We’re seeing a huge increase in requests from people looking to start with reusable nappies, with many parents not sure where to turn or how to begin. So for all of our new customers we’ve put together this handy blog which includes everything you need to know about reusable nappies from fitting to washing.
How many do I need?
If you’re just getting started with reusables we know that it can be hard to know where to begin. For full-time use, we recommend you’ll need 20 nappies, this means you will only have to wash every three days.
Remember though, it doesn't have to be all or nothing. You can start off with a smaller amount while you get used to them, as even switching out one single-use nappy a day helps the planet.
Our bundles come in threes, fives, tens and twenties, or take a look at our starter kits which contain everything you need to get started.
What size do Baba+Boo nappies start at?
Here at Baba+Boo, we have two sizes of nappies. Newborn and one size.
Newborn nappies are designed to fit babies from birth to approximately 6 months (5-18lb).
One size nappies are bigger and are designed to fit from about 8lb to 36lb, so right the way up to potty training.
When it comes to which one to buy - as babies are born in all shapes and sizes, it is a tough one to call but as a guide, if there is a gap around the leg, the nappy will leak. Our one-size nappies come with poppers so they can grow with your baby too.
Should I buy newborn or or one-size nappies?
This all depends on your feelings about using disposables. Some parents don't want to use disposables at all so they buy newborn nappies and move up to one-size nappies as they grow.
Some parents use single-use nappies to begin with and then gradually switch their babies over to one-size nappies - this can help you settle into a routine. There really is no right or wrong way, it’s whatever suits you.
Where do I store used nappies?
A good place to store used nappies is in a nappy bucket. These come with a lid that keeps the smells at bay before wash day. Our mesh laundry bags work a treat. They line the bucket so when it comes to washing them, you just grab the bag and throw it in the washing machine. No need to touch the dirty nappies again.
Do I need to use liners?
You won't need a liner but you may prefer to use one. Our nappies have a stay-dry fleece layer, so it draws moisture away from baby's skin onto the insert. You may find it easier to use a liner when dealing with poop, as they catch most of it. There are different types of liners. We have biodegradable liners which you pop in the bin (or even better compost heap) after use or fleece liners, which you wash with your nappies. See more details about liners here.
What do I do when I change the nappy?
When it’s time to change the nappy, undo the poppers, tip any liner and contents into the toilet, take the inserts out and put the outer and inserts into your bucket or nappy bag. Then, forget about it until wash day!
How do I wash reusable nappies?
Each nappy comes with a handy manual with washing instructions. It’s simple. Cold rinse, 40℃ intensive wash (not an eco-program), final rinse.
We suggest storing them in a nappy bucket until wash day so you can wash them all at once.
It is normally OK to wash nappies on a 60℃ but you are best to check the manufacturer's guidelines before you do. If your baby has had a tummy bug, thrush etc, it's best to wash the nappies at 60℃ as this will rid the nappies of any bugs.
Use your normal washing powder and don’t put anything else in there e.g. stain removers or softeners.
It’s always best if you can line dry your nappies, but when living in the UK it’s not always possible! Keep the nappies away from direct heat sources so if you’re drying them on a radiator, for example, use a radiator airer or even place a towel on the radiator and then put the nappies on top.
Finally, don’t stuff your pocket nappies when they are warm as you run the risk of stretching the elastics.
Find out more info on washing our nappies here.
Can I use Baba+Boo nappies at night?
Yes. Lots of babies wear our nappies at night. You will need to boost your nappy with extra boosters, such as charcoal, to ensure that your little one isn't disturbed by a wet bottom.
If you use one bamboo booster during the day, you may find using two bamboo boosters works at night. Or, If you use two bamboo boosters during the day, you may want to experiment with combinations of hemp, charcoal and bamboo. There is no ‘right’ combination, it really is about finding what is best for your baby.
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