Useful Tips In Using Reusable Nappies

One of the many things you have to do as a new parent will be choosing what nappy to use and how to use them. Many people can’t get past the idea of those old types of decades ago. Today, they don’t need pins and rubber pants anymore. It now perfectly fits your baby and is leak-proof. Some nappies are easy to adjust to secure the nappy just like how disposables work and it uses snaps or Velcro closures.

There is no doubt that modern cloth nappies or reusable nappies are considerably less expensive, but there is an initial start-up cost which can be anywhere from $150 and up, depending on the nappy system you choose. Babies in reusable nappies are most of the time changed into a clean nappy more quickly because mum can tell when the nappy is damp, which leads to less nappy rash.

How Many Cloth Nappies Do You Need?

A newborn will need around 8 to 10 nappies per day (as a rough guide, every little one is different), so if you are planning to wash every second day 24 reusable nappies should keep you going for full-time use.

How To Properly Discard The Poop?

If you’re like most new mums, your biggest dilemma is what to do with the poop? Nappies should be washed daily! You will need two separate plastic buckets, one for soiled nappies and the other for wet nappies. Empty all solid waste from the nappy into the toilet. If the nappy is heavily soiled, wash it off with cold water to further remove waste.

How To Clean And Sterilise Reusable Nappies?

  1. Put the nappies into the washer. Use cold water and add ½ cup baking soda and do a short wash cycle to rinse the nappies.
  2. Use hot water and soap flakes or soap powders and do another wash and rinse cycle. Never use detergent or enzyme powders for washing your baby’s nappies or clothes. It is extremely difficult to wash away detergent from fabrics and they commonly cause irritations in your baby’s skin.
  3. Do another rinse cycle and add ½ cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle.
  4. And lastly, remove the reusable nappies from the washer and place them in the dryer or hang them under the sun. Line drying is best. The sun’s UV rays kill bacteria and fade away stains (this works a lot better than you would imagine), it’s free, and in Australia almost as fast as tumble drying.Keep in mind that each baby is different; some babies are perfectly fine with reusable nappies however, reusable nappies can cause irritations to your baby’s skin if not being changed enough or properly cleaned and sanitized after becoming soiled. It is all about personal preference, how your baby is reacting to a particular nappy and how you feel about other factors that come into play when deciding what nappy to use. This could be sensitivity to your choice.
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