Using Reusable Nappies - The Ultimate Guide

1 CommentThursday, 6 May 2021  |  Admin

Using reusable nappies is becoming more and more popular, however, we do get many questions from parents who are not sure how to begin. We have put together this ultimate guide which includes everything you need to know about using our reusable nappies. 


After the huge success with our other reusable products, we thought we would design our own reusable nappy range. We worked in conjunction with Penny Broderick, who set up the UK Cloth Nappy Library scheme in 2010, and we are already seeing huge success. 


How Do Reusable Nappies Work?

Our reusable nappies are made from 80% bamboo and 20% pico cotton terry. They are super absorbent, however due to separate boosters they are also quick drying. The main benefit of this is that you can build absorbency without bulk based on your baby. 


To use the nappy, simply add a fleece liner for the stay dry part which is against your baby's skin, add a waterproof wrap and the nappy is complete. 


It’s really important to make sure you use a liner in your nappy, whether it is reusable or disposable. This way you can get as much of the poo off as possible before putting the nappy in the washing machine. 


Reusable Liner: Tip the solids into the toilet and either rinse the liner in the flush of the toilet or have something ready to scrape any remaining poo off. 


Disposable Liner: Tip the poo into the toilet and then bin the liner. DO NOT flush the liner down the toilet. 


How Many Reusable Nappies Do I Need?

This obviously depends on your child and how often they go to the toilet. But essentially you will be buying one reusable nappy and then we would recommend a couple of liners if you are going to use the reusable ones. It has been proven that using reusable nappies and liners is going to save you so much money compared to using normal ones. Check out this blog we wrote on money you can save from using reusable nappies. 


How to Wash Reusable Nappies?

This is definitely the question we get asked most, it can be hard to get your head around when you first start, but after a couple of times it will become a normal routine. We do recommend pre washing your nappies before use when you have just bought them. Simply run a full cycle with a little detergent twice before using and it will enable your nappies to become more absorbent. Let’s take you through a quick step by step on how to wash reusable nappies. 


  1. Preparation: Make sure the liners are completely separated from the nappy, and velcro tabs are secured down so they don’t stick to any other washing. 

  2. Pre wash: Pop the nappies in for a quick wash, you don’t need to use detergent. It’s also important to make sure you don’t fill your washing machine with other clothes at this stage. 

  3. Main wash: Run the longest cycle for your washing machine with the temperature between 40 and 60 degrees. Use the right amount of detergent for your load. 


When it comes to the drying stage, we recommend hanging them out on the washing line to dry, if you don’t have a washing line outside, a rack or airer is fine. DO NOT USE THE TUMBLE DRYER as this can shorten the life of your nappies. 


That brings us to the end of our blog, we really hope the above has given you an insight into using reusable nappies. You can browse our full range of nappies here. Of course if you do have any other questions you can get in touch and a member of our team will be happy to help. 

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