We believe that everyone little one has different needs and their little tush is no exception to that.
Every family has different budgets and information available to them when making decisions about parenting their child. Bebe & Fawn Baby Co. believe that as a parent you know when something works for your little one and your family and that there is no cookie cutter guide to what works and what doesn't. We have, however, done a lot of the research for you, and have compiled what we believe to be the best general washing and care routine to get maximum wear out of your cloth nappies and boosters.
Our recommended washing & care instructions can work as a guide to your washing routine and align with the Australian Nappy Association Guidelines for washing cloth nappies. For more details on their recommendations, click here.
We have confidence in our products but not following these recommendations may shorten the lifespan of your nappies and accessories and may lead to shrinkage, delamination of the waterproof lining, damage elastics and coat fabric fibres in residue causing them to repel liquid.
Don't wash nappy over a MAX 60 degrees Celsius (140F)
Don't machine spin speed higher than 800 RPM
Don't soak nappy in chemicals such as bleach or fabric softener, as this will damage the shell and can coat the fabric in residue
Don't dry nappy in direct sunlight as this will cause UV damage
HOW TO PREPARE FOR WASHING
Used nappies should be washed every 1 to 2 days at the longest & stored in a dry pail with good air flow once soiled in between washes. We recommend storing used nappies and accessories in dry-pails that have good circulation and no lid.
Once used, remove any solids directly into the toilet. Rinse the nappy and accessories off under a tap and store in your dry pail until your next wash cycle. Rinsing your nappies is optional, but it is highly recommended as it will rinse away particularly acidic wee, can cut down on stains, smell and prolong the life of your fabric.
Separate all absorbers and boosters from the shells and gently unsnap all of the rise snaps before loading into the machine. This will ensure they are equally washed and agitated by the machine.
RECOMMENDED WASHING ROUTINE FOR ALL-IN-2 NAPPIES & BOOSTERS
FIRST USE: Soak new nappies, snap-in absorbers and boosters overnight in plain water to stimulate the absorbent fibres in the fabric. Once soaked, wash 3 times before first use - you do not need to allow the nappy to dry in between washes.
PRE-WASH : Select the shortest wash cycle on your machine with cold/warm water and an agitation, rinse & spin setting. Add 1/3 to 1/2 scoops of detergent to remove any excess soils from the absorbers, boosters and nappy shells. You do not want to want any normal items to your pre-wash, you can do this once the pre-wash is complete.
MAIN WASH : Select the LONGEST cycle on your machine with hot water (a MAX hot water temp. of 60 degrees Celsius) with an added spin & deep rinse setting if your machine has it. Add 1 to 1.5 scoops of detergent. If your machine is not full you can now add other laundry but do not overload your machine.
DRY: a combination of a clothes airer & a clothes dryer can be used. Tumble dry on LOW heat only and ensure all snaps are undone to avoid pulling and ripping of the snaps. If tumble drying, allow to cool slightly before stretching the bamboo fabric and elastics. Avoid direct UV sunlight as this can fade the prints. Air in a cool, well ventilated area.
Based on our ethos' of sustaining an as eco-friendly lifestyle as possible, we don't believe in over-rinsing or excessive use of dryers.
CARE & GENERAL TIPS
Bamboo reaches maximum absorbency by 8 washes. The first few times you use your absorbers and boosters, we recommend changing sooner than you normally would when maximum absorbency is reached.
When line drying your nappy shells, hang the nappy with the line down the middle on the snaps rather than hanging the nappy with the line down the middle of the leg gussets (see our Instagram for a picture detailing this!) Hanging this way will avoid drag or pull on the elastics that are located in the gussets, and will avoid stretching.
For newborns and smaller shaped babies using our ALL-IN-2 shells try using the shell and a booster at first, rather than a shell and absorber. This can eliminate excess bulk around your little ones legs. Once they get older or fill out more, you can then use the shell and absorber, and use the booster as needed for extra absorption.
Once your little one is starting to do more solid #2's there are a few options when it comes to removing their business from the nappies before you put them in your dry-pail. Our ALL-IN-2 shells are made to fit many types of inserts, absorbers, soakers etc. They are also the perfect fit for flushable/compostable liners that are soft and paper-like, and can be flushed in the toilet or composted in your garden. If you are queezy about touching the nappies after use, then these can be a great option for you and are a great environmentally friendly choice.
Using rash creams with your cloth nappies? That's okay - it's important to know if you are doing this than you will need to use a liner or a non-oil based rash cream. This is because oil based nappy creams will stay on the absorbent fibres of the nappy and over time reduce its absorbency. If you suspect you got rash cream on your cloth, then a strip wash will be required.
Teething babies are known to have stronger, more acidic urine. If your little one is teething, it is recommended to rinse ALL nappies after use and before dry-pailing, as the acid in their urine can corrode the fabric.
Bebe & Fawn Baby Co. are advocates of the importance of using a quality detergent and ENOUGH detergent to ensure your little ones nappies are getting cleaned properly. For your nappies, you should use the full recommended amount of detergent listed by the manufacturer but a general guideline (as listed above) is 1 to 1.5 scoops.
Smelly nappies are usually caused by insufficiently cleaned nappies (often not enough detergent).
If you start to have leaking nappies and you have checked the fit of your nappy, look out for detergents that have ingredients that are specifically designed to stay on the fabric in your nappy. A general guideline is no fabric softener or brighteners. These ingredients can coat the fibres in the nappy and result in them repelling liquid, rather than absorbing like it should be.
As your baby grows you will find that so does its cloth nappy needs - they are eating more food and drinking more fluids which can mean that the absorption / fit combo that used to work a dream is no longer ideal. It's important to experiment with the amount of absorption used as well as the snap settings.
GUIDE TO THE PERFECT FIT
To avoid leakage and to give your little one the best comfort here are some helpful tips.
PUTTING ON THE CLOTH NAPPY
1. Lay your cloth nappy down and position the top-back of nappy level with the top of the bum crack.
2. To get the right fit in the front, pull the front of the nappy up through the legs and place each leg elastic in the leg crease.
3. Pull one side up at a time in an "up then around" movement and fasten to a waist snap.
4. Hold the middle of the nappy and repeat step 3 on the other side.
*When you pull the front of the nappy up between the legs, don't let the leg elastic settle across the thighs. Ensure the leg elastic falls in the leg crease instead.
NEWBORN - at or above belly button
PRE-CRAWLING / CHUBBY LEGS - at or below belly button
WALKING - below belly button towards underwear line