Q: Why use modern cloth/reusable nappies?

A: Reusable nappies have many benefits, including:

Environmental: Reusable nappies help reduce waste, result in less waste in landfills, produce
fewer greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the need for more landfills.
Financial: Cloth nappies allow families to save more than $2000 per child (see actual calculations
in our nappy debate section).
Health: Cloth nappies reduce babies skin exposure to the chemicals that are found in disposable
nappies. Cloth nappies also help prevent nappy rash as their breathable material wicks the
moisture away from the baby's skin.
Easy to use: Reusable nappies are easy because they don’t require bleaching, soaking, hot washing, ironing; or any of those mundane and time consuming jobs that make traditional cloth nappies seem like a chore.
Cute and comfortable: Our nappies are cute and come in modern, funky patterns!

Q: How do I set the sizes on my nappies?

A: There are three rows of press studs on the bottom of the nappy. The press studs need to be adjusted to suit the size of your baby. The nappies are made to fit babies from 3kgs to 15kgs. The bottom three rows of press studs are moved up to the top to fit a small baby (3-6kgs). The middle row of press studs are moved to the top row to fit a medium sized baby (7-11kgs). Leave all rows unsnapped to suit a larger baby (12-15kgs).

The nappies are also adjustable around the waist and legs with two rows of press studs that you can tighten and loosen as the baby grows.

Q: What do I do with the inserts?

A: The nappies come with two inserts (one bamboo and one microfibre) and these are placed inside the pocket of the nappy. These nappies have two inserts to increase the absorbency of the nappy. The two inserts will be adequate for normal use. We recommend using an additional microfiber insert for night time. You can also try the four layer combined insert for night time. This is obviously dependent on your baby/child and you will have to experiment with the inserts to see what works for you.
 
Q: Do I need to wash my nappies before their first use?

A: Yes, you should wash them 5-6 times. This will allow them to reach their peak absorbency. This is particularly true for the bamboo liners. You do not need to dry them in between just put them on for 5-6 cycles on a small load cycle setting or put them in with your normal washing.

Q: What do I do with them after using them?

A: Once used, simply empty the contents of the dirty nappy into the toilet (or you can use a bio-degradable flushable liner for this if you don’t like the mess) and throw the nappy in a dry nappy bucket (with a lid), or put it straight in the wash. Make sure you separate out the inserts before putting them into the bucket. Do not soak the nappy as this will spread bacteria.

You can rinse the nappy if there are stains or if it is smelly before storing it in the bucket.

Q: How do I wash my nappies?

A: Wash wet and soiled nappies promptly – it is recommended to wash within 24 hours of use, to prevent the urine from corroding the fabrics and from stains and odours from developing. Do not leave the nappies longer than three days in the bucket.

Use a gentle machine wash cycle with cold water (up to 40ºC). I recommend using a pre-wash (or rinse cycle) then wash cycle. Remember to only use half the normal amount of washing powder. Cold water is better for the environment and will ensure your nappies last longer.

Q: My nappy bucket smells, how can I minimise the smell?

A: Unfortunately this is one down side of using reusable nappies, your nappy bucket will smell. Make sure you clean it out every time you empty it to do a load of washing. The more often you wash the less time the nappies will need to spend in the bucket therefore minimising the smell. You can use a reusable nappy bucket liner bag that gets thrown in the wash which will help (see our products). You can also put some deodorant disks onto the lid of the nappy bucket. The disks help to neutralise the smell and you can even make them yourself!

Deodorant Disks for the Nappy Bucket

Your nappy bucket will get very smelly, to help with this smell deodorant disks will help. Some nappy buckets have a place on the lid to put a deodorant disk, if yours doesn’t just tape it to the lid. You can make those disks yourself using the following recipe:

boiled water
baking soda
your choice of essential oils
a muffin tin
paper cupcake cups

Add a few drops of essential oil to a small amount of water. Mix the water with 2 cups of baking soda. Mix well. Gradually add and mix more water until you have a thick paste. Press about 1.5cm of paste into each muffin paper and let dry for 24 hours. Tear the paper off. After you've used each disk for a month or so (however long you find it effective), crumble the disk into the nappy wash. Baking soda deodorises and softens the nappies.
 
Q: Should I remove solids before putting the nappy in the bucket?

A: Yes, you should rinse off the majority of the solids. You can also use biodegradable viscous liners to catch solids (these can then be placed directly in the toilet), see our products for further details on the liners.

Q: Can I reuse the biodegradable viscous liners?

A: Yes, these liners can be washed with the nappies if there is only wee on them, otherwise it should be flushed. They will only last once or twice depending on how gentle your washing cycle is.

Q: Can I wash my wet bag and wipes with my nappies?

A: Yes, they all can be washed in the same load.

Q: What washing powder should I use in my nappy loads?

A: I use a plant and mineral based laundry powder when washing my nappies. For example ‘Eco Store Laundry Powder’ or ‘Earth Choice’. As long as it doesn’t contain bleach, enzymes, fabric softener or other additives it should be fine.

Q: How much washing powder should I use?

A: Only use half a normal scoop of washing powder. Using too much washing powder can leave a film on the nappies and lead to leaks.

Q: Can I use fabric softener when I am washing my nappies?

A: No, this is not recommended. Using a fabric softener will reduce the absorbency of the nappy. You can occasionally use white vinegar in the fabric softener drawer, this will help soften the fabric. It is recommended that you do this as a maximum once every five loads.

Q: Can I use bleach/stain remover to get rid of stains?

A: No, do not use bleach on the nappies. The sun is a natural way to get rid of your stains, put them on the washing line to dry and you will see the stains disappear.

Q:Can I iron my nappies?

A: No, this will decrease the absorbency of the nappies and melt the PUL cover.

Q: Can I put my nappies in the tumble dryer?

A: This is not recommended due to the energy used in this process. Natural sunlight is better for your nappies and the sunlight acts as a natural stain remover/bleach. If you have to use a tumble dryer (maybe to finish off a load) use a warm/low setting only. Regular use of the tumble dryer will shorten the life of the nappies.

Q: Can I use barrier creams/nappy rash cream or powder on my baby?

A: You should not use barrier cream/nappy rash creams, but powder is fine. The cream covers the fibres and reduces the absorbency of the nappies.

Q: How do I do a strip clean on my nappies?

A: The first thing you need to do is wash your clean nappies in hot water (60°C) with no detergent filled up to a high level. Then wash your nappies again using a small amount of dishwashing liquid (the one you use on your dishes, make sure it has no moisturiser). Finally rinse as many times as it is necessary to remove any suds.

Q: What do I do if my nappies are leaking? 

A: Check the following things:

1) Check you have the nappy on tight enough around the stomach or legs

2) Check to see if the insert/s is/are bunching

3) Make sure you have pre-washed your nappies

4) Check to make sure there is no clothing pushing up against the absorbent part of the nappy, causing wicking

5) Make sure you don’t leave the nappy on for too long – change the nappies more frequently or add an additional insert

6) Make sure you are not using too much detergent, creams or fabric softener and they have left a film on the nappy. If this is the case do a strip clean on your nappies (as per instructions above).

Q: How many nappies will I need?

A: This is totally dependent on how old your child is and how often you intend to wash your nappies. As a start if you intend using reusable nappies on a full time basis we recommend 24 nappies. This is enough nappies for around 2 days’ wear – when one day’s worth of nappies are in use, the other day’s worth is in the wash, with a few to spare. See our great package deals that give you 24 nappies plus loads of extras!

Below is a summary of how many nappies you will need at each stage taking into account how often you want to do a load of nappies. Please note that this is a guide only, some babies require changing more or less frequently than the average.

 

Q: If I’m using the reusable wipes what should I put on them?

A: If you purchase our baby wipes, why not make your own baby wipe solution recipe. You can easily adapt the following to make your own recipe:

Baby Wipes Solution Recipe

1 cup of boiled water
up to 1 tablespoon vegetable-based soap (for example Anokha)
1-2 teaspoons vegetable-based oil (apricot, olive, grapeseed, almond)
1 teaspoon 100% aloe vera
a drop or two of essential oil

Learn the properties of various oils and choose something appropriate to your baby. For example, jojoba oil, calendula oil, tea tree oil, or lavender oil might work. Test your baby on less sensitive skin before wiping on their bottom.

Use enough solution that the wipes are just damp. You can keep the solution in a spray bottle by the changing table.

If you have any further questions be sure to email us at info@destinationgreen.com.au and we will be happy to answer you.

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