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8 CommentsFriday, 24 July 2015
A 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.

2 CommentsWednesday, 22 July 2015
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.

Monday, 20 July 2015
How Often to Change Cloth Nappies

A real nappy's reliability in holding urine depends on its overall absorbency. A first point to bear in mind, therefore, is the less absorbent the nappy, the sooner you are likely to need to change it. As nappies become more absorbent with use, this is why you should prewash new nappies at least once before using them for the first time. It is worth investing in the best real nappy you can afford, for its superior absorbency and durability.

9 CommentsSaturday, 18 July 2015
Using a Nappy Bucket

As with everything else to do with real nappies, there are no rules on what sort of nappy bucket to use, or how to use it. Essentially, however, a nappy bucket is simply a bucket with a fitted lid. You can either buy one designed for the purpose, or you can get hold of one of those lidded bins in a hardware store where the lid is held on by clip handles.

69 CommentsThursday, 16 July 2015
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.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Soap Flakes & Cloth Nappies

Soap is primarily made of fat, animal fat, or vegetable oil (e.g. olive soap) and sodium hydroxide. This explains why soap is alkaline and not great for sensitive skin. (You see, we do beauty tips free of charge here as well!). It can leave a film that can affect absorbency. But the main factor seems to be hard/soft water. Hard water will leave a "fatty scum" on the fibres, no matter how much you rinse, and that will affect absorbency.

2 CommentsSunday, 12 July 2015
What to Use to Clean Baby's Bottom

Midwives and health visitors routinely advise against using commercial wipes for cleaning the bottom of newborn babies, because of all the chemicals in them. Next time you are in the shop, take a look at the cocktail of chemicals that go together to make a baby wipe. Also, bear this in mind: these wipes are fantastic for removing ink marks that nothing else will shift, on all sorts of surfaces.

5 CommentsFriday, 10 July 2015
Care of Pocket Nappies

I've put together a help video which shows you how to care for and wash your pocket nappies, including Bumgenius, Fuzzibunz, 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.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Care of 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, 25 April 2015
Terry Squares & Prefold Nappies

We've put together a massive selection of guides for folding nappies in varying styles and included step-by-step instructions to help show you how easy it can be to find the right fold for your baby. Many of our guides also come with pictures and videos to help you through the process.

Saturday, 2 August 2014
Washable Wipes Recipes

Washable wipes are a great way to have control over what goes on babies skin when cleaning them up. They also save you a fortune. Disposable wipes cost around 250 over 2 1/2 years and end up in landfill for hundreds of years. By using washable wipes rather than disposables baby wipes you can more or less pay for the whole nappy system.

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