Choosing reusable nappies is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment, but they can be a little daunting if you have never used them before. Don’t worry! They are a lot easier than you think and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be diapering like a pro.
So how exactly do you use reusable nappies? Our guide below will talk you through your latest purchase and answer common questions related to cloth and washable nappies.
How Do Reusable Nappies Work?
When you purchase a reusable nappy, you will also receive several liners or inserts. These are placed inside of the nappy and are used to absorb whatever comes out of your little one! You then switch out the inserts each time they are ready for a change and keep them in a nappy basket/bucket until you do your next wash. The nappy itself can be wiped clean with a cloth until it is ready to be changed or washed too.
How To Change A Reusable Nappy
When it’s changing time, follow the below steps -
Step 1: Undo the nappy using the fastenings
Step 2: Remove the insert or liner and tip any contents into the toilet.
Step 3: Wipe the nappy with a cloth if needed.
Step 4: Insert a fresh liner into the nappy and secure in place.
Step 5: Fasten the nappy and you’re good to go!
The steps above may differ slightly depending on which brand or type you choose. But generally, most reusable nappies can be changed using these steps.
How Many Nappies Do I Need?
Generally, around 20 nappies. Most people choose to purchase 15 day time ones and 5 night time ones. You will also need to ensure you have liners or inserts for each too.
How Often Should I Change The Nappy?
Reusables can be changed just as often as disposables. You may even find you need to change them less often as they tend to be more absorbent. This will also depend on the age of your baby and how often they need to be changed. Each child will be different, but on average, liners and inserts will last around 4 to 6 hours.
How Do I Remove The Poo From The Nappy?
When changing the nappy, simply remove the soiled insert and tip any poo into your toilet and flush. You can then put the insert into your nappy basket or bucket until you are ready to wash.
How Do I Clean Reusable Nappies?
After changing your baby’s nappy, simply store the dirty ones in a nappy bucket until you are ready to wash them. Reusable nappies and their liners can be thrown in the washing machine with the rest of your laundry at 40 degrees Celsius using your regular detergent and don’t require soaking or scrubbing. Line drying is generally better for the nappy, but they can also be put in a tumble dryer on a low setting if you wish.
Are reusable nappies worth it?
Yes! Not only are you helping the environment, but you will also be helping your wallet too. Most people will save around £1,000 when opting for reusables over disposables.*
Does It Cause Extra Washing?
Not necessarily. Any parent will know that when having a baby, your washing machine is never off, so throwing in a few reusable nappies into your loads won’t cause that much extra washing.
Are reusable nappies hygienic?
Of course. Reusable nappies are just as hygienic as disposables. If you follow the instructions and wash them when needed, then hygiene will never be an issue.
Do They Leak?
Reusable nappies are no more likely to leak than disposables. Each features secure fastenings and are made from super absorbent materials. As long as you change your baby when needed, you shouldn’t experience any leaks.
Can They Be Used From Birth?
Yes. Washable nappies come in many different sizes, including fits for newborn babies. Simply choose the size to suit your baby.
Do you still need convincing? Here are some other key facts on reusable nappies:
- Around three billion nappies are thrown away each year in the UK. Opting for reusables can cut this number significantly, helping reduce waste going to landfill.
- Each baby will need around 6000 nappies before they are potty trained. That’s a huge number of nappies you are sending to landfill.**
For further help on reusable nappies, take a look through our range, where you will find extra information on each of our product pages. We feature a selection of top brands, including Baba and Boo, Close Parent and Totsbots, while you will also find a selection of newborn reusable nappies as well as sizes suitable for 3 months onwards.
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