Do I need to wash my nappies when they arrive?
Yes. Your nappies will need to be pre-washed just like new clothes before they are used. They do not require soaking, however putting them in a pail of cold water overnight will help to expand the fibres in the fabric giving them a 'boost' for first wear. Your nappies being a natural fabric blend will increase their absorbency capacity each consecutive wash. So don't panic if you need to change a little more frequently the first few rotations.
When will my child fit into the nappies?
Most children will fit the nappies from newborn. The double gussets give a snug fit even in the early days. However, every baby is a different shape. Most babies will fit the nappies by 6 weeks of age or 3.5kg.
Why are my cloth nappies leaking?
There are a number of reasons that your nappies could leak. Once bought they will need to build up absorbency and this occurs after 4 to 5 washes. The bamboo night inserts (available separately) are all bamboo and may take a few extra washes. Once they have reached their absorbency limit though, they will hold up to 60% more than standard microfibre inserts.
If you are using flushable liners within your nappies, make sure that when the nappy is fastened on the child that no liner is visible/poking outside the gussets. This will cause your wetness to leak out the sides. Also, check to see that wings and lining are all tucked in below the PUL shell. Nappies may leak if you haven’t put in enough absorbency for your child. For example heavy wetters. Babies and toddlers will often become heavy wetters as well at times of growth. Add inserts accordingly. You can add the slim inserts from your other nappies as there are two inserts with each and two slims can be fitted into your nappy as well as the large hourglass insert. Leaks can also occur with a build-up of certain detergents. To reset your inserts, put on a hot long wash with no soap. Never put your shells in a wash over 40 degrees to avoid damaging the waterproof lining of your nappies. Using barrier creams, powders or any other nappy cream can damage your nappies and affect their absorption. Always use a disposable liner and keep the use of these to a minimum. Use the recommended washing powder that comes with your nappies or washing detergents free of enzyme cleaners or brighteners. Follow your nappies care instructions on the card and inside the nappy.
We do provide wholesale options as well as distributor options on our nappies and other products. We cater for work at home mums that would like to sell our nappies from home or at local markets.
Please contact us for further details.
How to size your nappy?
Your nappy is one size fits most and is adjustable. See the diagram as well as our videos on Facebook and Instagram for further details to adjust your nappies. Your nappies are designed to fit from 3.5kg (or less sometimes depending on the shape of your child) through until 16kg. This will do most children through until potty-training. You can see some of our instructional videos on Instagram or YouTube
How many cloth nappies do I need?
Even using one cloth nappy a day is still saving 365 disposables from landfill so essentially every little bit helps! For part-time use anywhere between 10-15 nappies will get you through, if you're prepared to wash every day and also depending on the needs of your child. Full-time use (including nights) we suggest 20-30 nappies is enough to keep in rotation washing every two to three days. 2-4 night boosters per child will allow you drying time for the absorbent bamboo as well as giving you some extras on hand in growth spurts when children can have heavy wetting nights. This is a huge saving compared to the cost of disposables for just one year! See our part-time and full-time packs in store
Can I use natural homemade soaps to wash my nappies?
With your inserts, yes. However, many natural soaps available take quite a lot in order to get nappies really clean. We do not recommend you use this on your shells. Essentially the Polyurethane Laminate lining (which makes your nappies waterproof) is a man-made invention and can be damaged by some oil based soaps. Oil based soaps can also create a build up, directly affecting absorbency. Refer to your care card for recommended detergents. Using a normal amount of soap on a high water level, a long warm wash is suggested to preserve the life of your nappies.
How do I stop my cloth nappies smelling?
A common complaint. Many factors can attribute to smelly nappies:
- Not enough soap (use regular recommended amount on high water wash)
- Leaving nappies too long (wash every 2-3 days to prevent urine damage and ingrained odours)
- Toxic wee (ammonia smell). Give all your nappies a cold water rinse before pailing, until wash day.
- Mould (make sure nappy pail is well ventilated by leaving the lid open a crack)
- Heavily soiled nappies (mucky ones! Put through on a cold rinse cycle to shift excess)
How often should I change my cloth nappies?
Cloth nappies are not the same as disposables which contain chemicals and gel additives that prolong the time they can be worn. Natural fabrics function differently to water absorbing crystals. We suggest that nappies are changed every two to three hours and boosted for the time when you can't make a change (like in the car or on a long trip). This keeps baby dry and prevents the likelihood of rash developing. This keeps baby fresh and dry. Cloth nappies can also be used at night with specified boosters which you can find in our store.
What should I wash my cloth nappies in?
Our recommended nappy detergents include:
- Rockin Green- Hard Rock or Classic
- Biozet Attack- Liquid only
- Cushie Tushies Laundry Liquid
- BumGenious Cloth Diaper Detergent
- TriNature Laundry Liquid
- Planet Ark Sensitive
- Bostitos Eucalyptus Wash
- Earthwise Ultra Concentrate
- Eco Store Laundry Liquid or Powder
- Purity Sensitive Liquid
- Sunlight Soap (only on deep stains and use sparingly)
How do I wash my cloth nappies?
Your nappies are simple to wash. Scrape solids into the toilet and place in dry or cold water pail until wash day. Wash on no higher than 40 degrees (to maintain your waterproof shell) with a high water level. Use a spin speed of 700rpm or thereabouts to keep nappies in good condition. See our care card for further details.
Are cloth nappies really worth it?
Are cloth nappies really better for the environment? Are cloth nappies better than disposables? Are cloth nappies worth it? The answer is YES! The savings over the term of the child being in nappies is thousands of dollars and thousands upon thousands of nappies in a landfill that take anywhere up to 500 years to break down. By using cloth nappies you are also keeping those nasty chemicals off the most sensitive part of your little one.
How do I make my cloth nappies more absorbent?
The Bubakin Babes modern cloth nappies allow you to customise your absorption for whatever situation may arise. Use your combination of inserts, booster and night boosters to get the desired amount of absorption for your baby. This can be inside the pocket, small booster folded at the front, large in the pocket and slim booster between gussets and others. It takes a little trial and error if you're new to cloth and we're always only an email away to lend some support if it's needed.
Can I put my nappies in with my other clothes at laundry time?
Yes! As long as you follow your care instructions as outlined above (which is fine for clothing too) there is no issue throwing nappies in with your regular wash. Most people find this a more economical way to build a routine. To deal with heavily soiled nappies, give them a good rinse in a bucket and flush excess water down the toilet.
Can I pay off my nappies?
We provide AfterPay and ZipPay so you can have your nappies today! Just select these options at checkout.
Any questions we are more than happy to troubleshoot with you to assure you get the best from your nappies. Get in touch via our contact page.