Cloth Nappies.... where do I start? Is it hard?
Cloth Nappies is a great way to start when looking to reduce your impact on landfill and the environment. It’s estimated that every disposable nappy that is used and added to landfill will take between 200 - 500 years to break down, even then it will still leave plastics in our environment.
Whether you are looking at part time or full time cloth nappy use, even just one disposable nappy less a day is 365 less a year.
Getting started can be daunting and we’re here to help. I asked the folks in the “Cloth Nappy Reviews and Support” for their best tips for you when starting out and here’s what they said:
“Rinse the poopy nappies as soon as practicable - end of day poop rinsing is not nearly as easy as a ‘freshie’ 😬😂” Ellen M
“Have the nappies stuffed/set up and close to the changing station to make changes quick, rather then assembling them while baby is waiting on the change table :)” Maddi B
“Don’t underestimate cheap options! Terry’s and a wrap are versatile, adaptable, and quick to dry:)” Courtney S
“Have your washing instructions written up in the laundry. This helps Dads, older siblings, grandparents be able to chip in and help without risking them going completely rogue with their best intentions” Hayley K
“Fleece liners make poops easy to deal with” Rachael D
“Get a nappy hose for the toilet! Bunnings bidet hose is the same as what people will try to sell you online.” Megan W
“Definitely join the Clean Cloth Nappies group. They are a saving grace for making sure your nappies are laundered and sanitised to perfection. Inadequate laundering leads to stains and smells (which are not normal), nappy deterioration and rashes from ammonia build up among many other things. Many members in the group are also very helpful in terms of storage and organisation of nappies and sharing their own nappy laundering routines.” Jessica R
“It's not nearly as hard as you think might be. Once you are set up and have a wash routine, it's just as easy as disposables.” Erin C
“Even a simple switch to a reusable swim nappy saves 50 odd nappies a year from landfill. It all counts!!” Kirsten W
“Just get some and try” Nikkita L
“Start slowly and work up to full time as you learn what works best for you. There’s no need to overwhelm yourself trying to start full time, and just one nappy a day, or cloth one day a week will make a big difference “ Karlee H
“Absorbancy is key. Having the wrong inserts for your babies wetting will make or break your experience.” Adele W
“Dry cloth wipes/facewashers and a bowl of water at home to replace wet ones and a bottle of water when out and about. Saved so much money and led on to not using paper towel and napkins in the kitchen. No contribution to toilet fat bergs here either.” Dianna H
“Having half a dozen terry’s or muslin inserts for pocket nappies is a life saver for days when nappies take ages to dry!
Starting from newborn is easiest because the breastfed 💩 goes straight in the machine without rinsing!” Gemma S
“Clean cloth nappies will be your go to for the perfect wash routine. You'll need one to do cloth successfully.” Arahina R
“It’s ok to take a break from cloth if you need to. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.” Victoria K
“Microfleece liners makes our mcn experience so much more enjoyable.” Kylie H
- write down a wash routine from CCN website. Stick it to a wall in your laundry
- get 2 dry pails (one for dirty, one for prewashed)
- how will you clean poo? With a spatula in laundry sink or a sprayer etc” Brienna R
“When fitting, the back of the nappy should start at the top of bubs bottom, (not up the back like a disposable) - and higher at the front before pulling the sides in to snap.
The top of the nappy can have a gap, the leg creases cannot.” Brienna R
“Try different brands, not all bubs fit the same ones the same way. Find what works best for you and remember this might change as your child grows” Louise H
“Try second hand or use nappy hire. Great for the budget and the environment. It also let's you try different styles of MCN before you sink in loads of $$$. So glad I started small because I didn't know what would work best for bub or my wash routine.” Kylie V R
“Weirdly, it's harder to do part time. I found the washing so much easier to manage when I had more nappies sitting in the basket. They get cleaner when you have a fuller load in the machine.” Kylie v R
“Using Second hand nappies is ok. It isn't dirty.” Rose C
“Hiring a nappy kit from a nappy library is the best way to start. It’s a low cost and gives you the opportunity to try a bunch of different brands and styles to see what actually work for you and your bub, not just what’s popular.
And, if you don’t like it, you can just return them and go back to disposables!
Oh, and Clean Cloth Nappies is the bomb!” Amber K
So before you get started make sure to head over to Facebook and join these two groups:
“Clean Cloth Nappies”
“Cloth Nappy Reviews and Support”
Cloth Nappy Review and Support, members of this group can help with reviews and feedback of nappies so you can choose the right type of nappy for your bubs.
Clean Cloth Nappies has lots of advice and support around wash routines, what setting to use on your particular washing machine, dry pailing etc
There is a lot of support out there, if you aren’t on Facebook there’s also help at:
Good luck on starting your cloth journey, remember we’re always here to provide help and support in choosing between our nappies available at Wren & Myrtle.