You’ve unpacked your nappies, what’s next?!
Wash your nappies to remove residue. Natural fibre inserts are more absorbent the more they’re washed, so expect them to get thirstier the more you use!
When inserts are wet, before drying, it’s vital you stretch them. Stretch out the gussets, hands on the ends and stretch length ways. This helps them maintain ideal shape! As natural fibres are prone to slight shrinkage.
Dry in direct sunlight for inserts, or under a fan/tumble dryer if no sun around! Shells in the shade.
Once ready to go, trial your fit!.
Cloth fit differently to disposables!
Firstly, they sit low on the back. Just at the top of bub’s crack. Pull the panel through the front and pull bub’s thigh fat outwards, allowing the shell elastics to sit in to the undie line.
Snap the shell closed at waist, allowing for room for when Bub sits up, a small gape is normal.
If you need more snugness around the thighs; or have excessive sag in the groin, that’s where those snaps in the groin come in to play!
Choose a row that aligns with bubs upper thigh and once the row is snapped, push the fabric upwards between row snaps to create a neat look!
Every 2-4 hours change Bub. Pop a finger in the nappy and check if the insert feels wet. Have a peek in the rear if there are any surprises!
If so, unsnap your insert, and pop straight in to your dry pail.
A dry pail is an open air bucket/basket. We recommend to use the Strucket.
Soiled items may sit there until washing time! Or a hand rinse for anything too soiled!
Wash: Day 2, 3 or 4 (but do a mid-week pre rinse cycle if holding out to Day 4 to avoid them sitting there too long untouched).
2 cycles involved: Express Rinse 30-60mins + Heavy Duty 2-3hr (40-60 degrees max).
If out-and-about with cloth, don’t be alarmed! Feel free to grab some of our disposable bamboo liners that go over inserts to catch poop if you don’t want to carry it around all day! They go in bin while you pop your soiled nappy in your Wetbag until home-time!
Night Use: We’ve got your covered!
-Double up those inserts.
-Insert + booster to your insert.
-Trifold on its own or with an insert/booster!
Our Newborn Collection is designed to fit prematurely born babies and full term newborns from birth very well; offering a petite fit for tiny frames. They are tailored to allow room for the umbilical born if choosing a Lotus birth and/or stump, which is helpful in those early weeks.
Our newborn range are recommended for an approximate weight range 1-6kg.
They have their own Newborn Inserts that are designed for newborn bottoms, rather than being as bulky as our One-Size which can be very big in a newborn.
Many hospitals will have their own policy regarding cloth use (cloth nappies and cloth pads) so best to check in advance if you can start your cloth journey in hospital as many do!
Let’s unpack your nappy order together!
Firstly, you’ll open a nifty home-compostable postage satchel or recyclable cardboard box.
Peak inside; you’ll notice a bag within a bag! That’s one of our bonus Organic cotton reusable produce bags! Designed to keep your goodies sealed in transit, having a purpose beyond too!
Next...hello! A rainbow of colours! These may be nappy shells, cloth pads, training undies, Wetbags or more!
So let’s break down the pieces!
1) Nappy Shell:
This is a water resistant outer cover. It works with our inserts, Trifolds, terry flats or prefolds!
Fitting: Simply place the nappy at top of bottom crack at rear + stretch out the tabs either side of bubs waist. Pull the nappy up at front + pull those thighs out of the way, so the elastic sits gently in the undie line.
Then enclose the waist; sitting just under the belly button. Keep a couple of fingers gap at tummy. If there is any puffy fabric in the groin, simply snap the fabric upwards + push upwards the extra fabric in between the snaps. This creates a neat look!
Don’t vacuum seal your Bub in; run a finger smoothly along the inner inserts, ensuring they’re lightly touching skin.
2) Elasticated Inserts:
You will find one or two coloured fabric inners. A white fabric &/or creamy-yellow fabric. These represent your snap-in inserts, featuring snaps on the rear.
Cream= Hemp-Organic Cotton.
The difference? Bamboo is a thicker fabric, softer, yet slower drying. Hemp is thinner, stretchier, faster drying, but stiff texture. Both super thirsty- you’ll likely only need the insert for day wear.
Ensure you give inserts a solid stretch when wet after a wash & before drying. Pull well the elasticated side flaps, then pull each end- rolling your fist inwards to shape the ends. Done! If stretched well, they’ll dry a perfect “scooped” insert ready to cup bub’s bottom.
3) Contoured Boosters:
These are white in colour, feature no snaps & sit on top of inserts to create more absorbent layers where needed!
The best things! Great for day/night use in a slender rectangular insert creating 9 thirsty layers!
Longevity of the newborn nappies will depend on birth weight and growth rate once your little one is born, determining how long they will offer a suitable fit.
Premature and twin babies will find these of most benefit given their average smaller birth weight. But we find our customers are able to use the newborn nappies from birth upwards to 12 weeks old.
They feature less snap variations, less fabric and are overall much easier as a transition nappy for new parents.
When changing as regularly as a newborn requires, as well as constant motions throughout the night, an investment in to newborn nappies is soon paid off.
You can then wash and store away until your next little one joins the family!
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, wear and tear can be expected over time and particularly with smaller numbers of nappies in rotation.
Nappies 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)!
Our Recommendation for those families planning on using cloth exclusively over an average 2 year period, for 1 child:
Full-time Use (Changing on average every 2-4 hours):
12-24 Nappy shells
4-8 Boosters/Trifolds depending on night use/heavy wetting. (Wet/colder regions will require more
We recommend as a minimum the following purchase options:
+ “Ultimate Cloth Bundle” (12 Nappies incl. 12 Shells and 12 inserts)
+ 2x 5-Pack Inserts.
+ 1x 5-Pack Boosters/ 2-PackTrifolds for overnight use or heavy wetters
Our smaller bundles “Try-Me-Out Trio” and “Starter Stash” are more for those who are seeking an entry-level number of nappies to test the world of cloth!
For those who are using cloth only part-time, the “Starter Stash” will be a minimum starting point, you can always add extra packs of inserts, boosters or trifolds should you need.
(Please note, most daycares now accept cloth, so please don’t feel deterred to ask your care provider about their coth policies).
2 billion nappies alone are disposed of annually. 450,000 tonnes of waste are dumped in Australian landfill each year as a result of disposable nappies, baby wipes, disposable sanitary pads, tampons, incontinence pads and breast pads.
When combined with feminine sanitary pads, tampons, incontinence products, and such hygiene products, this figure equates to more than 7 million items per day, taking around 500 years to break down.
Switching to reusable nappies can have the benefit of saving your family significant costs, considering the fact you can reuse over and over and you will also be inclined to explore other cost-saving reusables such as cloth wipes, to compliment your nappies too.
The average baby from birth to toddler, will require 6,000 nappy changes and more than double in baby wipes. This equates to costs averaging $3500 to $5000 per child for nappies alone.
Cloth nappies are made with completely different materials to disposables. Disposables contain elements such as synthetic absorbent gels and fibres, making them fast absorbing, unlike natural fibres like Hemp or Bamboo. So your little one will feel moisture in most cases, which is great as it simplifies the transition to toilet training, later on.
Our inserts are designed for day use to absorb soiling. Changing recommended between 2-6 hours. Unless you have a heavy wetting toddler or are choosing to go longer between changes, you can opt to add a “Booster” or “Trifold”.
Our reusable inserts consist of 4 Layers of absorbent fabric with Double-Layered Side gusseting around the thigh contour for maximum anti-leak protection.
If you find your little one is leaking and the insert is soaked completely (meaning it is not a fit issue, but rather the insert has absorbed all it can), then you will either need to change often to match output. Alternatively, you can boost your nappy with extra layers, such as adding in one of our Boosters or Trifolds. This will further push out changing time.
The average stash size based on industry norms promote a healthy number of 24 nappies for full-time use (shells and inserts). These may be expected to last one child 2 years, or service more children based on a few factors.
Regarding the lifespan of your Bare and 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 6) “One-Size” 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 minimalism with less nappy shells than most brands in a stash at any one time.
Another option to consider is the recommended use of our Newborn nappies. In choosing to use newborn nappies for the first few months of your child’s life, you enable the sharing of the wear and tear of nappies over the course of your child’s nappy years. Rather than exclusive One-size from birth to toilet training, having newborn nappies in your stash, and exposing them to less use in comparison to One-size, 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 faeces wearing down nappies.
Also to consider, is the type of water you have and the type (and amount) of cleaning products/detergent used in your nappies.
So ultimately we recommend washing every 2nd-3rd day as a general norm. Following the basic washing guideline available under the “Baby” Tab.
AWARENESS FOR URINE AND FECES ACIDITY:
Urine and faeces 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.
*Check out our Washing Tips Page for more info on Dry Pailing.*
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.
If you are choosing to trial our cloth nappy system we recommend purchasing our “Try-Me-Out-Trio” or “Starter Stash” nappy bundles.
If you are expecting your baby, we recommend starting with the newborn size.
If you already are using nappies with your little one outside of the newborn stage, the One-size nappies will be suited.
Please keep in mind, these bundles are complimentary starter options, they will not meet your needs full-time or even most of the time, if wishing to ditch disposables completely. Our “Ultimate Cloth Lover” bundle with extra inners will be best suited.
Other essential cloth options we recommend to compliment your nappy trial, would include:
These allow you to store your soiled nappies when out and about in a water-resistant bag that is sealed via top grade zippers. We have varied sizes to cater to your needs. Please see our ”Wet-bag” Trioor pair your wetbag with a changemator swim nappy.
- Cloth Wipes:
They are amazingly effective at cleaning, safe on bub’s skin without any extra ingredients unlike disposable wipes, are cost saving and super soft! They are complimentary to nappy use and can be washed alongside your nappies.
We have opted for Organic Hemp-Cotton fabric and a Bamboo-Cotton fabric with microfleece detail, 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.
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.
-Option 1: The “Eco Warrior” Hemp-Organic Cotton Blend
Hemp is the more sustainably and organically grown fibre and creates a more natural and unprocessed fabric. It is also a durable fabric. Being without a synthetic blend, hemp has the tendency to dry stiff, and can be very textured. But once against the body, softens with baby’s body warmth.
-Option 2: The Bamboo-cotton:
The Bamboo based Insert is slightly more affordable which can 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. 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.
Using cloth nappies when out-and-about is made simple with our gorgeous range of reusable water-resistant bags, aka “Wet Bags”.
These bags are designed to store your baby’s soiled nappies until you return home.
Simply remove the soiled nappy from bub, fold up and place inside the bag. The zippered seal will help contain odour and moisture.
Our Large wet-bags feature dual pockets, allowing you to place clean nappies/clothing in the front pocket, transitioning soiled items to the rear pocket.
Our wet-bags feature wrist straps which make attaching them to your pram, travel or nappy bag easy.
When returning home, remove soiled items from the wetbag and place in your dry-pail (or optional hand rinse and strain before adding to your dry pail if items are heavily soiled).
You may choose to wash your wetbag, otherwise you can also turn inside out to air or wipe down to be able to reuse immediately/next day.
To wash your wet bag, simply turn inside out and washing alongside your cloth nappies or add to your regular household laundry load.
No tumble dry recommended.
For those without a dryer and with the sun’s warmth less generous in the dreary months of winter, you may find your rotation of inserts needs a boost to tie you over longer drying times!
Well, we’ve got you covered! A few options we recommend to cover your needs this winter time:
These are large rectangular multi-layer inserts that fold thrice to form a thirsty yet fast-drying inner for your shell. They sit inside the shell snugly or can snap in!
They are perfect for those who prefer a slim-straight alternative to our normal gusseted insert. They are great for day use, to replace our usual inserts, or for night use for ultimate absorption.
We have 2 options:
They will cut down drying time a lot (particularly the 2-layer!)
These are amazing. Flexible, super trim, stretchy (easy to lengthen when wet) and faster drying than bamboo.
These are great for those wanting a smaller fit and the best part- you won’t find a more sustainable fibre than hemp!
Hemp does become crunchy when sun dried, (they are not as plush as the bamboo) but they soften almost immediately once flush against bub’s bottom and body warmth.
Less prone to rashes as hemp is a very breathable yet strong fibre.
So there you have it, some much loved options for winter (and all year around if you choose!) Available online now in singles, packs and bundles!
We recommend starting out with our base nappy bundles; these include Nappy shells and inserts. You can choose your preferred fabric option too from our Organic hemp-cotton “Eco Warrior” inserts or the Bamboo-cotton with microfleece lining “Stay-Dry” inserts.
These will cover your needs for a 2-4 hour rotation of changing your baby.
Then, if you are requiring longer periods between changing- such as long naps, overnight, or you simply have an older heavy wetting toddler- than adding other inners such as our “Boosters” or “Trifolds” is the next step.
You can purchase these in their own value packs, allowing you to customise your stash to your needs as your little one grows.
Other much loved accessories used alongside your day-time nappy will include:
-Cloth wipes and spray bottle (we recommend using these alongside Dr Bronner’s Baby Soap and balm range)
Night Nappies, they may feel like the last frontier to transitioning to full-time cloth use!
Don’t be worried if you don’t crack it the first night. Likely you’ll find you need to trial a few combinations to find your ultimate night setup! And as Your babe grows, you’ll likely change further over time too!
Best tip- buy yourself a waterproof mattress protector! Between breastmilk & potential nappy leaks, your bed may go through a little carnage!
Night options we love:
Trifold + booster long/folded at front
Trifold + Booster long + booster folded at front
Trifold on its own
Newborn Night Nappy:
Newborns will often time need changing throughout the night, as they may have extremely high output as they require round-the-clock feeding. They may also soil number 2’s during the night, unlike older babies who will usually only have urine output.
So for newborns, it is recommended to change as you do during your day rotation, every 2-4 hours with an insert. You may like to add your booster or trifold too.
Older babies/toddler Night nappy:
Older babies will likely release less often, but in larger amounts throughout the night, or at least a heavy morning flood first thing in the morning.
-Insert + Booster/s
-Insert + Trifold (trifold under/on top of Insert)
-Trifold + Booster.
-Size UP your nappy from your day-use sizing. Shell should be on larger setting to cater for extra stuffing.
-Sit nappy high as possible at front & rear with a sufficient seal at tummy. No need for normal 2 finger gap as Bub won’t be sitting up. Ensure the shell tucks over any inner components.
-Stagger waist snaps by making top-row snaps tighter, bottom-row snaps a setting looser. (Uneven/diagonal look).
-On largest snap-rise settings, unsnap your insert inside so there is no pull-down on shell. You’ll achieve better tummy seal this way. (Unsnap at front/rear to better cater to suit front or back sleepers).
-Run finger along inside of groin, tummy & back elastics to ensure inner pieces are sitting flat & not bunched. But also that the insert is cupping bub’s bits.
-For boys, ensure their bits are pointing straight downwards & centred in middle of inner insert/booster/trifold.
-Trifold: you may choose to “fan” out the front folds of the trifold layers at tummy to best capture flow, rather than folding simply straight & long.
Things to consider:
-It isn’t always about the number of layers, but more the way those inner layers are positioned inside that will create a successful setup. Eg. You may stuff all you like & still have leaks if there are gaps! Big is not always best.
-Ensuring there is a sufficient but not overly tight seal from elastics, instead focus on the seal of the inner pieces against bottom- think of the shell as simply a means to keep those in place.
-Leaks occurring at top of front/back elastics may mean you need to lengthen the inner pieces to better capture that flow (especially if tummy sleeper). Eg keep unsnapped & have one inner sitting further rear and one further front. Ensure shell tucks over & sits flat against skin though.
-Leaks in groin, ensure inner pieces are flat & not caught/bunched & cupped around bits. To achieve this, run finger to pull everything flat first. Then push all fabric neatly snugly in to undie line.
-Groin wet spots may be due to wicking of moisture from wet gussets, on to onesie. Could be due to flooding or simply need for upping absorption.
-Leaks at top may be emerging from upper thigh “blind spot”. Ensure fabrics are sealed in undie line at upper thigh- hook thumb in and push upwards the shell.
Night Nappy absorbency tips:
Remember to be realistic too, there are only so many layers you can add to cover a realistic timeframe. Push the final night change to when you go to sleep if you can, or at least change Bub ASAP first thing upon them waking in the morning.
And come morning time, don’t be alarmed if your little one drenches their fresh morning nappy a lot faster than usual!
They may tend to be heavier flow after waking, so ensuring a change at the 2 hour mark during the morning may be needed.
Our nappies have the option of any three inner pads that can be used on their own or in a variety of combinations to suit your baby’s absorbency needs.
The typical nappy for day use will consist of an Insert. Should you require added layers, you may like to include a Booster (equates to an additional 4 layers) or a trifold (equates to an additional 9 layers).
The attached night nappy graphic can be used for day use heavy-wetting babies, so feel free to give varied combinations a go to suit!
Industry standard recommends “dry-pailing” for used cloth nappies. A dry pail is a term used for an open aired bucket storage system which allows maximum aeration of your items until machine-wash day. Preferably a strong reusable plastic option allowing you to regularly also wash your dry-pail alongside your nappies.
In days gone by, cloth terry squares used to be soaked and bleached, sitting in buckets awaiting their main wash.
This practice is no longer supported nor encouraged for modern cloth nappies, as our machines will do the brunt of the hard work for us!
Dry-pailing avoids your nappy storage becoming a breeding ground for bacteria, so the drier the storage solution - the better.
You want to ensure high air flow and light space for your storage solution. You may have the slightest of odours with an initial change, but it is not common to have any foul presence left by your dry pail solution.
We recommend the Strucket as a handy solution for your soiled nappies. We advise having the inner strainer component elevated and sitting high against the outer bucket unit. This provides maximum aeration for your nappies between washes.
If you are opting to hand-rinse any soiled nappies after removing from your baby, the base unit of the Strucket will catch any drips.
Come wash day, you can then empty your dry-pail in to the machine. You may choose to give your Strucket inner a clean and air out.
Using dry-pail-liners, also known as large wet-bags, are not advised as a storage solution for your nappies. Wet bags are for temporary storage of soiled items for upwards of 24 hours (Eg Day outings, overnight stays, day care etc). It is not advised to hold a bulk amount of soiling and damp items in a sealed environment for longer periods.
To avoid leaks, there are two things to consider: fit of the nappy and absorbency.
You will need to ensure you have the nappy inserted with appropriate coverage, whether than be an insert, booster, trifold or a combination of them. Younger babies will on average only require an insert. As they grow, or begin sleeping for long periods, you can begin transitioning to any of our alternative inners to meet your needs.
Fitting is important to ensure a secure nappy. Follow our fitting guide for tips.
It is important to ensure the insert is snug against baby’s body and sitting flush. Also important to note, for boys or tummy sleepers, that the insert and nappy are sitting high at front. You can also fold your added booster in front for extra protection.
Balms and barrier creams can be used with our cloth nappies. However you will want to avoid using balms or creams containing zinc or petroleum unless using a reusable/disposable liner (Insert link) as these balms will result in residue sticking to the inserts and will reduce absorption.
Our Dr Bronner Organic Baby Balm is ideal for use with our nappies. (insert link)
We offer a lovely range of gifting options suited to varied needs and budgets, these include:
- E-Gift Vouchers
- Gift Boxes
- Nappy Bundles and Accessory Sets.
Our gift cards are a wonderful option for those who know the recipient loves our range and is expecting, as a voucher allows the expecting parent to purchase their own chose prints and fabrics. Some find this option handy, if the recipient is hoping to purchase large nappy bundles, as they can then combine their vouchers to cover their chosen bundle.
Our personalised handcrafted and engraved timber gift boxes are a truly precious and unique statement piece to offer your loved ones when celebrating various moments.
Our gift boxes allow you to give gifts that are memorable as they create magical keepsakes.
They make for lovely keepsake boxes for oneself to capture beautiful baby items as your little one grows. They are Australian designed and engraved.
Available in 2 sizes for you to cater to your gifts:
Large boxes 33 x 23 x 10
Medium boxes 24 x 23 x 10
You can purchase gifts from our store to include in your gift boxes. We recommend gifting these for memorable moments such as baby showers, birthing, birthdays, coming of age and other special times.
Our nappy bundles are curated for various needs and budgets. We have the trial packs starting low in budget, working through to larger full-time bundles.
Our accessory bundles are curated to provide must-loved and needed baby essentials, such as our Changing Mat and Wetbag set or our Swim Nappy and Large wetbag set or our Cloth wipes and Bamboo Spray Bottle Set or a gorgeous nappy-free Play Mat.
Other gifting ideas include organic balms, Dr Bronner’s Organic soap range, Cloth pads for the expectant mother, breastpads among so many other beautiful and conscious products.
Washing your reusables!
There isn’t a fancy method & there isn’t much to it once you find your groove. But, it can be one of the most overwhelming factors for newcomers to cloth.
There are some aspects one needs to keep in mind. After all, nappies & pads aren’t just another item of clothing, they “catch” a heck of a lot more than that!
So that is why every parcel we send out for cloth pads or nappies, will contain a handy (yet detailed) washing guide!
To simplify it, we’ve answered some FAQ’s below...
- Nappies & pads can be washed with household laundry. Opt for light colours if worried about potential colour run onto your reusables & smaller items are better than large, when combining with household laundry. (Eg Bed linen/towels can hinder the agitation).
- Cold water doesn’t really cut it for cloth. Recommended 40-60 degrees for your reusables to best strip soiled fibres.
- Run separate PRE-WASH cycle 30-60mins & MAIN cycle 2-3hr. - - Run your two cycles back-to-back Day 2 or 3... OR Rinse cycle day 2 + Main cycle Day 4 (dry-pail in between).
- Depending on load size & whether loads shared with household laundry, may impact which timeframe above suits. (Removal of/ Hand-rinsing where needed for solids).
This is an open & airy storage solution for soiled reusables in between cloth-removal & laundry day. Don’t store in a dark or damp space. Avoid pail-liners/bags. Dry-Pails available via our website (Strucket).
Detergent recommendations listed on website. Otherwise, check out our sponsor-group "Clean Cloth Nappies Down Under” for a comprehensive detergent index!.
Soiling on pads or nappies shouldn’t be the norm with a solid wash routine. Stubborn stains best removed with our Tuff Stuff bars available on the website. Re-wet pads/inserts on laundry day & gently agitate bar on spots. Throw in your machine, suds & all.
Sunlight ideal for inners & pads (cotton side towards sun). Dry shells in an airy, yet shaded spot. Tumble dry suitable for inners (not shells). STRETCH inserts, boosters & Trifolds when wet and before drying. The extra effort will result in less shrinkage once dried.
Find your flow! Find routine!
Our natural fibre inserts require washing before use, to increase absorbency and release any natural oils. So once you have received your brand new nappies, we recommend following the below steps before use.
Option 1: Soak items overnight in water, followed by main wash.
2-3 hour cycle (Cottons/Heavy Duty) Max 40 degrees.
Option 2: 3-5x Main wash cycles. 2-3 hour cycle (Cottons/Heavy Duty) Max 40 degrees. Detergent needed for first cycle only. Don’t dry in between washes.
Stretch: Once washed and before drying, stretch all inserts to maximum shape by pulling out gusset aps and ends. Slight shrinkage with the natural fibre inserts will occur. Stretching when wet, and before drying, is vital.
Prewashing your nappy shells is only for hygiene reasons due to the handling of the nappies through the production cycle and warehouse handling.
They can be added to your prewash of insert cycle. 40 degrees.
A “Dry-Pail” is an open & airy storage solution for soiled reusables in between cloth-removal & laundry day. Soiled modern cloth nappies are recommended to be kept dry, no soaking necessary unlike traditional cloth nappies.
Don’t store in a dark or damp space.
Dry-Pails available via our website (Strucket).
Please feel free to follow our recommended washing steps below:
1. Hand-rinse and dry-pail end of each day: Shake/scrape/rinse solid waste off inserts in to toilet. Use soft silicone scrub brush to remove waste off inserts, shells and elastics. Use soap bar such as ‘Tuff Stuff’ to gently agitate any stains. (Remove net from bar for gentler agitation). Squeeze water out, place in the dry-pail*, until machine wash day.
2. Rinse Cycle Every 1-2 Days:
30-45 Min. Max 40-60 degrees. . Designed to remove excess soiling. (1/2 dose recommended detergent for your machine). Select cycle which removes soiled water. Dry-pail if not following wash with the main cycle immediately.
3. Main Cycle Every 2-3 days:
2-3 Hour (Cottons/Heavy Duty). Max 40-60 degrees. Use recommended dosage of detergent for your load size. Double dosage for recommended eco-detergents.
Line dry in direct sunlight. Tumble-dry or portable clothes airer suitable (excluding nappy shells, shade dry only. Do not tumble-dry shells or place in direct sunlight as this can cause damage long term and void warranty.) *Before drying, stretch all wet inserts to maximum shape.
• Dry-pail: Open lid storage bucket/basket featuring holes all around sides for maximum air ow. Kept dry, no soaking necessary unlike traditional cloth nappies.
• For ideal agitation, ensure machine is loosely loaded fully when dry (or equates to being 2/3 full once wet.) Smaller household laundry items (excluding towels) are needed to help bulk the load. *Choose light coloured laundry items.
• Avoid highly perfumed or acidic detergents containing citrus or phosphates.
• Avoid detergents containing fabric softeners, optical brighteners or chlorine bleach. Usage will void your warranty.
• Avoid nappy balms containing zinc or petroleum unless using a reusable/disposable liner.
• Long term use of higher temperatures on PUL can decrease lifespan and will void your warranty.
We recommend washing your nappies every 2 to 3 days for best results. If you are struggling to fill your washing machine to the recommended loading amount, you can add in other baby items or family household laundry to bulk the load.
We recommend loading the machine for best agitation and also protection of nappies, to “loosely full” when dry, which will result in ¾ full when items are wet. Keep this in mind when establishing your washing routine and what day works best.
We recommend the following for our Australian customers:
RECOMMENDED NATURAL DETERGENTS:
(Double dose) Kin Kin Naturals, Ecostore Laundry Powder
Omo Ultimate Powder, Biozet Attack, Radiant Laundry Liquid
However we have a link below for the well recommended detergent index created by the team over at Clean Cloth Nappies for further insight in to detergent results.
They also have expanded their coverage to NZ and the UK.
https://cleanclothnappies.com – Detergent Index
We recommend detergent for both cycles for optimum results. 40-60 degrees is ideal to activate your detergent.
Natural detergents may require double dosing, so you may wish to trial a few washing cycles to find what works best with your machine and your nappies.
We recommend and have available via our website, the best natural stain removal product “Tuff Stuff” . This bar is natural, non-toxic and renowned for great results.
You can use Tuff Stuff on your nappy inners, cloth pads, wipes, and all apparel.
We recommend using it as follows during your wash routine:
Use soap bar such as ‘Tuff Stuff’ to gently agitate any stains. (Remove net from bar for gentler agitation). Squeeze water out, place in the dry-pail, until machine wash day.
Once lathered, you can also keep the soap sitting on the soiled spot an add straight to the washing machine.
Teething babies may experience changes to their bowel movements and urine, sometimes this can create sensitivity to their bottoms. Following our normal washing routine will suffice, however you may find that adding a stay-dry layer to the nappy insert, such as our Reusable Microfleece Liners helps to wick away the soiling from bub’s bottom during these sensitive stages of growth.
The reusable liner is easy to rinse off and wash along with your nappies.
If you find any changes to colour of the soiling, our Tuff Stuff will be able to help work out any potential staining from your inners.
Our nappy shells are designed to provide you with the option to reuse your shells should they be free of any heavy soiling or have wet elastic gusseting.
You can simply snap in a clean insert or wipe down the shell and air-dry in between use, rotating a couple of shells throughout the day.
We don’t recommend reusing your shell if the shell has been soaked and is wet as the elastics may run against bub’s inner thighs and create friction. Best to let them dry before reusing. If you find you want longer in the nappy before changing- to avoid any soaking of the shell- simply boost your nappy with a booster, second insert or switch to a trifold. This will add the extra absorbency needed for a heavy wetter.
We recommend 40 degrees is ideal for your shells. You may wish to occasionally wash at 60 degrees for your pre-wash cycle to help lift any heavy stains on your inners, but the higher temp won’t heavily impact the washing outcome for your shells.
Keep in mind, our shells are made of the highest quality laminated polyester, however they can be impacted by long term use of high temperature washing. You may choose to keep your shells snapped together or wash in a delicates bag for protection long term.
Soaking nappy shells is fine, so long as you are avoiding bleaches or other harsh chemicals which may impact the laminate lining of the shells over the long term.
Soaking of soiled nappies is not recommended with modern cloth nappies- unlike traditional cloth washing standards- so storing your soiled shells in a dry-pail between use will suffice.
Cold water is not recommended for a sufficient long-term washing routine for your cloth nappies. Cold water will not deliver optimum results and can leave your nappies smelling or create ammonia build-up which can eat away at the natural fibres or break down the laminate lining on the shells.
For top-loaders, we recommend adding hot water via a kettle if you can monitor the temperature and ensure no higher than 40-60 degrees for the cycles.
For front loaders, you may be able to confirm through your settings that your machine does in fact that allow the machine to create its own hot water internally, even if the machine is not connected to external hot water.
If your nappies are still smelling after washing, you will need to revise your washing routine as ammonia may be building up in your inserts as the washing cycles/detergent are not thoroughly cleaning.
Please refer back to our washing guide, which recommends dual cycles at 40-60 degrees as two separate cycles to ensure the best clean.
For heavily soiled inserts, prior to the machine cycle, please ensure you are rinsing / scraping/ shaking off any solids into toilet before placing in the machine.
Ensure your nappies are completely dried before storing away to stop potential mould or smell.
You may wish to introduce a different washing detergent in to your routine as per our recommendations below, or via the Clean Cloth Nappies Detergent Index which is extremely thorough.
RECOMMENDED NATURAL DETERGENTS:
(Double dose) Kin Kin Naturals, Ecostore Laundry Powder
Omo Ultimate Powder, Biozet Attack, Radiant Laundry Liquid
Detergent Index via Clean Cloth Nappies:
Mould is not common, but can easily sprout and spread with cloth nappies due to varying factors due to an insufficient wash and drying routine. Nappies are also perfect environments for growth given they offer protein (breastmilk/poo/food source/natural fibres), wetness and moisture, time needed for growth (more than 24 hours) before washing. So keeping a healthy balance is important; tweaking your wash routine to suit your environment and needs is going to help.
Mould may spread on nappies due to the following:
- Items not sufficiently dried before storing away
- Soiled nappies left for extended periods not washed, Eg inside a wetbag or pail liner.
- Dry-pail is overfilled and not providing adequate aeration in between machine-washing
- Wet rinsed nappies are left too long between main-washing days
- Soiled nappies are left in a dark or damp place, or a humid location too long between washing
- Machine overdue for a good clean and inner rims may be sprouting growth
Mould may appear as little dots throughout the fibres of the inserts or shells, also in seams and stitching lines where moisture is easily trapped.
Some tips to avoid mould growth:
- If you live in a humid environment, aim to wash more regularly every 24-48 hours.
- If you live in cold wet climates, ensure your items are perfectly dry before storing away. You do not want trapped moisture between layers. In winter, try and sit them in front of a heater or under a fan.
- Don’t forget to clean your dry pail every time you empty it. Hot washing and wiping down your dry-pail is an important step, you may wish to wipe over with clove oil or vinegar.
- Avoid storing your nappies/dry pail in low ventilated, dark or damp rooms.
- Avoid the time between the initial hand rinse and the machine wash. Best to not rinse the nappies if holding out longer than 1-2 days before machine wash.
- Sunlight works wonders against mould, so partially dry your shells and inserts in sunlight- ensuring the inner laminate aspect of the shells are not facing up towards the sunlight though.
- Bleach wipe over any mould-prone areas such as the machine, inner machine rims, benches and cabinets in your wet areas.
- Undertake regular washing machine cleans, including bleach cycle and scrubbing inner door seals and rubber rims.
If you have evidence of mould spots, here is a suitable routine, as provided by our endorsed group Clean Cloth Nappies: https://cleanclothnappies.com/mould/
Adding a laundry booster is helpful if you are wishing to maintain the white brightness of new nappies.
Please keep in mind, harsh chemicals, bleach and other regular extreme washing regimes on your nappies will reduce their longevity and may void your warranty.
Sunlight is the most cost effective, environmentally friendly and successful means to dry your items. We recommend first stretching your inners to shape when wet, then hanging them evenly and spaced out in direct sunlight. If you do your wash late at night and hang them before bed, or first thing in the morning, they have a suitable time in direct sunlight during the day.
If you have a clothes horse, ensure the inners are not bunched and blocking sun for other items, move the clothing wrack around to maximise sun exposure.
However we understand in some locations this is not always possible all-year-around. In these cases, tumble-dry is suitable and even in front of the heater or on an airer. Under a fan will also help.
Nappy shells and other items featuring our printed PUL (laminated polyester), are not able to be tumble-dried as this will deteriorate the laminate.
Nappy shells are more delicate that the natural fibre inners given the nature of the laminated polyester.
We recommend partial sunlight with the laminated inner lining facing DOWNWARDS (printed side the only side to experience sun exposure). We do not recommend long periods in the sun, unlike your inners.
A short sit in the sun, before moving to a highly ventilated and airy location is suitable.
The sun is a helpful aspect to saturate between the layers of the polyester to stop any potential moisture being trapped though.
Our inserts are thirsty, so you can expect them to require some good sunlight to offer sufficient drying. The best tip is to stretch your inserts to maximum shape when WET (after washing) as this will speed up the drying time and reduce the shrinkage.
We do find that our V3 inserts are faster drying than our V2, with the trifolds being the most effective given that a trifold translates to 9 layers in total.
Otherwise, the bamboo and hemp V3 are very similar in their drying capacity.
For those who live in colder climates will find that they will need to navigate drying with the use of help, such as a tumble dryer, fan, heater, fire etc, to help speed up the drying process.
Our V3 inserts are faster drying when stretched, alongside the boosters which add absorbency in a separate pad for easy drying.
The trifolds are wonderful in that they create a very thirsty option, whilst being able to be spread out for drying efficiency.
In any climate, you will need to ensure you have an adequate rotation of nappies to cover your needs through all seasons.
You can purchase extra sets of inners in packs of 5 units, which are helpful come winter months.
Training undies vary to conventional children’s underwear as they are designed to cater to leaks and accidents and provide support whilst transitioning from nappies to big-kid-undies.
Our training undies are made of water-resistant outer lining, featuring artwork designed by our small and adored, team of Australian artists.
They also feature an inner padded groin panel at front and rear, made of GOTS certified Organic cotton.
Suitable for weight ranges:
They are worn as a slightly higher cut and will feel thicker than your average pair of children’s undies.
They are not your typical trainer, featuring a wider waist band. Their sturdy padding and outer layer mean that your little one is protected if they leak a surprise.
Great option for night use, lengthy car rides, events and outings. You can use your regular nappy booster as an added extra inside if you need!
Training undies are a helpful step towards full toilet independence when your child is beyond a regular cloth nappy. Each child will be different in their phases of development, only you will be able to assess whether your child has outgrown in size/ need for a nappy.
The inside-thirsty layers upon layers of organic cotton. Perfectly functional so that your little one can actually FEEL moisture- which is exactly what a toilet training little person needs in their lives.
Natural fibres won’t disguise the truth, your little one can start connecting the dots between bodily functions and output, helping to make the idea of transitioning to the toilet more relatable than a regular nappy.
3 sizes available, with options to boost absorbency should you need.
Heading out for the day with a toilet trainer in your midst, simply pop the soiled undies in one our water-resistant WET BAGS until home. Great for day care, early school, weekends away with the grandparents or long drives.
Once home, place in your laundry hamper/dry-pail until wash day. If heavily soiled, removed solid waste first or opt for a quick hand-rinse and strain before adding to your dry-pail.
They are worn as a high cut, full brief and will feel thicker than your average pair of children’s undies.
They are not your typical trainer, featuring a wider waist band. Their sturdy padding and outer layer mean that your little one is protected if they leak a surprise. They may need some parental help pulling up when on the snug side, but rest assured, that is to ensure there are no gaps for spills.
They are advised to be snug in the groin where the cotton elastics sit, you do not want gaping.
Using your training undies through the night is definitely possible, however they may also be used as a cover over a nappy for extra protection.
You may need to add extra layers of absorbency if you have a heavy wetter or expect your child to flood by morning.
Extra layers can be added via popping in one of our contoured boosters (adding an additional 4 layers) or one of our thirsty Trifolds (adding an additional 9 layers). These can be inserted to the undie before pulling up.
You may wish to size up in the undies for night use, to accommodate the extra bulk.
The cotton binding in the groin can be tucked inwards to avoid wicking on to clothing if you anticipate full night use.
You can add one of our boosters (Insert link) or Trifolds (insert link) which are available in two sizes, either the Newborn or One-Size. Both sizes functional in the training undies.
Turn your undies inside out before washing and drying.
Training undies can be washed alongside your cloth nappies in 40-60 degrees via two cycles.
Simply add to your dry-pail once soiled for urine, or if heavily soiled, plop/shake or rinse solids off, before straining and adding to your dry pail.
They can be added to your regular household laundry cycles too.
Be mindful, cold water cycles may not provide the most effective wash, you will need to hand-rinse prior in hot water and ensure a suitable amount of detergent is added to your cycle.
Heavy/Cottons cycle ideal.
We recommend turning your training undies inside out for washing and drying, this will best protect the outer water-resistant printed side, but will also allow the thirsty inner layers to be wash efficiently.
You may tumble dry on low to finish your drying, but a clothes airer or line drying in direct sunlight is ideal.
Made from soft 100% bamboo viscose in the form of a super fine mesh, designed to work as a catchment for solid waste.
Making cleaning of inserts much simpler, and helpful when traveling. These disposable nappy liners are considered compostable and biodegradable.
Used as a lining within the nappy shell, on top of the insert, to create a mesh for catching solid waste. This makes changing nappies easy and efficient.
Simply shake off solid waste from the liner down the toilet and flush, before disposing of liner in garbage/compost.
Ideal for traveling!
100 sheets per roll = Minimum 100 Nappy Changes
Liners are not flushable and will create issues with your personal and public waterways if flushed.
Please ensure correct disposable in your general household rubbish.
Our liners are made from soft 100% bamboo viscose in the form of a super fine mesh. In the right environment, they are biodegradable.
Lay over the top of your nappy insert. When changing, shake waste off liner into toilet and place liner in dry-pail until wash day.
Our reusable micro fleece liners are a wonderful alternative to our disposable Bamboo Viscose Liners. They are designed to be laid flat over your nappy insert, to collect solid waste from embedding into the natural fibre inserts.
This will allow for easier clean up, as solid waste will fall more easily off liner, therefore protecting your natural fibre inserts and increasing their lifespan. Microfleece is also effective at wicking away moisture from baby's bottom, which will protect sensitive bottoms.
Reusable microfleece liners are also designed to be used when barrier cream is in use on baby's bottom. The liners will protect the inserts from heavy cream build-up, which can in turn detract from an inserts absorbency if no liner is in use.
We recommend barrier creams to be used with microfleece liners as the liners will help protect your inserts from any creams embedding in the natural fibres of the inserts and impacting absorbency over time.
The reusable microfleece liners are synthetic fabric, so the creams are easier to wash out over natural fibre inserts.
Our liners are designed to wick away moisture, leaving baby feeling nice and dry once soiled. However they are not designed to be super absorbent, so you will find urine will flow through the liner to the insert below.
We recommend wash your liners with your nappies. If heavily soiled, you may wish to opt for a hand rinse before machine washing.
Line dry or tumble-dry suitable.
Our reusable microfleece liners can be placed in the tumble dryer.
1 liner per nappy change.
20 is a minimum if you are choosing to wash every 2nd-3rd day and use liners for every change.
However, if you are only using the liners for nap-time or overnight, or when baby is going to be in their nappy for an extended period and you don’t wish for them to feel wet, then a pack of 10 may suffice.
You may find you require more liners if your little one is reactive to moisture or teething.