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Help! No idea!

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fl0b0t Fri 06-Sep-13 15:07:37

Hello all! I'm still a bit scared of mumsnet, but having got a great community in antenatal clubs, I'm braving the rest of the forums.

I've been very very kindly given 3 types (well 4) of reuseable nappies. I'm hoping to use them where possible but feel a bit blinded by them.

I've got some Motherease all in ones and some Motherease inner & outers, some Kushies all in ones and a couple of big fluffy woolly ones which simply have a picture of a sheep on the label! Baby due in 2 ish weeks... I've stuck them all in the washing machine to see what happens (most the labels are readable ish)...

I just want to know what I need, how to prepare myself for using them- any tips based on the specific brands..... anything anyone can do to help! I don't want to end up just defaulting to disposeables for being "easier"!

Thanks in advance!

fl0b0t Mon 21-Oct-13 21:18:42

Bought a second drying rack for downstairs smile nappies feel very rough and crunchy sad

FoofFighter Fri 18-Oct-13 08:18:02

Even just hung up on one of those socks/pants things hung from the rail in a window will work, doesn't need to be height of summer sunshine for UV to work, just normal days too although would obv take longer smile

fl0b0t Wed 16-Oct-13 13:33:29

thanks all! Dry pail, will try another wash today! Got powder, will try extra rinse and spin too! Putting them in the sun kinda tricky but will try!

peanutMD Mon 14-Oct-13 14:54:32

First of all congratulations!!

Secondly one your washing routine is nailed reusables are dead easy.

I put my wet nappies straight into a big Karrimor dry bag and rinse the soiled ones in the toilet before chucking in the bag too.

I wash every third day which works well for us, i do a cold rinse, 40/50 wash, rinse and line or airer dry using only 2 tablespoons of powder.

Stains generally sun out on the line out on a window ledge, just keep the stain dry.

When out and about i just put my dirty nappies in a small wet bag (ziplock bags work just as well) and don't find this any more trouble.

FoofFighter Sun 13-Oct-13 23:19:56

I've since discovered woolly pants too, and highyl recommend them for when baby starts sleeping through smile

FoofFighter Sun 13-Oct-13 23:19:27

Kushies aren't meant yto be much good really

How did you wash, whats your routine? I dry pail (well it's a bag) and wash every 2-3 days - I do a cold rinse cycle and spin to get the wee out so they aren't washing sloshing in wee water in main cycle, also stops stains setting in ;)
then i do a 40c or a 60c depending on which I am washingm with a scoop of bold 2 in 1 (the only one with conditioner you can use as it's clay based). Some people rinse after but I don't the machine does plenty rinses.
Paper liners, no idea I chopped an old fleece blanket and made liners from that.

fl0b0t Tue 08-Oct-13 18:01:15

Oooh and in addition- I've done my first wash and a few of them have stayed stained with yellow bum-juice!

I didn't soak them as I was told it's not necessary, but I did use some Bio D nappy Fresh but it didn't seem to work?

fl0b0t Mon 07-Oct-13 12:49:48

Thanks for the advice all! Had a bit of a dabble with them this week and it's gone well so far. The Kushies were a little bit and leaked around the leg but the mother-ease, little lambs and the new bambino mio were all great. I bought some liner paper- the only thing it doesn't say is which side up to put it?! and how large you need the bit to be. They come in square sheets- I cut them in half so they fit in the nappies....?

stephy3 Tue 17-Sep-13 11:32:55

If you decide to get more nappies but don't want to spend a fortune, ask for NapNap Cloth Nappy Gift Vouchers (from to friends and family for your birthday or Christmas. You can exchange them in lots of shops.
Another way to get nappies for free!

PurplePidjin Sat 14-Sep-13 11:18:36

It might still be there?

FoofFighter Sat 14-Sep-13 11:15:02

flob, it depends what you have, sometimes a size 2 can be folded down to fit a smaller baby, like diddy diapers size 2s for instance.

Did I miss a free nappy? ARGH!

PurplePidjin Sat 14-Sep-13 06:05:39

Yes, if you google the brand you can find out the weight range smile

fl0b0t Sat 14-Sep-13 03:14:55

Free nappy ordered! Thanks pidjin!!

fl0b0t Sat 14-Sep-13 03:09:09

Fab and thanks! Now meconium is out of the way the plan is to establish feedin properly and then look at nappies! Lots f the ones we have say "2" on them, I assume this is their size? Does this mean not suitable from birth?

PurplePidjin Fri 13-Sep-13 19:57:12

Just in time, use code "free" and just pay postage (£4.95)

FoofFighter Fri 13-Sep-13 11:48:18

oooh congratulations flob!

PurplePidjin Thu 12-Sep-13 23:23:18

Congratulations thanks

fl0b0t Thu 12-Sep-13 19:39:57

Thanks all! Great ideas- sorry for the slow reply- a baby boy arrived on Monday! :-)

PurplePidjin Sun 08-Sep-13 14:01:29

Foof has it covered grin

I would add a couple of big mesh laundry bags. Use as bin liners, then take out and transport to washing machine.

fl0b0t Sun 08-Sep-13 13:46:38

Fab, thanks foof. These ones are not new.... Very second hand smile can give them another wash but hopefully they'll be ok as I only chucked a little in. We dont have a tumble drier so ill have to think about hiw to keep them soft!

All nappies I washed are dry now-hurrah! Not found any local nappy libraries but hoping to make do with what I've got! Dont want to have to put any or much money into this as half the reason we are doing it is cost smile

I've ordered a cheap lidded bin and some disposable liners plus some of that sprinky powder stuff! Hopefully that's a good kit to get me going? Thanks for the advice!

FoofFighter Sat 07-Sep-13 21:55:51

You'll need to rewash the ones you did with conditioner on them a few times, sorry!

Conditioner coats the fibres and repels moisture, think what brand new towels are like till they've been washed a few times.

Some terry nappies can get a bit stiff over time but you can tumble them a bit to soften, rub them together, or hang out in a rain shower till dry.

Any wrap can go over any shaped nappy pretty much.

Have you looked at local nappy libraries in your area to hire out some to try?

Any bucket with a lid will do, I use wetbags and don't soak, most manufacturers no longer recommend soaking as it shortens the life of the fabric.

fl0b0t Sat 07-Sep-13 18:02:53

Also taken a good look here:

fl0b0t Sat 07-Sep-13 17:54:16

Wow- really helpful thanks foof! Fleece sounds like a good plan too! Do they not come out like towels without conditioner (i.e scratchy?!)? I put a bunch in the washing machine last night to see how they did (with conditioner) and they are drying well (ok it's summer and our house doesn't have damp problems).
Will see how well the mother ease wraps fit the little lambs- and yes they look V bulky!

I guess we'll see how we get on with the ones we have and then see if we want to branch out to get some more? Where can you get a decent nappy bucket from? And do you soak before washing?


FoofFighter Sat 07-Sep-13 15:12:51


And I didn't buy liners, I chopped up an old fleece blanket, it's like magic, the fleece keeps your baby bone dry!

FoofFighter Sat 07-Sep-13 15:12:19

remember you'll need a bucket or wet bag for in the house (if bags get a couple for wash and use) and get a wetbag for the changing bag too. I got mine from Pixie Pants on FB.

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