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September 6, 2012

Seconds Cloth Nappies – What Makes a Nappy Maker Dismiss a Cloth Nappy as a ‘Second’ in Quality?

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What makes a nappy maker dismiss a cloth nappy as a ‘second’ in quality?

You can get a cheaper cost by finding ‘seconds’ cloth nappies – but they go fast! They may have one or more of a variety of small imperfections. The high standards of the WAHM make seconds cloth nappies a bargain for you. Join their facebook pages for your chance to grab one when they are available. NB They go FAST.

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:

Seconds cloth nappies – what makes a nappy maker dismiss a cloth nappy as a ‘second’ in quality?

Carly from Pikapu Modern Cloth Nappies:

Generally a seconds nappy will have some stitching or snap faults or they could be a perfect nappy that has fallen on the floor and become soiled.

Jenny from Baby Bare:

Anything that is not pristine is a second. We won’t sell a nappy with a broken snap or imperfection that effects it’s use. So seconds usually have a mark on them- usually that will wash out in the first wash.

Kate from Bouncing Sprouts:

Some ‘ebay cheapies’ may vary in quality in terms of cheaper materials/fibres, fit, absorbency & chemicals used in production.  Make sure the nappy you choose has been used, tested and reviewed by independent sources/parents, are made under ethical working conditions and aren’t just another generic nappy with a brand name attached/sewn on to them.

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June 20, 2012

Washing Modern Cloth Nappies: 3 Important Points when washing Australian Cloth Nappies…

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Washing Modern Cloth Nappies:

3 Important Points To Remember When Washing Australian Cloth Nappies…

How do you wash cloth nappies so that they will last through more than one baby’s needs? So they will be absorbent, clean and fresh smelling?

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 are 3 Important Points to Remember When Washing Cloth Nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

  1. Cold pre-wash (or rinse).  It removes nasties.
  2. Hot or warm wash gets best results.
  3. 1/2 the amount of washing powder. Too much will cause build up.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

No bleach, no soaking and the Sun is your friend 🙂

Jodi from MCN Lovers R US:

  1.  When it comes to detergents LESS IS MORE!!!
  2. Sunshine is your absolute best friend for stain removal.
  3. Pre-rinse and get all the wee out before you wash your nappies – otherwise your washing them in wee filled water and they will often still smell (especially when its teething time!).

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

  1. Use detergent without enzymes and about half as much as you usually would,
  2. Wash PUL in less than 60 degree water,
  3. Run your nappies through a rinse cycle before washing for extra freshness

Kate from Bouncing Bubs:

  1. Dry pail – no soaking, no scrubbing, simply dispose of solids in toilet and place nappy in bucket.
  2. Prerinse – In washing machine with cold water & no detergent. This will help remove urine and bacteria from the nappy.
  3. Wash – Warm wash (60°C is best) on a long cycle with an extra rinse at the end. This will remove all the bacteria and urine from the nappies. Make sure 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:

  1. Do not soak, it’s not necessary and will shorten the life of your nappies
  2. Wash at least every 2 days using an environmentally friendly detergent and use a quarter to half as much as suggested, this will help prevent detergent build up, which causes your nappies to smell and be less absorbent.
  3. Avoid detergents with enzymes as this can react with sensitive skin and cause nappy rash.

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

  1. Never use fabric softener, stain removers, nappisan or any other bleach products. These chemicals will break down the natural fabrics of the nappy.
  2. Don’t tumble dry your nappies on full heat. The heat can also break down the fibres.
  3. If you can, hang clean nappies on the clothes line to dry in full sun. It is the best way to dry your nappies as the sun acts as an antibacterial agent.

 Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

  1. Store soiled nappies in a dry pail until wash day. If bub is teething or prone to acidic wees, rinse inserts under a tap before drypailing.
  2. To preserve elastics, turn down the spin cycle on your washing machine to a maximum of 800-1000rpm, and do not stretch the elastic when the nappy is still warm if you opt to use a dryer.
  3. Follow the manufacturers instructions to maintain your nappies in the best condition for longer.

Therese from Bumbly Bootique:

  1. Use only a quarter to a third scoop of baby friendly laundry detergent for standard washes and nothing else
  2. Include an extra prewash or rinse cycle
  3. Do not have your water too hot, try to keep it max 60 degrees, 40’s even better

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.

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September 28, 2010

All in One: The Convenience of a Disposable Nappy in a Reusable Nappy for your Baby.

Nervous about baby’s caregivers freaking out about you switching to cloth nappies?

Grab yourself some ‘All in One’s’, (AIO’s) – they are just like a disposable nappy to use, except you can reuse them over and over and over…

This article is about the most convenient of the modern cloth nappy styles – the AIO, or ‘ALL in One’.  As its name implies, all the parts of the nappy are sewn in – the waterproof cover, the soaker and liner are all attached together. You won’t have anything to lose in the washing basket or have to assemble before putting on your baby. In My Nappy Style Window for All in One Nappies you will find a starting line-up of retailers who are offering All in One’s for you to buy and try for your baby, toddler – knowing that whenever you start, ach time your child wears a washable nappy, you are saving on the cost of a throwaway nappy, and saving what it would have cost you at the checkout too!

Let’s look at 3 aspects of the All in One nappy that you should be aware of:

1. Ease – All in One Nappies are a breeze to use.

As the all in one nappy has no separate covers, no soakers to snap in, nothing to stuff or sort, they are the easiest modern cloth nappies to use. Just put them on, baby then does their thing for a couple of hours, then pull them off and pop them in your dry bucket until washing day. Liners are still used for ease of poo removal, and to help prevent stains, though the sun gets any of those out in a few hours on the line.

2. All in one nappies will take longer to dry.

As many styles have the soaker sewn in the body of the nappy, and the waterproof cover is also attached, the AIO will take longer to dry. An extra spin cycle can speed the drying process, and hanging them near a sunny wall if you have a clothesline near a wall. Less eco-friendly, a bit of time in the tumble diryer can speed drying time – though high heat can damage a PUL layer. So, you will need a few more all in one nappies for long winter days and when your baby goes through more for those many reasons they do at different times – teething, in spring, when ill and so on. There are All-in-1 nappies that have the soaker parts attached at the ends but customisable for thickness – these will dry more quickly, such as the Bambooty ‘Easy Dry’ ??

3. AIO nappies are more ‘fool proof’ than other modern cloth nappy styles.

If  daddy, grandma, auntie, day care or other caregivers will be changing your baby’s nappies, using all in ones makes it as easy as pie for them. On, off, in a wet bag or bucket and on with a new nappy –  using an AI1 nappy is the most like a disposable, though they can come with snaps or velcro.

It’s a good idea to have a couple for those times when baby is just ‘past it’ and you need to get a nappy on them as fast as possible, and don’t have time to stuff, or assemble a nappy while baby screeches on the change table.

With these three ideas you’ll find you know how to make the most of the AIO nappies in your stash.

Many brands will have an AIO version of their nappies, you can explore them via My Nappy Style Window for All in One Nappies. You’ll know you are giving your baby a more sustainable future by using washable, reusable modern cloth nappies. Every baby should have at least one ‘green’ nappy in their wardrobe – and you can find it by exploring the resources here at My Green Nappy.org

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A Question for you about All in One nappies:

What is an AIO you have in your stash that you would like to recommend today?

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