1) how many Nappies?
2) Lifespan of my cloth nappies?
3) Can I use alternate inserts with our shells?
4) MINI vs OSFM?
5) Snaps vs. Velcro?
6) Hemp vs. Bamboo?
7) Ethical manufacturing & Heavy Metal Testing
These are some very common questions asked by customers, and although the answers to these are very open and vary widely, we have outlined some aspects to keep in mind in relation to these queries.
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.
Shells 6-9 (Shells easily wiped down between changes)
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:
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.
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.
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.*
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.
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.
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 Newborns very well those first couple of months, as well as premature babies. They range 2-5kg so provide a better fit for generally the first 2-3 months depending on the weight of your baby. They have their own Hemp Inserts that are designed for newborn bottoms, rather than being as bulky as our OSFM which can be very big in a newborn, and seem to fit best from about 5kg, which for most bubs is 1-3 months Post birth. Although I do have some mums who birthed bigger babies and the OSFM fitted from birth on the smallest setting. So it it entirely up to you and also depends if the investment will be worth it, which it will be if you plan on having more children to use them with, that way having a few newborn nappies in your stash would be helpful.
Alternatively if you choose to go OSFM from birth which is another popular choice by my customers, The SUPER bundle 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.
So snaps are the popular choice among mums because they tend to be more durable long term. However Velcro is easier to use, particularly for grandparents/dads etc seem to prefer this option rather than fussing with the snaps. Velcro does give a more personal fit as you can size it however you wish, whereas the snaps are set in place and so you need to fit according to the snaps. But a popular choice appears to be having majority in your stash featuring Snaps, with one or two featuring Velcro.
This is another completely personal choice and generally it is a decision Mums come to after trialing a few different fabrics they tend to choose one or the other. Hemp is my favourite due to being 100% natural and unprocessed fabric that is grown organically and is completely sustainable plant. It is also the absorbent fabric as it is a heavy fabric. This does however mean it takes longer to dry which isn't ideal for those who live in colder areas or during winter time, and also they tend to hold onto smell a bit More due to being such a dense fibre, and hence need a longer washing time. But apart from that hemp is a popular choice and a preference among many mums.
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, yet more Eco than synthetics of course. Our Bamboo Inserts are blended with cotton, so there are no added synthetic blends. Bamboo-Cotton does also make for an absorbent fabric and is probably the most popular choice across brands as it is cheaper and efficient. 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.