Jump to content
Washing new cloth nappies
4 replies to this topic
Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:09 PM
I'm new to cloth nappies, and after much research recently purchased 5 nappies to trial. I've got 3 tots bots easyfits v3, a pikapu and a BBH bamboo fitted.
The easyfits are second hand, so I'm guessing I can use these straight away? However the pikapu and BBH nappies are brand new and I'm wondering how I should wash these before we use them to maximise the absorbency etc? My main question is do I need to dry them between loads and use any of the enzyme-free detergent or not?
Also because I'm just starting with 5 nappies (which don't make up a whole load of washing) how should I go about washing them every 2 days? Would it be ok to wash them with my normal washing, despite the need to do a rinse, main wash and then another rinse at the end?
Also interested to hear any feedback about these nappies in particular, or suggestions for nappies that might also suit our needs. Bub is almost 6 months old and is quite long (about 97th percentile) and lean (50th percentile), so I'm curious to see how these might fit her. Our main criteria is that if possible the nappies are quick drying and not too fiddly to put together and put on, as bub is very wriggly on the change table at the moment!
Thanks so much for any help you can give me Sorry for all the questions - still a bit confused about everything, but eager to understand cloth nappies better and get rid of the stinky disposables!
Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:24 PM
I never bothered with the numerous pre-washes to 'boost absorbency', I felt they just waste water and you change them so often anyway so you may as well just use them straight away.
I did one prewash with detergent to remove residual manufacturing chemicals and then used them once they were dry.
As to washing them, I don't rinse before washing. I use a little squirt to remove solids then toss them straight into the washing machine. At the moment with two kids in nappies I don't need to bulk up my load but when it was only the one child I would frequently toss in some towels or clothing. I put my nappies through the intensive cycle with 10ml of Earth Choice laundry liquid and do a post wash rinse. I use about 30ml on the occasions I'm using a top loader.
If you're using Earth Choice detergent, get the 1L bottles, the 750ml ultra concentrated bottles quickly leave build up and the 4L bottle is actually a lower concentration than the 1L bottle (and about 4 times the price per litre!)
Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:11 PM
Thanks tamjk - really appreciate that information.
That's interesting about the 'Earth Choice' liquid. Good to know when you don't always have time to compare. I've also got a top loader. Do you know whether it's ok to use the 'Earth Choice' powder instead of the liquid? - just that we already have some powder. I'm guessing it is, but do you know if there is a benefit to using the liquid?
Posted 14 October 2012 - 08:41 PM
Does anyone have any feedback about Totsbots Easyfits V3 or Pikapu nappies?
Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:24 PM
Charlie's Soap is also pretty good for washing nappies in as it doesn't build up and you don't need to strip wash.
Edited by FarOutBruselsprout, 02 February 2014 - 03:09 PM.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Five new mums will join the Essential Baby Test Drive Team and discover great new baby toys from Fisher-Price & write a review to be published on Essential Baby.
Two young boys have been rushed to hospital after falling out a second-storey window of a home in Eastwood.
Thousands of same-sex couples with children will have the right to be jointly recognised as parents by Victorian law.
Cutest snap find on the planet - bee rompers, tees and dresses for babies.
A two-year-old girl who disappeared on Friday night from her great-grandparents' home in rural Ohio was found alive Sunday evening in a nearby field.
The transition from cot to big kid bed might be a little easier if every toddler had a bed like this one.
Woolworths appears to have taken the upper hand in its price battle with Coles after investing millions of dollars lowering the cost of groceries, according to new figures.
Parents say Australian babies are being "kept captive" and cannot come home after a ban on commercial surrogacy in Nepal.
If virgin women can become mothers through IVF, maybe we're ready for another miracle - genuine equality for men in the parenting debate.
What I once assumed about health and fitness is wrong.
I have two children: one living, the next an angel baby.
Planning a wedding can be stressful – and, as most newlyweds can attest, it can be very costly, too.
They had just decided on a name they both agreed on, but then the grandparents threw in an offer of $10,000 in exchange for choosing something else.
After 17 years of trying, this man had given up hope of having a family.
Actress Claire Danes found it difficult pretending to have postnatal depression in Homeland, as she had just become a new mother herself.
It's a heart-warming photo this family will treasure forever.
While every woman's breastfeeding journey is different, many hurdles are shared. Knowing what to expect will enable you to make informed decisions if - or when - you meet challenges along the way.
We do love ourselves some brand new designs in tried and true products. The renowned bamboo dinnerware from Love Mae has just had several more members join the family, in addition to a brand new website.
A mother-of-five who killed a paedophile has had her jail sentence reduced by a judge who described her case as a "truly exceptional" one.
We just spotted Geleeo, a brand new self-cooling pram liner you can buy in time for summer.
He might not utter a single word - but this toddler is having a great debate with his mother about nap time.
Top 5 Articles
Fashion designer Stella McCartney has honoured her late mum, Linda McCartney, by designing a special bra for post-mastectomy patients.
Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.
Being a calm parent takes a lot of work, sometimes more than is obvious to those around us.
It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.
He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.
A haunting reminder to stay mindful about babies in cars, especially as we approach summer.
Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.
Some people move frequently, while others like to stay put. But everyone finds it stressful.
The birth of her first child should have been happiest of times for Campsie mother Phuong Cao, but friends say it marked the beginning of when her life began to unravel.
It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.
A gorgeous photo series shows babies in the first hours after their birth - as they were positioned in the womb.
We don't know what he's saying, but this baby has a very clear message for his bulldog pal: let's walk - NOW.
Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for a toddler turning two or three is a play kitchen.
With a few simple tips you can take your images from random happy snaps to lovely clean images that create beautiful lasting memories.
Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration