FAQ's: What accessories do I need with cloth nappies?
24 March 2010 | Admin
If you're new to the world of cloth nappies it can all seem a bit daunting. So many nappies do choose from, all-in-ones, two part systems, cotton, microfibre or bamboo cloth nappies - it's hard to know where to start!
However for this blogpost, I'm working on the assumption that you've got this bit sorted. If not I can recommend Cheeky Doodoo Washable Cloth Nappies - guaranteed poonami proof and come with a risk free money back trial.
The next thing you have to consider is what additional cloth nappy accessories you'll need. This we can help with! The questions you need to consider are:
- Where do you store baby nappies
- How do you store dirty nappies
- Is it worth buying a Nappy Bag
- How do you sanitise cloth nappies
Where do you store baby nappies?
Keeping your nappies tidy and easily accessible is important. Our cloth nappy pod is perfect for storing your reusable nappies at home. They're also great for nursery or grabbing for a day out.
How do you store dirty nappies
To store dirty nappies, you'll need either a nappy bin or bucket, or an XL Wetbag or .Strucket. Wet-pailing, or soaking your nappies after use in your nappy bucket until washing isn't generally recommended by manufacturers. That's because no matter what you use for wet-pailing, it's always a stinky, messy job when emptying and can damage the fibres of your nappies.
Dry-pailing (or just rinsing poo off the nappy and then chucking in a bucket or wetbag) is recommended by most manufacturers.
This is pretty much a must-have (although I did meet a lady at one of the Baby Shows who wrapped her nappies up and chucked them at the bottom of the stairs until she had a wash going on!!!) All of the options above are large enough to hold at least a couple of days worth of nappies (or up to 12 / 14).
Mesh Laundry Bag
Mesh Laundry Bags are usually used when wet-pailing however even if dry pailing, it can make transferring your mucky nappies into the washing machine just a little bit easier. Worth considering, but not a must have.
Is it worth buying a nappy bag
Yes, it's worth buying a nappy bag to hold both clean and dirty reusable nappies. Our large double pocket wetbags are perfect for a whole day out. They also include a handy mesh laundry bag so you never have to touch the mucky nappies.
A wet nappy bag is pretty much a must-have as you'll need to transport dirty nappies home if you're out and about.
Our XL Large Nappy Wet Bag is also very practical and will hold a LOT of nappies - at least 10, so it's also worth considering for using at nursery etc. They come in a variety of stylish designs too, perfect for carrying your nappies when you leave the house.
How do you sanitise cloth nappies
To sanitise cloth nappies add a nappy sanitiser such as Bio-D detergent which is nappy friendly to the rinse cycle in your washing machine. This will help keep your nappies hygienically clean.
In addition, most of the time I use a few drops of our Mucky Wipes Tea Tree & Tea Tree Lemon oil as it smells great but is also anti-bacterial. Dettol antibacterial laundry solution is also worth considering for using safely on all fabrics and can be used from 15 degrees.
Ensuring that your nappies stay clean and hygienic is obviously really important and we've got a couple of cracking blog posts which cover this in more detail:
If I've missed anything from my list, or you disagree, please let me know!
About the Author: Helen Rankin is founder of Cheeky Wipes, the original environmentally sustainable baby wipes kit, founded in 2008. Helen used cloth nappies herself and was delighted to launch Cheeky Nappies in 2020, which were designed and tested by more than 100 parents! Team Cheeky pride themselves on helping people make the switch to reusables EASY, with a range of eco friendly products including period pants and cloth sanitary pads. This was recognised in 2021 when Cheeky Wipes were awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise for sustainable development.