time.

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October 25, 2010

Ask Our Cloth Nappy Experts: How Do I Stop My Modern Cloth Nappies from Leaking?

Spring Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #1

The Sponsors of the Spring Green Promise Nappies are your Nappy Experts for this series of ‘Congo Questions’.

All Spring Sponsors were invited to contribute their expertise. Each donated a special cloth nappy as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stops a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. This seasonal giveaway strives to reach 100 donated nappies in a future round, and you can register at any time to play. You can enter into the draw for one nappy, or all of them!

How do I stop my modern cloth nappies from leaking?

I’m pleased to have contributions from a number of your Green Promise Nappy Sponsors included in this article. I’d like to thank them for their time and for sharing their experience to help you make the most of your green nappies! We have Kyra from Bubbalooba, Louise from Nip Naps, Katerina from Twinkle Lily, Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Lara from Extremely Nappies, Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba, Yoland from Bumbino, Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies, Nat from Little Diamond Bums, Fiona & Catherine from Darlings Downunder and Liz of Real Nappies NZ.

It may seem like a simple reason – the nappy doesn’t fit, but you’ll find there are a number of reasons you may find your baby’s modern nappy is leaking – most of them are fixable when you tweak your knowledge a bit. Below you will gain perpectives from a range of cloth nappy experts – you can expect they’ll tell you the solutions that have worked best for them, their customers and from amassed nappy-lore. What I like about these congo answers is that you get an insight into what the nappy expert feels is most important, and a range of replies – you’ll see the reinforcement of many similar explanations that will help you to remember and apply their knowledge to your own situation, baby and stash.

Let’s see what our nappy experts have to say about leaky cloth nappies:

Kyra from Bubbalooba:

If you are having problems with leaking wee, adding more absorbsency should help – you could fold up your current boosters and put them in the wet zone, or buy extra boosters. If it is poo leaking, it could be the fit of the nappy – some brands fit some babies better than others – it’s good to shop around and have a few different brands of nappies in your stash.

Louise from Nip Naps:

Make sure the nappy fits properly – snug but not tight around the legs and waist. Make sure the waterproof layer is not worn out. If the nappy is leaking because it is saturated, change more often or add a booster.

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

There are a number of things you can do to troubleshoot a leaking nappy;

a) Make sure it has been pre-washed a number of times as per manufacturers instructions

b) Check to make sure the fit is correct, ie no gaping at legs or tummy area

c) Your baby may be going through a heavy wetting phase in which case you can simply add an extra booster into nappy.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

Make sure you have enough absorbency in them by adding a trim booster so as not to overboost either which can be a cause of leaking in itself. Make sure you have the right nappy for your baby- some just won’t fit every babies shape and size.

Lara from Extremely Nappies:

If your nappies are leaking, it’s because either the fit isn’t right, the absorbency isn’t adequate, or the nappies are repelling moisure. Each has a solution.

Fit: make sure there is no gaping around the legs.  Make sure it’s a snug fit when putting on, and that the elastic is still stretchy.  Velcro closure nappies like Extremely Nappies alllow a very exact fit.  Snap closure nappies might need closing at a tighter setting.

Absorbency:  If you’re using all in ones, you can’t do much.  If you’re using pocket nappies, the absorbency is adjustable. You can tailor the amount of absorbency to match baby’s growing bladder.  Most pocket nappies come with boosters that should be sufficient for a few hours, so if your having leaks as baby gets bigger, either change nappies more regularly, or just add another booster to get a few more hours out each of one. For example, Extremely Nappies come with 2 boosters (microfibre and bamboo) which will be fine for about 3-4 hours on a baby under 1.  But adding an extra booster will turn it into a night nappy for a baby, or  5-7 hours on a big toddler.

Repelling: sometimes the nappies might aquire a build up of detergent (or creams) that acts to repel fluid, causing it to leak out the sides.  Make sure you’re not using barrier creams or petroleum based products directly on your nappies.  You can remove a buildup by doing a strip wash. Easy.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Find out where it is leaking.

Take steps to stop the leak.

a. Leaking through leg holes? Or the Waistline?

i. make sure absorbent material lies FLAT within the crotch area, not bunched up within the nappy.

ii. If the inner lining is made of microfleece or microsuede, consider doing a strip wash as the lining might be repelling fluid.

iii. If the outer of the nappy is made of quilter’s cotton or any other absorbent fabric, moisture will tend to wick out onto the nappy outer usually through the leg area first, so change cotton-outer nappies once wet.

iv. If the inner lining is absorbent, make sure to tuck it inside the nappy once the nappy is on.

v. Check around the legs of the nappy after putting it on baby. The nappy should fit snugly around the thighs and waistline to prevent blowouts.

vi. Make sure there is enough absorbent material for your baby’s individual wetting needs.

b. Leaking through the body of the nappy?

i. PUL may have deteriorated, contact your nappy seller/manufacturer.

ii. The nappy may be a fitted nappy (i.e. the whole nappy is absorbant) which requires a nappy cover over it.

Yoland from Bumbino:

I’m going to assume that the nappy is fitted and washed correctly, the insert has been laid in nice and flat and that the waterproofing fabric is in good order….

All cloth nappies will leak once the inserts have soaked through.

The first thing to consider is how long the nappies are being left on the baby. There are several health and hygiene reasons for changing nappies frequently. So sometimes a leaking nappy is just a good reminder that it is past the time that the nappy should have been changed.

But if the nappies are not working as they should then I would say that the key to avoiding leaking nappies is to tailor the best inserts/boosters to suit the nappy that you are using. Some nappies are packaged or sewn with inserts that are suitable only for very small babies and unfortunately will be very prone to leaking once baby is bigger. This is particularly true of pocket or All In One nappies which have only a single microfiber or synthetic inserts. You will need to boost or replace the inserts with absorbent bamboo or hemp fabric. They can be simply made and don’t have to look wonderful to do the job.

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

Make sure they’ve been washed a few times before using them, inserts made from hemp or bamboo reach their peak absorbency after 6-8 washes. Make sure you have a good fit on your bub, if using a OSFM nappy you might have to try a few different size settigns before you find the best for your bub. Add extra boosters if you have a heavy wetter, most sites can sell you extra inserts if you need them but don’t be scared to use any other absorbent fabrics for boosters. For example you can use cotton face washers, microfibre cloths, or you can make boosters out of old terry or flannelette nappies.

Nat from Little Diamond Bums:

Modern Cloth Nappies shouldn’t leak if used correctly. If you are experiencing leaking issues, try the following:

Is your baby a slim fit? Try adjusting the snaps or Velcro to a smaller setting

Are you using bamboo or hemp? Try washing the nappy a few more times natural fibres achieved greater absorbency after a few washes

Is your baby a heavy wetter? Try adding an additional insert.

Does the nappy need to be changed more frequently? The nappy should not be left on for longer than 3 hours.

Fiona & Catherine from Darlings Downunder:

There are are several reasons a nappy can leak.

First, check the fit to make sure that the legs and waist of the nappy are snug against your baby with no gaping.

Then have a look at the absorbency. If it’s new, has the nappy been washed several times before using to build up absorbency? Is the nappy completely soaked when you change your baby? If so, try adding a booster and see if that makes a difference. It may be that your baby is ‘outweeing’ the nappy and you need to boost it or try a different size/brand. If you child does frequent wees throughout the day, it may be that their nappy needs changing more frequently as well.

If the nappy is still mostly dry and you’re still experiencing leaks, there may be something preventing the nappy absorbing. Fabric softener, a build up of detergent or a barrier cream can all stop nappies doing their job. Do a ‘strip wash’ then try washing your nappies with half the amount of detergent, don’t use fabric softeners, and make sure you always use a liner when using barrier creams.

If you’re still stuck, contact your local cloth nappy store and ask their advice.

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

MCN so work and if yours don’t there are usually a few simple steps that you can follow and have your wonderful cloth nappies working for you in no time.

Believe me you will never look back…

1. Washing. Make sure you have followed the instructions and washed your nappies the correct amount of times before using them. This may seem like a laborious task but it is a very necessary one. It’s a little like using a towel before it has been washed – not very soft and absorbent. Real Nappies use cotton inserts and we suggest washing them 3 times before use (no need to dry them in- between washes). Your cotton prefolds will shrink and fluff up and become super absorbent. Other fabrics such as hemp or bamboo will require more washing – sometimes up to 6 times, but please check with the company you have purchased from.

2. Sealing. It is very important that you do not have any nappy poking out from your cover. Real Nappies wraps have a snug elasticated leg hole and fully adjustable ‘velcro-type’ pads to get a really snug fit. It is very important that you fasten the wraps firmly so that there is a snug seal around the legs – firm but not tight. If any of the nappy is protruding, simply poke it back in.

3. No Up-size thanks! Do not be tempted to try to put your baby in a bigger size nappy before they are ready. MCN manufacturers have worked hard to give you an accurate sizing guideline usually based on weight of bubs compared to the necessary absorbency levels, so please follow the guideline. A nappy too big for bubs will be too bulky for them and you will not get that snug seal. A nappy too small will most likely not be absorbent enough. Real Nappies have 4 sizes of nappies to give a snug, leakproof fit through all the stages of your baby’s development.

4. No Origami please! Gone are the days of labour-intensive nappy folding and fastening with pins – hooray! Some nappies you ‘stuff’ the nappy inside a pocket, some have the padding built in. Other you can adjust to your baby. As not all babies pee in the same place, depending on boys, girls and sleeping positions, with Real Nappies you are able to fully customize your nappy to suit your baby’s requirements. Simply adjust the fold for a boy / girl or newborn.

5. No bleach or fabric softener. One wash with bleach or fabric softener can literally destroy your nappies and covers and they will loose there absorbency and waterproofness immediately. There are ways to help some products such as Real Nappies. Although we only recommend using this method as a last resort: Run your covers and cloth nappy prefolds through a wash with hot water (if allowed by manufacturer’s washing instructions). Run a second wash using 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar in the wash – and 1/2 cup vinegar again in first rinse cycle. Run a second rinse cycle with plain water.

6. Simple ways to protect your MCN’s: Don’t use too much detergent – this can lead to stinky covers, remember less is more. Be careful when using nappy creams, these can leave stains and destroy the fabric of your nappies. Protect your nappies by using a liner such as Real Nappies flushable liners. Do not use laundry detergents that contain perfumes, dyes, chlorine bleaching agents or fabric softeners – our fave is Persil Sensitive. Unfold your nappies before washing to allow complete cleaning. Some MCN’s do not allow you to open them totally up for cleaning, with Real Nappies this is made easy as the prefolds are separate from the cover, meaning easier and quicker washing and drying. Plus less washing as you do not have to wash the cover every time just take our the inner prefold. Do add occasionally a 1/2 cup of vinegar to the first rinse cycle in order to remove any residual detergent. This deodorizes, sanitizes and brightens. Don’t overuse or use in final rinse, as this will have the opposite effect! Your nappies may become smelly. Don’t use vinegar on nappy covers except one time when you are trying to strip detergent residue off. Do use an extra spin cycle after washing. This will reduce drying time up to 25%! Do throw a dry towel in the dryer with your nappies. This will reduce drying time as well!

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August 31, 2010

Pocket Nappies: What Does This Mean?

In Search of the Best Cloth Nappies: Pocket Nappies

A pocket nappy – the goal of this article is to clarify for you what the term ‘pocket’ nappy means, and to introduce you to some of the cloth nappy shops who offer these adjustable and quick drying pocket nappies.

These nappy retailers and nappy makers have been asked to describe the pocket nappy for you in their own way, depending on the time thay had available to contribute when I asked; you’ll see quick, concise definitions as well as detailed explanations that reveal more about the composition of the nappy fabrics, materials and designs. I am certain you will discover everything you need to know about them in their brief or detailed descriptions – I did! Once you know, pop over and look at their pocket nappies with your enhanced understanding of the features and benefits of the pocket nappy.

Our Nappy Experts explain Pocket Nappies for you in a variety of ways…

Kyra from Bubbalooba:

Pocket nappies have a removable absorbent insert, which helps the nappy dry a lot faster! They do require a tiny bit of extra work, as you need to stuff the nappies after every wash, and remove the insert before washing, but these are my preferred nappy just for the quick drying time.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

An outer waterproof shell sewn to an inner stay-dry liner, with an opening (pocket!) in the front or back of the nappy to slip in some absorbent fabric (insert)

Lara from Extremely Nappies:

Pocket nappies are the best: they tick all the boxes. I won’t use anything else! All I make at Extremely Nappies is pocket nappies. They go on as easy as disposables, as they are the same shape and they fasten with top quality velcro. They have a staydry inner that goes against baby’s bum, so fluids pass through into the middle. In the pocket there are removable absorbent inserts which come out for washing and therefore dry much, much faster than if they were sewn in. On the outside is a layer of breathable, waterproof material, to keep baby’s clothes dry. It’s covered with a funky cotton print so they look good!

I use 2 types of material for absorbent boosters (or inserts): microfiber and bamboo (or hemp). This is a popular combination, here’s why: microfiber soaks up fast, like a sponge, holding 7 times its weight in water, but just as if you sat on a sponge, the water would squeeze out. So it needs another material to hold that water, to lock it in, so to speak. Hemp and bamboo absorb 3 times their weight in water, and don’t release it under compression. They are much trimmer than cotton, so baby’s nappy isn’t too bulky, and they’re environmentally friendly crops, grown without chemicals. They are also anti bacterial and anti fungal. How cool is that?

The legs are elasticised to contain any mess, yet covered with soft microfleece or suedecloth to protect baby’s skin. The velcro ensures the nappies go easy on, easy off, and Extremely Nappies have laundering tabs that let you fold the velcro securely shut, so it won’t snag in the wash. They are also double sided, meaning the velcro tabs can cross over, to fit really tiny waists. The pocket is simply an opening at the back, where you insert the boosters into the shell (stuff the nappy). This is a major design advantage, because you can choose how much absorbency to use. For overnight or older toddlers with big bladders, you can add an extra booster (or any soaking material you like). The great thing about removable boosters is that the nappy dries in 3 parts, which takes several hours, instead of several days.

Extremely Nappies are also One Size Fits All, because if you invest in nappies they should fit to toilet training, without you having to buy bigger ones later. Some pocket nappies have snaps to change adjust “rise” – I found snaps an annoyance on other nappies, so always left them undone (on the biggest setting) and they worked just fine on a newborn. So I designed these without snaps, and they fit from 3.5 kg to 15 kgs- they’ll just look a bit bigger on a tiny baby than a toddler.

Nicole from Krap Katchers:

Pocket Nappies are just that, pockets! You can truly customize the nappy to suit your baby’s needs by stuffing the pocket with however many absorbent inserts desired. Pocket Nappies are also extremely quick drying as you can pull them completely apart and have them ready to go again in no time!

Kelly from Pepper Place:

A nappy with some sort of opening to slip your absorbent material in. The opening can be at the front or back, on the inside or (rarely) the outside of the nappy. They usually have a waterproof outer and stay-dry inner, but can be all or partly absorbent too.

Laura of Cloth Nappy Co:

Pocket nappies are precisely what the name implies.  Between the waterproof outer layer and the inner lining there is a ‘pocket’ in which to put an insert of either hemp, bamboo or microfiber.  Pocket nappies usually come in One Size Fits All with either a hook & loop or snap buttons system for adjusting the nappy to fit your baby. Pocket nappies can dry faster than all in one nappies as there is less material in them.

Now you know exactly what a pocket nappy is and the best features and benefits of this style of modern nappies.

To summarise this series of articles about the meaning of the various nappy styles, Amy of WeePantz clarifies the main components of modern nappies, to reassure you that it is actually easy to choose the nappy style that suits your lifestyle, baby and budget:

Essentially, all nappies are comprised of similar components, remembering this helps us to not get confused when looking at new brands or styles of nappies.

The main components of a nappy are:

1. Absorbency (whether it be sewn in on an AIO, Stuffed in a pocket or the entire nappy in a fitted or a flat or a prefold)

2. Waterproofing (covers, PUL layers, woollen soakers etc)

3. Stay Dry Layer (flushable or washable liners, or the microfleece/suedecloth layer in a nappy)

4. Fastening (Velcro, snappis and snaps)

When we remember that, I think its easy to figure out what a nappy needs to have in it, and how we want our nappy system to work. For example if you want it all in one you get an AIO, if you don’t mind attaching stuff, then you can look into other options like pockets, AI2’s, fitteds etc. A parent can decide what is right for them rather than being confused by all the options available.

Thank you to all our nappy doula’s for their contributions,
P.S There is a question at the bottom of each of these features. Join in the conversation and share your own experiences and stories with us…

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A question to you about pocket nappies:

Which brands of pocket nappies do you have in your stash?

What do you prefer about pocket nappies?

August 17, 2010

Custom Made Modern Nappies: What Does This Mean?

In Search of the Best Cloth Nappies: Custom Made Nappies

Custom Made Modern Nappies – the goal of this article is to clarify for you what commissioning a custom made nappy means – and to introduce you to some of the cloth nappy shops who offer custom or semi-custom slots.

Our Nappy Experts explain Custom Made Nappies for you in simple ways…

These nappy retailers and nappy makers have been asked to describe the custom made nappies for you in their own way, depending on the time thay had available to contribute when I asked; you’ll see quick, concise definitions as well as detailed explanations that reveal more about the composition of the nappy fabrics, materials and designs. I am certain you will discover everything you need to know about them in their brief or detailed descriptions – I did! Once you know, pop over and look at their personalised nappies with your enhanced understanding of the features and benefits of custom made, individual nappies.

Kyra from Bubbalooba:

Custom made nappies are made to your specifications, and that could mean custom sizing, fabrics, snaps, whatever you like! If you see something in our store that isn’t exactly what you want, you can always contact us for a custom order.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

This could mean anything from being able to choose the fabric and/or snap colours for your nappy, right up to customising the type of embroidery and even the measurements/fit of a nappy.

Amy from Wee Pantz:

Custom Made Nappies are great because you can get your nappies personalised.

I have done a bunch of these for people. Names, different prints appliquéd on the back. It is even possible to get matching nappies for siblings or mothers groups. Modern Cloth is so cute! And I think having custom made nappies are great I have heaps of them!

Nicole from Krap Katchers:

Don’t like our colour choices? Want to make your nappies stand out from the crowd? Here is your chance as with custom listings you can select all your own colour choices.

Kelly from Pepper Place:

The customer gets to choose. This can cover anything-from the fabrics used, to embroidery and other embellishments, to the number of layers included. Basically, you get exactly what you want and what your child needs.

Laura of Cloth Nappy Co:

Custom made nappies allow you to choose precisely what you would like your cloth nappy to be. From the type of absorbent material to the cover and sizing, you can design your own nappy to suit your baby and lifestyle.

Now you know exactly what a custom made nappy is and the best features and benefits of this style of modern nappies.

To summarise this series of articles about the meaning of the various nappy styles, Amy of WeePantz clarifies the main components of modern nappies, to reassure you that it is actually easy to choose the nappy style that suits your lifestyle, baby and budget:

Essentially, all nappies are comprised of similar components, remembering this helps us to not get confused when looking at new brands or styles of nappies.

The main components of a nappy are:

1. Absorbency (whether it be sewn in on an AIO, Stuffed in a pocket or the entire nappy in a fitted or a flat or a prefold)

2. Waterproofing (covers, PUL layers, woollen soakers etc)

3. Stay Dry Layer (flushable or washable liners, or the microfleece/suedecloth layer in a nappy)

4. Fastening (Velcro, snappis and snaps)

When we remember that, I think its easy to figure out what a nappy needs to have in it, and how we want our nappy system to work. For example if you want it all in one you get an AIO, if you don’t mind attaching stuff, then you can look into other options like pockets, AI2’s, fitteds etc. A parent can decide what is right for them rather than being confused by all the options available.

Thank you to all our nappy experts for their contributions,
P.S There is a question at the bottom of each of these features. Join in the conversation and share your own experiences and stories with us…

– Our Nappy Experts –

Discover Expert Advice About The Modern Cloth Nappy – Information About Modern Cloth Nappies – Advice About Frequently Asked Cloth ‘Newbie’ Questions – Lots of Tips and Tricks to Help You With Your Reusable Nappies – Learn From the Experts in Cloth Nappies –

Discover More from Our Nappy Experts…

Thank you to My Green Nappy’s Sponsoring Partners:

If you are just visiting for the first time today, and have found something new in this article, be sure to register & receive My Green Nappy Guide, you’ll be both relieved and excited at the things you will discover!

A question to you about custom made nappies:

Customs: Are they the BEST cloth nappies? Tell us the story behind a custom made nappy in your stash.

June 25, 2010

Green Promise Nappy #19

Green Promise Nappy # 19 is a ‘Watermelon Wishes’ Jax Naps nappy.

Sponsor:

Proudly donated by Tamara from Jax Naps in Queensland.

About Jax Naps:

How Jax Naps was created…

Jax Naps was originally going to be Lil’ Dumplins but after the loss of my son Jackson, Jax Naps was created in his memory.

I was seven months pregnant and working in child care when one of the mums came in with a modern cloth nappy on her little girl Illyria. I fell in love with them instantly, she looked so adorable.

I showed them to my mother who is now my business partner and the wonderful woman who creates our gorgeous nappies. Being a seamstress for as long as I can remember, Mum was quick to tell me that she could make them for me…

But then went on to tell me that cloth nappies are so much work,all that soaking, scrubbing and washing.

She even offered to buy disposable nappies for me just so she didn’t have to wash nappies when Jackson stayed with Granma. She was quick to change her mind once i explained the ins and outs of Modern Cloth Nappies and how easy they are to use. It was even easier once she saw the gorgeous prints and colours they could be made with.

After time and quite a lot of paper, a pattern was created and I made Jackson’s first nappies. I made 26 in total, as I kept on finding more colours I liked and just had to have. My family thought I was mad, all that extra work they’d say. This just made me more determined to prove them all wrong. Mum and I talked about producing them in the New Year but…..

When we lost my beautiful son Jackson in November 2009, I was definately in no rush to go back to work in child care and wanted to spend more time with my eight year old daughter Morgan. It was then that I decided to become a WAHM (work at home mum).

After a few modifications our first nappy was created just before Christmas 2009 – red with white stars, and white frills on the bum. Illyria was more than happy to be our little Jax Naps tester.

Illyria and her mum Robyn liked it so much they quickly told us to hurry up and make some more.

Although I never had the chance to use MCN’s with Jackson, I can’t wait to use them with my next baby…

– Tamara

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June 24, 2010

Green Promise Nappy #18

Green Promise Nappy #18 is a Knickernappies One Size Fits Most pocket nappy with two microfibre inserts and side snap closure!

Sponsor:

Proudly donated by Alisha from Baby Safari in Victoria.

About Baby Safari:

If you had asked us about cloth nappies at the beginning of 2007 when I was pregnant with my first child I would have only known about terry squares! I soon found the amazing world of the Modern Cloth Nappy and I have now been using cloth exclusively on my son since he was 2 months old and we now also use them on our baby daughter.

I could not get over how fantastic these new nappies were and decided to open an online store to help spread the word about MCN’s, not only are they environmentally friendly they are super cute to boot!! We also decided to stock some of our other favourite products and will be adding to our range all the time!

– Alisha and Ann

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