Frequently asked questions
I'm new to cloth nappies, can you help?
Yes! We would love to help you! Fill in our nappy advice form, and we can get you started!
How many nappies do I need to get started?
One! Yep - don't pressure yourself to 'needing' a full stash to start using cloth nappies. You can start with just 1 or a few, and build up to full time.
To use cloth nappies full time you will need around 20 nappies (30 for newborns).
Read more in our
blog post here.
Should I get just 1 type of nappy?
This is completely up to you. Some people like to have just 1 or 2 types or brands of nappy that make up their whole stash, where as others like to have a variety.
We usually advise trying a few types of nappy to begin with to see which you prefer, and building up from there.
Don't reusables leak a lot? or I'm getting leaks.... help!
Leaks happen from time to time (even in disposables). Below are a few checks you can do to troubleshoot.
- Have you prewashed your nappies before use? Materials such as hamp can take several washes before they reach full absorbency.
- Is the nappy fitted correctly? Legs should fit snug, the waist you should be able to fit 2 fingers down. Make sure the edges of the nappy and excess fabric is nicely tucked away so that it doesn't cause wicking.
- Ensure clothing isn't too tight/getting into the nappy
- Have you got enough absorbency? Some nappies don't come with enough or the fabric isn't thirsty enough to suit every baby and last long enough before there is nothing left to absorb more wee. You may also just have a heavy wetting baby. Try adding a booster to see if that helps.
- Flooding; older babies start to wee less often but in larger volumes. Materials such as hemp and bamboo are slow to absorb, so you may find that you need to add a microfibre booster into your nappy which absorbs really quickly.
If you still have issues, contact us here, and we will be more than happy to help
There are lots of different materials, which is best?
Check out our instagram post here for details on this!
Essentially though there are 4 main materials
Each has their own properties/advantages
Microfibre - Cotton - Bamboo - Hemp
In the order as above, their properties are as follows:
ABSORBENCY (quick to slow)
DRYING TIME (quick to slow): As above
CAPACITY (least to most): As above
As you can see, the quickest to dry are also the least absorbing, so it is often best to have a combination, but this is baby dependant.
How do reusable nappies work?
We've done a whole blog post on this one! Read it here.