Getting Started with Cloth Nappies
Here we have compressed everything you need to know about Cloth Nappies.
We hope that this covers everything, whether you be a first time cloth user or just new to Little Moonie's.
How do Modern Cloth Nappies work?
We've come a long way from the traditional square cloth, fastened with safety pins. So there's no wonder Cloth Nappies have become so popular in the recent years.
Today Modern Cloth Nappies come in a host of shapes, including preformed cloth nappies, all-in-one nappies with waterproof exteriors, fitted nappy with covers and pocket nappies.
Our Snap in nappy system consists of a nappy shell that is waterproof on the outside as well as the inside. Our snap in insert consists of 4 layers of the most absorbent bamboo terry with a suede-cloth topping to wick away moisture. Our inserts were designed to be folded In various ways to provide 8-12 customisable layers to suit your baby's needs.
Are there different sizes?
Little Moonie's offer a one size fit most nappy that can be adjusted throughout your baby’s nappy wearing years. Our nappies are designed to fit from 3.5kg to 18kg which typically covers newborn babies right through to toilet trained toddlers.
How Many Cloth Nappies will I need?
Some people go slowly and like to try different cloth nappies on the market to suit their baby's needs. We offer a discounted trial pack to see whether Little Moonie's are for you.
With Little Moonie’s Snap in system, the wipeable nappy cover can be used multiple times before washing. We recommend 1 nappy cover for every 3 insert changes. This means our nappy packs are extremely affordable. We recommend buying enough nappies to get you through 2-3 days.
Typically, a full-time stash consists of:
8-14 Nappy covers
6 night-time or nap hemp boosters
How to use our Cloth Nappies:
- Adjust the snaps on the front of the nappy to get the right size for your bub.
- Snap in your insert and fold the tail based on were your baby needs the most absorbency (front for the boys, underneath for the girls).
- Put the nappy on baby, check the fit.
- When it's time for a nappy change, just snap out the soiled insert, give the shell a wipe and snap in a fresh one.
What else will I need to start my Cloth journey?
Extra Inserts: Extra Inserts are really up to personal preference. Little Moonie's Snap in system was designed to be economical because it’s possible wipe the cover and change the inserts multiple times before washing.
Boosters: The inserts supplied with your cloth nappy are already very absorbent, so you may have no need additional boosters. However there are times when an extra booster is useful. For example if you have a heavy wetter, or if you are going to use cloth nappies for naps or overnight. Our Hemp Boosters are incredibly absorbent and can be placed under our bamboo inserts.
Liners: Once again this is up to personal preference, our cloth nappies work perfectly fine without liners if you have a good wash routine. Liners are handy if you’re worried about dealing with poo. Our mess-free bamboo liners are made from 100% biodegradable bamboo viscose. You lay them on top of the nappy insert before fitting the nappy to baby. When it’s time to change the nappy you simply peel off the liner and dispose of the poo in the toilet. We don't recommend flushing liners, simply pop in the compose or rubbish (takes about 6-8 weeks to decompose).
Wet Bags: Wet bags are a must when it comes to cloth nappy accessories. They are a waterproof bag that is reusable, leak resistant, odour containing, and can be tossed into the wash with our nappies after use. the perfect accessory when out and about.
Bucket/Basket: Its important to have something to store your nappies in between washes, we recommend something with good airflow like a regular plastic laundry basket. Don't forget to rinse your nappies to dilute urine and prevent bacteria build up.
Wipes: If you decide to go all in, then our reusable bamboo wipes are for you. handcrafted from ethically grown, naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal bamboo fabric, they are super-soft and ideal for sensitive and allergy-prone skin.
Swim Nappy: You can be sure this is a MUST BUY and will last you a lot longer than the single size disposable swim nappies. We recommend getting two so you have a spare when out at the pool or beach.
How often do I change a cloth nappy?
Most babies will need to be changed every 2-3 hours during the day. Our stay dry layer on our inserts ensures that there will never be any wet residue against the skin, this means its less likely to cause nappy rash.
How do I wash Cloth nappies?
People often worry that using cloth is more time consuming, I find it only adds an extra 2 minutes to my usual laundry routine. It is important to follow a good wash routine to prevent a build up of bacteria and to keep your nappies looking fresh! Check out our washing guide to see how easy it really is. Washing Guide>>
Can I use creams for nappy rash?
We recommend using a natural balm like Pawpaw over creams with zinc in them as they tend to stain the inserts and affect absorbency.