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Care of Pocket Nappies

Caring for pocket nappies is easy, but our Do's and Don'ts and tips here will help you keep them in the best condition and prolong their life.

Do:

1. Remove a wet nappy and simply shake out the insert into your dry nappy bucket and throw in the nappy. If the nappy is soiled shake any solids into the toilet. Most should just plop down the toilet - if there is still a lot left on the nappy you will probably find this will rinse off by putting the washing machine through a pre-wash rinse cycle. If you would rather clean further before putting into the machine you can rinse more poo off by flushing the loo whilst holding FIRMLY onto a corner. Finally, put the nappy and insert into your dry nappy bucket.

2. On wash day I recommend running your nappies through a rinse cycle in your machine before washing.

3. Wash using a 60ºC wash cycle and rinse, though you may find a 40ºC cycle is sufficent. Use only a 1/2 - 2/3 of the recommended amount of detergent (for heavy soiling) to prevent build up of detergent on the fabric. There is no need to soak the nappies or wash hotter than 60ºC.

4. Ideally hang your pocket nappies to dry outside or inside in a warm place but not directly on a radiator etc. Dry pocket nappies with the lining-side-up to allow the wetness to evaporate effectively. They will dry in a few hours. You can tumble dry them if you need to, but use the lowest heat setting to maintain their condition.

5. To make pocket nappies even easier to use store them snapped down into the desired position (for one-size pocket nappies) and ready-stuffed with an insert.

A few DON'Ts

Caring for your nappies properly will keep them looking and performing their best. Below is a list of things that can harm your nappies and result in leaks.

  • Don't use a greasy nappy barrier or balm cream with these nappies- it will leave a greasy residue on the inner lining which is very difficult to remove. If using a cream is necessary because of severe nappy rash use disposable nappy liners to prevent cream getting onto the nappy.
  • Don't use any chlorine bleach products. Chlorine bleach is a strong chemical and will break down the fibres of your nappies as well as polluting the environment.
  • Don't use fabric softener. It will coat the fabrics, making them water repellent and will cause leaks! Be aware that if you use dryer sheets in your dryer for other laundry this can coat your dryer and transfer to your nappies. If you encounter leaks, try hanging to dry instead. Most pocket nappies are made entirely from man-made fibres and do not need softening.
  • Don't wash or dry on HOT or HIGH HEAT! The PUL layer (waterproof outer) is meant for warm or low heat only! Preserve the life of your nappies by following this recommendation.

A few tips

  • Do wash your nappies after every use (i.e. do not add fresh insert to used nappy pocket).
  • Natural-type detergents and soaps are not recommended for nappies containing polyester because of the soap build up they leave. This build up can cause repelling, leaks and rashes in sensitive skin. Cloth nappies do not require much detergent and too much can leave residue on the fibres, possibly causing your nappies to smell, leak, or leave baby with a rash. Use a standard or eco-friendly non-bio detergent.
  • Soaking dirty nappies (in a bucket filled with water & disinfectant or detergent) is not necessary and can cause smells to seep into the fabrics. A dry nappy bucket with a tight fitting lid works fine for storage, or a drawstring nappy storage bag is great when you have limited space.