Care of Pocket Nappies

19 CommentsFriday, 10 July 2015

I've put together a help video which shows you how to care for and wash your pocket nappies, which covers all our best sellers including Bumgenius, Little Lambs and  Charlie Banana. It's a really straight forward process, but if you're unsure of what to do then I hope this video and guide can help point you in the right direction.

  1. Dispose of paper liner (if using) or shake solids into toilet.
  2. Remove insert from pocket before storing both parts.
  3. Always change the outer after each use, don’t just add a new insert and re-use.
  4. Always dry pail pocket nappies – if put to soak they will lose their waterproofing.
  5. On wash day - Run a cold rinse cycle to remove excess soiling and urine.
  6. Wash at 40oC or 60oC if heavier soiling, using a machine no more than 3/4 full and approx half of the recommended amount of detergent (based on the dose for a full load).
  7. Hang to dry. They should not be dried directly on a radiator as this will ruin the outer – you can put the inserts next to a radiator, and outers on a rack close to the radiator, but not directly on it. If you have to tumble dry this must be on the LOW setting.
  8. Once dry store your pocket nappies stuffed with a fresh insert so they are ready to use.
  9. If putting cream on baby’s bottom you must use a paper liner to avoid a greasy residue ending up on the fleece lining of the nappy which is very difficult to remove.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016  |  23:02

I've got some Bambino Mio wraps & the waterproof lining seems to be disintegrating? What have I done wrong please? :-(

Wednesday, 23 November 2016  |  19:49

Hi Louise. A number of things could have happened. Used too much detergent, bleach or a strong detergent/stain remover. They could have got damaged in the washing machine cycle catching on something. Did you dry them on a heat source such as a radiator?

Saturday, 16 September 2017  |  10:27

Thank you, this is really helpful! First time cloth user and I've been feeling too unsure to use them, until now.

Saturday, 7 April 2018  |  11:56

You're more than welcome :)

Monday, 5 March 2018  |  10:09

Is it okay to use a short wash cycle if you’re only washing a few nappies? We’re clothing at night currently and I wash every 3 days as I don’t like to let them sit and it seems a but wasteful to run a full wash cycle. Our machine can do a 55min wash.

Saturday, 7 April 2018  |  21:23

No not really especially with night time nappies as they will be holding the most urine and the strongest most concentrated urine. Can you wash alternate days but wash with other house hold washing? Do a rinse and spin cycle first and then add in other items. I used to add in hubbys football kit as that was one of the washing loads that benefitted from a longer and hotter wash.

Thursday, 14 February 2019  |  10:34

So, I found this article because some of our nappies seem to have lost their waterproofing.
I didn't realise that drying on a radiator was bad for them! I will definitely change this from now on.
Just wondering if there is any way to improve the waterproofing somehow with some sort of solution or something, or have I ruined them for good??

Thursday, 30 May 2019  |  21:23

Unfortunately there isn't sorry. You would be best just buying new pocket covers (elemental joy are sold without inserts so you can use your current inserts)

Adrienn Tothpal
Saturday, 9 March 2019  |  13:27

Hi, why is it then that pocket nappies according to the manufacturer (Alva, little lamb) should be washed at 30C? And you recommend 40/60. Wouldn't it destroy the material? Also I have 2 kids wearing cloth nappies at the same time, 5 months and 18 months and according to your advise I should wash them on 60C. So what is the solution?Thanks

Sunday, 7 July 2019  |  10:18

Little Lamb do say their nappies can be washed at 60. Alva nappies are made very cheaply from low quality materials which is why they can be damaged with hotter washes. However 30 isn't usually enough to get nappies properly clean. This is one of the reasons why we don't sell that brand.

Kirsty Lamin
Thursday, 2 May 2019  |  22:33

I think I have a residue build up on some of my pocket nappies as water rolling off them. How can I resolve this? Thank you.

Monday, 8 July 2019  |  20:26

We would suggest a strip wash following our guidelines

ABA Ansah
Tuesday, 26 January 2021  |  14:49

Is it possible to wash the pocket shells on a shorter wash separately to the inserts? I am just thinking in terms of being to use them more frequently for daycare without having to buy a lot more pockets. Since they are not absorbent.

Monday, 8 February 2021  |  7:17

No. Everything needs an intensive wash or you risk it not getting clean.

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