Nappy User Guide

 



 
 

Cloth Nappy User Guide

 

 

 

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Contents

 

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Getting Started (A quick Start Guide to Cloth Nappies)                                   3

 

Extra Information                                                                                                     8

                Bamboo NorthernLights                                                                        8

                Nappy Wraps/Covers                                                                             8

                One Size Pockets and Inserts                                                              9

                Side Snap Pockets and Inserts                                                          10

                AI2’s (All in Two’s)                                                                                 11

                Nappy Liners                                                                                          13

                Washable Wipes                                                                                   14

                Change Mat                                                                                             15

                Mesh Bags                                                                                               15

                Washing                                                                                                   15

                Miscellaneous Information                                                                   16


 

 

 

 



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Getting Started:

 

This section contains an overview of the basics that I think will be helpful for you to know, before you get started in the wonderful world of modern cloth nappies.  I’ll then give detailed information about the different types of nappies and nappy accessories in later sections.

 

For the purposes of this guide I will presume that you are a complete newbie to cloth nappies, so feel free to read the whole thing, or just the bits that are relevant to you or alternatively ignore it and just go with whatever you feel is best for you and your little one.  There’s isn’t a right and wrong way to cloth nappy, as long as your system works then that’s all that matters, however I think it is helpful to have a starting point if you need one and something you can refer back to.

 

 

The Basics:


Here’s the basics you need to know to get started.


Things you need to get started:
Cloth Nappies
Wraps/Covers (unless you are just buying pocket nappies or AI2’s)
1 x Nappy Bucket

 
Not essential but recommended:
2 x Mesh Bag’s
1 x Change Mat
1 x Pack of Nappy Liners (unless you are buying pocket nappies or  AI2’s)
1 x Pack of Washable Wipes (You may well need more of these, but I would recommend getting one pack to start with).

 

1) Your nappy bucket - (you can buy these online, but as they are big the postage is normally high, so it may be cheaper to buy them from a local shop, such as Mothercare or Boots for example).  The most important thing for a nappy bucket, is for it have a close fitting lid to keep in any smells.  Give your bucket a wash every week or so and that’s it really.  Place a mesh bag in the bucket with the top of the bag hanging over the sides of the bucket.  Your bucket is ready!

(A quick note on mesh bags : I have two of these, so I always have a clean one ready to put in the bucket when the dirty one is removed.  Some people don’t use them, but I prefer that to sticking my hand into a load of dirty nappies.)

 

 

 

 


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2a) The Nappies – Two Part System (see below for info on pocket nappies & AI2’s)

 

NorthernLights:  Our two part day nappies are called NorthernLights, they are sized nappies, we offer small medium and large, they are all basically the same (apart from size obviously), but the small ones have extra poppers on the front, the two middle ones which pull the front fabric down to keep the nappy away from the umbilical area so it can heal.  Once it is all healed you can unpopper the front and use it as normal.  And rise poppers which alter the height of the nappy for very small/newborn babies.  All the nappies have poppers which do up at the sides and a booster which poppers onto the inside.  They are made like this so they dry quicker.  They may look a little large to start with but they will shrink during the first couple of prewashes.

 

The nappies need to be pre-washed, so take the nappies and pop them into the washing machine on a 60 degree wash (preferably with other washing so it is better for the environment and your pocket).  When they have finished pop them through again (no need to dry in between).  Then dry them preferably on an airer on the washing line or if not then a radiator and then if you like fluff them up on a low heat setting in the tumble drier (not normally necessary though).  Your nappies are now ready to use J

 

Wraps/Covers:  We sell sized wraps (extra small, small, medium, large and extra large), they are all basically the same (apart from size obviously) the Xs and S both have poppers on the front (again to allow the umbilical area to heal in the first few weeks).  These are the waterproof part, they do not need washing between every use, (unless any poo has escaped from the nappy onto them).

 

 


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Here’s the exciting bit …… using them:

Get a nappy (popper the front down if necessary) open it out and lie it on the floor so you can see the booster inside, (make sure the booster is lying flat inside the nappy it should go from the front to just before the elastic at the back).  Get a wrap out, and again open it up and lie it on the floor with the inner (waterproof) side up.  Lie your little one on a change mat and take off their dirty nappy and clean and dry the nappy area.  Lift up your little ones legs and pop the nappy underneath their bottom.  If you have a little boy make sure his penis is pointing down.  Take one of the two poppered side  panels and bring it round the side and popper the front onto it, repeat with the other side.  There are poppers on the side panels so you can adjust the legs and waist separately for a good fit.  You should be able to get a finger or two comfortably between the elastic and the leg (so you know it isn’t too tight).  There you go the absorbent part is on … doesn’t that look cute!    Lets face it which would you prefer to wear, soft cloth knickers or paper ones ;)  Next for the waterproof part, lift their bum off the floor again in the same way as before and pop the wrap under their bottom, do it up in the same way as the nappy, again you have separate poppers for the legs and waist.  I find it’s better to be too loose than too tight with the wraps and they still work fine and dandy.  Make sure all of the NortherLight is inside the wrap.


That’s it; you now have a cloth bottom baby!


 

 

2b) The Nappies – Pocket Nappies and AI2’s

 

Pockets (including one size pockets and sized side snaps) and AI2’s (All in Two’s):  These nappies do not need a waterproof outer (wrap/cover), as they have a waterproof layer built into them.  They do however need an absorbent insert.  You will need to pre-wash your nappies (do not exceed 60 degrees) and insert (only once, although the insert may increase in absorbency over the first few washes) before use.  Then pop the insert inside the pocket in the nappy (or snap it onto the outer of the AI2).    They are now ready to use.

 

 


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Here’s the exciting bit …… using them:

Get a nappy (If you have a small side snap nappy, or one size nappy, popper the front down if necessary) open it out and lie it on the floor so you can see the inside of the nappy, (make sure the insert is lying flat inside (or on) the nappy, it should go from the front to just before the elastic at the back).  Lie your little one on a change mat and take off their dirty nappy and clean and dry the nappy area.  Lift up your little ones legs and pop the nappy underneath their bottom.  If you have a little boy make sure his willy is pointing down

a)      For Side Snap nappies - Take one of the two poppered side  panels and bring it round the side and popper the front onto it, repeat with the other side.  There are poppers on the side panels so you can adjust the legs and waist separately for a good fit.  You should be able to get a finger or two comfortably between the elastic and the leg (so you know it isn’t too tight).  Make sure that all of the insert is inside the nappy. There you go the nappy is on … doesn’t that look cute!

b)     For Front fastening nappies (i.e. One Size Nappies) – Place the front of the nappy against your babies skin and then take one of the two poppered (or TouchTape) side  panels and bring it round and popper (or stick it TouchTape) it onto the front, repeat with the other side.  You should be able to get a finger or two comfortably between the elastic and the leg (so you know it isn’t too tight).  Make sure that all of the insert is inside the nappy.  There you go the nappy is on … doesn’t that look cute!  

 


That’s it; you now have a cloth bottom baby!


 

 

Cloth nappies look bigger than disposables as they use natural absorbent fibres rather than chemical filled gel, don’t worry you will get used to the big bum look, in fact if you are anything like me, you will actually prefer it once you get used to it.

 

Washing:

 

You will need to change the nappy every 2-4 hourly, and clean and dry the whole nappy area before putting on a clean one.  Use a clean dry nappy but if you are using a two part system (as long as it is clean) you can use the same wrap over the top of it.

 

 


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Dealing with newborn nappies is easy as pie!  Newborn breastfed poo is easily sorted out by the washing machine, and it is only when you start to wean your baby that you will need to start disposing of poo down the loo.  In the mean time you can take the nappy off your baby and pop it straight into the nappy bucket.  When you want to wash them, lift the mesh bag (and therefore all the nappy etc) out of the bucket and carry the whole lot to the washing machine.  Stick it all in, shut the door and away you go on a 60 degree wash (use non bio and do not use fabric softener).  The nappies should fall out of the mesh bag as it washes, but even if they don’t they should still be washed adequately.

 

There you go that’s it!  All the basics that you should need to get started.  And don’t worry it sounds much more complicated that it actually is, I do tend to waffle on a bit when I start talking about cloth nappies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


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Extra Information

 

Bamboo NorthernLights:

 

At the moment we sell 3 sizes of this type of nappy, small, medium and large.  They are all basically the same design, but the smaller ones have poppers on the front (middle poppers to allow the umbilical area to heal, and extra poppers either side of those, to lower the rise for very small or newborn babies).

 

Some people don’t mind the huge bum look and start straight away with medium ones, so missing out on the expense of buying small ones.  Babies grow very rapidly to start with and need changing more often so the first size are the ones that they are going to grow out of the quickest but you need most of.  If you wanted a full set, you will be looking at getting about 8 a day for 2 or 3 days worth, depending on how often you are going to wash them.  I would recommend going with 24 (3 days worth) that should give you time to wash and dry them every 2 days.  Once your baby get older and starts to sleep through the night (or at least not poo during the night) then you will need to change them less, so therefore need less nappies, so you may get away with maybe 16 – 20 in the next size up.

 

These nappies are made from Bamboo Towelling, it is gorgeous stuff that stays lovely and soft, and is really absorbent, but the down side is you can’t tumble dry them on a high heat setting.

 

 

Nappy Wraps/Covers:

 

The Nappy wrap (or nappy cover) is the waterproof part of the nappy, our wraps are designed to be baggy to let the air circulate around the nappy.  They are made from an inner of PUL (polyurethane Laminate – a breathable yet waterproof fabric, (i.e. air can get through but not liquid)) and a layer of soft and or colourful Fabric on the outer.

 

 

 

 


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We also offer fleece wraps, which are simply two layers of fleece (they are therefore water resistant rather than water proof), some people prefer to use these at night times, as they are thought to be more breathable than PUL.

We recommend you wash your nappy wraps after about 5 uses (or sooner if it becomes soiled or if the leg bindings are wet).    You can wash them in with your normal clothes wash or with your nappies.  I would recommend you use between 3and 5 wraps and rotate them between uses so that the waterproof inner can be wiped with a wet cloth and aired between uses, and so that you have some spares when others are in the wash.

 

 

One Size Pockets and Inserts:

 

Wee Notions One Size Pocket Nappies consist of an outer funky layer, a hidden layer of Waterproof PUL (these pocket nappies DO NOT need a separate waterproof wrap) and a soft micro-fleece stay dry layer (other inners are available) which goes against your babies skin. Fastened with poppers or Touchtape and with poppers to adjust the rise (height) of the nappy. Wee Notions One Size Pocket nappies also include laundry tabs and can be custom made in your choice of fabrics and embroideries.

 

You can see the 3 rise settings (the height of the nappy) in the picture below (from left to right: Small, Medium & Large), the rise is altered using the poppers on the front of the nappy.  The different rise setting mean that depending on the shape of your child, it should fit from birth right through to potty training:

 

 

 

Once it has been worn, you need to tip any poo down the toilet, fold the tabs back (and stick them to the laundry tabs), remove the insert and then just pop both bits into your nappy bucket (or whatever you are using to store your used nappies until they are washed).   Unlike a two part system, you will need to change the whole nappy once it has been used.

 

 

 


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Pocket nappies need to have absorbent inserts placed between the micro-fleece and PUL (there’s a hole in the back of the inner which you use to place the insert inside), these can be purchased with your pocket or you can use anything absorbent. I have found terry squares, muslins and prefolds also work well.

 

MORE INFO ABOUT INSERTS TO BE ADDED AT A LATER DATE.

 

 

Side Snap Pockets and Inserts:

 

Wee Notions side snap pocket nappies consist of an outer funky layer, a hidden layer of Waterproof PUL (these pocket nappies do not need a separate waterproof wrap) and a soft micro-fleece (or Plush fabric) stay dry layer which goes against your babies skin.  They fasten at the sides with a range of poppers which can be altered separately for the waist and leg.  Poppers on the back panels are placed under the inner layer and therefore are not in direct contact with your child's delicate skin.  They can be custom made in your choice of fabrics and embroideries.

 

We currently offer three sizes, small medium and large, the small (as you can see from the picture below) has two poppers on the front allowing the front of the nappy to be popperd down in the first few weeks, so that the umbilical area can heal.

 

 

 

 

 


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Once it has been worn, you need to tip any poo down the toilet, remove the insert and then just pop both bits into your nappy bucket (or whatever you are using to store your used nappies until they are washed).   Unlike a two part system, you will need to change the whole nappy once it has been used.

 

Pocket nappies need to have absorbent inserts placed between the micro-fleece and PUL (there’s a hole in the back of the inner which you use to place the insert inside), these can be purchased with your pocket or you can use anything absorbent. I have found terry squares, muslins and prefolds also work well.

 

MORE INFO ABOUT INSERTS TO BE ADDED AT A LATER DATE.

 

 

AI2’s (All in Two’s):

 

We currently offer two sizes of AI2 (all in two), medium and large, they consist of an outer funky layer, a hidden layer of Waterproof PUL (these nappies DO NOT need a separate waterproof wrap) and a soft micro-fleece, cuddlesoft or Plush fabric inner (which will be super soft where it touches your babies skin i.e. on the wings etc).  They fasten at the sides with a range of poppers which can be altered separately for the waist and leg.  Poppers on the back panels are placed under the inner layer and therefore are not in direct contact with your child's delicate skin.

 



 

 


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Our AI2's have an absorbent insert which snaps onto the front of the nappy, these are purchased with your AI2 (and can also be purchased separately).  The great thing about AI2's is that you can buy several inserts, and once one has been used (if the outer part of the nappy is not dirty or wet) you can simply snap a clean insert into it, and away you go.

 


As you can see from the picture above, the 6 layer insert folds out into one long rectangle, to aid drying time.  To assemble the nappy, snap the poppers on the insert onto the nappy, then simply fold the back of the insert towards the front, and then the front of the insert over the top to the back.  This will leave you with a rectangular insert, shown here:

 



The top of the insert will touch your babies skin, and therefore you can choose from several options, including stay dry layers or natural organic fabrics.

 

 

 


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Nappy Liners

 

These are washable nappy liners, you can get papers ones too (that you can either flush away or stick in the bin) but I have never understood why someone would put a lovely soft nappy on a baby with crinkly paper next to the skin!

 

They are made of fleece (or Plush fabric), and are normally used in nappies which do not already have a fleece or Plush fabric inner (or NorthernLights for instance).  Prewash them to get rid of any fluff and then simply lay them inside the nappy, so that they are next to the skin when you put the nappy on.

 

What do they do?  Well they do three things:

 

1)     They act as a stay dry layer – Liquid goes thought he fleece into the absorbent fabric underneath and keeps your little ones bum dry.  Some children are more sensitive to wetness than others, and in these cases a stay dry layer is recommended.

2)     Protect the nappy from stains – Poo can stain a nappy especially if it is a light colour such as these, so if the staining bothers you, then add a liner and problem pretty much solved J

3)     Easy poo disposal – If you are breastfeeding, then before your baby is weaned, all you need to do is pop the liner in the wash (no need to try to remove poo, the machine should remove it easily).  Once weaned you need to start thinking about disposing of poo down the toilet, and liners can make it easier.  One because you can lift the liner off the nappy and dangle it in the loo until it falls off (or flush the loo and dangle it under the water to wash it off) and two because the poo doesn’t tend to stick to fleece so (as long as it’s fairly solid) it should just roll off into the loo.  But the first weaning poo’s can be difficult to shift, and I found it easier to just wipe as much off as possible with some loo roll and then just pop the liner in the bucket.  I didn’t get too worried about getting every bit of poo off and the washing machine was very good at shifting what ever was left over.

 

Washing:  Just pop them in with your nappies, they will come out almost dry to the touch and take no time at all to dry.

 

 

 

 

 


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Washable Wipes

 

If you are already using cloth nappies then the sensible next step is to use washable wipes with them.

 

Why use them:

1)     Just like the nappies, you are in control of the chemicals coming into contact with your child’s skin.

2)     Easy to use, just chuck them in the nappy bucket with the nappy when you are done.

3)     Lovely and soft on your child’s skin and very effective at cleaning up poo (unlike disposable wet wipes, which personally I found just smeared the poo around rather than getting it off!).

4)     Better for the environment and saves you money.

 

How to use them:

Get a wipe or two and run them under warm water …… yes that is it!

 

Use them to clean the whole nappy area, then get a dry wipe to dry the area (gently pat the area dry rather than rubbing).  Make sure your babies bottom is really dry (especially in the leg creases etc) before putting another nappy on.

 

I have only ever used water (occasionally soap) on my wipes to clean my youngest child and it is effective, simple and cheap.  Other people make washable wipe solution (or buy it) to use instead.  There are some recipes on the website if you are interested (www.weenotions.co.uk).

 


 

 
 

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Change Mat

 

Not a lot to say about these really.  They are good to take out and about as they fold up nice and small.  Waterproof on one side and soft fleece on the other, up to you which side you use to lie your baby on.  If you lie them on the waterproof side it will be less comfy, but you can wipe it with a cloth if need be.

 

I have a couple of these, and lie a towel on the floor (for a bit of extra padding, not necessary but I like to do that) then put the mat on top, when it needs washing I swap it for the clean one, while the dirty one is in the wash.

 

You can wash these up to 60 degrees, although 40 degrees will keep it looking newer for longer.

 

 

Mesh Bags – These are used to remove the dirty nappies from the bucket, and transfer them to the washing machine.  Just pop the whole thing in the wash and the nappies should fall out of it during the wash (although it doesn’t matter if they don’t).  I have two of these, so I always have a clean one ready to put in the bucket.  Some people don’t use them, but I prefer to use them rather than sticking my hand into a load of dirty nappies heehee.

 

 

Washing:

 

You should only need to wash up to a maximum of 60 degrees, that should get rid of any bugs etc, it isn’t really necessary to wash on a higher temp than that.  Washing on 40 will keep them looking newer for longer, but I found washing repeatedly at 40 made my nappies smell L  You could probably get away with washing a couple of times on 95 if you think it is necessary, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend you do it regularly.

 

Detergent - Use non-bio, but DO NOT use fabric softener  as it can reduce the absorbency of your nappies, and also prevent stay dry  inners from wicking moisture away from the skin effectively.

 

 

 

 

 


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Miscellaneous Info:

 

A Quick Tip on Nappy Rash: - Whether in cloth nappies or not most babies get nappy rash at some point or other.  I have found olive oil to be really effective for clearing it up.  As soon as you see any redness appear, clean and dry the area as normal then rub in a bit of olive oil.  Hey Presto.  This probably won’t work for everyone but it certainly worked for us.

 

Be Organised - I always get everything ready before I lie my baby down on the change mat, nappy, wipes everything.  This means they are on the change mat for the least time possible, which in turn means they don’t get as bored and so the nappy change is easier ;)  I also have toys around that they only have during nappy change, again to keep them interested and distracted.  Singings and talking to your baby can be a big help to

 



HAPPY NAPPYING!

 

 

 

 

 

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