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New to cloth nappies? Start Here!

EVERYTHING YOU'VE EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT CLOTH NAPPIES!

There has never been a better time to start your cloth nappy journey than right now! No matter the age of your bub, whether you're deep in the newborn stages or have a toddler running around; using cloth nappies will help your budget and help the environment!

Different Kinds of Cloth Nappies:

There are lots of different kinds of cloth nappies, and most definitely a style to suit your budget and your style.

All-In-One (AIO) An all-in-one style cloth nappy is just that, an all in one solution. A shell (or cover) with built in absorbency into the nappy shell itself. These options are excellent for beginners, and are a no fuss option. They are very easy to use, but can take a little longer to dry.

All-In-Two (AI2) A shell or cover with snap in inserts or boosters. This cloth nappy solution is great as you can tailor the absorbency for your baby specifically. These inserts snap out and make drying time quicker. Some AI2 options also have a pocket built into the shell, which means you can add additional absorbency to these nappies. 

Fitted Nappies A fully absorbent nappy. These nappies require a cover to make them a waterproof option. Fitted nappies are great night-time option as they can absorb a lot more wee than an AIO and AI2 nappy. 

Prefolds & Preflats A preflat nappy is the trimmest of all nappy options. They are similar to a fitted nappy, as the entire nappy is absorbent, but without the bulk. They are easily boosted in between the folds and layers, and dry very quickly. These nappies are often made of bamboo, terry towelling (or a combination of both) or even a stretch cotton. A prefold nappy is similar to a preflat, but has layers of absorbency sewn into the centre. The absorbency is targeted in the centre where girls and boys need it most. Prefold nappies can be folded in lots of different ways depending on bubs age and requirements. They are a very cost effective option. These nappies are not waterproof and require a cover. 

Cloth Nappy Sizing

We offer a range of sized and OSFM (One Size Fits Most) options. Newborn sized nappies will be smaller and easier to fit (with less bulk) than a OSFM option. As newborns are so little, buying a range of newborn nappies for the early days can offer a better fit for the first few months. OSFM sizing is adjustable to suit a range of sizes from newborn all the way to toilet training age. 

How Many Nappies.. And What Else Do I Need?

Some seasoned cloth mums will say, you can never have enough cloth nappies! But some parents like to start out slowly and replace a few disposables a day with  cloth nappies and worth their way up to full-time cloth use.

10 to 12 cloth nappies will cover your baby for 2 to 3 days use. A younger baby may require more changes than an older baby. If using our preflat or prefold nappies, you may decide on purchasing 10 nappies and 3 reusable nappy covers. Check out our value packs to save if you need to bulk your stash!

24 to 28 cloth nappies is enough for full-time use for both day and night. A younger baby will require more changes than an older baby. If using our preflat or prefold nappies, you may decide on purchasing 18 to 20 nappies and 6 to 8 reusable nappy covers. Check out our value packs to save if you need to bulk your stash!

We also stock extra boosters and absorbency which you can buy in addition to your cloth nappies which will make each change last longer. 

Wetbags are also a great extra to purchase for using cloth nappies out and about and at daycare. They are waterproof bags that hold dirty nappies and also double to use as swim bags, wet clothes at daycare, even to hang off your stroller handlebar to hold your incidentals.. the list goes on! 

If you're going to use cloth nappies, you may as well be using cloth wipes! Before I switched to cloth wipes, I was buying 2 to 3 packets of disposable wipes a week! Having just 20-30 cloth wipes in your stash will be enough for full time use, and save you hundreds of dollars in disposable wipes. 

 

What about washing my nappies?

Creating a wash routine that works for you and your family is one of the beautiful things about cloth diapering. However, when first coming into the world of cloth, it can be just one more overwhelming thing for you to figure out. This is why we decided to share our simple cloth diapering routine with you. Just remember, as you become more familiar with cloth diapering and what works for you, feel free to change things up to suit your needs. Just make sure you are getting your diapers properly clean.

  • Dry pail all diapers used that day. A dry pail can be any open aired bucket. I know open-air sounds incorrect, but a good air flow will actually make your nappies smell less.
  • At the end of the day, prewash all the diapers in your dry pail. Ensure your machine is ¾ full. We recommend a 40-60°C cycle, running for at least 1-1.5 hours, and spinning at 800-1200RPM (RPM is spin speed.) If you are cloth diapering full-time, we recommend running your rinse cycle the next morning, once you have completed the HOT hand rinse of your night nappy. This is to ensure there is no ammonia build up.
  • Once your prewash is completed, store your wet pre-washed nappies in your ‘Prewashed Pail’, where they will stay until you have enough for your main wash.
  • Repeat steps 1-2 until you have enough nappies to fill your machine 3/4.
  • Once your machine is finished washing, remove any items you needed to bulk your machine up with and add the diapers you rinsed the day before.  Ensure your machine is ¾ full and then start your main wash. We recommend a 40-60°C cycle, running for at least 2.5-3 hours, and spinning at 800-1200RPM.
  • Line drying is best but when not possible, tumble dry on low. Tumble drying will reduce the life of your diapers though. DO NOT tumble dry covers as these are heat sensitive. If you must tumble dry, tumble dry your inserts and line dry your covers.
 
Most nappy manufacturers will have their own recommended wash routines. At Buddybabyco, we use and recommend a tried and tested wash routine devised by CCNDU.
And what about the poop?

I have been asked this specific question sooo many times! Yep, babies poop.. A LOT, but it doesn't have to be a big issue! You can avoid touching poop by:
  • Using a nappy sprayer (my personal choice) which is a handheld sprayer, almost like a hose, which is directly connected to your toilet, and spraying any poop directly into the toilet. You just spray and then pop straight into a dry pail. Easy! No touching required! 
  • Using a specific 'poop' scrubbing brush. I have used a dishwashing brush that stays in the laundry. This does involve some touching, so you may want to use some gloves as well.