- How many nappies will I need?
- What else do I need to get started?
- How do I change a nappy?
- Do I need to soak my nappies?
- How do I wash my nappies?
- Is it really greener to use cloth nappies?
How many you need will depend on how quickly you can get things washed and dried, but I would recommend between 15 and 20 nappies for full time use. This would allow you to wash every other day. If using a 2 part nappy system you will also need about 5 wraps, to allow for changes when soiled or at least every day.
You will need nappy liners, either paper or fleece and a bucket with a lid. Everything else is nice to haves, but I would recommend: nappy sanitizer, a nappy net, and a wet bag (to put dirty nappies in when you’re out and about).
If you are using paper liners, just drop them in the toilet and flush. If you are using fleece liners then tip the poo down the loo and then put the liner in your nappy bucket (note this only works with solid faeces, – with liquid poo you will need to sluice the liner in the toilet ie hold firmly to the liner whilst flushing the toilet).
If using an all in one or stuffable nappy, the whole nappy goes in the bucket (take boosters out of the stuffable first), if using a two part nappy, only the inside bit goes in the bucket unless the wrap is soiled.
This is a matter of choice. If you soak, half fill your bucket with water and add a scoop of sanitizer or a couple of drops of tea tree oil. If you choose to dry pail, then you just throw your nappies and wraps in the bucket, but rinse them in the washing machine before washing.
If you dry pail put your nappies in the machine and run a rinse cycle. (you can skip this step if you soak)
Add anything else that can take a hot wash (towels, baby’s vest and sleepsuits, sheets, tshirts etc)
Add non-bio washing powder and a scoop of sanitizer if you haven’t soaked your nappies (I recommend Bio D as it doesn’t damage your nappies).
Wash at 60 to kill all bacteria.
Line dry as much as possible.
Yes – if you use common sense. Always wash a full wash, wash at 60 or lower, line dry as much as possible, pass nappies down from one child to the next. If you follow those recommendations you reduce your carbon footprint by 75% compared with disposable nappies.
Cloth nappies are made from sustainable materials with little chemical usage.
There is far less going in landfill.
Faeces are dealt with by the sewage system and not just put in the ground.