Cloth Nappies: Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How many cloth nappies will I need?

A: Here are our recommendations:

  • 8 to 10 cloth nappies for part-time use of 2-3 per day.

  • 12 to 18 cloth nappies for full-time day use of 4-6 per day.

  • 24 to 30 cloth nappies for full time use both day and night.

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Q: How do you wash cloth nappies?

A: It’s surprisingly easy once you get started:

Step 1: Remove solids

Drop poo in the loo and store the used cloth nappy in a dry pail. 

Step 2: Pre-wash cycle

Run a pre-wash cycle 40-60 degrees with mild detergent daily, no bleach. This removes the majority of soiling and gets your nappies ready for the main-wash. Store nappies in a dry pail until the main wash.

Step 3: Main-wash cycle

Run a long main-wash cycle 40-60 degrees with mild detergent every 2-3 days. Do not use bleach, whiteners, boosters, softeners or oxidised bleach additives.

Step 4: Hang to dry

Air dry nappy shells in the shade by hanging the centre of the nappy crotch over the line to distribute weight evenly. Leave until they are completely dry. Air dry inserts and boosters until completely dry.

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Q: How do you use cloth nappies when out and about?

A: All it takes is a little preparation and a couple of accessories including:

  • A wet bag to conceal used nappies until you get home. 

  • A travel change mat to create a hygienic change spot for bubs.

  • And don’t forget the clean nappies and wipes!  

Learn more here.

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