Frequently Asked Questions
Why Cloth Nappies
You will find that at times, disposables can be convenient, so, like a lot of our mums, you may wish to use both.
There are so many reasons to be using cloth nappies –
- So much better for our environment –over 2 million disposables go into Landfill every day in AUSTRALIA. Disposable nappies take over 200 years to decompose.
- Super easy wash routine in short – Rinse, Prewash, Normal Wash and hang out to dry!
- More Comfortable for Baby- cloth would feel so much better than wearing plastic all day.
- Less chance of rashes – the cloth and bamboo soakers allow the nappy to breathe more than a disposable nappy.
- 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. And who doesn’t love a cloth bum!
- Cost effective – especially with having twins, or by the time the 2nd baby comes along (Can use same nappies for multiple bubs)
- No Bleaching, soaking etc. And there are biodegradable liners to use that will easily dispose of poos.
- Find what works best for you and bub. Maybe you might only want to use cloth nappies during the day or while your at home. One cloth nappy a day is one less disposable into landfill and will save you around $350 for the time your bub is in nappies!
It is really much easier than you think.
Line drying is economical and environmentally friendly. If you need to tumble dry, we recommend only tumble drying the inserts on low as the dryer can damage your nappy shell elastics & waterproof layer over time.
How do I wash my itti bitti nappies
Washing your itti bitti nappies
- Flush any solids down the toilet
- 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.
- Once you are ready to wash your itti bitti nappies, run them through a pre-rinse/wash cycle in your washing machine (Do not wash on more than 60 degrees), to get rid of any excess urine or soiling before the wash cycle. Doing a daily prewash will help prevent ammonia damage.
- After pre-rinsing /wash, nappies can be put through a normal/long wash cycle (Do not wash on more than 60 degrees), with the amount of detergent recommended by the manufacturer. We recommend using enzyme free washing powder or a PH Neutral detergent
- Once your nappies are washed hang outside to dry, line drying is economical and environmentally friendly. If you need to tumble dry, we recommend only tumble drying the inserts on low as the dryer can damage your nappy shell elastics & waterproof layer over time.
Rinse nappy straight after use, before dry paling
Do not wash on more than 60 degrees
Line dry or tumble dry on low
Do not use bleach or fabric softeners (fabric softeners will put a layer on your soakers which could make them repel)
We recommend using enzyme free washing powder or a PH Neutral detergent
Do not iron
Do not dry clean
When drying outside hang shells in the shade to avoid PUL Delamination
Use a liner when using barrier creams
How do I prepare my itti bitti nappies for use
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 and then put them through a wash cycle the next day, this way they are at their best absorbency.
Why are my nappies leaking
One of the most popular reasons for the nappies leaking is that there 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. Are there any gaping areas on your nappies? When the nappy is fitted, there should not be any bunching up of the nappy or boosters 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. A general rule to ensure the snuggest fit, is that if you can fit more than 2 fingers down the front of the nappy, then it may be too loose. You should be able to just fit 2 fingers there and that will give you a really snug fit. The better the “seal” of the nappy, the less likelihood there is of leaking.
The other reason for leaking is that there is something on the boosters causing them to be less absorbent. It could be some form of Fabric Softener, a cream of some sort or build up of residues. A great way to test that the nappies are working properly is to slowly pour half a glass of water on the top (hourglass) booster/Soaker. If it is working properly, the water will absorb immediately. If not, it will bead and roll off the side, or will take a little while to soak in. This will let you know that there is something on the booster causing it to be less absorbent
Why Dry Pail?
We recommend to dry pail because wet pailing or soaking can breed bacteria and cause mold, it is also a drowning hazard for active bubs.