A complete guide & video tutorial for cloth and reusable nappies UK

If there’s anything I love, it’s got to be cloth nappies! We have used cloth nappies exclusively for over 2 years now, every single day and every single night since Eric was born. Throughout our time of using cloth nappies exclusively from newborn to toddler, I’ve learnt all about how to use them, the best types of cloth nappies, how to wash them and everything in-between so I’m here to share my knowledge with you! A complete guide & video tutorial for cloth and reusable nappies UK

It is soooo overwhelming when you dive into the world of cloth nappies. But don’t worry, it’s so worth it! and I can help you, so please read this post and watch my video!

The video has ALL you need to know: more than I can type out here and shows demos of a lot of nappies I didn’t take photos of, so please make sure you watch it, share it and save it for later.

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When I was pregnant, I knew absolutely nothing about cloth nappies. All I knew was that I really didn’t fancy buying disposable nappies. I’ve never liked them, if I’ve had to change a baby’s bum before it hasn’t something I’ve enjoyed, lol, and I don’t like how they look on a baby. It just seemed like such a huge waste of money… not to mention contributing to masses of land waste.

We don’t have much money, never have, and having a baby was a choice we made so we had to think wisely about how we are going to afford this baby… and nappies cost hundreds and hundreds of pounds over the time of using them… (and that’s just for one child, let alone multiples). This seemed to wrong to me; to spend money on things to be thrown in the bin.

Google was my saviour as I’m sure it is for just about everything to do with parenting! except when I googled about cloth nappies I was soooo overwhelmed… it was soooo much information and all of it I had absolutely no idea. it was just gobble-de-gook to me which left me thinking, “what the heck?!”. To be honest, at the beginning of finding out about cloth it seemed to be more bother than it was probably worth. I spent hours reading and watching youtube videos, me and my partner discussed what we were going to buy and definitely made the decision that YES, absolutely we were going to use cloth nappies. But still, at this stage, we had just dipped our feet into cloth and knew nothing. I was going to buy a starter pack from little lamb, and this was something I assumed would last us from birth until when Eric was out of nappies. I thought, that the starter pack etc, which was over £150, came with absolutely everything we would need forever. And for £150, it sounded pretty good to me.

However, as I looked into it more, it became clear to me that there’s more to it than that. I was recommended by parents who have used cloth before, experiences and beginners, from all walks of life… that you should try different types of nappies instead of forking out on one huge starter kit because every nappy and every baby is different. I remember this being said to me… “It’s like shoes. it’s not one size fits all”.

So the idea of the starter pack got abolished and instead, I started to order some individual types of cloth nappies online. Mostly second-hand from Facebook groups as this seemed like the best idea on saving money: they are reusable, after all, so why buy new when you can save money buy already used? Taking recommendations from other parents who had used them I slowly built up a stash throughout my pregnancy and we were really excited to get started. Armed with all this knowledge, loads and loads of different types of nappies, all we were waiting for was his arrival.

I bought a mixture of two part nappies, birth to potty, newborn all in ones, newborn pockets and just about every different type of newborn nappy you could imagine. I wrote a checklist of every type of newborn nappy I could find online and pretty much wanted to find them all… a bit like Pokemon, lol, even the postman made jokes about how many packages we were getting through the mail! Oops…

Despite what people were telling us, I knew we were going to use cloth from birth. At first, a home birth was planned, so this was pretty straight forward: all the nappies were already here… but eventually, it became clear a home birth was not going to happen, so instead we packed a variety of newborn nappies in a bag and hoped for the best.

Cloth in hospital

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Eric’s birth nappy in C-section recovery room – newborn hybrid cloth reuseable nappy

The nappies we packed in a hospital bag were a variety of two-part nappies and all in ones. We included accessories such as liners, wraps, wet bag and nappy-nippers. The staff at hospital were really surprised to see we had brought this stuff with us and most of them had never seen a cloth nappy before, which I found really surprising.

Eric was born by emergency c-section and rushed into theatre. Ollie literally grabbed the birth cloth nappy following us to theatre; and this first nappy was a tiny rainbow hybrid. Sob.

The hybrid was so tiny and absolutely perfect, it was soft against my skin and his and with us doing skin-to-skin it was just amazing to not have the disposable pressing against us.

Ollie was doing the nappy changes as I could not function, and between us, we definitely found the all in ones were a lifesaver when too tired to mess around with the two-part nappies. For the first 48 hours, all in ones like Totsbots Teeny Fits, Bambooty & Imagine were all we used until we were a bit more with it! Once I was moved to a ward and well enough to come out of emergency care, that was when ollie couldn’t stay overnight anymore. He would take the dirty nappies home at night, wash them and bring new ones in the morning. This is when we started using two-part nappies, and Ollie started leaving the all-in-ones at home ready for Eric’s arrival.

It was this time when we found the simple system of using wraps and muslins very easy, and it was great because Eric was soiling his nappy about every 10 minutes it felt like: so using an all in one and having to take it off so quick felt like a waste of the nappy. With the two part system, though, all we needed to do was change the muslin: very quick and easy, and most of the time we reused the same wrap. The muslins were lighter for Ollie to take home to be washed, and they lined dried really fast.

Eric was absolutely tiny when he was born and his legs were really skinny. Even some of the newborn nappies did not fit him… I was sooooo glad I had listened to what people had told me and got a whole variety of nappies: not just one type, otherwise we would have had nothing to use. Because of his tiny size (he went down to around 6lb 4oz) totsbots teeny fits were an amazing fit, bambooty newborn, muslins, prefolds and totsbots flufflies (so tiny, like mouse nappies, lol). A “birth to potty” nappy was about the size of Eric so can you imagine us trying to fit one of those on him?! Lol, more about birth to potty later on.

Two-part nappies

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A “modern” two part nappy – Bumgenius Flip – waterproof outer and absorbent insert

Two-part nappies are basically what you would imagine a traditional and old style cloth nappy looks like. Think of the older days and what they had before nappies… a towel and a pin, right? That’s basically it! Apart from now there are more modern two-part systems, lol.

A two-part nappy has two parts to the nappy… self explanatory, right?! It has the nappy which absorbs the wee/poo (e.g, the towel) and the waterproof outer (wrap).

Now there are a variety of different types of cloth nappies you can use for a two-part system. The traditional Terry toweling is very absorbent and still used today: we had a 6 pack of rainbow Terry towels and I did actually like using them on Eric; they were just super bulky. Another type are pre-folds, aka., flat nappies and fitted nappies.

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Two-part fitted nappy (Little lamb) and waterproof wrap

A pre-fold is the same as a “flat nappy” this looks like a square piece of fabric and is folded into a nappy shape.

A Terry-towel is usually folded or shaped the same as a pre-fold is, the only difference with a pre-fold is that it is thinner and shaped as a square, whereas a Terry towel nappy is, literally, a towel.

A fitted nappy is a cloth nappy already shaped, usually in Terry, cotton or bamboo material. Unlike a pre-fold and Terry-towel nappy, a fitted nappy doesn’t need to be folded around the baby in any sort of origami style as it is pre-shaped. A popular example of these by a big brand are Little Lambs which have a velcro fastening.

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Two part nappy example: refold and snappi without a waterproof wrap

Please see the video to see examples of these.

All of the above need a waterproof outer layer. To secure the fabric together at the front of the baby when it’s folded, accessories like pins, Snappi’s or nappi-nippers can be used.

Pros: Reliable, cheap option, custom fit as a muslin and Terry is shaped around the baby whatever size they are, great for newborns and frequent changes. Usually seen as the most natural option and quick to line dry.

Cons: Can be confusing to learn, and if you are boosting a lot there can be a lot of laundry and different things to wash, considered bulkier than an all-in-one or pocket nappy.

Two-parts can be used for all ages, right up to toddler; for example., a prefold or Terry can fit a newborn or a toddler depending on the size of the waterproof outer wrap used. We stopped using the traditional two-parts once Eric was around 4-5 months, but we still use and love a modern version of a two-part navy which is the Bumgenius Flip:

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Bumgenius Flip

Bumgenius Flips consist of a waterproof PUL cover/outer, and an absorbent insert which just lays inside, this is called a “stay dry insert”. This is lose in the nappy and is not sewn or poppered in, making the nappy very versatile, you can add more inserts or use it without one completely (as a stand alone wrap). We use these for swim nappies!

Birth to potty

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All in one birth to potty bumgenuis nappies

Terminology you will see very often when looking at cloth nappies online is “birth to potty“. This is used to describe the size of the nappy. There is, typically:

Newborn

Birth to potty

One size

Or brands of nappies have sized (size 0, 1, 2) etc.,

Now one important thing to know about birth to potty is that it is usually, generally speaking for the majority of newborns including my own, NOT going to fit a newborn baby from birth. This is where a lot first time cloth nappy parents go wrong… they buy only birth to potty nappies, assuming due to the name that will fit their precious little one as soon as it’s born, only for a tiny baby to come out and a huge birth to potty nappy being far too big.

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A totsbots teeny fit: newborn all in one cloth nappy – can you imagine how big a birth to potty size would be if this is just newborn?!

It is a common myth that cloth nappies do not fit newborns. When you hear this: “cloth nappies didn’t fit my newborn, they were too big, so we had to use disposables first”.

It’s not necessarily true that cloth nappies didn’t fit that newborn; it’s just that the cloth nappies they had at the time for that newborn didn’t fit. This can really confuse and frustrate people who want to start cloth, as you can imagine, and lead a lot of first-time cloth nappy parents to completely lose their trust in cloth as it didn’t work for them the first time they tried.

The problem with “birth to potty” size is that the “birth” is based on this average size of weight. Which, I think is around 8lb. My son was 7lb born, and went down to around less than 6lb 5oz, and when I put a birth to potty nappy next to him they were about the same size. If I was to have put that nappy on him, for example, a Bambino Mio Solo, it would have been FAR too big. Leaks would have come out everywhere, especially the legs; this thighs were so thin and the nappy thigh holes in birth to potty nappies are quite large!

Eric didn’t fit into birth to potty nappies comfortably until he was about 5 months old, and then he started on the very smallest setting and a tight waist fitting.

Now, some babies can very much fit straight into birth to potty nappies, and that is great stuff. Some brands, such as Bumgenius Flips, can get down quite small once you put the poppers on the lowest setting… but for the majority of them, it doesn’t work like that. There are some hacks to make birth to potty nappies smaller to try and fit skinnier babies, but these aren’t going to fit a preemie or a tiny baby without some effort, time, and probably, leaks. It is much easier for the parents, and better fit for the baby and more comfortable, to use newborn nappies to begin with.

Plus, who doesn’t love newborn cloth nappies?! THEY’RE SO TINY AND CUTE!

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Newborn rainbow fitted cloth nappy

You can see a comparison of a birth to potty sized nappy compared to newborn all in ones/pockets in the video!

All in one and pocket nappies

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All in one birth to potty bambino mio solo

An all-in-one nappy is very much the same as a reusable disposable nappy. A disposable nappy is all one piece, you put it on the baby, and take it off when the baby is ready to be changed: this is exactly the same as an all-in-one. All-in-one nappies have the inserts/boosters sewn or poppered into the waterproof outer layer, so there is only one “piece” of the nappy. To secure the nappy on the baby there is the option of poppers or velcro. I have always preferred poppers to velcro, I think it looks nicer, it’s easier to get a good fit especially on skinny babies and small waists, and doesn’t rub on the belly.

Some all-in-one nappies have the inserts/boosters poppered into the outer layer “shell”, such as a Close pop-in. When you come to wash the nappy, these are unpoppered and put into the washing machine separately which means when drying, they dry quicker.

All-in-ones are a very popular choice of cloth nappy and it usually comes down to convenience. They are easy to learn to use, simple to learn, don’t require accessories or extras and “birth to potty” size lasts a very long time. All-in-ones are not only a popular cloth nappy but are very easy to find, with some major retailers selling them such as Boots. They come in a huge range of designs with some brands releasing special editions!

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Bambino Mio solo all in ones

A pocket nappy has a waterproof outer “shell” and a little pocket opening inside the nappy where the boosters/inserts fit inside. Please watch the video to see an example of this. The term “insert” is typically used to describe what you put inside a pocket nappy, which is a pad of absorbent material such as bamboo, microfibre, hemp, zorb, or cotton. Pocket nappies are versatile because although it is an all-in-one nappy, you can use a pocket nappy as a wrap or shell if you were to not stuff it with the inserts; leaving it empty.

This could then, for example, cover a fitted nappy or prefold. Pocket nappies, like all-in-ones, come with poppers or velcro and in a variety of pretty designs.Nappy brands make a pocket nappy option and they are very popular. A typical combination to use of inserts to fit inside a pocket nappy is 1 microfibre and 1 bamboo, although you are welcome to boost as much as you like and can fit in it; which is perfect for custom nappies and night times.

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Newborn pocket nappy: blueberry

Pros: Easy to use, quick to learn, option of poppers or velcro, fit baby-to-toddler so last a long time.  Good for wriggly babies and fussy toddlers who don’t like nappy changes! Less laundry than two-parts.

Cons: Usually man made fabrics, can be a little more expensive than two-parts and take longer to dry.

All-in-ones and pocket nappies can come in either newborn or birth to potty (or “one size”).

Hybrids

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Hybrid cloth reusable nappies

I discovered hybrids when Eric was about 7 months old, when I was back on the market of cloth nappies looking for something different. We had settled into a routine quite well by then and had a stash that worked for us, but night times were something we really struggled to get right. Two-parts with boosters and extra absorbency worked but the nappy was absolutely soaking wet and soiled right through in the morning underneath the waterproof wrap, and it just did not look comfortable. The more we boosted to try and keep up with his wet and wetter nappies the more laundry we had and it was honestly just getting ridiculous. But then, I discovered hybrids… and WOW!

Hybrids are especially popular in the U.S and not very well known here in the U.K., Even parents who have used cloth for absolutely ages still have never heard of a hybrid. In fact, even when I google them, nothing even comes up apart from GroVia & that’s not the type of hybrid I’m on about, lol. They’re sort of like the secret of the nappy world, no one really understands what they are or how to explain them.BUT HEAR ME OUT!

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Hybrid GSB Cloth and reusable nappies

There is a “modern” hybrid cloth nappy brand called GroVia, but I have tried one of those before and it is nothing like a real hybrid. A real hybrid is:

Usually handmade – by WAHM, Facebook stores or Etsy shops

Does not have any PUL or waterproof wrap outer

Is made of natural materials 

SUPER absorbent and REALLY big: perfect for extended & night nappy wear

Two separate types: day wear but you can buy special “extended” or “night nappies”

There are some “main” brands such as Moxxy, Binky D, Boogie bear Creations, Gray Star Boutique and many more. Hybrids can be specifically made for newborn size, and omg those are the cutest (like Eric’s birth nappy). After newborn, they are size 1, 2 and sometimes 3, and are very generously sized so you don’t really always need to size up.

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Inside Boogie Bear Creations hybrid cloth reusable nappy; inserts/soakers and fleece liner

Apart from the fact that hybrids don’t have a waterproof outer or PUL at all, they are different because of how many layers they have, fabrics and inserts/boosters inside. most commonly, hybrids contain not just 2 different materials but more like 4. GSB, Gray Star Boutique, have a hidden layer of Fleece and Windpro in the shell: Windpro is a material that makes umbrellas. Pretty amazing, huh?

For some, the best thing about a hybrid is the fact that it doesn’t need a wrap: you can show off that prettiness without covering up. However, I would say, if you are going to use a day hybrid for night time you probably will need to cover it up with a wrap (but who is going to see it at night, anyway)?). Day hybrids can last up throughout the night and they are not completely wet in the morning; just a little damp and this is completely amazing in itself. A night hybrid can easily be on Eric from 6pm until 9pm and still not wet on the outside.

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Boogie bear creations night reusable cloth nappy hybrid

But apart from the fact that hybrids are ridiculously good for absorbing a ton of wee, they’re so pretty, soft, natural and worth the money. Hybrids do cost more than your average cloth nappy, but it is handmade with love, very high quality and is amazing for night time so totally worth every single penny.

We ONLY use hybrids for night nappies now; nothing else stays dry and Eric feeds through the night so he is one wet nappy toddler!

Wraps

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Love My Cloth Diapers Bumgenius Flip wrap

Wraps are not just for two-part nappies, though this is what they are typically used for. An empty wrap (wrap without a nappy underneath) can be used as  swim-nappy: this is something we always do!

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Fleece pocket nappy (which you could also use as a wrap without the insert)

PUL

The most popular type of waterproof outer is a material called PUL; Polyurethane Laminate and it is waterproof. These types of wraps are usually stretchy, too. Birth-to-potty PUL wraps are available but most brands sell them in sizes to get a better fit, for example size 0, 1 and 2. Totsbots even have size 00 wraps, which would fit the tiniest of baby. More brands are Little Lamb and Motherease.

If you are not a fan of PUL material or want to try something different, the good news is that there are alternatives. Fleece and wool are great for a two-part water repellent outer layer and more natural than PUL.

Wool

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Purple and green Wool pants on the left and two newborn sized all in one cloth reusable nappies

Wool panties, shorties or longies, are usually custom and handmade with measurements of your baby (or you can guess them by using google, like I did, haha). The wool pants are made water repellent by soaking in hot water with Lanolin; the substance that comes from sheep wool.

Lanolin can be bought at your local chemist and is what is usually recommended to breastfeeding mothers for sore/cracked nipples. Once the wool is soaked in a mixture of hot water and lanolin, the woolies are shaped and left to dry naturally. This can take a while; but once dry, they’re good to go.

Wool is very reliable, and unless it gets soiled from the nappy underneath, then you can reuse it and reuse it until it is not as water repellent anymore; which you would then re-treat with lanolin. We did have wool and I really liked it, they looked so so so adorable and it was a novelty; but it did take ages to get them washed, treated and dried and eventually I ended up storing them away.

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Wool pants

Fleece

Fleece wraps are great and many parents on a budget actually make their own fleece wraps from blankets, covers or even an old jumper. Fleece holds only 1% of it’s weight in water, has insulating powers, and is very quick to dry. Fleece almost never feels wet, even when it is. It’s great for night nappies with a prefold or fitted nappy.

Inserts, boosters and soakers

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All in one Bumgenius Freetime inserts: sewn into the nappy, two inserts are inserts

Insert is a term usually used to describe the absorbent pads which go inside a pocket nappy.

Booster usually means an absorbent pad, or material, used as an extra to add more absorbency to an already absorbent nappy, for example, inside a fitted nappy, extra in a pocket nappy. Boosters can be added into absolutely any nappy to add more absorbency; there are no rules!

Soaker can sometimes prefer to wool; but I have heard this being used to describe a booster, too. I know this sounds very confusing, but some terminology just gets merged together. There are no rules on how you should and shouldn’t use cloth, or use terms and name for types of cloth; it is only important when it comes to buying cloth because you don’t want to buying the wrong thing.

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GSB Hybrid cloth nappy inserts/boosters peppered into the nappy

With absorbent pads; like inserts and boosters, they are usually already inside the cloth nappy in an all in one and sometimes in a fitted nappy they can be sewn, or peppered in. However, they can also be bought separately, in individual pieces, and this is what you would put inside a pocket nappy.

However, boosters and inserts, can be mix and matched to your hearts content. Like…

1x extra booster fit inside the middle of a prefold nappy

2x extra boosters in a pocket nappy for night time

1x booster with a muslin to add more absorbency for a newborn

4x boosters mix and matched with each other, wrapped in a muslin, and used as one huge absorbent pad with a waterproof outer.

You can really experiment as you go.

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Materials

The most common materials used for inserts and boosters are microfibre, hemp, zorb, cotton and bamboo.

A popular combination, especially in a pocket nappy, is simply 1 microfibre and 1 bamboo. The microfibre always sits first with the bamboo layer underneath. This is because microfibre works like a sponge; it is very absorbent and fast to soak up liquid, but not very good at keeping it in, so that’s where bamboo comes in. Bamboo is thinner than a microfibre insert, so you could use two for the size of one microfibre. People argue it is not as absorbent as microfibre, but I think it is the same, and it can hold better, too. Unlike a microfibre which works like a sponge, bamboo can hold liquid very well… and that means you won’t get leaks.

Because microfibre is so absorbent, people can get confused and assume that if you bulk up microfibre you won’t ever get leaks and it will just absorb wee forever… although, this is not the case. As I just explained, microfibre works like a sponge; so when it is full and is squeezed then all the liquid comes out. If you assume a baby who is moving or sits up, or even a toddler who sits on the floor, rolls around, and is very active; this could mean trouble when it comes to full, microfibre inserts. This is an example of something called compression leaks and is a common problem when baby wearing a cloth nappy child!

Another thing about microfibre is that it doesn’t feel very nice to touch. It is a man-made fibre which can feel quite scratchy and not very pleasant, and shouldn’t be put directly against a babies bum. If you are using microfibre on the top layer and not inside a pocket nappy, then you should always use a liner (liners are explained below).

I personally never liked microfibre and always preferred multiple bamboo, hemp or zorb.

Bamboo can be single, double or triple-layered and is fantastic. It’s much thinner than microfibre so if you layer up with multiple bamboo, is not as bulky as microfibre, and holds liquid a lot better. I personally always preferred this to microfibre.

Another two materials which are absolutely amazing to absorb and keep liquid is hemp and zorb. Zorb is far to come across, but experiments have been done which reveal that Zorb can in fact hold 100x it’s own weight in liquid! Hemp is very good at holding liquid, too, and both of these are perfect for night nappies or extended wear.

The only negative about materials super as hemp and zorb is that they take way longer to dry than other materials; and this goes the same for nappies in general. I have found that the “better” the nappy, the longer it takes to dry. A night hybrid can take 48 days to completely line dry, but that tome just shows how absorbent it is.

You have to read this absorbency test and the results to really understand how these materials work to get the best combination.

Liners

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Day wet bag, bigger drawstring wet bag we use for overnight stays and a roll of disposable liners

There are two different types of nappy liners and these go inside the cloth nappy, right on top, against the baby’s bum.

Disposable liners are pieces of paper which are laid on the nappy and thrown away when you change the baby, and if the baby has done a poo, these can be flushed (usually; but do check the packet first).

Fleece liners can be handmade cut from a polar fleece material or purchased from cloth nappy shops/groups online. A fleece liner is literally just a rectangle piece of fleece material placed inside the nappy against the babys bum and this wicks away moisture and leaves baby feeling dry.

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Fleece liners

It is usually personal preference of parent with which one to use, and some parents don’t use any at all. Personally, we don’t use disposable liners, as I feel it is a waste of money; though we did find them useful when Eric was weaning and some poos were neither solid or runny. Now he is doing 100% solid poos, the poo from the fleece liner just rolls into the toilet. I’m sure you love these details! 🙂

There is no actual evidence that a fleece liner protects the baby from nappy rash, but we have never had a case of nappy rash with Eric since the day he was born and have always used fleece liners, so I really believe it’s down to that!

Washing and drying

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Binky D hybrid cloth reusable nappy

It’s a myth that cloth nappies are disgusting and you have to touch lots of wee and poo.

If a exclusively breastfed, the entire nappy can go straight into the washing machine without needing to remove any poo. Wee and poo just gets washed away, you don’t need to touch it or even look at it if you don’t want to. Breastmilk is water soluble and just gets broken down in the washing machine like any other type of substance on clothing or bedding.

If a baby is not breastfed, the nappies can still go straight into the washing machine even with poo in them; but it has been known that formula can stain nappies. A very easy and quick thing to do to get stains out of nappies – please don’t use stain removers – is to put them in direct sunlight.  Stains, too, really don’t matter too much; no one is going to be looking inside your babies cloth nappies very often! It just depends if it is something that would bother you. Sunlight works a treat with stains so get those nappies hung outside!

When the baby is weaning and the poo can be a bit more solid, and especially moving onto toddler when the poo becomes, lets just say, “human” it is up to you how you wish to deal with it! Some parents like to introduce the disposable liners at this stage, to catch the poo and simply flush it away down the toilet so the solid poo isn’t in the nappy.

Others use a pooper scooper (lol, yes really) to wipe the poo off the nappy and into the toilet if it is solid, a fleece liner can easily be shaken over the toilet and the poo comes off, or a water spray. as mentioned before, we use fleece liners, and now Eric is a toddler the poo literally just rolls off into the toilet then the nappy goes into the bucket for washing later on; it really is not difficult or disgusting.

What to do with a dirty nappy

Once the nappy has come off the baby, you need to store that somewhere until it is time to wash it. Some people use wet bags, bins or buckets; it is really up to you.

The only thing I would advice is something with a secure lid to keep the smell inside. We use an old plastic oil tub; nothing fancy, not even for cloth nappies specifically, but it really doesn’t matter as it does the job and the lid secures down tightly so there are no smells. The dirty nappies are stored in this bucket, dry, until the bucket is full; usually a few days, then is taken to the washing machine where the nappies go inside and get put on a wash.

How to wash a nappy

This is where it can get complicated because, as I explain in the video, there are lots of different methods in different cultures, across all countries and it really is a huge discussion in the cloth nappy community, lol. There are lots of rumours when it comes to what is good and what is bad. I would honestly suggest doing some of your own research and then just doing what you think is eright, avoiding what you know would be bad for the nappies.

There’s one thing you should always do when using cloth nappies and that’s to look after them. Make sure you treat them with respect (lol) and wash them appropriately in the way you know is “right” and avoid dryers; and they will last a long time, stay fresh, have no stinks and keep reliable.

Here are some things you should avoid when it comes to washing cloth nappies:

Lotions, fabric softeners and liquid

Scents and fragrances

Bleach and stain removers

Things you should always do:

Put a cold rinse on first as soon as the nappies go in the washing machine. This is crucial for removing ammonia (wee) from the nappies

Wash on a hot cycle to remove germs and make sure they get a good clean

Use powder with no scents and no fabric conditioner

Our wash routine for the last 2 years has been the same: cold wash cycle, hot wash at 60 with bio powder, rinse and line dry. We have never had stained nappies and Eric has never had nappy rash. This is the wash routine we swear by for every type of nappy and will continue to do.

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I have to admit that I have been putting this post together for 3 days and I still have loads to say… but I really have to get it ended now so I will end here. obviously I have loads to say about cloth nappies and I could definitely make more in depth videos or guides. I would love to write up a beginners guide/starter pack or write a list about all the different nappies we have tried; there are so many, more than what even went in the video.

We have always use cloth nappies, on all our holidays, through sickness, vaccinations, washer/dryer problems… and we are still going strong. And honestly? It is easy as pie. Using cloth nappies is NOT difficult. NOT disgusting and a very, very great investment to make for your children.

Please do request any ore cloth nappy blogs or videos down below in the comments; I would really love to know if you would like to see more of this. if you have any questions I am more than willing to help you, don’t be afraid to ask!

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