Jump to content

Q for Mums in cooler/wetter climates
Want to use cloth...


  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 Clare L

Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:38 AM

Hi everyone

We're expecting our first bub in June, and I really want to use cloth rather than disposables. I'm busy researching it all at the moment, and am slowly getting over the sense of complete overwhelment!

One of the things I'm concerned about though is drying them - we live in Melbourne, and bubs is due right at the start of winter.... so while drying won't be an issue on a day like today (39 degrees  wacko.gif ), for the first few months it could well be a lot harder.

So, my questions are:

- what type of cloth is best for wetter/cooler climates? I'm thinking prefolds, all-in-twos or pockets?
- if you're using prefolds, are you finding them absorbent enough for your bubs?
- do prefolds still fit older babies? Or is it best to move to pockets and use the prefolds as inners?
- does using a dryer instead of line drying harm the nappies at all?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts/ideas you can share. I have to say this post has been prompted by my DP who declared on the phone this morning that while we might start with cloth we won't stick with it as it's just 'too hard' (his words)  mad.gif

Thanks,
Clare

#2 Guest_LILLIANA1_*

Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:56 AM

I live in Tassie. We use pocket nappies (Bum Genius OSFM) and they don't take long to dry at all. When DD was very little I tried using homemade prefolds, but I didn't like them - they just seemed so very bulky on our tiny little girl and I found them sort of awkward to put on. Perhaps with more practice they would have worked. So we used disposables until she was about 6 weeks old, at which point we started using the BG nappies.

We are currently back on disposables for a little while as we are running out of water (on tank water) so I want to reduce the amount of washing we do. Compared to using cloth nappies, i actually don't find using disposables that much less work - the washing machine does most of the work for you, afterall.

#3 ScarfaceClaw

Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:03 AM

We're in Melbourne so winter months are a pain, basically we went FT cloth from about 8 weeks, and don't have a drier, so everything is either hung out on a fine morning or on a drying rack in the sun when it isn't. It certainly takes a while to dry, but I have enough to wash every second day, and dry for 2 days. We used a lot of bambooty, and ittis in those early months before moving into a variety of OSFM.

We had a june baby too, so I know it's possible!



#4 Katie_bella

Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:05 AM

We live in SW Vic.
We use prefolds up until about 6kgs, then OSFM Fuzzibunz (which are pockets).

Over winter i wash and put nappies on the line in the morning, leave them there all day (rain, hail or shine!) then bring them in and pop them on the airer over the heating vent overnight. They are usually dry in the morning. You could "finish off" the inserts in the dryer if you want (i don't own a dryer tho!) but don't put the shells (the waterproof bit) in as it wrecks the PUL and elastics.

MIcrofibre dries quicker than any other fibre, but isn't the most absorbant. Bamboo/hemp etc take a bit longer to dry. AIO nappies that don't have fold out inserts take longer to dry.

We are really happy with the pocket nappies, they are easy to use and quick to dry. We don't really care about having the airer set up all the time over winter.

It's definately do-able in colder, wetter climates.

#5 hempnut

Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:23 PM

Prefolds are fairly quick drying.  Wool as a cover is great in cold wet climates as it doesn't need washing very often as lanolin neutralises and deodorises wee so you just air them when full

Dryers will ruin your elastic much quicker in nappies and also the lint in the filter is your absorbency coming off so not good for longevity but you can use at the end of drying cycle every now and then without too much problem. The number of layers in boosters and outers and type of fabric will also determine drying time

#6 *angelmama*

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

We live in Tassie and our heater is permanently on in winter so we make use of that to get the nappies dry (hung on 2 clothes airers plus on coathangers hooked over lines attached to the ceiling beams - might not look pretty but it gets the job done and we rarely have to resort to the dryer). Pocket nappies dry quickly and we use those when baby's older but personally I prefer fitted nappies + covers for little bubs. We just make sure we've got enough to cycle through and we also have a dozen or so bamboo flats as back-ups and they dry quickly enough too.

Edited by *angelmama*, 20 January 2013 - 08:26 PM.


#7 elizabethany

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

Do not put waterproof covers/skins/shells etc in the dryer.  It will kill the elastic and reduce the waterproofing.  During winter, we put the inserts (we use AI2 and pockets) in the dryer and the shells on the airer inside.  We can't put them outside because they will freeze.  Once it gets sunny and above about 5C, they all go on the line outside.

#8 ubermum

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

I live outside of Melbourne in a colder, wetter area.  During our 9 months of winter, nappies are dried overnight in front of the heater and get a sun bath for stains in a north facing window in the morning. We don't own a dryer. When it's cold, the heater is on, I figure that's a dryer.

I like fitted nappies with wrap covers. I use mostly baby beehinds. When the elastic gives out in fitteds, they are still fine to use because the covers keep them all together. I prefer wool covers or longies at night. I hate pockets. All that mucking around stuffing them.

#9 hernette

Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:26 AM

Have to say we used the drier more than I'd like over winter (shells and inserts) but only on low. So far so good. I do line dry whenever possible. We use Softbums nappies.




2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win a copy of 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

To celebrate the launch of EB member and contributor Julia's Watson's first book, we have five copies of Breakfast, School Run, Chemo give away.

Electronic tags may keep newborns safe

The possibility of using electronic bracelets for mothers and their newborn babies is being investigated by Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. 

Baby steps: when your little one starts walking

As a parent there are so many milestones to look forward to. That first smile, first word - and, of course, that first step.

Julia Watson's new book 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

Tomorrow my friend Julia launches her first book. And while we're all overjoyed, the success is tinged with sadness. You see, Julia has stage 4 bowel cancer.

How not to name twins

Call me boring, but I don't think that when it comes to choosing my twins' names is the right time to use a good pun.

Fun Sunny Life pool inflatables just for babies

The babies of 2015 will thus be thrilled to paddle their happy baby legs in these brand new flamingo and swan baby inflatables.

Breastfeeding basics for beginners

Here are 10 tips to help make breastfeeding successful and stress free for both you and your baby as quickly as possible.

Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

This mum had a big clean up job on her hands.

How to hide those under eye shadows

Pandas are the only ones who benefit from under-eye shadows. If you're not fluffy and cute, you'll just look tired.

Young mum dies after being denied pap smear

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was deemed "too young" to need it.

Birthday cakes banned at childcare centre

A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

Triplet surprise for newlyweds

As the radiographer moved the wand over her abdomen, Shelley King got the surprise of her life.

3 yummy Thermomix baby and toddler recipes

Louise Fulton Keats shares her recipes for babies and toddlers, including corn and sweet pikelets, pumpkin and pea risotto, and cheesy bunny biscuits.

Man arrested over toddler Nikki's death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Adoption ban on pregnant women to be lifted

Pregnant women will no longer be barred from adoption waiting lists in NSW, after the Baird Government decided the practice was discriminatory.

Are you getting enough magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, but we don't talk enough about it and the vital role it plays in great health and energy, as well as disease prevention.

5 workplace lessons for new parents

Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

Mums to follow on Instagram

A creative outlet for many, there are some savvy women complementing their blogs and businesses with riveting Instagrams feeds. We've chosen a few which have bucketloads of appeal; there are some big time players and some smaller local ones, and they each bring their special brand of magic to the Instagram experience.

Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Kim Kardashian reveals she may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child.

Why late night snacks wreak havoc on weight loss

 Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring food.

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

Dad bags: 10 picks for out and about

Getting out of the house is a big priority in the early years of parenthood and you need to take a well-stocked kit with you. We've chosen 10 of the best nappy bags sure to appeal to dads in style and function.

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Dads who do their share have more sex: study

For women trying to encourage their partners to take more interest in fatherhood, it could be the ultimate incentive.

Think you might have IBS, coeliac disease or Crohn's?

Conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract are common in modern humans, and many are on the rise - including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and coeliac disease.

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer.

The exercises you know you should be doing (but probably aren't)

I bet your to-do list today is long. But somewhere on that massive list, are you making time for your pelvic floor?

This baby really loves the family cat

Some babies get excited when mum or dad come to get them from their cot after a nap.

Designer kids clothing good enough to eat by Oeuf

Even if you aren't heading to the Northern hemisphere in the next six months, you can't help but love the amazing food-themed knits for babies and kids by cult kids brand Oeuf.

Early exposure to peanuts recommended for allergy prevention

A paediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn one.

Home brand foods contain less salt than pricier rivals

Supermarket home brand foods, long derided as cheap and inferior, contain far lower levels of salt than pricier, branded rivals, new research shows.

Nannies for hire, wherever you're flying

Ever dreaded the prospect of a long flight, dreaming about how wonderful it would be for a nanny to entertain the kids?

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer: with an unusual photo shoot with their 'baby', a groodle (poodle/golden retriever cross) named Humphrey. The talented Elisha from Elisha Minnette Photography caught all the precious shots.

Is it okay to name your baby with a sense of humour?

My husband was sure that Danger was a good option for a boy. And as the pregnancy progressed, it actually started to sound really good.

Woman gives birth after having her own mother's uterus transplanted

In a world first, a healthy baby has been born from the same womb that nurtured his own mother.

So hot right now: double-barrelled baby names on the rise

It's one way to make your baby stand out from the pack – giving them not one, but two first names.

Second time around: is it really better the devil you know?

When I fell pregnant with my second child I was, naturally, very excited. Then it all started to come back to me - and I freaked.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

How did we have babies before apps came along?

Three months ago, my wife, Chrysta, and I were driving along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles when she let out a harrowing cry.

When your toddler disagrees

There comes a time when your child starts having different views to you. I didn't realise that time would come so soon.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

 

FREE TICKET

Discover the magic of the LEGOŽ DUPLOŽ Play Area in Sydney

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.