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October 12, 2012

Washing Nappies: Can You Wash Your Modern Cloth Nappies With Other Clothes?

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Washing Nappies: Can You Wash Your Modern Cloth Nappies with Other Clothes?

Discover if You Can Simply Chuck Cloth Nappies in With Your Regular Washing…

You may have images of washing cloth nappies as meaning all this extra washing, but no! Deal with the poo right from the start – into the loo and let’s find out what happens next… find what works for you based on the opinions of the experts, which do differ…

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 they have to say:

Can I Wash My Modern Cloth Nappies With Other Clothes?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Yes.  Just pop the nappies in the machine first and give them a pre-wash to thoroughly rinse out any nasties.  Then add the rest of your clothes, half strength detergent and wash as usual.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

Yes you can, but you only need a little amount of washing powder as too much affect the absorbancy of nappies. I would recommend 1/3rd of what the box says (or less). Please choose powders/liquids that do not have bleach, enzymes, and do not use fabric softners either as this will affect the performance of the nappies also.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R US:

Yup, I do it all the time 🙂

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

You can wash your nappies with other clothes, just run them through a rinse cycle first and then add the clothes, remember to use less detergent.  Personally I prefer not to do this too often as if washing with colours you nappies can take on a greyish colour.

Kate from Bouncing Bubs:

As long as the other clothes can be washed on the warm setting without the colour running (60°C is best) then it’s fine.  Remember to only use ¼ the amount of detergent.

Sarah from Billy and the Bow Wow:

Yes you can, the only issue here is that if washing with loads that require heavy duty cleaning, you will often need to use the recommended amount of detergent, whereas if washing separately you can use less. This just means that detergent residue could build up quicker and you will have to strip wash more regularly.  

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

I do.

However, if the nappy has poo on it, I sometimes put the nappies through a quick rinse cycle before washing them with other things (just for hygienic reasons).

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Yes you can! Simply do a machine rinse with just the nappies first (to remove most of the wee), then chuck in your clothing to make up a load when doing the full wash cycle.

Therese from Bumbly Bootique:

This is based on personal choice and how you normally wash your clothes.  If you do not have enough nappies for a full cycle, you can always add some clothes/towels after your nappies have gone through the prewash cycles. However, don’t forget that you must use less detergent to wash nappies than you would for clothes, as well as no other additives like whiteners/brighteners, enzymes, fragrances, softeners, vinegar and stain removing products. So do not add anything extra to your nappy cycle, you must wash your clothes with the detergent same as if they were nappies0 and not the other way around.

 Helen from Ezy Peezies:

I would not recommend washing your cloth nappies with other clothes. MCN’s require only a very small amount of detergent to clean them. Using more than about 1/2 the recommended amount can cause detergent buildup on nappies making them smell and less absorbent. From a hygiene perspective, I’d also recommend to separate nappies from regular clothing and only washing nappies with other nappies, wet bags and reusable wipes.

Jenny from Baby Bare:

You can wash your nappies with your clothes. It is really a personal choice. Personally I would do a rinse cycle first on the nappies to remove most of the urine and other mess. The main issue is you are using less soap then recomended for your clothes. So you may want to consider what you are washing with your nappies, how dirty it is and how much soap you think it needs to come out nice and clean.

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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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Tell us how often you find you need to change your baby’s MCN?

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September 17, 2012

Washing Nappies: Stains on Your Australian Cloth Nappies? Tips for Removing Nappy Stains…

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Washing Nappies: Stains on your Australian Cloth Nappies?

Discover How to remove Stains from Your Cloth Nappies With Ease, and Without Causing Damage.

Tips for removing stains from cloth nappies. It’s simple. Look outside. Nature has the way with these natural nappies every time!

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 they have to say:

How do you remove stains from modern cloth nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Sunlight will remove most of your discolouration, but sometimes it takes a few washes.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

The sun, sun, sun and I recommend to wash every day to two days maximum.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R US:

My absolute fave tip for stain removal is SUNLIGHT – drying in the sunshine to bleach them and then a hand scrub with sunlight soap (AKA Velvet soap) for any stains that aren’t budging in the sunshine. I havent found a stain that sunlight or sunlight soap couldn’t handle 🙂

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

The best thing for removing stains from nappies is some time in the sunshine.  For extremely stubborn stains give them a scrub with sunlight/velvet soap.

Kate from Bouncing Bubs:

Simple warm wash (60°C is best) on a long cycle with an extra rinse at the end with only ¼ the amount of detergent.  Air dry outside in the sunshine as the UV acts as a natural bleach and steriliser.

Sarah from Billy and the Bow Wow:

Hanging out in the sunlight will remove most stains. Some bi-carb in with your wash will help too (approx. 2tbsp).

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

If you have stains on your cloth nappies DO NOT USE STAIN REMOVER. Resist the urge. Put the spray down. Stain removers break down the fabrics in the nappy.

Trying washing more than once and then leave them on the clothes line in full sun. The sun will bleach most stains out of your nappies.

If that doesn’t work, try strip washing (which involves washing your clean, dry nappies in hot water (no more than 60 degrees) without any detergent. After the first wash, wash again with a very small amount of dishwashing detergent or shampoo (no more than a teaspoon) and then wash as many times as needed to remove all the bubbles from the water coming out of your washing machine.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Lots of sunshine will fade and naturally bleach stains from nappies. But at the end of the day, if the nappy is washed and clean the stains are only cosmetic.

Therese from Bumbly Bootique:

We always recommend rinsing all soiled nappies asap before dry pailing, you should never leave solids to stick to the nappy for longer than it takes to get baby changed and safely away (be it cot, playpen, someone else etc.).  You should rinse the nappy either with a nappy sprayer attached to toilet, or tissue off excess then rinse away in the laundry sink. If stains and touching solids really worry you, liners are very good for a mess free and quick way of disposing solids.  Any stains still on the nappy after a full wash cycle should then be placed in the Sun for drying.  If it’s raining, just get your nappy out to the Sun as soon as you can.

 Helen from Ezy Peezies:

The best treatment for stains is prevention.  EzyPeezies uses a charcoal bamboo lining, which being a dark grey colour is a lot more forgiving than white! We recommend washing your nappies every second day as leaving dirty nappies sitting for longer makes stains more likely and harder to remove. If you have a particularly messy nappy, rinse it out as soon as possible. In this case, I usually throw it straight into the washing machine with whatever is in the nappy bucket and run it through on a rinse cycle before adding to the nappy bucket. If you do get stains on your nappies, the best solution is the sun. If possible, lie nappies out flat in the direct sunlight, inside out. For stubbon stains, nappies may need an extra day or two to help fade them.

Jenny from Baby Bare:

Try and get nappies that use stain resistant fabrics like suede cloth. Rinse off any waste as soon as you change the nappy, if its still discoloured put it in a shallow bucket of water to soak whilst awaiting the wash. If you still have stains try and get the nappies out into the sunshine for some natural bleaching!

 

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September 1, 2012

Australian Cloth Nappies. Starting With Modern Cloth Nappies: How Old Was Your Bub When You Started Using Modern Cloth Nappies?

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Australian Cloth Nappies. How Old Was Your Bub When You Started Using Modern Cloth Nappies?

Let’s Find Out When the Experts Began Using Modern Cloth Nappies on their Babies – You May Be Surprised!

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 Starting With Modern Cloth Nappies: How Old Was Your Bub When You Started Using Modern Cloth Nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

My third baby was in cloth as soon as I got her home from hospital. Her nappies fit from birth to toilet training. Some were hand-me-downs from her brother who’d just graduated to undies, others were brand new that I made specially for her.

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

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

My youngest baby is 14 weeks and I started using cloth as soon as he was born. I only ventured into nighttime nappies when he was 12 weeks.

However, I must confess, I didn’t use cloth with my other 2 children. I am kicking myself for that now because I could have saved almost $6,000! I simply didn’t know they existed. Bummer.

Kelly from Nappy Needz:

I started using modern cloth nappies on my oldest child from when he was a few days old.  I’m glad I did because teeny tiny nappies are very cute, but really any age, is a good time to start.  Some people prefer to wait until they are settled into motherhood and all the changes it brings before making the switch to cloth, and that can be a great idea, as you don’t want to get too swamped with new things.  There’s no reason at all that you can’t start using cloth nappies from the very beginning though, as I did.

Melissa from Little Para Pants:

My oldest was about 4 months old when I started sewing modern cloth nappies.  Prior to this we’d been using terry squares and changing about 20 a day!  My youngest was in modern cloth nappies from a couple of weeks old – I confess we started off with disposables to make the transition easier (and because I misjudged how many cloth nappies we’d need & how big he’d be!)

Susan from Nifty Naps:

My first bub was 6 weeks, my second it was when I came home from hospital.

Melanie & Diana from Bodeo:

Melanie – We used a combination of cloth and disposables for the first 6 weeks while we adjusted to life with a newborn. Beofe giving birth, I suspected that my son was going to be a big baby (at 9lb10oz I was right!!) so had avoided buying too many small sized nappies, and mostly had OSFM or mediums. At six weeks, we made the decision not to buy any more disposables and to just make do with the modern cloth nappies we had and a stack of terry flats until he grew into the mediums. This gave us a chance to experiment with different styles, and gave his little legs a chance to fatten up a bit and really didn’t take too long at all!

Diana – We started our son in cloth gradually when he was 4 months old. Once we started to build our collection we were so enthused and quite quickly we had a full stash and he was in cloth full time. We regret not doing it earlier because it was really much easier than we had anticipated and it was lovely to not have a do a mad dash to the shops when we ran out of disposables. If we have another baby they will not be in disposables at all. I am really looking forward to doing cloth from birth now that I know how great it is.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R Us:

My bub was almost 4mo. We bought imported OSFM nappies and then I gave birth to a 6pound 6 baby who just didn’t grow that big that fast! Her tiny thighs took a long time to fill the leg holes 🙂 Since then our stash has grown and evolved, I’ve got pockets, AIOs, AI2s, prefolds and covers. I know a lot more now than I did when I took the initial leap into cloth (I saw some nappies on ebay, thought they were cute and decided I wanted to be a cloth mumma! I didn’t know anyone who used modern cloth nappies or anything about them but I do now!!!) so when I have another baby it will be in cloth from the start.

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

My bub was 4 weeks old when I started using modern cloth nappies but I used terry squares on my older kids from birth.

Nat and Amy from Little Diamond Bums (closed):

First time round my sons was three months old. It took time for me to get used to having a little person around however second time round my girl went straight into cloth nappies with confidence.  If you’re new to both having a little one and using cloth don’t put too much pressure on yourself to start using cloth straight away, full time.  Give yourself time to settle in with your baby and ask around for advice from other families already using cloth (mygreennappy is a great place to start). It is perfectly fine to introduce cloth nappies into your routine gradually.

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Our Comment Question is about starting with Modern Cloth Nappies:

How old was your baby when you started using MCNS?

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August 25, 2012

What Do You Recommend as the Best Cloth Nappy for My Baby with ‘Thunder Thighs?

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What Do You Recommend as the Best Cloth Nappy for My Baby with ‘Thunder Thighs?

Your Baby Has Thunder Thighs? Great Stuff! Read on for the Best Cloth Nappy Brands for babies with big thighs.

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What do you recommend as the best cloth nappy for My Baby with ‘Thunder Thighs?

Carly from Pikapu Modern Cloth Nappies:

Pikapu is a great choice for babies with larger legs, the nappy fits up to 18kg (with reports it fits up to 20kg) so it has plenty of room to grow with your bub.

Helen from EzyPeezies:

I would recommend EzyPeezies pull-up bamboo nappies as the best modern cloth nappy for ‘thunder thighs’. The largest size adjustment comfortably suits toddlers well past 3 and the super elastic waists mean that they have a lot of give and room to move.  I have designed these nappies myself, based on my knowledge, experience and needs as a cloth nappy-ing mum of two. .They also pull up and down easily when they reach the standing stage, making them super easy to change on the go and fantastic for toilet training.

Kate from Bouncing Sprouts:

Baba + Boo, UK award winning nappies as they are adjustable by poppers from birth (approx. 3.5kg) to potty training (approx. 15kg).  Baba + Boo nappies have been designed by Eve Bell to ensure the best fit possible for your little one.  They are not a generic nappy made in China with the Baba+Boo brand attached, they are one of a kind.

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August 20, 2012

New Modern Cloth Nappy User? – The Best Tips for Cleaning Cloth Nappies

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The Best Tips for Cleaning Cloth Nappies

Are You New to Australian Cloth Nappies? Discover the best tips for washing and cleaning your cloth nappies here…

This Nappy Advice Article Will Give You All You Need to Know About Washing or Cleaning your Modern Cloth Nappies with Ease and Confidence.

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What Are The Best Tips for Cleaning Cloth Nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Use a cold pre-wash followed by a hot or warm wash, using only 1/2 the recommended amount of washing powder.  Avoid liquid detergents, pure soap flakes, fabric softeners, and anything containing brighteners and softeners.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

I love biodegradable liners! They make clean up easy as all you do is flush them down the loo.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R US:

Leave the lid off the nappy bucket, throw the nappies (after removing any excess poop) into the bucket dry (don’t soak!) and pre-rinse them before washing. This helps to avoid urine smell build up. Use an appropriate detergent (something nappy friendly or a minimal amount of regular detergent – we use soap nuts) and hang them in the sun to dry whenever possible. Wash every day or two to avoid smells building up.

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

A nappy sprayer, while not a necessity, will make cleaning solids off your nappies so much easier.

Kate from Bouncing Bubs:

Wash every day or every second day to prevent build up of bacteria.  Don’t be scared to only use about ¼ the amount of detergent you would normally.  Our thumb of rule is ‘less is more’, less detergent = more absorbency.

Sarah from Billy and the Bow Wow:

Use a flushable liner in your nappies, that way it catches most solid waste.  Rinse / scrape of any residual waste. Dry pail and wash separately using ¼ to ½ the recommended amount of detergent.

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

Each nappy will come with its own instructions for use. You must follow those instructions to ensure you do not void your warranty.

However, these are my best tips for cleaning nappies:

  • Make sure you wash your nappies at least 4 times before using them the first time (or soak them overnight and wash once in the morning).
  • Rinse your nappies once they are soiled and store them in a dry bucket until you are ready to wash. You must rinse, or your nappies can stain and start smelling.
  • Make sure any solids are flushed down the toilet and washed off the nappy as much as you can before storing in the bucket (or you will get a really stinky bucket).
  • Make sure that you fold any Velcro tabs onto their laundry position (so they don’t get stuck on other items in the wash).
  • Wash heavily soiled nappies using a quick rinse (i.e. the last rinse cycle on your machine) before washing the nappies with other washing. This is not necessary, but is much more hygienic.
  • Wash nappies on a cold or warm wash.
  • Hang nappies in the sun to dry. The sun is a powerful anti-bacterial agent and will not only bleach the nappies but act as a sterilizer. You can tumble dry some nappies, but drying in the sun is recommended for this reason.
  • Wash nappies at least every 2 to 3 days (they can get a bit stinky if you don’t and leaving them wet for long periods can reduce the lifespan of the nappies).

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

1. Remove solid waste into the toilet and Drypail
2. Do a cold machine rinse with nappies only.
3. Do a full machine wash cycle on warm with cloth nappy friendly detergent. You may add on baby’s clothing at this stage.
4. Line dry is best to sanitise the nappy and remove stains.

Therese from Bumbly Bootique:

At Bumbly Bootique, we recommend always rinsing your nappies quickly before dry pailing, it takes half a minute and will absolutely reduce smell and extend the life of your fluffy investment. Not to mention, it will help with stains as well, but more importantly, what do we do with solids?

If the solids are not falling into the toilet easily we recommend the following:

  1. Adding flushable liners to your nappies
  2. Using a nappy sprayer (attached to your toilet)
  3. Or even a good old fashion washboard (after tissuing off excess), really quick and not that bad with rubber gloves 😉

 Helen from Ezy Peezies:

  1. Less is more when it comes to cloth! Make sure that you only use a small amount (about 1/4 – 1/2 the recommended amount) of a plain laundry detergent such as planet ark aware. Using too much detergent can cause build up on nappies and reduce the absorbency
  2. There is no need to soak MCN’s. In fact, don’t use any laundry additives at all. It’s very important not to add any fabric softeners as these can coat the fibres and again make the nappies less absorbent.
  3. Wash frequently – We recommend leaving dirty nappies in the nappy bucket or bag no longer than 48 hours. Leaving nappies for longer periods of time makes it harder to remove any stains and smells, and can actually damage the waterproof outer layer and elastics and reduce the lifespan of your nappies.

Jenny from Baby Bare:

  1. Get all the waste off the nappies straight away. This avoids a smelly laundry and staining.
  2. Use a good nappy friendly detergent. It will ensure your nappies last the test of time and hard wear!
  3. Hang them on a clothes horse so you can chase the sun around the yard and move them inside to continue hanging overnight!

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August 2, 2012

Why Combine Modern Cloth Nappies With Elimination Communication? 7 Great Reasons

When practicing Elimination Communication, nappies are no longer an essential you can’t survive without – instead, you can simply use those nappies as knickers … knickers with padding.

Baby Jett, 1 week old

The Question is “Why Combine Modern Cloth Diapers With Elimination Communication?”

Here are 7 reasons why doing Elimination Communication with Australian Cloth Nappies is GREAT:

  1. Practicing Elimination Communication helps you manage the ‘elimination COMFORT’ of tiny newborn babies – helping them by holding them in position  to get out those messy newborn poops and gasses that can be so uncomfortable and frightening for them – and keeping a nappy clear of one more poo.
  2. Practicing Elimination Communication helps you to preserve your nappy stash for looks and for eventual (and perhaps sooner) re-sale.
  3. Practicing Elimination Communication helps you to reduce your washing load. (Studies have shown using cloth daily takes less than 5 minutes more than disposables – you’ll be miles ahead very soon)
  4. Practicing Elimination Communication gives you the gift of ancient knowledge in caring for and connecting with your baby.
  5. Practicing Elimination Communication helps you to gain strategies for, and confidence in a gentle transition from nappies to knickers.
  6. Practicing Elimination Communication even occasionally supports your baby’s body awareness, making “conventional toilet training” easier (for both you and baby), and probably earlier.
  7. Even ONE less nappy used per day will add up over time – to over 900+ less nappies to manage in 2.5 years.

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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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How did you start part time with MCN?

Charndra


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July 20, 2012

Washing Nappies HELP! Tips for Washing My *Brand New* Australian Cloth Nappies?

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Need the Best Tips for Washing Your *Brand New* Australian Cloth Nappies?

Washing your cloth nappies. This is something that Mums new to using modern nappies are concerned about. But with some basic knowledge you will be washing your cloth nappies confidently and effectively ridding them of stains, smells and baby wee! This article will give you the best advice for when you first bring those nappies home and prepare them BEFORE your baby wears their cloth nappies for the first time.

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 they have to say:

What is the best thing to do when I first get some new cloth nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Pre-wash your nappies before use, to remove any residue/dyes from manufacturing.  Remember to half the detergent, and avoid liquids, brighteners, and softeners.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

Prewash only once before use to save water as there is no need to wash several times before use.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R US:

Brand new nappies will need to be prewashed as couple of times to get the fabrics absorbency levels at its max but if ur not a fan of wasting water (and really, who is??) then try an over night soak of the inserts in cold clean water then toss the inserts and shells in the wash with your next load. Be aware which nappies are new as you might need to change them a little sooner than your broken in old faithfuls (for the first few washes).

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

Although fabrics like bamboo and hemp don’t reach peak absorbency until they have been washed around 6 – 8 times you only need to wash them once before use.  Just change them slightly more frequently until they have built up their absorbency.  This saves wasting extra water washing clean nappies.

Kate from Bouncing Bubs:

Wash & dry 3 times before use to increase absorbency.

Sarah from Billy and the Bow Wow:

I would always pre-wash before use at least 2-3 times. This will remove any residue from the manufacturing process, and as in the case of bamboo, maximum absorbency is reached only after a number of washes first. Wash in cold water, with an environmentally friendly detergent that doesn’t contain enzymes. Then hang out to dry on the line (hang sideways (horizontally) and peg front and back, ensuring elastics are not stretched).

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

When you get your new nappies, you have to fight the urge to put them straight on your bub (yes, I know it is hard, but you have to). Before you use your nappies, you must wash them a minimum of 4 times. Most nappies will come with instructions from the supplier and you must follow those instructions if you do not want to void your warranty. Some suppliers suggest that you need to dry the nappies between washes and some don’t. Washing a minimum of 4 times will make the nappies absorbent. Without doing it, your nappies will leak. You can’t skip this step! As a short cut, you could try soaking the nappies overnight and then washing them once in the morning. If they leak after that, you can wash them a few more times.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Simply machine wash once and use when dry, bearing in mind to change bub sooner initially, since it takes a few washes for the nappy to reach full absorbency.

Therese from Bumbly Bootique:

Washing new nappies several times will improve the absorbency of bamboo and it is therefore recommended by us to put your nappies through the 2-3 wash cycles prior to use. Only use laundry detergent (and nothing else) with the first cycle, then follow with another couple of cycles with no detergent to help loosen the bamboo fibres more. Drying between washes is not required.
Nappies with no bamboo or hemp would need only to be washed once prior to use.

Helen from Ezy Peezies:

Before using your new MCN’s we recommend that you pop all the nappies and inserts into the washing machine and run through a full wash cycle without any detergent. Once the cycle has finished, run it through on a second plain cold cycle. There is no need to dry the nappies in between. This is to help remove any residues that may remain from the manufacturing process, as well as increasing the absorbency of the bamboo fabrics. Bamboo takes about 8 washes to reach its full absorbency. You can dry, and use your nappies after the two initial plain washes, but just be aware your nappies won’t be at their full absorbency for the first couple of uses and you may want to change a little more frequently or add an additional booster to prevent any leaks.

Jenny from Baby Bare:

 You have a few choices with new nappies. You could do a full strip wash to remove any manufacturing chemicals and other build up in your fabric. Otherwise wash them once with soap, then do a few rinse cycles or short wash cycles without soap. They will get more absorbant over time but this will be sufficient for the first use. Be mindful though your nappies may not last as long till after a few wears!

 

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July 3, 2012

Meet Our Guest: Billy and the Bow Wow

Billy and The BowwowLet’s meet Sarah, the proud owner of Billy and the Bow Wow:

Hi I’m Sarah, I live in Adelaide South Australia and have two gorgeous boys, currently aged 1 and 2.

About Billy and the Bow Wow…

I got into the world of nappy making  by starting out making nappies for my sons.  I was absolutely hooked on MCNs and it was the only way to afford my habit! Additionally, I never really found a nappy that suited me perfectly, so after a lot of research and testing I came up with a day and night nappy that stood the test my heavy wetter’s put it to.  Once I had a stash for them, I didn’t want what I learnt to go to waste and hence Billy and the Bow Wow was born. Since then I have branched out into a range of products that I also retail, mostly nappy related, all baby and mum related. All are products that I have tried and tested with my two boys and I have found very useful. The name Billy and the Bow Wow comes from nick names we use for my two sons which is a nice connection I think. I often have specials for fans of my facebook page Billy and the Bow Wow so make sure you come and say Hi so you are in the loop.

Our Planet Matters!

Using cloth nappies is one of the simplest things you can do to help the environment. It also makes sense, economically and in that you know exactly what your baby’s precious skin is coming into contact with, which cannot be said for most disposables.  There are a lot of babies in the world, who will one day hold the future of the planet in their hands, and be responsible for cleaning up the mess we’ve made, it doesn’t make sense that one of their first acts is to have such a huge impact on the planet by creating so much landfill that will still be there thousands of years after they’ve been and gone. Cloth nappies these days deserve a go. They work just as well as disposables, they don’t create any more washing than young kids already do and the environment and your hip pocket will thank you.

When you visit Billy and the Bow Wow, make sure you have a look at…

1. Our cloth nappy range

2. Our toilet training pants and accessories

3. Our sale items (there’s always something on sale at BTBW!)

3 of my favourite sites are:

1. Adelaide Baby Bargains – a fantastic SA site for buying and selling used baby goods

2. Kozy Carrier – A fantastic Mei Tai carrier that enables you to wear your baby from birth right through to toddlerhood in comfort (for both of you).

3. My Green Nappy of course!

Let’s talk more!

If you could have all of your favorite features in one cloth nappy what would it look like?

Billy and The Bowwow

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