Thanks for your email and for your query as to which is better Cloth Vs Disposable.

Being an avid cloth supporter, in my opinion, there is no substitute for cloth nappies. But at the end of the day, it is all up to what works for you and your little one.

You will find that at times, disposables can be convenient, so, like a lot of our mums, you may wish to use both.

My reasons for using cloth are:

  • More Comfortable for Baby- cloth would feel so much better than wearing plastic all day.
  • Less chance of rashing – the cloth allows the nappy to breathe more especially when using more earth friendly detergents to wash.
  • Great Fit! The advantages of a great fit, is the less likelihood of leaking.
  • The better the nappy fits, the less chance there is of leaking. The last job you want to be doing is changing bubs clothes every time you change a nappy.
  • Look Great! We have Great Prints and colours that will always look Fashionable.
  • Cost effective – especially with having twins, or by the time the 2nd baby comes along
  • So much better for our environment – last figures I was told is that over
  • 1 million disposables go into Landfill every day in AUSTRALIA. They take over 100 years to decompose.
  • Very easy to maintain – Just wash the same as a normal washing load..
  • No Bleaching, soaking etc. And there are biodegradable liners to use that will easily dispose of poos.

The only advantage of the Disposable that I am aware of is that they are convenient and no washing. But please remember that the messiest part of changing a nappy is wiping baby’s bottom. No type of nappy or wipe is going to eliminate that task.

I hope this information helps you decide what you would like to do in regards to nappy choices. As indicated above, at the end of the day, what works for  you and your baby is always best.

I would suggest to try both.. If you decide that disposables are more convenient, there will always be times when you run out, so it would be good to always have some reusuable cloth nappies in the drawer anyway. Times are changing and so are parents attitudes to cloth. We have noticed over the last 5-7 years how more popular cloth is these days.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

We suggest putting your nappies in the sun as much as possible as the UV sanitizes them and bleaches out any stains. Even UV on a cloudy day through a window is better than no UV at all.

A cool or warm dryer is fine every now and then and won’t damage your nappies. Remember it is much better for your nappies to have some good ‘ol UV to kill any nasties and save money on your electricity bill. 

If you are storing nappies in between children we recommend a long wash with an extra rinse. Line dry thoroughly and than store in vacuum sealed bags, storing in a cool, dark place. Oxygen, heat, and light can all degrade elastic so minimising those things will help.

  1. Flush any solids down the toilet
  2. Give the nappy a quick rinse under the tap before than storing in a dry nappy bucket. Rinsing the nappy will dilute the urine to stop any potential acidic wee damaging the fabrics & also minimise staining & cut down on smell. We do not recommend leaving the soiled nappies for more than 2 days.
  3. Once you are ready to wash your itti bitti nappies, run them through a pre-rinse cycle in your washing machine (no more than 60 degrees), to get rid of any excess urine or soiling before the wash cycle.
  4. After pre-rinsing, nappies can be put through a normal/long wash cycle (no more than 60 degrees), with the amount of detergent recommended by the manufacturer. We recommend biozet rapid liquid as it contains MCN safe enzymes to break down the proteins & fat that are found in urine & feces, this means your nappies are getting a good clean. Eco-store is another brand we recommend, both sold in all major supermarkets.
  5. Once your nappies are washed hang outside to dry, the sun will help bleach any stains. If you need to tumble dry we recommend only tumble drying the inserts on low as the dryer can damage your nappies shells elastic & waterproof layer over time.

TIPS

Rinse nappy straight after use, before dry paling

Cold or warm machine wash only, no more than 60 degrees

Line dry or tumble dry on low

Do not use bleach or fabric softeners

Do not iron

Do not dry clean

Ensure your nappies have been put through a wash cycle before using them on bub. Your fabrics will become more absorbent over their first few washes. You can either pre-wash your nappies once & change them more regularly until maximum absorbency (approx. 9 washes). Or you can soak your nappy soakers overnight (no more than 60 degrees), than put them through a wash cycle the next day, this way they are at their best absorbency.

Sizing is really important to get right as a number of problems can arise.

Here is our general fit range based on extensive testing on many, many babies…

The bitti tutto
Fits neat and slim from birth – 3kgs – right through to a 20kg child.

The bitti d’lish All in One
Small will fit from approx 3.5kg-7.5kg
Medium will fit from approx 6.5-12 kg
Large will fit from approx 10kg-17kg
X-large will fit from approx. 14.5kg-20kg

The bitti d’lish Snap in One
Small will fit from approx 3.5kg-7.5kg
Medium will fit from approx 6.5-12 kg
Large will fit from approx 10kg-17kg

The bitti boo
Small size to fit approx 3.5-7.5kgs
Medium size to fit approx 6-12.5kgs
Large size to fix approx 10.5-16.5kgs

It may be a fitting issue The nappy may not be fitted as well as it should. This can cause gaping which can lead to leaks. When the nappy is fitted, there should not be any bunching up of the nappy in any places. To try and eliminate this, a suggestion is when you bring the nappy around the front of your baby to snap up, stretch the nappy outer so that the booster fits flush inside the outer.

Also our nappies fit directly inside the leg crease of your baby, the same way we wear our underwear. Use your fingers to tuck the nappy into the leg crease of your baby, then snap up. Another helpful tip is after you have snapped the nappy up , pick up your baby, place in a standing position and “hitch up” the nappy. When you lay your baby back down, you will more than likely find that you will be able to snap the nappies up tighter. After all that has been done, there should be no gaping in any area and less chance of leaking. Another tip! The nappies are a hip nappy, so the back should not be higher than the front. They should be evenly spaced on the hip.

The booster is designed to fit flush inside your nappy. They always seem longer than the nappy. But that is fine. They do not need to be folded to fit properly.

You just need to stretch the nappy outer as you bring the nappy around the front of your baby. As you stretch the outer, the booster is pushed inside. Once the nappy is around the front of your baby, ready to snap up, the booster should be fitting nice and flush inside. That way, there will be no bunching or gaping of the nappy.

HELPFUL FITTING TIP:

Our nappies fit directly inside the leg crease of your baby, the same way we wear our underwear. Use your fingers to tuck the nappy into the leg crease of your baby, then snap up. Another helpful tip is after you have snapped the nappy up, pick up your baby, place in a standing position and “hitch up” the nappy. When you lay your baby back down, you will more than likely find that you will be able to snap the nappies up tighter. After all that has been done, there should be no gaping in any area and less chance of leaking.

Please let me know if that works for you. Also, there is a Youtube link here where you can view our video demonstrating how to use and fit the nappies.

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