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#1 babyinabackpack

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:35 PM

Hi nappy gurus!

So bubs #1 is due in 2 weeks.
We have all of our MCN's and they have been washed 3 times and dried as per advice I have read on here and in other forums.

My question now is about the dry buckets. Exactly how does it work?
Do you need to put a bin liner in? Otherwise wouldn't the pee leak and make the bucket less dry so to speak? But with the liner, wouldn't it make the nappies in there sweat and smell?

Do you have to rinse them off before you put them in the bucket? Again, wouldn't that be against the word dry?

I'm totally confused..

Any advice would be very appreciated!

We have 5 newborn size MCN's and 40 normal size so I think we have plenty.. We are planning to wash every 2-3 days.

Thank for your wisdom!

BIABP

#2 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:41 PM

You can just chuck them in a bucket with nothing in it if you want, if it's kept in the laundry say, some people if they keep the bucket in the nursery like to use a pail liner to line the bucket so they can drawstring the top to keep smells in and make it easy to carry, then you just throw the whole thing in the washing machine.  Grovia make a good pail liner for around $20 it's made of pul the same stuff on the nappies.

You can also use a wetbag, which is similar to a pail liner you just hang it on the change table and zip/close it after you put the nappies in, take the whole thing to the washign machine to wash.

eta you don't have to rinse, lots of people don't, especially if it's newborn breastmilk poop but as they get older and their solids get worse then you need to rinse or use a little squirt to squirt the poop off.  Some people use a spatula if they don't have a little squirt.  Some people just use flushable liners and flush it down the loo and don't bother about rinsing.


Edited by lifehacker, 31 January 2013 - 08:44 PM.


#3 Jenferal

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

I take off the nappy, flush any solids(not an issue for newborn poo) and stick the nappy in the bucket. Lid off.
Then every second day, I tip the bucket of nappies in to the machine, do a COLD pre rinse and a warm normal wash(with 2 hour soak, my machine says that's the nappy cycle) hang out like normal, getting as much sun as possible.
I've only done ONE strip wash in nearly 3 years and never had an issue.
I found if the lid was on the bucket there is quite a strong ammonia smell in the older nappies, but it washes put without any hassles.

#4 Feral timtam

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

I just toss them into an open fishing bucket (because DH's fishing buckets hold exactly a full load of nappies). No liner, definitely no lid- putting the lid on the bucket makes them stink! If one of the kids is sick I'll sprinkle some bicarb into the bucket.

If I know I'm having visitors I'll quickly switch the bucket out for a small lidded fabric laundry hamper, nobody wants to see dirty nappies when they're visiting.  

I prefer the bucket over the laundry hamper because it's easier to clean, I've got three that I rotate. One in use, one is used for soaking stained clothes and the other is airing out. Using one of the buckets for soaking stained clothes means I don't have to wipe it down with disinfectant every day.

#5 Spider Fingers

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

I have a pedal bin with a removable 'bucket' and the nappies get thrown in the bin, when I wash the bucket comes outside and gets hosed or rinsed and left in the sun to sanitise.

Once we started solids (or if you have formula I believe) and the poo needed to be flushed we got another bucket for the toilet/laundry and the poo gets flushed, nappy is rinsed out and thrown in bucket (with a lid).

I would highly recommend a 'little squirt' style arrangement in your toilet.  If you don't know what that is just google it there are plenty of ready made ones and sites that will tell you how to set one up if you are handy.  

I believe 'dry' is really referring to the fact that you don't soak the nappies in a bucket full of water and bleach as it will destroy the waterproof components of the MCN.  I wash our nappies in washing soda and it works really well, I never fail to be impressed with the way the sun makes any marks on them disappear.

#6 tick

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

Dry pailing really just means NOT filling the bucket with water.  It'll be wet in there, but it won't be a drowning hazard.

I rinse my nappies under the tap (all of them, dilutes the wee and helps them to last longer) then throw them into the bucket.  Bucket gets a little gross, but hey it's a nappy bucket!  Wash every second day and once all the nappies are in the machine the bucket gets a thorough rinse also.  

I have a lidded bucket but I only put the lid on when we've got visitors.

#7 Katie_bella

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

We use a wetbag, we have two on rotation and wash it with the load of nappies.

BTW, i think you will need more than 5 newborn nappies, newborns go through about 10-12 nappies each day! OSFM nappies usually only fit bubs over 6 kgs.

#8 creepycookie

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

dry pail doesn't mean there is no moisture whatsoever, more that the bucket is not full of water, soaking the nappies pre-wash as traditional nappies were.

i don't use a liner, i rinse the nappies before putting them in the bucket, and yes it does stay damp in there. I rinse the bucket with hot water and vinegar each time i empty it, and put a bit of bi-carb in the bottom to help with the moisture & smell. I find washing every 2 days best, 3 days is pushing it smell wise lol, & remember to give yourself enough time to dry them without running out if the weather is bad.

#9 Mootmoot

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:13 PM

I have a nappy bucket with lid (I got a cheap one from a department store) next to the change table; the lid isn't always on but that's more laziness than design.  It is up out of DS's way though as he's quite fascinated with it.

I give dirty nappies a scrape and rinse to get the poo off then leave them in a normal bucket of water in the laundry trough until wash every second day (agree with PP that much more than 2 days is getting a bit stinky; also the amonia in wee is pretty caustic so you don't want to leave it too long and damage the nappies).  I keep meaning to get a little squirt.  I started off with flushable liners but they get expensive so now I use washable liners that I've made by just cutting some microfleece to size.

I rinse out the nappy bucket with hot water and a couple of drops of tea tree oil and dry it in the sun every now and then.  It does get a little condensation in it from time to time but that's no issue - like PPs have said I assume dry bucket just refers to the fact you're not deliberately soaking them like the old Napisan days.  The amonia smell gets quite pungent but the smell doesn't seem to stick around the bucket itself and isn't usually noticeable until the bucket's quite full.

I have a couple of zippable wetbags of various sizes for out & about and daycare.  They're pretty cheap to buy.

#10 babyinabackpack

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:51 PM

Thank you for all of the replies ladies!
It makes alot more sense now!
I just couldn't understand how something that would clearly be wet would be referred to as dry! lol

I will look at getting a couple of buckets today and keeping the lids for when guests get here.

Thanks again!

#11 mummacat12

Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:19 AM

I have been stalking this thread and have to say that you have answered most of my questions as well!

I have one very dopey question though...... What do you do/where do you put the poop nappy while you are changing baby and before you can rinse the poop off. and the site where I bought the nappies (BBH) says to rinse them even for pee before dry pail, do you think it matters greatly if I don't? Just think easier to put in a wet bag/bin straight away rather change bubs and have to put them somewhere while I rinse the nappy etc...

As you can prob tell this is first bubs so I have no idea full stop! lol!

Thanks in advance!!

#12 elizabethany

Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:27 AM

I put wet nappies in the dirty clothes hamper.  Pooie nappies get the poo put down the loo, with a flushable liner, then rinsed and left wet in the laundry tub until I wash.

#13 Feefifofum

Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:15 PM

QUOTE (mummacat12 @ 07/02/2013, 11:19 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have been stalking this thread and have to say that you have answered most of my questions as well!

I have one very dopey question though...... What do you do/where do you put the poop nappy while you are changing baby and before you can rinse the poop off. and the site where I bought the nappies (BBH) says to rinse them even for pee before dry pail, do you think it matters greatly if I don't? Just think easier to put in a wet bag/bin straight away rather change bubs and have to put them somewhere while I rinse the nappy etc...

As you can prob tell this is first bubs so I have no idea full stop! lol!

Thanks in advance!!



A good question! It's logistically challenging until you work out your own system. I have a nappy bucket in the nursery for just wet nappies, but put super-pooey nappies in a bucket in the laundry. So when I'm changing bubs, I fold the pooey nappy tpgether and rest it on the nursery bin lid. Unless there's been a super poo-explosion, there shouldn't be poop on the outside. If there is, I can lay out a flannel/wipe and put the nappy on that. Then I clean and change bubs, put her in the cot or somewhere safe and go flush the poopy liner and put the nappy in the laundry bucket.

Oh, and I find it handy to have a pack of disinfectant wipes in the change area, for wiping down bin/change table when you do have a superpooperexplosion.

But to you and the original poster - don't stress too much trying to overthink it all (like I did). You quickly work out a system that works for you. And as you can see from the above responses, everyone does things slightly differently.

#14 whatnamenow

Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:30 PM

my only add is that we started off with a bucket and lid and ery quickly moved to a pedal bin  Very easy to have one hand on bubs tummy on the change table to stop a roll, foot down on pedal, throw nappy in with spare hand and grab bubs and release foot pedal in one smooth move.  Bucket was driving me nuts.  We now have 2,  one for MCN and one for if we use a disposable and our baby wipes.

#15 mummacat12

Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

Thanks so much for your response and great ideas! I always find that everyone here is a wealth of knowledge! I haven't changed a nappy before and with everyone talking about how messy etc newborn nappies are and how hard it will be in cloth it made me scared to try them!

Like you said Feefifofum I think its best to not over think it until I find what works for us biggrin.gif

Thanks to everyone again!

#16 Sunshiney

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

I've read that you need 2 nappy buckets is using MCNs. Is this true and if so, why?

Also, for newborns, would you use the flushable liners or wait 'til they're doing more solid poos?

#17 PatG

Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:08 PM

I have another question (now that some have been answered by this thread).  Can you dry pail the old terry flats?  If so why did our parents soak them?

#18 ~kuddlebug~

Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:14 PM

QUOTE (Sunshiney @ 12/02/2013, 06:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've read that you need 2 nappy buckets is using MCNs. Is this true and if so, why?

Also, for newborns, would you use the flushable liners or wait 'til they're doing more solid poos?


You don't absolutely need 2 buckets but it means you can rinse one and pop it in the sun for disinfecting, and still have a bucket on the go.

I didn't use liners for my newborn, I just gave the really bad ones a rinse to get the worst off and then washed. Breastfed poop doesn't need to rinse as it's water soluble but it made me feel like they'd come cleaner. I started using liners when DS started solids. I use flushable ones and if they're only wet you can wash and reuse.

#19 babyinabackpack

Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:50 PM

Thank you for all the responses and extra questions I hadn't thought of!
The advice is great and has really given me something to start with until I find my own niche.




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