Going Cloth: Save the Environment and Your Back Pocket!
COVID-19 has thrown up alot of challenges..one facing new parents is a lack of nappies and wipes at the supermarket. Cloth nappies are a cost-effective, easy and sustainable alternative to disposable nappies.
What you need
· Cloth nappies – either terry toweling, newborn or One Size Fits Most (OSFM).
· Wet bags [various sizes].
· Wipes – can use reusable wipes, homemade with paper towel or disposable wipes.
· Washing machine.
· Laundry detergent and anti-bacterial liquid.
Cloth Nappy Options:
One Size Fits Most
Types of Cloth Nappies:
· Baby BeeHinds
· Baby Bare
· Cushie Tushies
· Peek-a-boo [formerly Pikapu]
1. Take wet bag to washing machine.
2. Remove inserts from nappies and place inside washing machine.
3. Turn wet bag inside out and place in washing machine.
4. Complete 2 x rinse cycles with no detergent required [approx. 15-minutes each cycle].
5. Add recommended amount of washing detergent and anti-bacterial liquid to washing machine.
6. Add any additional washing to the machine – must be no bigger than a tea towel [e.g., baby clothes, socks, terry toweling, washers, hand towels].
7. Complete 40-degree long wash [approx. 1hr 20-mins].
8. Hang nappies out on clothes horse in direct sunlight or on the clothes line to dry [they can be placed in a dryer if needed].
· Inserts are made from natural fibers, such as bamboo and hemp, which are great for a baby’s skin.
· Initial upfront cost, however significant long-term savings – the nappies can be used across multiple children.
· Cute designs.
· Reduce environmental waste.
· Need access to a washing machine, which can be difficult when travelling.
· Drying can be slow if you don’t have access to a dryer during overcast weather.
· Finding the right fit for your baby can take time.
· Finding the right night time nappy to go the distance.
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