Stylish: With gorgeous prints and colours to choose from you will find that your baby's cloth nappy becomes more than an item of necessity - it's a fashion statement!
Affordable: Disposable nappies mean throwing your hard earned cash in the bin every day. You will save thousands of dollars by using reusable nappies - and you may even be able to recoup some of your initial outlaying by selling your second hand nappies when you are done with them.
Environmentally friendly: Every disposable nappy ever made still exists somewhere in ladnfill today. Today's washing machines are water efficient and minimal chemicals are used in washing, meaning cloth nappies are the environmentally friendly option all round.
How to use your cloth nappy
Modern cloth nappies are very simple to use. Open up the nappy, check that the booster is flat and centered on the nappy, lay the baby on top and do the nappy up using the snaps. There are plenty of snaps so that you can adjust to get the right fit.
Two rows of snaps means that the nappy will fit perfectly around legs and tummy. You may find that you can get the best fit by doing up the leg snaps first (the bottom row) then doing up the tummy snaps - depending on your baby's body shape one row may be snapped in further than the other - but it will mean the most snug fit, and no leaks!!
When you receive the new nappy wash it at least once before use to remove any residue from manufacture remaining in the fabrics. Make sure the booster is snapped in and has the soft side towards the baby's skin. The stay dry inner will wick moisture into the bamboo fleece to prevent wee from sitting against the skin. The waterproof layer used in Flattery nappies is PUL Polyurethane laminate. PUL is a very thin layer of polyester knit fabric with a thin laminate adhered to one side. PUL is thin, breathable and long lasting, it will stand up to repeated use, washing and drying and will make your nappy completely waterproof removing the need for additional covers.
If using barrier creams on baby's skin always use a liner, barrier creams will stain the inside of the nappy. All Flattery nappies come with one free reusable microfleece liner, we recommend using this liner to keep the inside of your nappy stain free. Please be aware that some medications containing sorbitol (Panadol and some teething gels included) may cause dark stains to your nappy - unfortunately a liner will not prevent this. If you have any questions about the nappy or it doesn't seem to be working properly please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to help you find a solution.
Soaker Styles There are a few different styles of Modern Cloth Nappy soakers - to make your decision easier, a brief description of each... All-in-two - Standard for in-stock nappies and pre-order customs when no style is specified. This nappy is fully waterproof but pulls apart into 2 seperate pieces for fast drying. The shell of the nappy has microfibre in it to prevent wicking and the snap in booster has 2 layers of bamboo fleece and a stay dry topper. Snap the booster in and fold with the stay dry topper up and pull apart for washing. As the booster is only 2 layers when unfolded it will dry quickly. Hidden PUL layer means this nappy is completely waterproof and does not require a separate cover. All-in-one - completely waterproof and the simplest (and least messy) to use. The nappy is a single piece with all the absorbency sewn into the shell. This nappy will take longer to dry than a pocket or All-in-two, it also has fewer absorbent layers because if it had the same amount as a pocket or All-in-two it would take forever to dry. This nappy has a hidden layer of PUL (Polyurethane laminate) meaning it is completely waterproof and does not require a separate cover. Pocket - As with an All-in-two, there are 2 pieces to this nappy but there is no absorbency sewn into the shell at all. The booster is inserted into the pocket before use. This nappy will dry the fastest out of all the styles and is similar in absorbency to the All-in-two. The 2 drawbacks to a pocket are that some people find it difficult to fit their hand in the shell to lay the booster flat and the pocket may be messier as the insert needs to be removed from the shell for washing. The pocket style nappy has a hidden layer of PUL making it completely waterproof and means that a separate cover is unnecessary. Fitted - A fitted nappy is not waterproof, a cover will be needed to prevent moisture getting onto clothing. If the nappy is to be worn without pants over the top a fitted nappy is a great option as it is slightly more absorbent and offers more breathability - perfect for sensitive skin!!
Inner FabricsThe fabric used for a nappy's inner is an important choice, as it will be the layer of fabric that lays directly against your baby's skin. Here is a quick summary of the different options: Microfleece: A polyester fabric that is wonderfully soft and has great stay-dry properties. The microfleece will wick moisture away to the booster keeping baby's skin dry. Microfleece may pill with age (little balls will form on the surface of the fabric, this doesn't affect the performance of the nappy.) Cotton or bamboo velour: Velour is made from natural fibres which is beneficial if your baby has a sensitivity to man-made fibres. It will not stay as dry as the microfleece or suedecloth but does wick most of the moisture away. Velour will go a little bit crunchy/stiff after being line dried a lot - to soften it up pop it in the dryer on warm for about 15 minutes.
Suedecloth: This fabric is thinner so therefore adds less bulk to the nappy. It does not pill but some people think it stains worse than the other choices of inner fabric. Out of all the inner fabrics suedecloth is the most effective at wicking moisture away so will keep baby drier. Some people report that their baby's skin reacts to suedecloth.
The invention of Modern Cloth Nappies has eradicated the need for soaking in buckets of water and nasty chemicals that were part and parcel of the old terry cloth squares. These days care of your cloth nappies is much simpler and better for the environment. Simply follow these steps:- 1. Dispose of any solids into the toilet 2. Separate the two parts of the nappy and put the shell and the booster into an empty bucket. Always unsnap the booster before washing. 3. Wash in cold/warm water using 1/4 to 1/2 of the normal amount of washing powder or liquid. Do not use fabric softener. 4. Line dry. If the inside of the nappy still has marks after washing hang the nappy in direct sunlight, the sun will remove the stain. Do not use vinegar, bleach or other soakers when washing your nappies, they can cause the waterproof layer and elastic to deteriorate. Regular use of the dryer for the outer shell can cause the waterproof layer (PUL) to deteriorate and the elastic to weaken. It is OK to dry the booster in the dryer on low heat, though you will find direct sunlight better for removing stains. Use of fabric softeners will hinder absorbtion so should be avoided. You may find that if you are using too much detergent, after a while the detergent will build up and cause an unpleasant odour. If this happens we recommend that you undertake a hot stripwash when necessary using a small amount of non-moisturing dishwashing detergent. Make sure to rinse well.