Beginning your cloth nappy journey
Work out how many cloth nappies you need.
A newborn baby will require, on average, 12 nappy changes per day. If you are considering using cloth nappies full time, our recommendation would be to have at least 24 nappies in your collection. This setup will work well for families who plan on washing and drying their soiled nappies each day.
A typical routine could look something like this:
Day 1: Use 12 nappies
Day 2: 12 used nappies go into the wash (prewash followed by a main wash) and dried. Meanwhile, you’re using the remaining 12 clean nappies you have on hand.
Day 3: Use the nappies you washed and dried on day 2 and wash and dry the soiled nappies from day 2.
What’s that I hear you say? I’ll have to do more washing? Well yes - we recommend that a pre-wash is done every 1 - 2 days, followed by a main wash every 2 - 3 days to help ensure you have enough nappies for a load of laundry that's 2/3 full when wet.
If you’re not super keen on daily laundry or live somewhere cold and rainy we recommend adding more nappies to your stash. Wash routines, drying times, number of nappy changes required each day and whether your baby is a heavy-wetter can influence the number of nappies you need.
If you’re considering going part time, just halve the number of nappies you need in your stash.
As your baby grows you won’t require as many nappies as they will soil and wet them less frequently. Here is a rough guide of how many nappies you’d need per day:
Newborn to 3 months: 10- 12 nappies
3 - 6 months: 8 - 10 nappies
6 - 9 months: 6-8 nappies
9 - 12 months: 6 - 8 nappies
12 months onwards: 6 - 8 nappies
Preparing your cloth nappies.
Once your new Evia Nappies land in your hot little hands, be sure to separate the inserts from the nappy cover and pop both items into the wash. Washing can be done at any temperature and mixed in with your everyday washing. Best to wash your nappies together with ‘light colours’ to reduce the risk of any colour transfer from your clothes, like jeans, to your nappies. The more you wash your inserts, the more absorbent they become over time.
Once your nappies are washed and dried, you might like to stuff the inserts into the pocket of the nappy so they’re ready to use.
Here is a helpful video or GIF on how to stuff your pocket style nappy
Setting up your wash routine.
Storing soiled nappies
Used nappies should be stored in a laundry basket that offers plenty of aeration. This method allows for ventilation so the nappies don't develop mould or smells before washing. This is known as dry pailing. For Evia Nappies, we recommend removing the insert from the pocket nappy before dry pailing.
Washing your nappies
Washing your cloth nappies is a 2-step process. Ensure the insert is removed from the pocket of the nappy for both the prewash and main wash to ensure both items are sufficiently cleaned.
The purpose of this step is to remove the majority of soiling from both the inserts and shells. We recommend a prewash cycle using warm water (no more than 60 degrees) If desired, you can add half the recommended amount of detergent listed on the pack to this prewash cycle. Once the prewash is complete, you can store the damp items into an airy basket so it’s ready for the main wash. There is no need to dry the items between these two wash cycles.
We recommend a long or intensive cycle using warm water (no more than 60 degrees) and the recommended amount of detergent listed on the packaging. It's best to wash nappies on a long cycle as it helps ensure the nappies are sufficiently cleaned.
A note about loading your washing machine.
It’s important to fill your washing machine so it’s ⅔ full with laundry when wet. Doing so will help ensure a sufficient amount of agitation occurs during the wash cycle and remove any additional soiling. This is only applicable to the main wash cycle.
Washing swim nappies and wet bags.
Like bathers, swim nappies should be washed as soon as possible to avoid any discoloration from chlorine. If not soiled, the nappy can be washed together with other swimwear items. If soiled, our recommendation would be to follow the same wash routine as our reusable nappies which includes both a prewash and main wash.
Depending on what you’re storing in your wet bags they may not need to be washed after every use. They can be washed with other laundry items in warm water (no more than 60 degrees). To avoid the zips from being damaged in the wash cycle turn your wet bags inside out before washing. If your wet bag is used to store dirty nappies they can be washed together with your nappies following the same prewash and main wash cycles.
Drying your cloth nappies.
Sunshine is a nappy’s best friend. We recommend drying your Evia nappies out on the washing line. It’s much better for the environment and you get to have some fresh air too - bonus! Simply stretch your inserts to shape and hang on the line to dry. Inserts can be dried in direct sunlight, whilst nappy covers should be dried in the shade. Why is that? It’s because consistently drying nappy covers in direct sunlight can impact the integrity of the PUL and potentially cause delimitation over time. We want to help ensure you get the longest life out of your Evia nappies that’s why we recommend the above.
But, we know that sometimes winter is not our friend and it can take days for nappies to dry. In those instances, you can place your inserts and shells into the tumble dryer on a low temperature to speed up the drying process.
What about the poo?
This is one of the most common questions we get about cloth nappies. If your baby is being exclusively breastfed then you can put the soiled nappy directly into your dry pail ready for next prewash and main wash. This is because breast milk is water soluble and doesn’t impact the longevity of your nappy.
If you are breastfeeding and formula feeding your baby we recommend rinsing these nappies in the laundry trough before dry pailing your nappies.
As your baby grows and begins their journey with food, you may find their poo changes in consistency. If poo starts to become formed, simply tip the poo into the toilet, flush and then dry pail the nappy. If the stool is still a little loose and you couldn’t tip it all into the toilet you can rinse of remaining residue in the laundry trough.