What do I need to use cloth successfully?
Our Cloth Starter Kits includes all of the essentials, but if you have already purchased your nappies separately, a few simple accessories can help to make your cloth journey easier and more enjoyable.
You can customise your prefolds by ‘adding on’ nappy covers and/or night boosters. You can also purchase a range of high-quality accessories via our online store. In addition to our awesome nappy covers, cloth wipes and night boosters, the range includes:
- Biodegradable bamboo nappy liners
- Luxury skincare for baby and mother
- Ubbi® nappy pails
- Snappi® nappy fasteners
Little Beach Bums is an authorised retailer of Snappi® baby products and Ubbi® nappy pails.
When should I get started?
Here at Little Beach Bums, we cater to new mums, mums who want to switch to cloth, and expectant mums. This means that you can get started whenever you like!
So that expectant mums can use cloth from day one, we recommend getting set up before you give birth. This way your nappies are pre-washed and ready to use when your little one arrives. Whether you are using cloth or disposables, if you are a first time parent you will likely be learning how to use nappies. If you use cloth from the start you will never think of them as less convenient. Because they won’t be!
If you are a parent that wants to switch to cloth, please let us know. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have about using cloth nappies. It is never too late to start, every disposable nappy you save from landfill makes a difference.
Do you offer gift certificates?
We sure do!
Our gift certificates can be purchased via our online store – Gifts. They can be used to purchase any of the products available in our online store. Certificates are valid for twelve months from the date of purchase.
What kind of nappies do you use?
Little Beach Bums uses pre-fold nappies made entirely of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)-certified organic cotton. They are better for your baby than nappies partially or wholly made of synthetic materials because they breathe better, fit better, and are manufactured without the use of harmful chemicals. They are also better for the environment because cotton can be recycled and biodegrades at the end of its useful life.
How do I wash my nappies?
We recommend choosing an earth-safe detergent free from any softeners and brighteners to wash your nappies in as these things can leave a residue in your nappies that will decrease their absorbency over time.
Because our prefolds are made from 100% unbleached organic cotton they will need to be washed 3-4 times in hot water before use to remove natural oils and waxes. Please expect an approximate shrinkage of 20-25% after completing the pre-washes. Prefolds should become fluffed up and absorbent following the pre-washes and continue to become softer and more absorbent with each wash.
How do I know which nappy size to choose? When should I change nappy size?
Our nappies are available in five sizes: XXS, XS, S, M and L. We have prepared a Weight to Size Guide to help you figure out which size your baby might need. Most newborn babies will need an XS nappy, though this is not a hard and fast rule.
If your baby’s nappy is leaking/has become less absorbent, or you are struggling to get the right fit, it might be time to consider changing nappy size. If you need help troubleshooting, just send us an email. We will be more than happy to assist you.
How many nappies will I need each week?
A newborn uses around 80 nappies a week. The older your baby gets, the fewer nappies he or she is likely to need. This is why as your nappy size increases, your average nappy count decreases. The standard count is as follows:
How do I put on a nappy?
We’re glad you asked!
We have posted a bunch of handy diagrams and tips on our “How To Use Cloth Nappies” page to help you learn the best techniques for folding your baby’s nappy. Don’t worry you will be folding cloth like a pro in no time!
How often should I change my baby’s nappy?
A nappy, whether cloth or disposable, should be changed regularly. When a nappy becomes soiled, bacteria begins to form. This can result in irritation or infection. Every baby is different and you will get to know what is best for yours, however, we recommend changing your newborn baby at least every 2 hours where possible.
By using cotton nappies, you will be able to easily determine when your baby needs to be changed. Cotton nappies are free of the chemical gels used in disposables to disguise dampness.
Handy tip: If your baby is newborn, keep track of the number of nappies your baby soils each day. This will help you to determine whether your baby’s intake at feeding time is sufficient!
Do I need to rinse soiled nappies?
If your nappy has been used as a burp cloth, or to clean up milk, it should be rinsed to prevent stains and mildew. Otherwise, rinsing is not necessary. Dispose of any solids into a toilet, and place the soiled nappy into your laundry bag.
Using a biodegradable nappy liner will make removing solids much easier.
Can I use cloth nappies when I go out?
It is a common misconception that cloth nappies cannot be used while on the go. Modern-day cloth nappies are extremely easy to use, and no less convenient than their disposable counterparts.
A waterproof wetbag, to store soiled nappies while out, is a cloth parent’s best friend. They can also be used to store your baby’s wet clothes or swimwear. Just place the stored soiled nappies in your laundry bag when you arrive home, and wash the wetbag thoroughly.
Double-zip wetbags are available to purchase from our online store. Our wetbags have been designed with a clever snap button so that you can easily attach them to your stroller.
Where do I keep my soiled nappies?
We recommend the use of a waterproof laundry bag to contain your soiled cloth nappies. The laundry bag can also be used as a liner for a lidded nappy container. Using a nappy bucket or pail will help to reduce odours.
Nappy containers need not be an eyesore. We recommend Ubbi® nappy pails because they are made of powder-coated steel, and have rubber seals and an innovative sliding lid, to help achieve maximum odour control. No special liners are required, they can be fitted with any standard garbage bag or reusable cloth liner.
A colourful range of Ubbi® nappy pails are available for purchase from our online store.
Handy tip: Sprinkle a small amount of bi-carb soda into your nappy pail to help naturally absorb odours.
What is the purpose of a nappy cover?
The nappy cover is primarily an extra line of defence against leakage when using pre-fold or fitted nappies. Modern-day nappy covers are fitted with snap buttons, making them easy to fasten and resize.
In normal circumstances, nappy covers will not become heavily soiled, making them easy to wash and maintain.
Nappy covers are available in a range of fun colours from our online store, for purchase.
What do I do if a nappy cover becomes soiled?
If you have purchased nappy covers from our online store or elsewhere, wash the soiled nappy cover thoroughly and hang it to dry. Using a dryer is likely to cause the nappy cover to deteriorate, and diminish the nappy cover’s effectiveness.
What is a Snappi® nappy fastener and how do I use it?
A Snappi® nappy fastener is a modern, easy-to-use alternative to a nappy pin. It is a T-shaped fastener with a toothed grip on each of its elasticised arms. Its elasticity allows a snug, leakage-reducing fit to be maintained, without restricting your baby’s natural movement. They work effectively with loosely-woven fabrics, such as the organic cotton from which our nappies are made.
Once you have activated the Snappi® nappy fastener, by pulling each of its arms repeatedly until it becomes soft and elastic, you need only hold your baby’s nappy in place with one hand, and “hook left, hook right, and hook centre” with the other. You can see a demonstration of the technique in the video below.
Snappi® nappy fasteners are available for purchase from our online store.
Little Beach Bums is an authorised retailer of Snappi®baby products.
Can I use bottom balms or creams with my cloth nappies?
Nappy balms or creams may help to reduce the symptoms of nappy rash, but not all balms and creams are cloth nappy-friendly. Avoid creams that contain zinc oxide (including calamine), cod liver oil, or mineral oil. These ingredients will reduce the absorbency of our nappies.
We have a range of organic skin care products that are safe for your baby (and for our cloth nappies) available for purchase from our online store.
Note: If your baby has developed nappy rash, it is important to try to identify what might have caused this, as this will determine the best course of action.
The most common cause of nappy rash is prolonged contact with a soiled nappy. Change your baby regularly, and make sure that your baby’s bottom is clean and dry before putting on a new nappy.
Nappy rash can also be caused by skin dryness. Washing your baby too frequently may strip his or her skin of natural oils. Use wipes that are scent and alcohol-free. Better yet, use cloth wipes with water or a mild (homemade) wipe solution.
A baby may also develop nappy rash due to an allergic reaction to food consumed by his or her nursing mother, or due to teething.
If you have any concerns or questions, consult your doctor or child health nurse.