When a new baby is on the way you want to provide the best care possible for your little one. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your values by using disposable nappies though! I was recently given a packet of 36 disposable nappies. Each one would take 500 years to biodegrade, not to mention the chemicals they would release into the environment during that process and the chemicals they expose babies to during use! In 18,000 years they’ll finally be gone… Surely there is a better way?!
Of course there is! There are old school cloth nappies (big squares of cotton fabric held together with nappy pins) or there are the new, modern cloth nappies that are washable and can be used with different liners to make life easy. You can buy an easy starter kit to begin with then use the various inserts for different situations. For example, you can purchase environmentally friendly bamboo liners that are washable or even disposable ones for use on outings. You can use boosters (microfibre pads) of various widths for different levels of absorbency.
These are pretty spiffy and come with the washable inserts:
NEW 20 x Reusable Modern Cloth Nappies – One Size Fits All + resuable liners (That’s only $3.80/reusable nappy!)
Features & Specification:
- One size fits all– you can adjust it to your desired size (S, M or L) by snapping onto different rows of buttons on the nappy
- Suitable for babies and toddlers 3kg-15kg (a rough guide for reference only)
- Washable, waterproof and breathable
- Comfortable elastic around the leg area to prevent leaking
- Available for following colour, Plz email us your preferable colour.
- Orange, Red, Yellow, Pink, Purple, Green, Blue
- Outer layer: waterproof and breathable PUL
- Inner layer: microfleece that does not hold moisture itself . The moisture get drawn away to the insert to keep your baby dry
- Insert: two layers of super absorbent microfibre terry cloth (better absorbency than bamboo inserts)
- Insert dimension approx 35cm x 14cm
How to Use
- Wash before first use. Please wash colours separately
- It usually will take a few washes to reach its full absorbency (could be 6 washes or more)
- Place the insert inside the nappy through the open pocket in the back
- Liquid will be absorbed through the inner layer of the nappy to the insert
- More than one insert may be needed when sleeping or when necessary
- Nappy should be changed every 2-3 hours, and when damp, to prevent nappy rash
- To wash:
- Remove and rinse off the residuals (knock solids into toilet), then store in dry pail;
- Machine wash (no hotter than 35oC), cold rinse;
- Hang them up to dry in the sun (sunlight helps bleach the nappies to remove any remaining stains), or “Low” tumble dry;
- Do not store nappies for too many days, should be washed in 1-2 days;
- No bleach, no softener.
Another example of modern cloth nappies:
“Disposable nappies are thought to take around 500 years to break down!” That is PER nappy!
What about washing and drying real nappies at home?
- Real nappies don’t need to be sluiced, boiled, scrubbed, soaked or machine washed at 95°C. They can simply be placed in a separate laundry container and washed at 60°C along with other whites.
- Biodegradable nappy liners can be flushed down the loo with any solid waste. Washable liners can go in the wash with your nappies once sluiced.
- Modern washing machines wash so well that real nappies do not have to be sterilised.
- Most real nappies can be line or tumble dried or simply placed on an airer in a warm room to dry.
- Collect and Wash laundry services are available in most areas.
Another excellent resource including patterns to make your own if you have the time!:
For those who are having their first bub I can strongly recommend birthing classes offered by the hospital/midwife.They were offered at my local hospital on a Thursday night. 5 classes by a midwife with over 30 year’s experience for just (AU) $150. I learnt so much and it was a wonderful bonding experience with my partner, as well as a lot of fun. We also got to meet other expecting couples in our area which was great!
Here is an online version to give you an idea of what is covered:
Best of luck all mum’s to be!