What cloth diaper should you choose?
You will find the right one! All-in-one, all-in-two, pre-fold, booster, liner, PUL, pockets. When you begin to research the world of cloth nappies, it is easy to get lost and confused. It’s much easier to understand what you like and how things work once you get started.
Some families prefer to have several nappies, while others only want one. It’s important to remember that there is no magic bullet’ nappy. Research has shown that cloth nappies are more popular in families than cloth diapers for their babies for at least five different brands or styles. We encourage you to be open to all brands and not be exclusive.
Every family has different lifestyles and needs, as well as a baby. Different people will be attracted to different nappy types. While reviews, marketing, and opinions from friends and neighbors are all great tools, the most important thing is to find what works for you. Consider your budget and how committed you are to cloth. Also, consider whether you have the time or inclination to do laundry in hot weather. It’s really quite simple once you have done it several times.
Nest makes it easy to make the right choice. We offer a range of tried-and-true products that we have used for at least 3 months. We are able to tell you the pros and cons of each napkin and have done a good job (pardon the pun!). We can provide an honest review of fit and drying time.
How many cloth and nappies do I need?
The type of cloth nappies that you choose will determine how many you need. People who use cloth nappies full-time wash their nappies every second day. They also need between 24 to 36 nappies to cover the 10-12 nappy changes required by the average newborn. For an average of 5-6 nappy changes per night, older children will need between 15-18 nappies. If you leave nappies for longer than two days, if there isn’t enough sun, or if your baby has a higher average number of nappies per day, you may need more nappies. You may be able to use fewer nappies if your nappies are washed every day and tumble-dried. We recommend that you have one cover per four to six nappies. For example, 24 nappies might need 5 or 6 covers.
Are cloth nappies possible to use from birth?
Absolutely! It is possible to create a routine using cloth nappies earlier, and it will become a part of your daily life. Even if you only use cloth nappies for a few weeks, it is a smart economic move to start using cloth nappies from the beginning.
Our customers often start with 12 to 15 nappies and then buy more as they discover what they like, how often, and whether they prefer cloth or paper.
You can buy nappies that are small, adjustable, and quick drying so you can get started right away. You can combine them with larger, one-size-fits-most nappies to get a more flexible selection. This will save you the hassle of waiting for your baby to grow out of your nappies.
Another option is to purchase a few disposable nappies and test them in terms of style and fit. Then, you can add to your collection over time.
There’s no reason to start with 100% cloth. We are here to help you choose the best long-term nappy system.
This blog post will explain how to take your nappies with you to the hospital.
How long can my cloth nappies last before they wear out?
One-size-fits-most nappies fit well between 8 and 12 weeks old. They also fit comfortably between 5 and 6kg. If they are too bulky before that time, or if the legs and back are not snug enough, they might leak. The majority of traditional newborn nappies ( flats, pre-folds, and fitted), can be used long after the baby is born, making them an economical choice.
It all depends on many factors. You will see a return on your investment if you buy high-quality nappies and take good care of them. Cheap nappies are often made from substandard elastic, PUL, or absorbent materials that wear quickly. High rotation means that nappies are washed many times per week and are worn more often than those with fewer nappies. Some people find that their nappies may wear faster than others because washing has so many variables. You may also notice your absorbent inserts wearing quickly if your baby has an extremely acidic wee.
Every baby is unique, and every nappy is unique. It is easy to get wrapped up in the length of a nappy’s life span, but it is equally important to consider how often that nappy will be used over that time. It is more cost-effective to use a nappy that you love over a longer period of time than to only use it for a short time.
What is the difference between microfiber, hemp, bamboo, and cotton?
Every fabric has its positives and minuses when it comes to absorbency, drying times, and environmental benefits.
Microfiber is very quick drying (ideal for winter and humid summers).
Bamboo is extremely absorbent and can be used for nighttime (great for sleeping).
Cotton is quick drying and usually costs less.
Hemp has a high absorbency and hardiness.
It is a good idea to have several types of fabrics in your nappies. We will gladly walk you through the different options and provide more information about each fabric.
Vashti and Vicki discuss the differences between the materials in this episode.
What should I do about the poo?
Poo is a frightening thought that’s even scarier than its reality.
There are a few methods you can use to remove solids from your nappies. The one you choose will depend on the type of poo your baby produces. The poo of a newborn is simply milk curds. It can be hard to remove with a toilet flush or a little Squirt (a pressure hose that attaches easily). Liners are useful for older babies. A Little Squirt or another tool can also be used. However, most children will use a stool to remove the stay dry’ layer from their nappy.