A: The inserts are placed inside the pocket. Usually one insert is enough, but you
can also use more to increase absorbency (this is especially useful of a night).
Q: Do you recommend the stay-dry cloth nappies or the natural nappies?
A: I love to use the natural nappies during the day, because of the beautiful fabrics
against my babies skin, and then the stay-dry nappies during the night, so that my
baby doesn’t get nappy rash from wearing the same nappy all night (as these stay
dry against the skin as the name suggests). Sometimes I use a microfibre insert in
the pocket of a natural nappy, so that the insert dries fast, but there is a beautiful
fabric against my babies skin.
Q: How do I adjust the size?
A: The size is adjusted with the bottom 3 rows of snaps (9 snaps in total) + + + row
1 + + + row 2 + + + row 3 - for small size
- fold the bottom row of snaps (row 3) up and clip them into row 1 - for medium size
- fold the middle row of snaps (row 2) up and clip them into row 1 - for large size
- leave all 3 rows unsnapped The other snaps are used to adjust the size around the
waist (very top row) and around the legs (second row from top)
WASHING AND DRYING –
Q: Should I wash the nappies before their first use?
A: Yes, you should wash them 5-6 times. This will allow them to reach peak absorbency
(think of them like a new towel)
Q: How much detergent should I use and what brand do you recommend?
A: Use ½ strength detergent (if you use too much detergent it will leave a film on
the nappy and lead to leakage). Any natural brand that doesn’t contain bleach, enzymes,
fabric softeners or any other additives (eg. Earth Choice, Planet Ark, Ecostore,
Q: What temperature should I wash cloth nappies?
A: It is best to do a rinse cycle first, then wash with cold water (Cold water is
better for the environment and will ensure your nappies last longer).
Q: What is the best way to dry cloth nappies?
A: In the sun – sunlight naturally bleaches the nappies to remove any remaining stains
and this method is also better for the environment. If you have to you can also dry
them in the dryer on a low temperature, however, if done often this may shorten their
Q: Should I soak my cloth nappies?
A: No. Soaking will wear out the cloth nappies faster. We do not recommend Napisan.
You should just store them in an airtight container and wash them within 3 days.
Q: Should I remove solids before putting the cloth nappy in the airtight container?
A: Yes, you should rinse off majority of the solids. You can also use nappy liners
to catch solids (these can then be placed directly in the toilet, as they are biodegradable).
Another option to avoid pooey nappies is to potty train from birth – see the bottom
of this page for more information.
Q: Why can’t I use fabric softener?
A: Fabric softener can decrease the absorbency of the nappies. A natural alternative
Q: Why can’t I use bleach?
A: It will wear the nappies.
Q: Can I use barrier creams or powder on my baby?
A: You shouldn’t use barrier creams, but powder is fine.
Q: How do I do a strip clean on my nappies?
A: First wash your clean nappies in hot water (60°C) with no detergent filled up
to a high level. Then wash your nappies again using a small amount of dishwashing
liquid (yes, the one you use on your dishes - one that has no moisturiser). Rinse
as many times as necessary to remove any suds.
Q: My cloth nappies are leaking. What could be the reason?
A: The following are possibilities –
1) You have not done up the nappy tight enough around the stomach or legs
2) The insert is bunching
3) You haven’t prewashed your nappies enough
4) There is clothing pushing up against the absorbent part of the nappy, causing
5) You have left the nappy on too long – change more frequently or add an insert
6) You have used too much detergent, creams or fabric softener and they have left
a film on the nappy. In which case you will need to do a strip clean (see above)