Everything Bare + Boho
Our size range includes two options:
1. OSFM (One-size-fits-most): Approximately 4kg to 18kg (birth to toddler) depending on the shape of your little one.
2. MINI: Approximately 1.5kg to 5kg (Designed for newborns and premature babies)
Both sizes are completely customizable regarding size, shape and absorbency, based on the specific needs of your little one.
Our system involves 4 separate pieces:
1. Outer water-resistant shell: OSFM / MINI
2. Organic Hemp OR Bamboo-Cotton Insert: OSFM / MINI 4x Layers of Organic Fleece + Double Layer Side Gussets
3. Booster Pad: OSFM / MINI 4x Layers of Premium Bamboo-cotton fabric contoured to provide optimal fit.
4. Tri-fold Pad: 3x Layers of Premium Bamboo-Cotton fabric which folds thrice to create 9 thirsty layers.
Involves two options to allow for custom shaping and fit:
1. Groin Snap-Rise System: 4x size settings allowing parents to customise to a longer/shorter nappy and to provide a custom fit around thighs. (These snaps are situated in the lower section of the front of the nappy shell.)
2. Waist-Size System: Double row of snaps situated at the top of the front of the nappy shell, to allow for a personalised fit to a baby's waist size. Overlapping closure feature also available.
WHEN TO OPEN THE RISE:
If your little one shows deep red indentations on legs that do not go away quickly
If your little one shows deep red indentations at the top of the thighs from the wings
If the front of the nappy is being pulled down and gapes
If nappy is saggy, then go with a smaller snap rise
TIPS WHEN OPENING THE RISE:
Have a couple of shells snapped on different rises so you can try on rotation which fits best, then change all to match that one.
Once snap-rise is changed, you may need to also change waist snap sizing
Ensure the back of the nappy is 1-2cm above the top of baby's bottom crack to ensure the fit is suitable
Ensure to check if there are leg gaps
Don't worry if your chunky baby may already be on the largest size, as generally they slim down once they begin walking
Inserts consisting of natural fibers, such as Hemp/bamboo/cotton, require pre-washing before use, to increase absorbency and allow the fibres to release any natural oils. minimum 4-6 washes.
PRE-WASHING: Simply wash inserts in a normal cycle 3 - 5 times Cold-Warm or Max 60 degrees. (Detergent needed for first cycle only). Don’t dry in between washes. Once washed, remove from machine and stretch all inserts to maximum shape- pulling out ends and pulling out gusset flaps. Allow to completely dry before ready for use.
Slight shrinkage with the natural fibre inserts may occur, however they will shrink to correct length needed for the shell snap sockets. Once washed, remove inserts from machine and stretch all inserts to maximum shape- pulling out ends and pulling out gusset flaps. To avoid excess shrinkage, avoid tumble drying unless for a final dry on lowest setting and low spin.
Industry standards recommend avoiding highly perfumed or acidic detergents containing citrus or phosphates.
Do not use any detergents containing fabric softeners, optical brighteners or chlorine bleach as these can break down natural fibers or can leave residue on the insert and reduce absorption. Using these products will void your warranty.
Do not use nappy balms or creams containing zinc or petroleum unless using a reusable/disposable liner, as these balms will result in residue sticking to the inserts and will reduce absorption.
Long term use of higher temperatures on PUL can decrease lifespan and will void your warranty.
Line hanging: Avoid too much stress on the leg elastics when drying the shell. Recommended is draping the nappy shell horizontally over the line.
There are numerous things to consider when choosing which bundle to purchase, as well as knowing how long your purchase can be expected to last.
And although cloth nappies are amazing in reducing waste and family expenditure, they are not immortal, and will indeed become the most used and washed items for the first few years of your child’s life, going through hundreds and hundreds of washes (more for smaller stash sizes)!
As Per The Below Information, This Is Our Recommendation For A FULL-TIME Exclusive User For Approximately 2+ Years For Both The Newborn And Older Size.
MINI FULL-TIME: (AVERAGE CHANGE 1-2 HOURS) Shells 6-9 (Shells easily wiped down between changes)
OSFM FULL-TIME: (AVERAGE CHANGE 2-3 HOURS) Shells 9-12 (Shells are easily wiped down between changes)
Boosters 9-12 (Heavy Wetters, Day and Night Naps, Overnight Use)
Regarding the lifespan of your Bare + Boho nappies, here are some things to consider:
1) Whether you use our system exclusively full-time or part-time 2) Frequency and Routine of washing 3) Urine and feces acidity 4) Changing timeframe 5) Fabric details 6) OSFM does not mean longer lasting/will fit numerous children.
EXCLUSIVE FULL-TIME USE VERSUS ROTATIONAL USE: Cloth nappies in general, will undergo extreme conditions, and so having more items in your stash will allow for more rotation, and in turn offering each insert and shell more recovery time between reuse. (Imagine having only 2 pairs of undies for a year and washing them daily, they will wear much faster than in comparison to having a stash of 9-12 undies in rotation.)
Our nappies are designed as a snap-in-snap-out system, with reusable shells. This was designed to offer the option for ultra minimalism with less nappy shells than most brands in a stash at any one time.
This does mean however, that for exclusive full-time Bare + Boho users with minimal stashes, that our shells will undergo more wear and tear than usual brands and will undergo more use than compared to larger stashes with higher rotation of shells to use.
Opting for a smaller stash, is also great as when the time comes to replace your limited number of shells, you can purchase at a later date our shell-only or insert-only packs. Essentially buying only as you need, based on experience for what works for your family.
To give you an idea of what common stash sizes are; industry norms promote having about 18-36 nappies for full-time use (shells and inserts) in your stash at any one time. Our bundles offer much lower numbers of shells, which in turn create a minimal stash. When directly compared to a stash of same size in any other leading brand though, the lifespan of our nappies and shells is completely industry standard.
The other option to consider is the use of our MINI range. In choosing to use MINI nappies for the first few months of your child’s life, will enable the sharing of the wear and tear of nappies over the course of your child’s nappy years. Rather than exclusive OSFM from birth to toilet training, having MINI’S in your stash, and exposing them to less use in comparison to OSFM, will mean you can use them for future babies too.
WASHING AND DRYING: Wash routines needs to take in to consideration two aspects: 1) Washing more regularly is more hygienic, yet will wear on nappies. 2) Delaying washing by spacing out days, will result in urine and feces wearing down nappies.
Also to consider, is the type of water you have and the type (and amount) of cleaning products/detergent used on your nappies.
So ultimately we recommend washing every 2nd day as a general norm. Following the basic washing guideline available under the “Baby” Tab.
AWARENESS FOR URINE AND FECES ACIDITY: Urine and feces when left too long can deteriorate nappies. At various stages of a baby’s growth, their waste may go through varying stages of density, acidity and colour.
Ensuring longer lifespan from your inserts mean being aware of these issues, and if you child is prone to acidic waste (such as when teething or dehydrated), it is best to not have the inserts sitting with waste on them too long between washes.
A way to avoid this, is to follow the recommended extra step as stated above in the washing guidelines:
"Recommended Optional Extra (Newborn Poo/teething/acidic urine): Hand rinse soiled insert under laundry tap to remove any excess waste, squeeze water out, then place in your dry pail until ready to wash".
*Check out our Washing Tips Page for more info on Dry Pailing.*
CHANGING TIMEFRAME: Cloth nappies are made with completely different materials to disposables. Disposables contain elements such as synthetic absorbent gels (EG. Super Absorbent Polymer SAP) making them fast absorbing, unlike natural fibres like Hemp or Bamboo. Cloth nappies are best changed approximately every 2 hours (overnight an exception for non acidic overnight urine), as this ensures baby’s bottom is left feeling fresh, and avoids leaks.
FABRIC DIFFERENTIATION: We have opted for Organic Hemp and a bamboo-cotton blend for our inserts due to the durability, lessened environmental impact when manufacturing and degrading and better for baby’s skin due to less chemicals involved when milling.
Hemp and cotton are very durable, however Hemp alone can be quite a stiff fabric, so once washed, stretching the insert is recommended as well as post-drying.
We introduced the Bamboo-cotton blend as it is more soft long-term, and the blend of the natural cotton is more durable than normal bamboo-only inserts.
Choosing which insert works best for you can be based again on whether you choose to use our inserts exclusively, or on rotation with other branded. If using on rotation with other brands, the lifespan of the inserts will be extended, however if using our inserts exclusively full-time, then you may wish to have a mixture of the Hemp and Bamboo-cotton. You can also invest in your fabric preference later on with our insert-only bundles.
Another factor to consider is climate, as natural fibres will need longer to dry. So having a minimal stash of inserts is more suitable for warmer climates, and in colder and wetter climates, a larger stash is recommended.
REALITY OF OSFM (ONE-SIZE-FITS-MOST): OSFM nappies are fabulous as they allow families to skip extra purchasing of sized nappies as their babies grow. It does not mean however, that the nappy itself will last the distance.
OSFM nappies and specific sized nappies (S/M/L) are developed using the same structure and materials, so they will not endure any more wear, tear and washing than the OSFM nappies.
To gain optimal use out of a OSFM system, it is ideal to be prepared to have a large enough stash to rotate, or be prepared to purchase components (shells/inserts) as you need during the lifespan of your child’s nappy years.
Absolutely! Our shells are great to be used with our own branded inserts as they are specifically designed for the snaps to lock the inserts into place. However you can use them with your personal choice of inserts!
So just disregard the lining snaps and lay your choice of insert into the shell, and when the shell is snapped up securely, the insert shouldn't budge. Ensuring your follow our fitting recommendations such as the back of the nappy just at the top of the bottom crack, and the front pulled up high and snug.
You can also use your own inserts coupled with our boosters, by snapping in our boosters as per usual and laying your choice of insert over the top. This will provide optimal absorbency!
Our Mini Collection is designed to fit Premature Babies and Newborns very well from a weight range of approximately 1.5-6kg. They have their own MINI Inserts that are designed for newborn bottoms, rather than being as bulky as our OSFM which can be very big in a newborn.
If you choose to use OSFM from birth or once your baby reaches 4-5kg, opting for a Full-time pack Is best value for money offering a large stash size to cover newborn to toddler. However you may wish to add more shells to extend lifespan of them so you have more on rotation.
Another completely personal choice parents often come to after oftetimes trialling both fabrics. They tend to choose one or the other as their preference.
Hemp is a more sustainably and organically grown option and creates a more natural and unprocessed fabric. It is also a durable fabric as it is a heavy fabric. Being without a synthetic blend, hemp does dry stiff, and can be very textured.
Bamboo is generally a slightly cheaper option which does impact on decision making, and although stems from a natural source being the bamboo plant, it does undergo extensive processing to convert to a fibre so it is not a natural fibre. Bamboo Inserts are blended with cotton, so there are no other added synthetic blends. Bamboo-Cotton does also make for an absorbent and thirsty fabric.
Bamboo also retains softness as opposed to Hemp. This because Hemp is such a dense fibre, more prone to feeling stiff. Once again completely personal preference, and we do offer with our bundle packs the chance to mix up your stash with bamboo and Hemp.
We started out with humble beginnings in Townsville, North QLD, designing and working with a local seamstress.
However we could never have maintained keeping up with demand this way, and after extensive research into Australian manufacturing options and the lack thereof, sourced out our wonderful ETHICAL manufacturing team abroad.
China produces most of the Modern Cloth Nappies for leading brands, and it was important for us to find a team we could rely and trust, but also have confirmation everything was above-board & ethical. (So ABSOLUTELY NO SWEATSHOPS!)
Our manufacturing team is petite, mainly mums themselves, and they work a standard 8 hour day, and are guaranteed 20% higher wage than the local average. We maintain good relations with our team, and we are constantly communicating as we expand and develop our range.
As most of our customers already know, we receive shipments every 6-8 weeks of stock, because this means we are able to produce stock ethically without enforcing unrealistic demands.
We are SO appreciative of the patience our customers have shown, as we do want to keep manufacturing ethical, quality-controlled & support local groups rather than huge standardised factories.
We are also so proud to announce, results have returned as a NIL to heavy metal detection for the fabrics used in our products. As certified by the China Testing International under the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA).
We do always recommend washing all products before use, because there are factory residues, dust etc generally on the items, so it is always nice to clean before exposing bub to the items.