EcoNaps Reusable Cloth Nappies – All That You Need To Know
There is a certain stigma around using cloth nappies over disposable nappies. We completely understand the hesitation and felt the same as many people when we first considered using them for our babies. We believe this stigma will be overcome the more health and eco-conscious parents learn about disposable nappies versus cloth nappies, and the enormously negative environmental (and potential health!) impact of using disposable nappies.
Potential concerns for using cloth nappies:
- It’s too hard, I will be elbow deep in poop and cloth and I do not have time
- There could be health problems, are they even hygienic?
- Wouldn’t washing hundreds of cloth nappies every year have just as much of a negative impact on the environment as using disposable nappies?
- It’s gross, I don’t want to get any closer to my baby’s poop than I already have to
- What do you do with dirty nappies?
- How can I do this when I am out and about, or when my baby is at daycare?
- Surely they can’t be as effective as disposable nappies?
Sound familiar? Thanks to the invention of wonderful products such as our EcoNaps range, you needn’t be concerned about any of the above. Here is an introduction to the range, including a demonstration video from the lovely founder Kyla, answers to many frequently asked questions, and detailed information about washing the nappies. If you’re interested in switching to cloth nappies, we recommend you consider the information available and just give them a go. We have found them so easy to use and they have slipped into our busy family lives and routines so easily. We would never look back.
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Our EcoNaps Range of Reusable Cloth Nappies & Accessories
What are EcoNaps cloth nappies?
EcoNaps cloth nappies are convertible cloth nappies, featuring a ‘one size fits most’ fitting approximately 3.5 to 16 kilos babies.
1) Nappy cover
- Features many different snaps to help you size your nappy.
- The snaps down the side are used to size the leg elastics, the ones along the top are used to size the waist.
- The outer is made from a PUR laminate meaning it’s both waterproof and breathable (PUR offers excellent adhesion, can laminate 99.9% fabrics, is non-toxic and environmentally friendly, and the fabrics’adhesion and flexibility are very good).
- Bub feels dry and comfy even after they have done a wee.
2) Inside the nappy
- Inside the nappy is a stay dry micro suede which keeps moisture away from bubs skin.
- The moisture goes through the fabric and into an insert (if you’re using it), which is in the pocket setting.
3) Inside the nappy cover
- There are two main pockets, the back one is the widest and is used to stuff the insert into the pocket.
- The font pocket is used to keep the insert nice and straight, and is also for any liners that you might use with the nappy.
- The snaps at the back attach the inserts.
- The snaps at the front are hidden snaps to use with further insert combinations (all shown in demo videos).
- There are two sizes of inserts, one for newborn or small babies, one for larger babies.
- The inserts also snap together to add further lining and can be used like this for any sized baby.
5) Bamboo liners
- If you’re looking for even further protection and ease, you can also fit the EcoNaps Mess-Free Bamboo Liners.
- They are easy to use, and made from durable 100% bamboo fibre.
- They take the hassle out of dealing with solids.
- Simply place the soft liner on top of the nappy inner next to babies skin, and fit the cloth nappy as usual.
- Solids will be caught, while allowing any wetness to soak into the absorbent part of the nappy.
- Once soiled, remove liner and discard in the bin.
- The liners can also be used as a protective barrier when using rash creams with your cloth nappies.
EcoNaps FAQs – courtesy of EcoNaps
Do I have to touch #2s?
Nope! When you have the right setup for Modern Cloth Nappies, there is no need for you to be getting icky at all!
Here’s how it’s done:
- Dealing with #1’s: Simply remove from baby, store in a dry, lidded bucket. Wash.
- Dealing with newborn #2’s: Just the same as above! (Lets face it, they are really only yellow #1’s anyway!).
- Dealing with solid #2’s: Tip rolling #2’s into the toilet, store in a dry, lidded bucket. Wash. Or to make it even easier, line the nappy with one of our Mess-Free Flush Liners before fitting (100% bamboo fibre & biodegradable of course!), flush away liner and #2, leaving your nappy totally mess free and ready to wash.
Do I have to soak or bleach my nappies to get rid of the stains?
Nope! It’s actually quite the opposite! All of our Modern Cloth Nappies are made from stain resistant fabrics.
After completing our recommend wash routine, hang your nappies out to dry in natural sunlight, and sunlight will do all of the hard work for you! Stains will be gone, and your nappies will be left fresh as daisies!
Do I need a special washing routine for Modern Cloth Nappies?
Nope! Simply store all dirty nappies in a dry, lidded bucket. When you have accumulated enough for a wash, tip everything in the machine together. Cold Rinse cycle, followed by a Cold Wash with natural detergent.
Do I need a special washing detergent with Modern Cloth Nappies?
Nope! Anything natural is good! However, we do recommend avoiding Softeners (these coat fabric and reduce absorbency) and Bleach (breaks down PUL waterproofing).
Can I use EcoNaps Modern Cloth Nappy’s at night?
Yes! Every baby is different (sleeps longer/shorter, wee’s more/less) so the amount of absorption required will vary from baby to baby.
EcoNaps 3-in-1 Modern Cloth Nappies include 2 different absorbent inserts, which when combined can often be sufficient for night times. If you do happen to require a little extra absorption to get you through the night, you can choose from our Bamboo Boosters, or our Tri-Fold Bamboo Night boosters.
Can I use Modern Cloth Nappies at Daycare?
Yes! Daycares are more than happy to use any type of nappy you choose – and the EcoNaps 3-in-1 Modern Cloth Nappy is especially daycare friendly!
If you have your nappies folded ready to go, include Mess-Free flush liner in each, and pack them in a Waterproof Wet-Bag, then it’s really no different for the daycare staff to using disposables.
How do I use Modern Cloth Nappies when out and about?
So many Modern Cloth Nappy newbies are unsure of using Modern Cloth Nappies when out and about, but its really, really easy – all you really need is a Waterproof Wet-bag! Here’s how it’s done:
- Change bub as you normally would.
- If you happen to be near a toilet, tip any solid #2’s in (if not, no biggie, just skip this part), before rolling up your nappy, fasten with a snap.
- Store dirty nappies in a Waterproof Wet-Bag (leak, and smell-proof too!) until you get home, and wash as per usual.
Do I need to change my baby more frequently with Modern Cloth Nappies?
The EcoNaps 3-in-1 Modern Cloth Nappy is designed to be worn for the same length of time as a disposable nappy during the day.
At nights, depending on your bub (light / heavy wetter or sleeping through..) you may require a little extra absorption to get you through. Choose from our Bamboo Boosters, or our Tri-Fold Bamboo Night boosters.
Do I need to change the Nappy Covers each time I change Baby?
Yes. Each nappy cover is lined with a stay-dry suede cloth to keep bub feeling comfy and dry, even after doing a #1. It is important that each nappy cover, along with the absorbent inserts are washed after every use to keep them hygienic.
Can I use Rash Creams with my Modern Cloth Nappies?
Yes – just make sure you use a Mess-Free Flush Liner! Oil based nappy creams will build up on the fibres of the absorbent insert, and over time reduce its absorbency. Either choose a non-oil based rash cream, or use a Mess-Free flush liner to keep the oil away from the inserts.
Think you may have oil on your Modern Cloth Nappies? No worries! A Strip Wash will make them as good as new!
Have another question or want to talk to someone?
Get in touch via the EcoNaps Contact Us page or via firstname.lastname@example.org!
Washing your Modern Cloth Nappies – courtesy of EcoNaps
Similar to tea towels or bath towels, pre-washing your nappies is really important to ensure they reach their maximum absorbency, before you begin to use them. We recommend you wash them between 3-5 times, on a full length cycle, not hotter than 60 degrees, with a standard dose of laundry detergent. Ensure your nappies are fully dried between each pre-wash cycle.
Here’s what to do to each type of Dirty Cloth Nappy:
- #1’s – Place in a dry pail.
- Newborn #2’s (Breastfed or Bottlefed) – Saturate with cold water under the tap, and place in a dry pail.
- Solid #2’s – Tip Solids into the toilet. Saturate with cold water under the tap, and place in a dry pail.
- Night Nappies – Saturate with cold water under the tap, and place in a dry pail.
Wash your dirty nappies every 1-2 days. Leaving them any longer will encourage the growth of Bacteria and Mould.
- Step 1: Begin by washing nappies and inserts on a warm pre-rinse cycle. This gets rid of any excess urine or soiling before the wash cycle.
- Step 2: Follow with a warm, regular/long wash cycle, no hotter than 60 degrees. Wash with the correct amount of detergent recommended by your detergent manufacturer for the water level / load size.
A note about detergent: We prefer to use a natural detergent on our own nappies, as we believe it is better for bub, and the environment, however, this is our own personal preference. Your detergent of choice should not contain bleach, fabric softeners, whiteners or vinegar pre-rinse, particularly when used on soiled nappies. These chemicals can lead to nappy rash on your baby, and lessen the lifespan of your nappies.
Our nappies and bamboo inserts are best line dried. If no outdoor area for drying is available, hang indoors on a drying rack, near a window exposed to sunlight. UV rays from sunlight (not sunshine) will remove stains naturally, no there are nasty chemicals required.
If you choose to use a clothes dryer, then separate the nappy covers from inserts. Dry the nappy covers on low, as excessive hot temperatures can cause the PUL to delaminate. Cloth Nappy inserts will take a little longer to dry, as this is the absorbent part of the Nappy. They are not quite as delicate as the Nappy Covers, so you can Tumble dry these on Med heat.
- Hanging dryers with attached pegs (the ones you usually use for socks and undies) are so handy for Cloth Nappy Inserts and Boosters. Its super quick and easy to hang them out, and if at the end of the day, your inserts are not quite dry, you can bring the whole lot inside to finish them off, without having to unpeg, and repeg everything! We LOVE the Pressa Hanger from Ikea for just $5.
- For similar reasons as above, we love drying Cloth Nappy Covers on a Clothes Airer. They are really quick to hang, and often (unless it’s windy) there is no pegs required, which means it’s super quick to bring in. Also, if you don’t have much sun, you can move the Airer during the day without having to take all of the covers off, and rehang again.