Nappy Help & Advice

Friday, 24 September 2021

Baba & Boo are famous for their affordable pocket nappy, helping more families to change to reusables.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021
Should Disposable Nappies Be Banned?

In an article circulating today, the Daily Mail they stated that the next disposable product the government are looking at is disposable nappies. Do you think that disposable nappies should be banned?

We don’t.

We believe everything has a place in society and just like we don’t use paper plates everyday as they are designed for occasional use, disposable nappies can be used in a similar manner.

1 CommentWednesday, 19 May 2021
Problem Support Questionnaire

Experiencing nappy leaks or smelly nappies? Maybe you're unsure you have the fit right. Our questionnaire will take you through the information we need so our experienced Nappy Lady advisors can identify the source of your problem and guide you to the relevant solution.

Monday, 22 February 2021

The Jo fold is the most popular fold to beging with and is named after one of our original advisors Jo who created it. The Jo fold enables you to put even the thickest 60cm terry square on a newborn without adding too much bulk as it spreads the absorbency so evenly. The Jo fold is ideal if you only want to buy one size of flat terry square. The Jo fold is also the perfect fold if you're using muslins instead of terries on a newborn.

Sunday, 21 February 2021

The Bat fold which is also known as the chinese fold or the butterfly fold is good for newborns. The bat fold is a small yet all encompassing nappy fold and helps to contain runny poo. The Bat fold is very absorbent and positions the bulk of the absorbency directly in the middle between the legs.

Saturday, 20 February 2021

The Kite fold is a very popular fold but is best for older, taller or chunkier children. I wouldn't recommend this fold for a newborn baby. The kite fold is a large fold and is more bulky on the legs and tends to sit lower down the legs than other folds. The kite fold offers limited absorbency in the main middle area of the nappy however it is a good fold to support a booster pad for overnight use. When you put the kite fold on make sure you tuck the terry underneath at the legs to provide better containment and a neater fit.

Friday, 19 February 2021

The Gaynor fold is often called the Gaynor's fold for girls. The Gaynor fold gives a very trim fit around the legs and upper thighs, it's a good fold for a petite build or a younger child. The Gaynor fold is often the next fold families use after the Jo fold is outgrown.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

The Ro fold was designed by one of our first customers back in 1999 after she couldn't find a fold that worked for her Son. The Ro fold is very neat and high-cut around the legs, this can help if you have any trim wraps you'd like to use with your terry squares. There are lots of layers at the front making the Ro fold especially good for boys. The Ro fold definitely isn't a beginners fold and takes a bit of practise, however give it a go and show off your expert folding skills!

Tuesday, 1 September 2020
Wool - Frequently Asked Questions

Our most frequently asked questions about wool are all listed here. If there is something that we haven't covered then just email our advice team on and we will be more than happy to help you

Sunday, 5 July 2020
Lanolising Wool Wraps

You only need to wash your wool wraps when they get dirty with faeces, or if they seem a bit smelly. This should only be about every other week or so, more frequently with a newborn, since they are more likely to get faeces on the wrap. Wool wraps are best washed by hand in plain white vegetable or olive soap.

2 CommentsSaturday, 15 February 2020
Nappy Fitting Guides for Nurseries & Childcare Providers

Photo guides that can be copied and printed for you to give your nursery or childcare provider so they get your nappies fitted just right.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Red Diaper Syndrome

Until last week (July 2019) I'd never heard of this before. It's an infection that leads babies nappies (and in feeding mothers breastpads, breast pumps) to turn pink.

9 CommentsSunday, 3 February 2019
A Beginners Guide to Using Your Cloth Nappies

Using real nappies is not hard, just different from using disposables. You need to bear in mind that a "cloth nappy" will usually comprise of a number of parts; the nappy itself provides the absorbency, whilst the outer wrap (pant) provides the waterproof layer. On some nappies, this may be a single combined "all in one", like a disposable is.

227 CommentsSaturday, 2 February 2019
Washing & Drying Nappies

The Real Nappy Association recommends washing nappies at 60 degrees to sterilise them thoroughly. However, like it or not, you and your family share your bugs with your baby, and so it is not necessary to sterilise nappies in this way every wash, and a 40 degree wash is perfectly adequate for the most part.

Friday, 1 February 2019
Bio V Non-Bio Detergent

The Nappy Lady does not recommend the use of biological detergent (also known as bio). In this article I will explain why with links to some of the research we have had shared with us over the years. I will also cover why some people do recommend it but we believe it is a bad idea.

34 CommentsThursday, 31 January 2019
Prewashing Cloth Nappies

It is VERY important that you prewash your nappies before you use them. If you don't prewash them, they will not be absorbent enough and they will leak. We recommend that you prewash them twice before use. This can be done at 30/40 degrees centigrade and you only need a tiny bit of detergent. There is no need to dry the nappies in between the two prewashes.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018
Plastic: Disposable Single Use v Cloth Nappies

I am very grateful to TotsBots for supplying this article regarding the use of single use disposable nappies compared to cloth nappies. The "Blue Planet" affect has led to people finally realising that disposable nappies are just another "single use plastic" just the same as coffee cups and plastic straws. We've had increasing enquiries on how cloth and disposable nappies compare and this article does it very well.

4 CommentsTuesday, 16 October 2018
Wing Droop - Nappy Fitting Problem

Wing droop is when the front panel of the nappy works it's way loose and slips down underneath the securing side tabs. This can cause the leaks to gape and not a snug seal at the tummy which usually leads to nappy leaks.

1 CommentThursday, 19 July 2018
Nappy Fitting Guides

Getting your nappies to fit right prevents leaks and irritation to babies skin. Cloth nappies fit entirely differently to disposables so it's easy to make some fitting mistakes when you first start out. We have some fitting guides to help you get the best fit from the start.

Thursday, 19 July 2018
How to Store Nappies For Future Use

It is important you store your nappies correctly if you want to use them for future babies. If you store them where there are large extremes of temperature or a damp atmosphere this can lead to degrading and damage of the PUL, elastics and fabrics. Here is our guide to keeping them in the best condition as possible.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Nappy Fitting Photo Bank

Photos of various popular nappies fitting incorrectly and correctly to help give you a visual guide as to how they whould fit.

Thursday, 5 July 2018
Are Cloth Nappies More Breathable Than Disposable Nappies?

Modern cloth nappies ARE more breathable than disposable. The outer waterproof layer is made of PUL (poly urethene laminate) which is a clever modern fabric that allows air to pass through while still remaining waterproof. Parents often worry that cloth is going to be warmer than disposables when actually the reverse is true.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Bambino Mio is the UK’s most widely used reusable nappy brand.* They’ve been providing parents
all around the world with an award-winning range of reusable nappies, baby accessories, swim
nappies and potty training essentials for the last 20 years.

11 CommentsFriday, 29 September 2017
Which Reusable Nappies To Choose?

There is no simple answer to this, it all depends on your circumstances and your priorities. These are my suggestions for how to choose the right nappy system first time. Contact The Nappy Lady for tailored advice specific to your circumstances!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Motherease is probably the oldest manufacturer of modern cloth nappies. Motherease began as a small basement company in 1991 and today, Erika and her husband Rick work together running their 10,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing, offices and a boutique store serving the Niagara region.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

TotsBots is the best know and biggest UK manufacturer of cloth nappies. TotsBots started back in 2000 and was created by husband and wife team Fiona and Magnus Smyth. All TotsBots products are made in Scotland in their own factory. TotsBots nappies have on the Mother and Baby award for the best reusable nappy 8 times. Today approx 60,000,000 nappies are diverted from landfill by TotBots users every year.

2 CommentsMonday, 5 September 2016
Reusable Nappy Demonstrations

We offer one to one nappy demonstrations at our warehouse in Mytchett where you can see and feel the nappies we've recommended. You can also take away anything you'd like to purchase on the day (if it's in stock). We also offer Skype demos for customers who don't live near us.

Friday, 24 July 2015
Cloth Nappy Myths

The minute you tell people you are considering using cloth nappies, you’ll be met with a barrage of objections, I promise you. Here are a few of the most common ones, along with some suitable replies (assuming you decide to avoid the simple "what a load of tosh", which would be an equally correct response, but would be unlikely to win friends and influence people).

Thursday, 23 July 2015
Parts of a Nappy System

There is a massive diversity of cloth nappy styles, this can make then seem more complex than they really are. That’s what this website is all about, and why we encourage you to let us give you advice and hold your hand while you make your decision. If you are new to the idea of using a washable cloth nappy system then I will briefly explain the different parts.

4 CommentsWednesday, 22 July 2015
Advantages of Cloth Nappies

If you thought I was going to start off by mentioning the environmental cost of disposables, you thought wrong. Not that this is not important (quite the opposite, as you will see), but, in my opinion, no-one should ever choose real nappies because they have been "frightened off" disposables. You should choose them for positive reasons – and there are plenty of them, as I'll explain.

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