Reusable nappies are an eco-friendly and economical alternative to disposable nappies. There are many different types and brands of reusable nappies available, so it’s important to do your research to find the right one for you and your baby.
It depends on how often you want to do laundry! A good rule of thumb is to have at least 18-24 nappies so you’re not doing laundry every day.
You can use nappy creams and lotions with both disposable and reusable nappies. However, it’s important to avoid using anything that could potentially damage the waterproof layer of a reusable nappy. If you do use a cream or lotion, be sure to apply it sparingly and only to the areas that need it.
No, there are many different types of fabrics used in cloth nappies. Reusable nappies are made from a variety of materials, including cotton and bamboo. They can be fitted or prefolded, and some types even have Velcro or snaps to keep them in place.
You'll also find find resuable nappies in a lot of fun patterns and colours to match and coordinate with baby clothing.
Most reusable nappies come with a waterproof cover, but you may want to invest in an extra one or two just in case. Waterproof nappy covers can be used multiple times before washing, as long as they’re not soiled.
Whether your baby is breastfed, bottle fed, or eating solids, the poo from a disposable nappy can be flushed down the toilet. It's a good idea to to invest in a nappy sprayer to rinse off the nappy before washing, and placing in a nappy bin. Reusable nappies should be washed in a regular cycle with your other laundry. You can use regular or baby laundry detergent, but you may want to avoid fabric softeners as they can reduce the absorbency of the nappy. It’s also a good idea to line dry your nappies whenever possible to extend their lifespan.
Night nappy boosters are extra absorbent pads that can be used to increase the absorbency of a nappy. They’re often made from bamboo, and they can be placed inside the nappy for additional protection against leaks. Nappy night boosters are especially useful for babies who sleep for long periods of time or who are heavy wetters.
Swimming nappies are specialised reusable nappies that are designed to be worn during swimming. They’re usually made from a quick-drying material such as polyester, and they have a snug fit to prevent leaks. Most swimming nappies also have a waterproof outer layer to keep any accidents contained.
Training pants are typically used when a baby is ready to start potty training. Products such as bamboo training pants are designed to be more absorbent than regular underwear, but they’re not as bulky or expensive as disposable nappies. Training pants can help your child feel the wetness when they have an accident, which can be helpful in the potty training process.