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February 23, 2011

Washing Reusable Cloth Nappies? What to Do With That ‘Fluffy Mail’ – Your New Washable Nappy

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Reusable Cloth Nappies? What to Do With That ‘Fluffy Mail’ – Your New Washable Nappy

New to Reusable Cloth Nappies? What to Do With Your Washable Nappy ‘Fluffy Mail’ When You First Unpack It.

Everyone wants to put a brand new nappy straight on their baby – but is there more to know?

Let’s find out what is the best thing to do to make the most out of this brand new nappy… First of all, indulge in the glory of new fluffy mail – admire, feel, squeeze, check for size and fit and fastenings, then pre-wash a number of times, washing your new reusable cloth nappies 3-5 times is a good number, giving them a thorough cleaning and preparation for many uses.

Let’s Discover Why You Should Pre-Wash Your Reusable Nappies:

1. Pre-Wash Your Reusable Cloth Nappies to Remove Manufacturing Residues.

Washing ensures you remove any residues left over from the manufacturing process of both the fabrics and the nappy itself. These chemicals are used to treat the fabrics and materials in the nappy’s parts and will reduce absorbency, as well as being something you don’t want in contact with your baby! Some nappy makers (WAHM Ones) pre-wash their fabrics for shrinkage, others even pre-wash the nappy itself so it can go straight on your baby – but it is always best to give them a wash yourself in case.

2. Pre-Wash Your Reusable Cloth Nappies to Soften and Build Absorbency.

Washing removes natural oils that may be in certain fabrics like bamboo, hemp and cotton. As these are removed, the absorbency of the nappy fibres will increase. So, pre-washing means the nappy can absorb more wees, which means fewer nappy changes as you break in that new nappy.

3. Pre-Wash Your Reusable Cloth Nappies to Allow Them to Adjust in Size.

Natural fabrics will shrink, synthetic ones won’t. Washing will help the nappy to adjust in size as this occurs. It is good to know that nappy makers know this and compensate for the shrinkage of certain fibres as part of their designing process.

Many a mum who is converting to cloth is dismayed at how the baby seems to wee straight through their new reusable cloth nappies – when in fact they have skipped this crucial first step of pre-washing. Wash them once alone, then simply throw them in with your other washing. There is no need to wait for them to dry in between washes, as the goal is simply to soak and remove any residues and leave them fluffy, plump and soft, ready to be absorbent and save you money!

– Charndra

Click on the link below to discover when a reusable cloth nappy may be given away in a nappy competition here:

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