Simply Babies Online Reusable Nappy User Guide
Thank you for choosing to use our new reusable nappies – for those of you that are new to the reusable nappy concept here are some instructions on their use – trust me – they’re as easy to use as disposables once you get your system in place!
What exactly are they made from?
Bamboo charcoal inner liner – bamboo is highly absorbent, durable, soft and breathable. It is a natural material so is gentle on delicate baby skin which is why we chose it for this important layer. We’ve added a double gusset to reduce the chance of leakage.
Inserts – 3 layer microfiber – fit into the pocked made between the bamboo inner and colourful outer nappy layer. Microfiber is durable, soft, highly absorbent fabric made from polyester. It wicks away and stores moisture but is breathable. You can vary the number of inserts from 1 to 3 depending on the expected volume of fluid and time between changes. The lower number of inserts the less bulky the nappy and frequent changes are better for babies.
Jungle theme polyurethane laminate outer layer – 2 different colourful designs. They are laminated with a thin film of polyurethane for waterproofing yet remain breathable. The nappies are especially useful in warm weather as they can be worn without clothes yet still look bright and interesting to add variety compared to disposables!
How many do I need?
Our reusable pocket nappies are all you need from birth (approx 10lb) to potty. The poppers on the front of the nappy allow the size of the nappy to be adjusted to comfortably fit your baby. You will need a set of around 24 nappies so you have clean ready to use ones while others are soiled or being washed.
How do I assemble a nappy?
Easy! Just stuff the required number of inserts into the pocket and put on your baby. Pre-adjust the size of the nappy with the poppers prior to stuffing and stuff a few nappies at a time so you have them on hand to be as convenient as a disposable.
How do I put the nappy on the baby?
Again easy! Make sure your baby’s bottom is clean and dry like you would with any nappy. Lay the nappy out flat with charcoal bamboo inner facing upwards and poppers at the feet end. Fold the nappy up and close poppers so the nappy is comfortably secure around your baby.
Ok the nappy stayed on, didn’t leak but judging from the noise I’ve heard it is now dirty – what do I do?
Remove the nappy, clean your baby and apply a further nappy. If the nappy is soiled – shake the solid from the nappy into the toilet – you may find stretching the fabric helps with this. Liquidy poo especially with breast feeding babies can be scraped into the toilet or rinsed with cold water then either stored in a dry lidded container or put directly in to wash. Wet nappies can be rinsed in cold water then stored as for soiled nappies or washed. Remember to remove and separate the inserts from the nappy before washing.
How do I store nappies before washing?
Used nappies are fine stored in a lidded container or ziplock bag, no need to soak and sanitizers can damage modern materials. Nappies should be separated into their individual components ready for washing. Most people store nappies for 2 to 3 days before washing but this is entirely dependent on how many nappies you have and don’t forget nappies can be washed with your usual wash so storage may not be required.
How do I wash the nappies?
New reusable nappies need to be prewashed at least twice to improve absorbency – this is best done by separating the inserts from the rest of the nappy. Bamboo fibre should not be washed above 40°C. Deep and dark coloured nappies should be washed separately initially incase the colour runs.
Nappies should be washed after every use. Some people do a cold rinse cycle before a wash cycle which helps nappies stay fresh smelling as urine is rinsed away with cold water rather than being set by hot water.
Many people wash at 40°with a 60° wash every so often. Non-biological washing powder should be used at 1/2 or even 1/3 of your regular amount otherwise detergent can build up on nappies affecting their absorbency, irritate your baby skin and produce a fishy odours .Fabric conditioner should not be used as it will affect absorbency.
Avoid nappy creams with reusable nappies as they will leave a greasy residue on the inner lining which is very difficult to remove and will affect absorbency. The best way to reduce nappy rash is to limit exposure to soiled nappies ie frequent changes and babies will often benefit from periods of being uncovered and open to air in cases of bad nappy rash.
How do I dry the nappies?
Air drying outside is ideal weather permitting! Failing that drying in an airing cupboard or on an airer near a radiator is good as most reusable nappy material is quick drying. A tumble drier on low heat will keep nappies soft and drying time can be decreased by adding a dry towel to the load however tumble drying may shorten the nappy’s lifespan. Avoid drying nappies directly on radiators as this can affect waterproofing abilities. Once dry, reassemble the nappies and they are as convenient to use as disposables