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Cloth nappies, explained

If you are still confused with the vocabulary around cloth nappies or want to know more about the difference of Australian premium brands, this is our mini-tutorial.

Comparing the pair

Econaps - from newborn to toddlers

Bare and Boho - from newborn to toddlers

Baby Beehinds - from medium to toddlers

In more detail

 

  Econaps Bare and Boho Baby Beehinds
Sizing  3.5 - 16kg 4/5kg - 16/18kg 6kg - 11kg
Pieces

Cover

Snap in longer foldable insert

Snap in smaller booster

Cover

Snap in larger insert

Snap in longer booster

Cover

3-layers insert stitched 

Snap in booster

Pocket? Yes No Yes
Absorbency material Bamboo Bamboo Bamboo/Cotton
Stay dry

Yes - suede layer

Inserts are fleece topped to create a stay dry layer Yes - suede layer
Flexibility in use

You can use as many inserts you want. You have more assemble options with pocket.

You can use as many inserts you want, but there is no pocket. You can use boosters and have the pocket option. But the 3 layers insert you can not snap out. 
Easy to wash

You can wash all the pieces separately.

You can wash all the pieces separately. Wipeable shell, meaning you can clean the cover easily and reuse it. You can wash the booster separately, but the 3-layers insert goes with the cover into the washing machine.
Easy to assemble

Yes, but you need to snap in the inserts.

Yes, but you need to snap in the inserts. The easiest. No need to snap in inserts and the velcro makes it easier to assemble on your baby.

 

 

How to wash cloth nappies?

 

The Australian Nappy Association designed an easy 5 steps guide to help you deal with cloth nappies. See below the recommended guide added of our own experience.


1. Flush
Flush solids into the toilet. 
Well, a newborn has a water-soluble poo if breastfed or formula fed. That means it is easy to handle as you don't need to flush a solid or runny poo into the toilet. 
When your baby starts to do a pasty or more solid poo, there are few tips on how to flush the poo into the toilet. You can use a nappy spray to help you spray the poo off literally. You can also shake it off using a spatula to help you. 
The most convenient and popular solution is to use liners. You can place the liner sheet on top of the nappy insert as it will keep most of the poo out of the insert. Then you can quickly drop the poo into the toilet and discard the liner into your toilet bin. We do not recommend flushing the liner, even if you use the “flushable” claimed liners. Depending on the region you live in, you can get a clogged pipe or help the formation of a giant fatberg (as we’ve seen in the news).

2. Store
It is recommended to give your nappy a quick rinse to dilute wee and avoid any damage from acidic wee and cut down on the smell. After that, you pop it in a dry pail. You can dry pail in your nappy bucket or wet bag. We highly recommend an open bucket or a bucket lid with holes so the air can circulate - no, you are not turning the whole room into a smelly one.

3. Pre-rinse
It is recommended you wash the nappies every two days. When you are ready to wash them, remove boosters and inserts from covers, pop them into the washing machine and set up a warm pre-rinse cycle.

4. Wash
The recommended temperature is up to 60 degrees Celsius, following your preferred detergent manufacturer instructions for the detergent amount. We prefer natural detergents, but this is a personal choice. We don't recommend using detergents that contain bleach, fabric softeners, whiteners or vinegar pre-rinse, particularly when used on soiled nappies. These chemicals can reduce the lifespan of your nappies and reduce their absorbency.

5. Dry
For the inserts and boosters, we highly recommend you line dry, as the sun is a great bleacher and sanitiser. If you cannot line dry, use tumble-dry on delicate option. For the covers, shade line dries only, ensuring patterned side faces upwards. It will help to keep your nappy print brand new for longer.