Hints and tips
- Using real nappies are great alternative to disposable nappies
- Use the below hints and tips to make the most of them
Waterproof covers (wraps)
Use wraps over washable nappies to prevent leakages. Make sure that you are using the correct size for your child. The covers can usually be used 3 to 4 times before washing. Always make sure that when fitting that all of the nappy is tucked inside the cover, any showing out of the cover may cause leakage. Ensure a good fit of the nappy cover (wrap) and fasten so there are no gaps, but not so tight that the cover leaves red marks on your baby.
Line dried nappies
Line drying is the most natural way to bleach your nappies. You can soften up your nappies by putting them in the tumble drier for just a few minutes to finish. A tablespoon of vinegar in the final nappy rinse is also helpful for softening.
To simplify the clean up of soiled nappies and help prevent staining, lay the disposable liner on top of the nappy. These can be flushed away or composted.
Easy to use and wash and quick to dry, fleece liners keep baby’s bottom extra dry. Can be used instead of paper liners and are excellent for sore nappy rashed skin.
Rinse soiled nappies promptly to minimise staining. Using liners will help, as will sunshine drying. You can use a non-chlorine bleach but remember ALL nappy stains eventually come out (though you may not notice because new stains may take their place!). If the nappies have been washed at 60 degrees Centigrade, they are totally cleansed and pure, regardless of stain!
Research shows there is no more nappy rash from washable nappies than disposables. Most babies at some time will develop nappy rash from foods they have eaten (or you have eaten if breast feeding), at weaning time, through teething or illness, or even changing your washing powder. It can be helped by using fleece or silk liners instead of paper liners.
Once your baby sleeps through the night, you may need to add a washable booster liner to the nappy. Ensure that wrap is a good fit.
Last updated Friday, 6th May 2016