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Save money and help the environment with reusable nappies!

What are reusable nappies?

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.

What are the advantages of reusable nappies?

  • Eco-friendly – reusable nappies significantly reduce the amount of waste produced compared to disposable nappies.
  • Economical – over the course of your child’s nappy-wearing years, reusable nappies will save you money.
  • Comfortable – many parents find that their babies are more comfortable in reusable nappies than disposable nappies.

What are the disadvantages of reusable nappies?

  • Extra laundry – you will need to wash the nappies regularly, which can be an extra burden if you’re already short on time.
  • Potential leaks – if not used correctly, reusable nappies can leak. However, this is usually due to user error and can be easily avoided with a little practice.

How many reusable nappies does a baby need?

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.

What about nappy creams and lotions?

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.

Are cloth nappies all made from the same type of fabric?

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.

  • Cotton is a natural fiber that is soft and absorbent.
  • Bamboo is also a natural fiber that is becoming increasingly popular due to its absorbency and antimicrobial properties.

You'll also find find resuable nappies in a lot of fun patterns and colours to match and coordinate with baby clothing.

Do you need waterproof nappy covers with reusable nappies?

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.

How do you wash reusable nappies?

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.

What are night nappy boosters?

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.

What are swimming nappies?

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.

When do you use training pants on a baby?

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.