Congratulations! You’ve made the choice to use cloth nappies for your little one and you’re excited about getting started with an eco-friendly and economical choice.
Before you get started though, there are a few things you’ll need…
First thing you’ll need is an actual nappy. Now, you can start with just one, wash it, dry it and use it again, and this is definitely a really great way to ease into the love of cloth, but if you’re diving right in to full-time use, we recommend the following combinations:
If you’re using fitted nappies and covers:
If you’re using one-size-fits-most nappies (such as our Multi-fit Pocket Nappy):
If you’re using a sized nappy (newborn or other size):
The theory behind 24 nappies hinges on having 16 nappies in the wash or on the line and the other 8 ready for use that day. Having a few extra just covers you for wet weather or busy times when you might not being able to wash every other day.
You will also need wet bags and a nappy bucket for storing the soiled nappies. While a nappy bucket can keep soiled nappies stored hygienically at home, wet bags are handy for both use at home and taking with you when out and about. Plus they have a multitude of other uses once baby is no longer in nappies.
If you’re using flat or prefold cloth nappies, you’ll need nappy pins or Snappis (or similar product) to secure them.
You’ll also need a stash of reusable wipes to clean baby during changes. Again, like wet bags, these have a multitude of uses once your little one is out of nappies.
While it is certainly possible to use cloth nappies without the aid of one, a reliable washing machine will be your best friend during the cloth nappy days. It’s the easiest, simplest way to get your nappies clean.
And of course, you do need your baby’s bottom for cloth nappy goodness! Happy cloth nappying!
When uncertain economic times hit, the family budget often needs to be rejigged and if you've got babies in the house, one thing that can help is to make the switch to reusables.