EcoNaps How to Guide
How do I use EcoNaps Modern Cloth Nappies?
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EcoNaps offer a one size nappy that can be adjusted throughout your baby’s nappy wearing years. EcoNaps nappies are designed to fit from 3.5kg to 16kg which typically covers newborn babies right through to toilet trained toddlers. This means you don’t need to purchase different sizes and can simply adjust them to fit your growing baby. Easy to follow cloth nappy demo video how to size your EcoNaps Convertible Modern Cloth Nappy. Learn to fit your Modern Cloth Nappy to a Newborn and Extra Small baby, as well as fitting your Cloth Nappy to a Toddler or Larger baby.
Convertible Nappy Style
Choose the Modern Cloth Nappy style that works best for you. Whether it’s an All-in-2 nappy with snap-in style inserts, for a simple to use, easy to wash and quick to fold nappy option, or a Pocket Style Nappy which is great for wriggly, busy toddlers, boosting at night times, and keeping things simple for daycare and Grandparents!
Convertible Nappy absorption
We all know absorption is a key factor when it comes to Modern Cloth Nappy success. Too little, you’ll get leaks or be changing every hour. Too much, and you have one very bulky tushie!
That’s why we have come up with the perfect solution, giving you four different absorption options to choose from. That way, you know we’ll always have you covered.
Deciding on the type of fabric sitting next to bubs often comes down to personal preference, and what works best for your baby. Some parents prefer to choose a natural fibre, while others want a stay-dry option.
We’ve let this entirely up to you, by allowing you to choose what goes next to bubs skin - the Bamboo Terry Inserts, or the Stay-Dry Suede layer of the cover.
Some people start slowly by using just one or two nappies a day while at home. This approach lets you get used to cloth nappies with your little one before investing in a full set. Others dive right in and use them all the time!
Below is a guide on how many cloth nappies you might need. This is based on you doing a load of washing every second day but we’ve also popped a few extra nappies in to get you through rainy days (when your nappies might need a little extra drying time).
8 to 10 cloth nappies is enough for part time use of 2-3 per day.
12 to 18 cloth nappies is enough for full time day use of 4-6 per day.
24 to 28 cloth nappies is enough to use full time both day and night.
How do I wash Cloth Nappies?
It’s easier than you think. There’s no soaking or scrubbing involved and you’ll only need to do a load of washing every second day - even if you’re using cloth nappies full time. Check out our washing guide to discover how easy it really is.
Cloth Nappy Washing Instructions
To keep your EcoNaps cloth nappies and products looking as beautiful as the day you opened them, follow our washing and care instructions below. This will help preserve the quality and extend the life of your EcoNaps products.
Before You Start Using Your EcoNaps Cloth Nappies
Similar to tea towels or bath towels, pre-washing your cloth nappies is an important step to ensure they reach their maximum absorbency before using on bubs.
We recommend you wash them between 3-5 times on a full length cycle, no hotter than 60 degrees. If short on time, you could also soak inserts overnight and then wash both inserts & covers on a warm cycle no hotter than 60 degrees.
Simply use a standard dose of laundry detergent with your wash cycle. And make sure your nappies are fully dried between each wash. Trust us, taking this extra time and effort will make a world of difference.
Dirty Cloth Nappies
Depending on the deposit your little one has left behind, here’s what to do with each type of dirty cloth nappy:
- Pee only: Saturate with cold water under the tap, and place in a dry pail.
- Newborn poo (breastfed or bottle fed): Saturate with cold water under the tap, and place in a dry pail.
- Solid poo: Tip solids from the nappy and 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.
Washing Cloth Nappies
It is important to wash your dirty nappies every 1-2 days. Leaving them any longer will encourage the growth of bacteria and mould.
- Step 1: Start 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.
An note on detergent:
We recommend choosing a detergent that best aligns with your own families preferences.
We choose to use a natural detergent on our own nappies as we believe it’s better for the environment, but this is our own personal preference.
We do recommend that no matter which washing detergent you choose, it should not contain bleach, fabric softeners, whiteners or vinegar pre-rinse, particularly when used on soiled nappies. When used regularly, these chemicals can reduce the lifespan of the PUL, elastics & bamboo fabrics in your nappies.
Drying Cloth Nappies
Our nappies and bamboo inserts are best dried outside on a washing line. If you don’t have a suitable outdoor area for drying, simply hang indoors on a drying rack near a window exposed to sunlight. UV rays from sunlight (not direct sunshine) will help remove stains naturally. Pretty cool huh?
If you do choose to use a tumble dryer (or it’s been raining for days and you have no choice), then separate the nappy covers from the inserts and dry in two separate loads.
Nappy covers should be dried on a low temperature as excessively, hot temperatures can cause the fabric to delaminate. Cloth nappy inserts will take a little longer to dry since this is the absorbent part of the nappy, so you can tumble dry these on a medium heat.
Our bonus drying tips:
Those hanging dryers with attached pegs (that you would usually use for socks or undies) are amazing for drying cloth nappy inserts and boosters. And if at the end of the day your inserts aren’t quite dry yet, simply bring the whole hanger inside to finish them off without having to unpeg and repeg everything! It makes the job super quick and easy.
We also love drying our cloth nappy covers on a portable clothes airer. They’re really fast to hang and often don’t need pegs at all (unless it’s windy). And if you don’t have much sun at your house, simply move the airer around to catch the light and breeze without having to take all of the covers off and rehang.
How often do you need to change cloth nappies?
As a rule of thumb, most babies will need to be changed every 2-3 hours in a cloth nappy.
This is slightly more often than disposable nappies because cloth nappies use physical absorption to soak up liquids, not a powdered gelling agent like most disposables. The time will vary from bub to bub and you’ll soon learn what works for you. As bubs gets older and gains some bladder control, you’ll find the number of nappies per day decreases too.
How do I use cloth nappies while out and about?
It’s simple. The only difference to disposables is that you take the nappy home with you rather than toss it in the bin. We recommend carrying a wet bag with you everywhere to securely stash nappies before you return home to wash as normal.
So that you too can master using modern cloth nappies when out and about, we’ve broken everything you should know into 3 easy steps.
Step 1: Be prepared.
Organisation is key when using modern cloth nappies and heading out with your bub. There are a few cloth nappy accessories that make life so much easier. Make sure you have enough of these to get you through to washing day each week.
Step 2: Pack an extra nappy or two.
Make sure you pack enough nappies to get you through your excursion, and a couple of extras for good luck. Somehow bub always knows when you've left your pare nappies at home!
Step 3: Wet bags, Wet bags, Wet bags.
The most common question I get asked about using Cloth Nappies when you’re not at home is ‘What do I do when they poop?’. Well, my friend, wet bags are your best friend.
When you find yourself in this situation, your first option would be to dispose of the solids in a toilet nearby. However as we all know, this isn’t always the case. Option number two (no pun intended!), is to roll your soiled modern cloth nappy up, before snapping the hip tabs together, fastening it in a neat little bundle. Then place the dirty nappy in your wet bag, zip it up, and deal with it when you get home. If you’re worried about smells, *most* of the time, a wet bag is enough to contain it. However if you’ve got an extra wiffy one on your hands, you can always double bag it in a mini wet bag before placing it in a larger one.
Wet bags are not only great for dirty nappies, but have so many other uses too! Put simply, they are really just reusable plastic bags, so the sky is your limit. We usually have at least three on the go at once - one with clean spare clothes, one with clean cloth nappies, wipes etc, and a third for soiled cloth nappies.
Can I use EcoNaps Cloth Nappies at night?
Yes! You might just need a little extra absorption to extend the time between changes. While the inserts included with our nappies are very absorbent, some babies need a little more support. With some trial and error you’ll soon learn if your baby needs more absorption and you can simply add a tri-fold night booster to your nappy if so.
Can I just use cloth nappies just some of the time?
Of course! Even if you swapped one disposable nappy to a cloth nappy each day, you’d divert around 900 nappies from landfill over your baby’s nappy wearing years. Every small decision can have a big impact so why not give it a go!
What else will I need to start my cloth nappy journey?
You’ll need to set up a baby change area at home with a few things for a fuss-free experience. Here’s what we recommend having ready to go.
Extra inserts: Extra inserts can make EcoNaps even more economical because it’s possible to change them (and not the cover) if bubs has just done a wee. You’ll just need to give nappy covers the chance to air dry before using again.
Extra boosters: The inserts supplied with your cloth nappy are already very absorbent, so you may have no need additional boosters. However there are times when an extra booster is useful. For example if you have a heavy wetter, an hourglass booster will add extra absorption. Or if you are going to use cloth nappies overnight, a trifold booster will offer about twice the absorption of the hourglass booster. Our booster kits give you freedom to choose exactly what you need.
Wet bags: Wet bags are an essential (and adored) cloth nappy accessory. They’re made from the same waterproof fabric as EcoNaps cloth nappy covers and are used to hold soiled nappies when out and about. They’re reusable, leak resistant, odour containing, and can be tossed into the wash with our nappies after use. Grab at least a couple to cover your cloth nappy needs.
Cloth nappy liners: Liners are handy if you’re worried about dealing with poo. Our mess-free bamboo liners are made from 100% biodegradable bamboo viscose and resemble a very thin paper towel. You lay them on top of the nappy insert before fitting the nappy to bubs. When it’s time to change the nappy you simply peel off the liner and dispose of the poo.
Basket for dirty nappies: There are many fancy (and expensive) nappy bins available, but we recommend a good old fashioned laundry basket. Through a bit of nifty research (and cloth nappying our own kids) we’ve realised that more airflow equals less smell! If you choose something unbreathable like a sealed wet bag or bin with a lid, moisture is trapped which encourages bacteria to grow. Long story short, choose anything with airflow.
Are there any EcoNaps tips and tricks to help me?
Yes, there are some easy to follow Cloth Nappy Hacks on how to set your Convertible Modern Cloth Nappy for Tummy Sleepers and 'super wetting' boys. EcoNaps Convertible Modern Cloth Nappies are the first and only truely Convertible MCN.